G.I. Joe: Initiate Fanfilm adds Chuckles and Tunnel Rat!

Another very cool update for the upcoming G.I. Joe: Initiate fanfilm!  Last week and this week they posted two new cast images, this time for Tunnel Rat and Chuckles.  The actors are really looking their part, and things are looking very high end.

I love how Chuckles image has a bit of a Cobra flair, like he might already be an undercover operative…

But as I said before, this great looking fan film needs our help.  They need to get gas for the actor’s cars, get them meals…and whatever profit they make goes straight to the Wounded Warriors charity.

They are currently hovering just about 50% of their goal, but we need to step up and do what we can to push them over.  Check out their Kickstarter page to help them out and keep up to date with the latest and greatest G.I. Joe: Initiate information at their Facebook page.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Wave 3 Tunnel Rat, Cobra Trooper, and Techno-Viper

Over the last week or so I’ve been lucky enough to be able to share reviews of some upcoming product from Wave 4 and Wave 3, which have not yet been released at retail.  With a big thanks to Gyre-Viper I’ve brought you reviews of Sci-Fi, Airtight, Law & Order, Scarlett, and Ripcord, and today, I’m finished off the Wave 3 reviews this morning, with the exception of Storm Shadow.

I am hoping throughout some point this week I can bring a few more reviews of upcoming product, time will tell.  Just have to keep coming by to see what’s up.  ;)

For now, though, hit up the 30th Anniversary Review Page or hit the links below:

30th Anniversary Wave 3 In Hand images

Well, the notorious Gyre Viper is at it again, using his awesome connections to get the fandom some great images of upcoming product.  With the release of Wave 3 on the horizon, he’s posted a bunch of images of these upcoming figures over on JoeDeclassified.com.

He has given me permission to mirror the images on my site as well, but be sure to hit up Joe Declass for some more great insight and conversation.  Holy crap are these some nice looking figures!

Supposedly hitting in November, Wave 3 includes:

  • Ripcord (G.I. Joe: Renegades)
  • Scarlett (G.I. Joe: Renegades)
  • Tunnel Rat (G.I. Joe: Renegades)
  • Cobra Trooper (G.I. Joe: Renegades)
  • Storm Shadow (G.I. Joe: Renegades)
  • Techno Viper
It must be noted that Storm Shadow is not in here, and doesn’t seem as if Gyre Viper got his hands on that one.  The reasoning for that is unclear, but it should be noted that every case packout we’ve seen on Wave 3 so far includes Storm Shadow in the list, so I don’t think there is any reason to get up in arms about his release.  I will admit it’s very odd that he hasn’t been seen in carded form yet, but time will tell if he is actually in the upcoming assortment or not.  A big thanks as always to Gyre Viper for the images and the intel!  Hit up JoeDeclassified for more great discussion.

In hand images of G.I. Joe: 30th Anniversary Waves 3 & 4 offer insight

Of course the big news is that someone overseas officially has pieces from both Wave 3 & 4 in hand, and images have been posted on ACToys.com.  But what is really interesting about the images is what new information is revealed about these upcoming figures, especially compared to previously seen images at various conventions, including NYCC, which just happened a week or two ago.

The G.I. Joe: Renegades figures especially seem to be in a constant state of change.

First and foremost, the images look to be an amalgamation of some items from Wave 3 and some from Wave 4.  Below I will rundown what we see in these images and what might have changed:

Wave 3

Ripcord – Probably the biggest and most disappointing change…  Ripcord is now sporting Renegades Duke’s vest instead of the all new Renegades-authentic vest he had been spotted with in every convention appearance to this point.  I don’t know…something about this really rubs me the wrong way.  Ripcord was shown at NYCC as recently as just over a week ago, and you’re telling me they couldn’t at least show him in a more final version?  Exceedingly disappointed, not only in the move to replace the vest, but in the total lack of forethought to at least broadcast this change ahead of time.  Not cool, Hasbro.

Scarlett – Yes, as I suspected (and many agreed) it certainly looks like she has lost the City Strike Scarlett gear.  Big bummer.  All we can hope at this point is maybe the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club will find a way to get that stuff in our hand.  The figure itself still looks amazing, but really disappointed in those accessories vanishing.

Tunnel Rat – Well, T Rat at least looks mostly the same, which is actually somewhat frustrating in and of itself.  I would much rather he not have that funky motorized bomb disposal thing if it meant Scarlett got her City Strike gear.  Was anyone clamoring for that thing?  Regardless, Tunnel Rat looks to be pretty much what we’re expecting.

Cobra Trooper – Parts-wise, this figure looks like the same one we’ve seen (thank goodness!) but he does have some minor cosmetic changes.  The coloring seems to be a bit more vibrant and bright, and not quite so subdued, which is a bit disappointing as well.  Sure, I was hoping for a animated aesthetic for Renegades, but since they were going whole hog into the realism, I had grown to really like that pale blue color, which almost looked like actual denim.  This new figure is pretty bright, though it may just be the flash.  I actually like the more well pronounced Cobra symbol, and the shield, to me, isn’t a deal breaker, so I don’t mind that it’s missing.  At least he has the Renegades laser rifle!

Techno-Viper – This guy looks much the same, but we now see his silver Cobra logo in full resolution!  Awesome addition, very glad it’s there.

Wave 4

Airtight – Holy crap this guy looks awesome.  I believe this is the first time we’re seeing him without his helmet, and I really love that hood pulled tight around his head.  A very cool touch, and he looks like he’s fully accessorized.  Totally geeking out over the Renegades artwork for him, too!

Law & Order – Hmm…tough to tell for sure, but I think he might be missing that awesome balaclava extra head.  If so, though, that’s it.  Hot damn this figure is amazing.  Ever since I got ole melon head the first time in 1987 I’ve been pretty luke warm to the character, just because I really didn’t love that head sculpt.  But this guy is awesome.  Great tooling, amazing accessories.  Love it.

Sci Fi – Another figure I hated since he came out in the 80’s.  I don’t have anything against bright colors, but the figure just didn’t seem very interesting to me.  Yeah, that’s changed.  This version looks amazingly cool.  Nicely detailed rifle, backpack…I don’t see the XLMR that was pictured with previously, but not a huge loss.  He’s got the helmets and the important stuff.

So yeah, once again to a small degree the Renegades fan feels like a red-headed stepchild as those Renegades figures are tweaked pretty severely while the 30th Anniversary stuff is left alone.  I certainly understand why Hasbro does it that way, and from a popularity standpoint, it definitely makes sense.  The Renegades fan in me can’t help but feel a little besmirched.

All that being said, even with the changes, these figures are, by and large, spectacular.  I can’t think of a single real stinker in this whole bunch so far, and this series of images doesn’t even include Storm Shadow, Zombie-Viper, or Lifeline, all of which are just as stunning as this group.  Truly astounding how far Hasbro design has come in a very short period of time.

If these are showing up packaged in Asia already, they should be here before we know it.  Can’t wait!

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode Twenty-Five added to Episode Guide

The beginning of the end is here.  Over the past several months we’ve seen these characters evolve, seen the story play out (some would say a bit too slowly) and we’ve been through a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.

Ups as we saw the great growth of characters like Major Bludd, Zartan, and Destro…. ups as we got great cameos by Wild Bill, Barbecue, and Law & Order.  Downs as the Bio-Vipers made appearance after appearance, and downs as Ripcord turned out to be a lot less dead than previously believed.  The biggest down, of course, came with the announcement that Season One would be essentially the only season of G.I. Joe: Renegades before an ill-timed “hiatus” to give them a chance to retool for the movie sequel.

Through it all, I’ve been here, staying up way too late, and while many folks consider Friday and Saturday nights a time for letting loose and partying, I glued myself to the computer and encoded, then uploaded video.

I’ve had people actually ask if me I was sort of glad the series was ending, just because I wouldn’t have to spend several hours every episode posting a review.

Hell No.

I’d trade that time for G.I. Joe: Renegades continuing.  In a heartbeat.  This show got the short end of the stick, and it is a shame.

Enough of that.  Onward and upward.  As this universe ends, the G.I. Joe movie sequel begins, and hey, it could be worse…it could be 1995.  So, time to sit back and watch this stage of A Real American Hero fade into the ether, and see where things go from here.  Check the Episode Guide, or click the link below to go there directly.

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 14 Reviewed and added to Episode Guide

Zartan has made his auspicious return to the G.I. Joe: Renegades universe!  How was it?

Find out at the GeneralsJoes G.I. Joe: Renegades Supersite.  You can hit up the Episode Guide right here, or if you just want to take a look at the latest and greatest, check Episode Fourteen.  Don’t forget to keep checking the character indexes, too, always new stuff added there as time goes on.

Yo Joe!

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 13 Added to Episode Guide

I was able to get a head start on it tonight, so I’ve completed the review and the entry for G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 13 is now listed in the Episode Guide of the Renegades SuperSite.  Featuring the introduction of Tomax and Xamot, things look to be moving closer to the big conflict.

Scarlett is still evidently hiding some secrets in that locket of hers… when will we uncover her relationship with Cobra?

Check out Episode 13, or just hit up the Episode Guide.

Reminder – G.I. Joe: Renegades returns tonight with Brothers of Light

Just as a reminder for Joefans everywhere, this evening The Hub is bringing back G.I. Joe: Renegades after a very short three-week break.  At 6:00pm Eastern tonight, Episode 13: Brothers of Light will air.

Also as a reminder, the GeneralsJoes G.I. Joe: Renegades SuperSite is your one-stop shop for everything Renegades!  Character bios, video clips, episode guide with episode reviews, screenshots, etc…  Things are more or less caught up over there with character profiles of everyone right up to Firefly.

Expect Episode 13 to be added to the guide tonight, as well as the promo for next week’s episode, which promises the return of the enigmatic and controversial Zartan!

Check out the SuperSite right here, and don’t miss Brothers of Light tonight on The Hub!  Video from the episode is below.

Can’t wait!

G.I. Joe: Renegades Episode 13 “Brothers of Light” Promo Online

Took a few extra days after dealing with an ice storm and unexpected power outage, but GeneralsJoes is back online and uploading!

G.I. Joe: Renegades was also offline for a little while, taking about a three week break, and now they’re back with “Brothers of Light” an episode focusing some attention on Tomax and Xamot, the corsican twins!

I was finally able to snag the promo tonight, and it has now been posted to my YouTube Channel.  Check out the promo below.

Keep your eyes peeled to The Hub at 6:00pm Eastern this Friday!

G.I. Joe: Renegades clip from “Brothers of Light”

The HubTVNetwork YouTube page in conjunction with their Facebook Fan Page has posted the clip that was debuted at Toy Fair yesterday!

Tomax and Xamot make their G.I. Joe: Renegades debut in “Brothers of Light”, airing 6:00pm on March 11th!  Check out the embedded video below.

The Hub Network Facebook Fan Page has a ton of great G.I. Joe: Renegades, Transformers: Prime, and much more great content as well!  Check it out now!