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GeneralsJoes Dio-Stories: A Peek Behind the Curtain, Part 1

Long title, simple concept.

When I announced my Rise of COBRA mini dio-story project earlier this week,  I mentioned that I had a finale in mind when I initially produced my dio-stories…a clear beginning and an end.  What I didn’t necessarily mention was that I have actually already written the end.  I have it down on paper, I know what happens, what’s next, and how I might transition to a Rise of COBRA/Pursuit of COBRA universe, if that is my intention.  Click the Read the rest of the story link below to continue on…


Mysterious images emerge for COBRA Viper and COBRA B.A.T. Troop Builder Packs

The Terror Drome has dug up an image of some Anniversary themed troop builder packs, one of them that we’ve seen before, but one of them we definitely haven’t.  The real question is, are these upcoming items, or merely packaged images of packs that have since been cancelled?


I’ve seen some hypothesis in various places that packaged pictures automatically means we’ll be seeing these items in the future.  I’m not so sure.  We know the Viper Troop Builder pack was marketed prior to the end of the 25th Anniversary line, but  Hasbro has stated in past Q & A’s that the Viper troop builder pack was canceled.  It’s quite possible that packaged samples were put together before that cancellation (heck, we’ve seen packaged versions of Wave 14 figures, and those are definitely canned).  I personally wouldn’t bet the house that these items are coming out this year or at all.

Personally, it doesn’t really bother me either way.  I’ve got enough BATs to last a life time, and the non-dirtied Resolute version is nothing special.  None of those Vipers are the “fixed” versions, so I couldn’t care less about any of them, even with a poorly cobbled together Mercer figure.  So yeah, I wouldn’t expect to see these at retail any time soon, and personally, that doesn’t bug me in the least.  I’d rather Hasbro invest their time and money into cool Rise of COBRA product, or Resolute stuff, and leave this substandard troop builder stuff in the past.

Toys “R” Us Launches Used Video Game exchange program

For folks like me who are video game fans and toy fans, Toys “R” Us has launched a very cool program in the same vein as video game retailers like Electronics Boutique, Gamestop, etc…  Toys “R” Us will now take in used video games in exchange for a store credit gift card that can be used on any item in the store.  The full information on the new program pulled from Toy News International is at the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below:


The Five Reasons to buy the Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe (2nd Edition) – #2

#2 – It’s about more than just the pictures.

While I raved yesterday about the level of detail in the new images from the second edition of the Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe, today I’m going to talk about how much more there is in this book besides the images.  Each and every figure and vehicle has a paragraph written about it, and some of them offer some terrific little details from military history, and even from the Godfather himself, Larry Hama.  Duke especially offers some nice insight, explaining that his initial character was slated to be an officer, older than Hawk and perhaps even more distinguished.  Quite a difference between that and the final result.

That’s only a small sample of the amazing level of great detail included in the Ultimate Guide, and just one small reason why it’s worth a purchase.  Order a copy at Amazon today, or see if you can win a copy free from GeneralsJoes!