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Sideshow Collectibles Red Ninja Backstage Pass

I’ll admit, I’m not all that wild about the fact that Sideshow Collectibles is producing a Red Ninja figure before many other mainstream characters that would better benefit from their realistic style.  But with the apparent news that the Red Ninja was originally supposed to be an SDCC Exclusive that didn’t hit deadline…well, I’m more forgiving.  It helps that the figure does still look pretty amazing.
Sideshow Collectibles has posted a “Backstage Pass” to their Red Ninja page which you can view directly by clicking here.
There are currently two versions of the Red Ninja available for Pre-Order now!  Check the banner below to place your order:
Red Ninja 12-inch Figure - Sideshow Exclusive - FLEXPay option

GeneralsJoes reviews Rise of Cobra Desert Rockslide w/ Dusty!

The July “Review-A-Rama” continues!  You didn’t think G.I. Joe: Origins #17 was the only review I was going to do today, did you?  😉
I covered the Rise of Cobra Lavapod yesterday, and today I bring you a review for the Desert Rockslide w/ Dusty!  I was not a huge fan of the Rockslide in Wave 1, but for some reason I am really liking this set a lot more than I thought I would.  I’m not a big desert environment fan, I’m not a big Rockslide fan, yet I find some appeal in this one.  Maybe it’s just in comparison with the Lavapod…  whatever the reason, check out all of my thoughts right here!

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Origins #17

Now we’re getting somewhere.  As the G.I. Joe titles have somewhat plodded along over the past 18 months, fans were wondering just where we were headed.  Chuck Dixon seemed to be having a tough time getting his feet under him and figuring out a concrete direction or what the end goal of this whole adventure is.
But over the past few months, things have kind of started falling into place.  Over in the main book things really picked up steam as Cobra became a more focal part of the G.I. Joe universe.  The whole conspiracy theory concept with Dataframe and Snake Eyes got the ball rolling, and now G.I. Joe is making an active push towards uncovering the Cobra mystery.  Characters are starting to come into focus and the layers are at least starting to be pulled back somewhat.
Meanwhile, in the G.I. Joe: Origins book, we’re getting some neat looks into the past of various members of G.I. Joe and Cobra…and with Issues #16 – 18 I think IDW had their work cut out for them.  Zartan is both an icon and a mystery when it comes to his backstory.  Is he superhuman?  Is it all technology?  A genetic disorder, or a mixture of all of the above?  Which angle would IDW take and how would they explore his abilities and talents?
The answer?  They’ve woven an interesting, captivating, and awesome backstory for the Cobra Master of Disguise that I have already fallen in love with.  In Issue #16, they gave us Zartan’s background as an emotionless mercenary who wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.  They tied Zartan into Cobra, and then, right as things were getting going, he was disintegrated.  Or was he?
Issue #17 picks up right where last issue left off…and to avoid any spoilers, I’ll continue the review after the jump.