Hoooolyy wow. I think that most of us when the G.I. Joe: Retaliation license was announced for Hot Toys, assumed that we’d be getting some pretty cool, high end 12″ figures, but assumptions are one thing, and seeing it in image form are quite another. Good gravy.
Over on the official Hot Toys Facebook page, they have officially announced the first G.I. Joe: Retaliation 12″ figure as Snake Eyes and it is about 120 pounds of awesome in a 12″ package. Check out the mirrored images below, but sit back a little bit, so you don’t get drool on your keyboard.
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Now, only one question remains…
HOT TOYS WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!?!?!?
This figure looks soooooo incredible. How the hell am I going to validate the $200 cost for this thing in my head over the next few months… the internal struggle begins!
One would think this would be a pretty easy, straight-forward article, right? I mean, we barely had a wave of figures released, and the vehicles were by and large unremarkable, so what is the point of this discussion?
Well, I kind of thought so, too, but then I started looking into what we got this year, and it became evident, that even with G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s short-lived shelf life, there was still plenty of topics to dissect and plenty to talk about in regards to 2012’s slate of G.I. Joe toys.
Now, a pair of items kind of had me in a quandry. While technically the Slaughter’s Marauders and Dreadnoks 7-Packs were shipped in 2012, I still consider them 2011 product. They were announced and solicited in 2011, and I received my sets in 2011, even though many folks got them in 2012. For that reason I did not include them when considering this list.
Any thoughts from the peanut gallery on that?
Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to see my thoughts.
I’ve talked about D & J Toys on the site before, mostly focusing on their very cool Rise of Cobra PIT companion set, which took all of the cardboard pieces and reconstructed them into actual styrene components.
Now, I had a chance to get my hands on their Falcon and Viper Glider reconstructions, and came away really impressed. These are very vintage in style, yet a lot more durable than you might be used to.
Check out the review in my Miscellaneous section, or just hit up the direct link below. Good stuff from another great fan-based project!
And in the true Spirit of Christmas, join us while we talk about female body parts for a couple of hours…
In all seriousness, this was a homecoming of sorts as we all got back together to do a real live episode for the first time in well over a month, and we had a ton of news to cover! If that’s not all, the rest of the crew (alongside YoJoe guru Terry Dizard) spoke with Bill Ratner, the voice of Flint in the Sunbow animated series.
Make sure you don’t miss me and Chuck throwing down about Michael Bay and the Transformers franchise… it’s one for the ages!
Check out the latest episode on our Podbean page, or via the embedded players below. Show notes are after the jump.
Whatever you think about the state of G.I. Joe throughout 2012, I don’t think anyone can argue that it was a slow year for news. Quite the opposite! Going from nearly daily reports of movie updates, to the downward spiral of G.I. Joe: Retaliation confidence, and finally finding some middle ground with the great regional gatherings of Joe fans and the countless great independent projects.
It was quite the interesting year for G.I. Joe, and in celebration of 2012, I’m picking the top 12 news stories for the year. They may be good, they may be bad, but the end result is a collection of events throughout 2012 that paints a pretty cool picture when we look back on it. Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the run down.