Can you feel the excitement? Probably not quite as strong now, with 29 days to go as it will be when we get within 10 days… or 5. I don’t know about you folks, but this daily countdown has been a blast, and I’m thrilled that Twitziller has been rocking it out, not missing a beat.
We have our 29th reason to look forward to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and it immediately struck a chord with me.
Those four letters… VTOL. I don’t know about anyone else, but I had never even heard of the VTOL concept until… well, until I was 10 years old. Like so many other real world military ideas, I first learned about them through the lens of being a G.I. Joe fan. VTOL, Vertical Take Off and Landing was initially introduced to me with the Skyhawk and the Rattler, years before words like “Harrier Jet” were even in the public vernacular. Terminology like “Covert Operations”, “NATO and Warsaw Pact”, and even “Commando” were introduced thanks to the wonders of G.I. Joe in the 80’s. Can you even imagine a toyline today using words like that on toys designed for 8 year old little boys? I’m not sure I can.
The VTOL concept was used in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra as well with the Howler and to a limited extent with the Cobra Gunship, but it’s important to note how it’s carried forth here, too, both in the film and in the toys. Fans made the immediate connection to the Howler (not to mention the Rattler) when viewing the footage you see the grab from above, and the Ghost Hawk II looks to be a great evolution of that vehicle from the first G.I. Joe film. I love that these concepts that seemed so natural to us young boys still invade the public mind, and are very certainly being used in the film universe quite well.
To keep up to date on the 40 Reasons why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great, make sure you are following Twitziller on Twitter, and keeping it right here on GeneralsJoes as well. The previous entries can be seen below.
It’s a G.I. Joe flood! We’re getting pretty steady G.I. Joe: Retaliation product at retail, the Kre-O figures seem to be taking Toys “R” Us by storm, and now the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has sent out the third series of their Figure Subscription Service figures!
A few folks have reported receiving them already, and I will refrain from spoiling the contents here. I’m hoping to get reviews done in time for the “Road to Retaliation” event over the next 30 days, so prepare yourselves.
Been having trouble finding G.I. Joe Kre-O sets at your local Toys “R” Us? Well, TRU.com can get you the hook up! Both in store and online, Toys “R” Us is currently offering a Buy 1 Get 1 50% off sale on their entire stock of Kre-O product, including the brand new G.I. Joe items.
Combine that with Free Shipping for sales over $75, and you could grab the whole run of Kre-O items for a really good price.
Check out the TRU.com Kre-O section right here. The figure packs are currently sold out, but many of the boxed sets are still available.
I’ve talked in the past about the awesome Acid Free Gallery prints, and now we’ve got a couple of new Cobra character posters to talk about. Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow prints by Rhys Cooper will apparently be going on sale today at 12:30 Eastern time.
There are regular prints and variants. The standard prints are $50 each, with variants clocking in at $65. Check out AcidFreeGallery.com to pick these bad boys up!
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As most of you hopefully remember, I got a chance to review two out of the three “Tactical Ninja” boxed set figures a few months ago. Well, now that this set has finally hit retail, I was able to finally round off that three pack with Snake Eyes!
Snake Eyes is…well, sort of a conundrum. He’s got a fantastic mix of different really great parts. But when you bring all of those great parts together, the result isn’t especially captivating or cohesive. You’ll have to check out my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review page for the full details, or just click the link below.
As an added bonus, I also added some details to my Agent Mouse review now that the final version is out, there were some added pictures and information that I wanted to get into the review. You can click that link below as well.