March 17, 2013
Cobra, Firefly, G.I. Joe, Larry Hama, Ray Stevenson
G.I. Joe has always had one of the better collection of villains in pop culture, with members of Cobra being just as recognized and beloved by fans as the heroes. One of the most popular members of Cobra was the mercenary expert of sabotage — Firefly.
Just one look at the guy reveals all you need to know why kids couldn’t wait to add Firefly to their collections. With his “robber-style” mask and grey camouflage, Firefly stood out among the other Cobra figures just as much as Storm-Shadow. Even on his action figure file card art, the guy looks shifty. More
February 19, 2013
Aliens, Drake, G.I. Joe, Hicks, Hudson, james cameron, NECA, Ripley, Vasquez
In my Top 10 list of all-time favorite movies, “Aliens” has a permanent spot. It’s my favorite James Cameron movie as it came the closest to pitting G.I. Joe against an invading alien force.
By ’86 there was G. I. Joe for me and then everything else. Even then I figured that would be the closest I’d come to seeing a live-action G.I. Joe movie. Who knew that I’d finally get to see one come 2013? [Reminder. That 2009 debacle did not count]
NECA is fast working to gain a similar place in my collecting heart as they reveal more details on its new “Aliens” line of figures. More
November 12, 2012
Comic Book, It Figures
Cobra, Cobra Commander, comic book store, Flint, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, G.I. Joe: Revenge of Cobra, Lady Jaye, Larry Hama, Sideshow Collectibles, Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow, Zartan
My entry into comic books was the amazing G.I. Joe comic written throughout the 155-issue run (save one issue) by Larry Hama. The comic debuted in 1982 and the legendary cartoon started a year later with the five-part mini-series “G.I. Joe – A Real American Hero.”
The next year’s mini-series, “The Revenge of Cobra,” introduced us 80s kids to many of the property’s most beloved characters from Flint, Roadblock, Lady Jaye, Zartan, Firefly and the Cobra ninja, Storm Shadow. Twenty-eight years later, they’re still some of the line’s biggest names as all are featured in the next (or first if you have selective amnesia like me) G.I. Joe live-action movie: “G.I. Joe Retaliation.” More
November 9, 2012
Action/Adventure, Science Fiction
Autobots, Bumblebee, Decepticons, G.I. Joe, Josh Duhamel, Michael Bay, Optimus Prime, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBouf, Shockwave, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Tyrese Gibson, videogames
Optimus Prime in “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON.”
At this point, I know better than to expect much from the Transformers movie universe so maybe that’s why I’m not labeling “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” the worse film ever. And even then, it’d be pretty hard to top the abomination that was “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
Director Michael Bay brings his … unique brand of “film making” for what one can only hope will be his final take on the Transformers universe with all the bombastic action, bloodthirsty battles, EXTREME explosions and awkward humor that only he can provide. And every so often he manages to toss in a scene or two with those big, clunky robots too. I still think Bay got his Hasbro toy properties mixed up as spends nearly as much time trying to make a “G.I. Joe – A Real American Hero” movie as he does “Transformers.” More
November 8, 2012
Action/Adventure, Cinema Convo
Brad Pitt, Cobra, field of screams, G.I. Joe, Rick Grimes, World War Z
I loooooove zombie movies, zombie video games and zombie TV shows. I’m in the process of arm-building Cobra Zombie Viper action figures because the combination of G.I. Joe and Cobra Zombies is too great to pass up. My friends took me to a Field of Screams for zombie paintball for my birthday. And it was AWESOME.
So I’m a little nuts for zombie stuff. Anyway, here’s the first look at Brad Pitt’s new film, “World War Z.” Guess what the “Z” stands for?
Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures
Brad Pitt (center) is Gerald Lane in WORLD WAR Z, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films.
In the film, Pitt plays a U.N. employee traveling the globe in hopes of stop a zombie outbreak. Rick Grimes he’s not, but this sounds like my kind of movie and I’ll be excited to check it out when it arrives on June 21, 2013.
November 4, 2012
Comic Book, It Figures
Cobra, G.I. Joe, Major Bludd, Sideshow Collectibles
In the cartoon, Major Bludd was one of my favorite Cobra operatives. He was one of the few competent agents who wasn’t plotting on Cobra Commander’s authority and he ALWAYS got his mission accomplished. Sideshow Collectibles recently showed off its 12″ version of Cobra’s main merc and it’s one of their better G.I. Joe theme collectibles just like their take on The Baroness.
Sideshow Collectibles presents the Major Bludd Sixth Scale Figure. The COBRA organization’s go-to mercenary gets the Sixth Scale treatment, joining our acclaimed GI JOE Sixth Scale figure series. Fully loaded with an impressive array of weaponry, along with a highly detailed costume and accessories, Major Bludd is a must have addition for any JOE or COBRA collector. More
October 11, 2012
Comic Book, It Figures
Cobra, G.I. Joe, machine pistol, Sideshow Collectibles, The Baroness
For the G.I. Joe fans out there [of the figures, comic books or the cartoon, anything but that abomination they tried to pull off with that movie...the live action one, not the fun cartoon one with Cobra Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalaaaaa] Where was I?
Oh yeah, Sideshow Collectibles – the makers of pretty much every cool sixth-inch collectible figure in North America – is giving Joe and Cobra fans two chances to nab Cobra’s bad girl – The Baroness.
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the next entry in our GI JOE Premium Format Figure line, Baroness. Cobra’s second in command is presented in stunning 1:4 scale featuring a detailed fabric costume and signature weaponry. More