Amid rumors of short supply and recalls most big-box retail chains have stocked their toy aisles with G.I. Joe: Retaliation toys. In fact, just about everything has been in relatively good supply with only a few variant figures being a tad tricky to track down. To help you on your toy hunt, we've added a G.I. Joe: Retaliation product listing to our photo archive that contains all of the items available at retail. There are nine unique figures with two variants in the first wave (11 total with variants). If you're looking for the variants, Target seems to be getting shipments with the black version of Cobra Commander and the gold masked/caped G.I. Joe Trooper, while Toys R Us is the spot for the blue colored versions of the two figures. Other items included in the first wave of Retaliation toys are two figure multi-packs, two alpha-class vehicles, two bravo-class vehicles, and two delta-class vehicles.
In an effort to get a head start on sales, Hasbro gave retailers the green light to start putting G.I. Joe: Retaliation branded movie product on shelves in time for the U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend. That all changed with this week's announcement that the release date of Retaliation was being delayed from June 29, 2012 to March 29, 2013, causing a flurry of rumors and speculation on how this would impact the toy line.
The G.I. Joe Collectors' Club has confirmed that this year's membership incentive figure, Footloose, will be available for purchase during G.I. JoeCon. Like Dial-Tone last year, Footloose will come carded on classic explosion-backed art. In addition, Will Ryan, the voice actor who portrayed Footloose in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero animated series will be on-hand as a guest and available to sign autographs.
Yesterday's announcement that G.I. Joe: Retaliation would be delayed until March, with barely a month to go until its scheduled release, surprised a lot of people (including a few at Hasbro, according to our sources). Months of anticipation built through marketing hype came to a screeching halt when the news of the date change broke and, at one point, it was a trending topic on Twitter, meaning it had transcended the G.I. Joe fandom. As a means of catharsis, What's on Joe Mind recorded a raw, unedited special episode with a roundtable of G.I. Joe collecting minds to make sense of the news and discuss it's impact on the G.I. Joe brand both now and in the future.
Hasbro has announced that the release date for G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been pushed back from June 29, 2012 to March 29, 2013. The nine month delay is being attributed to a desire to convert the Jon Chu directed flick to 3-D and we've received credible intel that the film's distribution partner, Paramount Pictures, made the call on the date change. In the meantime, Hasbro's other summer blockbuster Battleship--distributed by Universal Pictures--made a paltry $25 million in it's opening weekend.
Continuing to give a comprehensive look at Hasbro's first wave of G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures, "Pixel" Dan Eardley tackles Cobra ninja Storm Shadow. While the figure is not movie accurate, it does feature the full gamut of articulation we've come to expect in a G.I. Joe figure, which can't be said for all of the figures in the first wave, sadly. To Hasbro's credit, they did acknowledge both movie accuracy and articulation earlier this year at Toy Fair, so they should come as no surprise. When you're done watching Pixel Dan's Storm Shadow review, but sure to visit his new site, Pixel-Dan.com, for more in-depth toy reviews including Hasbro's G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes.
The wait continues. G.I. Joe Collectors' Club members are receiving an e-mail update from club president Brian Savage about the status of registration for next month's G.I. JoeCon. According to Savage's e-mail, registration is delayed until Wednesday.
Scarlett leads a team to investigate Cobra operations in Patagonia, but things quickly go wrong when they are ambushed and captured. Meanwhile, the Joes deal with the ramifications of their clandestine operations becoming public knowledge.
The release of the G.I. JoeCon 2012 convention brochure, by the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club, means JoeCon is right around the corner. The five page dossier covers a lot of ground from pre-show tours to registration packages and all that information can be a bit daunting for first-time attendees and veteran con-goers alike. Enter What's on Joe Mind with a special edition episode! Follow along as Gary and Justin break down the brochure and share their experiences and insights on what you can expect at this year's show.
The G.I. Joe Collectors' Club revealed the final member in it's Operation: Bear Trap souvenir set, Horror Show. Horror Show--whose name is a phonetic similarity to the Russian word horosho meaning good or well--will include an assault rifle, RPG launcher with two rockets, a backpack and stand. Operation: Bear Trap is a G.I. JoeCon 2012 exclusive will include 15 figures from the opposing Oktober Guard and Iron Grenadier factions. G.I. JoeCon 2012 runs June 8 - July 1 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.
When Hasbro revealed their G.I. Joe: Retaliation lineup earlier this year at Toy Fair, Zartan caught the eye of many G.I. Joe: Renegades fans. The figure has an uncanny resemblance to the character as he appeared in the Hub's short-lived animated reboot and it begged the question--was this figure originally slated to be part of the Renegades line or is it a new sculpt created for the movie line (for the record, Hasbro says the figure is an homage and not a leftover)? Whatever you believe, "Pixel" Dan Eardley in-depth look at Zartan will let you know how he measures up and if he's worth adding to your collection.
The G.I. Joe Collectors' Club has revealed another figure from its G.I. JoeCon 2012 Operation: Bear Trap souvenir figure set. This time it's Oktober Guard General Iron Bear. The next to last reveal in the convention exclusive set, General Iron Bear includes a stand, removable officers hat, baton, assault rifle with removable drum, and a combat knife. G.I. JoeCon 2012 runs June 8 - July 1 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.
We're filing this one under if you told us it would happen, we still wouldn't believe you. The G.I. Joe Collectors' Club has revealed General Voltar as part of its G.I. JoeCon 2012 Operation: Bear Trap souvenir figure set. The butt of many jokes--thanks in part to his fuchsia-colored unitard--Voltar has gained a cult following among collectors from simply being of the most ridiculous characters ever created in the A Real American Hero era. The 2012 JoeCon set figure includes a stand, 2 assault rifles, a sword and a removable helmet, however and unfortunately, a condor is not included. G.I. JoeCon 2012 runs June 8 - July 1 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.
G.I. Joe: Renegades is getting some company on Netflix's instant streaming service. All 65 episodes of the first season of the classic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero animated series are now available to watch instantly, as are 98 episodes of The Transformers classic series. Don't forget to add these to your instant queue!
The secret's out! This year's G.I. JoeCon exclusive souvenir figure set, Operation: Bear Trap, will feature the Oktober Guard pitted against Destro's Iron Grenadiers. The box set will include 15 figures, comprised of six unique Oktober Guard members and four unique Iron Grenadiers, complete with weapons and accessories. The G.I. Joe Collectors' Club has even released a preview of the first Iron Grenadier team member, the Iron Grenadier Elite Trooper. Be sure to keep an eye on the the club's G.I. JoeCon 2012 exclusives Web page for more updates. G.I. JoeCon runs June 8 - July 1 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.
The Joes rush to NORAD to intercept a Cobra infiltration. Roadblock puts his newfound Arashikage/Battle Kata skills to the test while Snake Eyes faces his former sword brother, Storm Shadow. John Barber and Salvador Navarro bring us this closing chapter to the Retaliation movie prequel
Pixel Dan is on a reviewing rampage since taking the wraps off his new Web site at Pixel-Dan.com. This week's critiques include a pair of figures from the first wave of Hasbro's G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie line--Cobra Commander and Roadblock. As these figures begin to trickle out to retail, Dan helps you decide if they're worth adding to your collection.
It's a non-stop firefight as Cobra defends Broca Beach from the invading Blue Ninja forces. Baroness and Snake Eyes target the Blue Ninja master, who himself confronts Cobra Commander for a final showdown. Hama and Gallant's GI Joe: A Real American Hero #178 is another strong, and fun, chapter in the classic Joe mythos.
Tunnel Rat was released in the winter of 2011 as part of the third wave of figures in the G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary line. The 30th Anniversary line celebrates 30 years since the release of the modern, 3-3/4-inch G.I. Joe action figure. As part of the celebration, Hasbro not only included figures of classic characters from the 1982 A Real American Hero comic and television series, but also those from the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series.
It's interesting to follow the evolution of certain characters over the years. Tunnel Rat was originally based on the Vietnam War era soldiers responsible for subterranean search and destroy missions. With slightly over a decade separating the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam (1973) and the release of the first incarnation of Tunnel Rat in 1987, the character's persona was fitting for the time. But as that decade grew to nearly four, generational disconnects developed and the inclusion of Tunnel Rat in G.I. Joe: Renegades meant the the character's persona had to be re-imagined with one more relevant to the changes in society. While Tunnel Rat still likes to squeeze through tight spaces, his new stomping grounds are more urban and industrial, and exploit a trend that has captured the interest of many in the Internet generation, urban exploration--the examination of unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas.
It's a new chapter for the Joes, and it doesn't look good. Washington takes a critical look at the effectiveness of the Joes while Cobra, fresh from their victory in Nanzhao, sets their eyes on their next target. G.I. Joe #12, by Chuck Dixon and Will Rosado, explores the aftermath of Cobra Command.