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Remember the day – Memorial Day

As Americans around the country take time to “celebrate” Memorial Day, it’s important to remember exactly what the holiday means and try to find the best way to honor the memories of those who inspired our country, and thus, inspired the world.
I’m one of those folks who actually doesn’t know anyone personally who died in a war, though, like all Americans, my life was profoundly affected by their sacrifice.
Let’s all take at least a few moments today to remember what the day is really about.
And to all of those currently serving our country, no matter where you are or what capacity, all I can say is “thank you”.

Missing Alpha vehicles from The Rise of Cobra found North of the Border!

With a huge thanks to friend of GeneralsJoes and member of Stealth Viper for reporting that the third wave of Alpha vehicles from the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have started hitting retail at various Wal-Marts in Canada!
The sighting was first reported here by akpayne, and several other JoeCanuck members have chimed in, including images!
This is finally confirmation that these have hit mainstream retail somewhere, and will fill some holes in many Joe fans’ collections!  Check out the sighting thread here, and if you’re in Canada, or know someone who lives there, start cashing in those favors.

G.I. Joe Q & A Tidbits and Notes

So the answers have all pretty much trickled in for the latest round of the Q & A, which I’ve archived much of right here.  Honestly, it seemed like a somewhat drab round, without a whole lot of info.  I know many of you will say that’s no surprise, but in the last round, I thought we got some great news nuggets, especially considering how close we were to Toy Fair.
This round there wasn’t much to get riled up about, but we did get some interesting information gleaned from the sites around the ‘net.  These were some of the more interesting things discussed, in my opinion…click the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for the full run down.

City Strike and Resolute Firefly images

When images from the Pursuit of Cobra were first shown from JoeCon in 2009, while most folks raved about Shadow Tracker and Jungle-Viper, I was secretly drooling over the City Strike Firefly.  That freaky looking helmet, and futuristic design all really appealed to me and it was one of the figures I was most looking forward to.  As the months have gone on, my love for the figure has waned, but just a bit.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not quite as fond of the figure, or if all of the other Pursuit of Cobra figures just look so much more bad ass than they did even six months ago, but whatever the reason, Firefly hasn’t retained his “rock star” status, at least from preliminary pictures.  His vest makes him look a bit bulky, I’m not sure exactly what the detail is underneath the vest, and his sewn-in elbow pads are giving me some unfortunate flashbacks to the Rise of Cobra troopers.
But who knows…I don’t have the figure in hand yet, so I should try to reel in my early judgements at least somewhat.  It’s quite possible I’ll be surprised.  I still absolutely love that helmet, love his machine guns, love the suction cup backpack.  Ah, who am I kidding, everyone who reads this page knows I’ll probably gush about it anyway…
Regardless of all that, Gyre-Viper has supplied a healthy helping of Pursuit of Cobra Firefly pictures over at HissTank, and I’m mirroring a bunch below.  As some added bonuses we’ve also got some Resolute Firefly and Zartan thrown in for good measure.  The start of 2010 has been pretty slow from a product standpoint, but damn, once August hits, it’ll be like 2009 all over again.  Only this time the product is all going to be great.  At least from early glimpses…
Check out the images below.

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