Official Press Photos for G.I. Joe/Transformers ComicCon Set

It’s tough to say whether the leak of information and images had anything to do with a reveal of the upcoming G.I. Joe/Transformers ComicCon set, but whatever the reasoning, we now have official press photos of the set to share as revealed by Uproxx yesterday.

Check out the images below.

Leaked images of upcoming ComicCon set reveal more Transformers/G.I. Joe connections!

EDIT – Original source of the images (as I should have guessed) is ACToys here.  I’ve mirrored a bunch more images and added them to the gallery below.  This set is looking even better!

Labeled as only coming from the “Chinese Web” new images of what is believed to be the upcoming G.I. Joe ComicCon set have emerged on the G.I. Joe Discussion group on Facebook.

This year’s SDCC exclusive appears to be a Rattler repaint as Powerglide, with Scarlett facing off against a HISS repaint as Soundwave, with Zartan!  Very cool looking repaints, for sure, and I’m loving that Scarlett build, though not really wild about the 25th Anniversary head sculpt.

I really loved the Retaliation Zartan as well, it will be interesting to see what the differences are between this one and the previous.

Choosing the repaint the Direct to Consumer HISS Tank is an awesome idea, too, and I’m digging those Soundwave missile launchers at the turret.  Really creative stuff.

Not only is it cool to see these, but there are two slots in the crossword puzzle to fill in!  Check out the mirrored images below, and hit up the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook to join in the talk!

G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Zartan

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A 50th Anniversary three-pack that includes my favorite G.I. Joe character and one of my favorite COBRA characters?  Seems like a dream come true.  Not only are they giving us an update to COBRA’s venerable master of disguise, but they’re basing the figure on the Concept Case version, a rendition of Zartan that has been a fan favorite for the past few years.

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I’m not entirely sure what Hasbro used as source material for this particular version of Zartan, with the gray shirt and differently armored legs.  Perhaps it’s a feeling that here in the 21st Century a dude in a hood and armored belly shirt doesn’t have the same gravitas as he did over 30 years ago?  I’m not sure, but I don’t mind.

The parts are all reused, with what I believe is the G.I. Joe: Resolute Duke’s torso and the familiar Zartan head and arms.  The legs belong to the Pursuit of Cobra Jungle Attack Snake Eyes, which is a pretty awful figure, but the legs themselves manage to translate okay to this updated figure.  The strange thigh pads are an interesting call back to the original Zartan, though the slanted leg armor looks considerably different than his vintage styled ones.  I don’t mind, though, it’s a great updated look for him.

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Zartan’s articulation is decent.  His arms are carried forward from the 25th Anniversary version, but unlike many figures of that era, the range of motion is actually okay.  Sculpting is a little soft there, however, making his arms look a bit slim and underdetailed.

The head and hood are great looking, and I like the more bulky armored legs.  Wearing a shirt underneath his armor works fine for me as well, and even if it doesn’t have a real link to a different media, it’s a cool look, and when he wears a mask without the armor on, he looks at least a little bit more like a guy in disguise.  Just a little, though.  Zartan mostly has his classic paint scheme, with brown pants and a brown hood over a gray shirt and a healthy helping of very cool almost reflective metal for the chest armor, shoulder pads, and leg armor.  It’s a great look for him and makes him look classic as well as gives him a shot of something different.


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Anyone who has owned previous versions of Zartan will find a lot of familiar gear here, including the removable armor, his trademark backpack, and three different masks.  He also comes with the same knife he’s come with since the first 25th Anniversary version (though unfortunately he has nowhere to store it) as well as the multi-crossbow launcher that has come with a number of other figures.  He’s pretty well equipped and the accessories all add something nice to the overall look and feel of the figure.

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Out of all the concept case entries that were visible at JoeCon several years ago, the Zartan update didn’t really speak to me.  I wasn’t sure what the motivator was behind the aesthetic changes, but now that I’ve got this figure in hand, it’s got some interesting updates and I can’t find much to complain about.  Of course there aren’t a whole lot of improvements here when compared to a couple of spectacular figures like the Resolute Zartan or Pursuit of Cobra Zartan, but as far as classic looking updates go, it works okay.

I still feel like Zartan deserves the “Ultimate” treatment, similar to COBRA Commander, Destro, Storm Shadow, and Firefly, and maybe some day we’ll get it.  For those looking for the ‘be all end all’ version of him, this isn’t it.  That doesn’t make it bad, and in fact, I find it to be a very entertaining update, but for anyone who is looking for that sort of figure, I want to make sure expectations fall where they should be.

Sideshow Collectibles – DOUBLE POINTS on Zartan vs. Flint statue!

If you’re a fan of high end G.I. Joe items and statuary, you should appreciate the special deal from Sideshow Collectibles today on their Flint vs. Zartan statue!  They are offering double reward points on the item, so if you buy it today, you earn $24.50 in reward points.

Click the banner below to check out this great item!

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G.I. Joe: Battleground new PVP Event A Wolf in Sheep’s Body Armor!

Well, Mobage and DeNA did it to us again last night and snuck in a new event right under our noses!  It’s another PVP event, with some great potential rewards.  See if you can score a Legendary Zartan (based off his awesome Pursuit of Cobra look) and work to win an Epic Nunchuk!

Along with these two, there are new soldiers to recruit as well, including Jinx and Cobra B.A.T.!

Last, but not least, for December, a brand new Invitation bonus in the form of the Cobra Ninja Slice.  Check out screen caps for all of these new cards below.

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Details emerge about Zartan’s return to the IDW G.I. Joe universe

When we last saw Zartan in the IDW G.I. Joe storyline, he was on board an airplane as it crashed in the Australian wilderness…there had been no real sign of a hood or eye black, and besides his uncanny ability to mimick the appearance of others (a great genetic experiment that was actually a highlight of IDW’s backstories in my opinion) he bore little real resemblance to the Zartan we knew and loved.

Well, that’s apparently all changing with the July release of G.I. Joe: Special Missions #5, which brings Zartan as well as the Dreadnoks back to the forefront, and Zartan looks might familiar this time around.

Newsarama spoke with both Chuck Dixon and Will Rosado about Special Missions #5, and the details are revealed right here.

From the sounds of things, the Dreadnoks in IDW’s world are pretty nasty little buggers.  Not so much the comic relief as they were in other G.I. Joe universes.  I’m kind of looking forward to see where they’re going with this.  Again, check out Newsarama for the latest info.

Characters I’m most looking forward to seeing in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Larry Hama has always established that G.I. Joe isn’t necessarily about war, action, ninjas, or gun battle…at its core, it is about the characters.  It is the personality of the characters that keeps them alive and keeps them viable throughout the years.

I would maintain that this remains true in Hollywood as well, and that the translation of these characters into film is equally important for the movie to remain timeless.  After all, we don’t all remember the fantastic Aliens movie because of the gun fights, right?  We remember it because of characters like Hicks, Ripley, and Hudson.  THEY are what made that film, not splattering acid blood all over the place.

So now that things are starting to take shape around G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which characters am I most looking forward to seeing in action?  Let’s break it down after the jump:

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Sideshow Collectibles FREE G.I. Joe action figure with purchase!

For anyone who has been on the fence about buying a G.I. Joe figure from Sideshow Collectibles, this just might put you over the edge.  Until the end of the month, Sideshow Collectibles is offering a free “mystery figure” to any collector who orders an in stock participating G.I. Joe item.

That’s right…buy any participating in stock G.I. Joe item, and you get a free item included!  Participating items are listed below, I’d love to hear what folks are receiving:

Sixth Scale Figures


Rock n Roll

Crimson Guard

Exclusive Crimson Guard

General Hawk

Black Dragon Ninja

Exclusive Black Dragon Ninja


Pit Command Center

Urban Threat – Condition Red!

Recovery at Serpent Temple

Arashikage Temple


Cobra Commander Diorama

Exclusive Cobra Commander Diorama

Flint Vs. Zartan Diorama

Exclusive Flint Vs. Zartan Diorama

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Free G.I. Joe Figure Giveaway Terms And Conditions!

The FREE ‘G.I. Joe Mystery Figure’ is selected by Sideshow and is available to collectors who place a qualifying order for an IN STOCK G.I. Joe Collectible from October 16th – 31st, 2012 at 11:59PM (Pacific Time), or while supplies last. Gift Cards, Rewards, discounts (unless otherwise notated), FLEXPay, coupons and gift certificates CANNOT be used in conjunction with this promotion, even if checkout allows it, and can only be applied to new orders, and can only be used once per customer/account. The free mystery item cannot be exchanged for an alternate choice and it cannot be returned for credit or cash value. Please read below for detailed participation information!

How To Redeem:
The option to add the Mystery Gift will appear on the check-out pages of qualified In-Stock orders. Upon check-out, customers must select the ‘Yes’ box if they would like to receive the FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ or the ‘No’ box if they would like to decline the offer.

Receiving Your Promotional item:
While every effort will be made to ship both items together, it may not be possible to pack your FREE item with your purchased collectible. Your FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ may arrive after your product purchase has shipped. Additional shipping fees will apply on your FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ if it is shipped separately.

International Participation Welcome!
International collectors (including EU regions) will be responsible for VAT, duties or import fees on the shipment of the promotional item. Due to customs requirements, the promotional item will need to be assigned a value of at least US$1.[Request a Ship Quote here]. Once you select the ‘Yes’ box and submit your order, you accept responsibility for all fees incurred on the entire shipment.

Weeping in the toy aisles? Don’t forget about Sideshow Collectibles!

I know there has been an obvious G.I. Joe vacuum at retail, but don’t forget…all is not lost in G.I. Joe toy land.  Those great folks over at Sideshow Collectibles still have tons of G.I. Joe products in stock and ready to ship!

Excellent figures like the Crimson Guard, General Hawk, Cobra Viper, Zartan, Rock n Roll, and many other great dioramas and statues are in stock at Sideshow Collectibles, so satisfy your G.I. Joe itch with some 12″ goodness.

Click the banner below to see what they’ve got in stock and use some of that “mad money” for some really cool conversation pieces for your G.I. Joe collection.

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Sideshow September continues – 12″ Zartan guest review!

It took over a week, but I’m finally getting caught up with Mysterious Stranger’s excellent guest reviews, and I’m finishing with a good one… the 12″ Zartan!  I am continuously battling myself with this figure… not sure if I’ll be able to resist forever, and these reviews certainly aren’t helping!

Check out the review at the Sideshow Collectibles review section or via the direct link below.