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Cobra 1st Legion – 2013 Toy Drive to support Oakland Children’s Hospital

For the third year running, G.I. Joe cosplay group Cobra’s 1st Legion is doing a toy drive to support Oakland Children’s Hospital, and they’d love your support! The Toy Drive goes from now until December 21st, and you can drop off new, packaged items, including toys, books, gift cards, and personal hygiene products at the sponsors you see in the poster below. If you live in the Oakland, California area and want to support the Oakland Children’s Hospital, consider contributing to the Cobra 1st Legion Toy Drive!

Check out the poster below for the list of the sponsors.


Unofficial poll – which version of Billy would you want as an action figure?

His name comes up all the time on most fans “most wanted” lists, and unlike a figure like Pythona, you would think Billy could be done relatively easily with many existing parts.  So what’s stopping someone like the G.I. Joe Collectors Club from doing it?

According to the Q & A at last year’s JoeCon (and it seems like every year’s JoeCon) the Club doesn’t know what version of Billy the fans might want.  The Boy Scout assassin version (no thanks)?  Storm Shadow’s ninja apprentice?  A Devils Due-esque version in military gear and long hair?  Where do you stand?

Well, if you’re a member of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club, skinny has put up an unofficial poll to gather some fan consensus about what version of Billy we might want to see.  It’s pretty well known that the Club pays attention to fan requests, especially at their site or on their forums, so you should definitely check out the forums, and place your vote.

You never know, you might help shape FSS 3.0 or 4.0!


Larry Hama speaks to Newsarama about G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Over the past several weeks, Newsarama has been doing a great interview series called “YO, JOE” and has featured many great IDW top talent, including Fred Van Lente, Mike Costa, Chuck Dixon, and now the godfather himself, Larry Hama.  Larry’s work on IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero title has been stellar over the past couple of years, and I love that Newsarama is doing a featured piece on it.

The interview itself is fantastic, too.  As many of us know, Mr. Hama has a distinct opinion about his place in the grand scheme of comic publishing, and this interview perfectly captures that attitude.  He even answers some questions simply by showing some great notes from recent issues of Real American Hero.  It’s a great read, everyone should go check it out at


G.I. Joe: Battleground new PVP Event A Wolf in Sheep’s Body Armor!

Well, Mobage and DeNA did it to us again last night and snuck in a new event right under our noses!  It’s another PVP event, with some great potential rewards.  See if you can score a Legendary Zartan (based off his awesome Pursuit of Cobra look) and work to win an Epic Nunchuk!

Along with these two, there are new soldiers to recruit as well, including Jinx and Cobra B.A.T.!

Last, but not least, for December, a brand new Invitation bonus in the form of the Cobra Ninja Slice.  Check out screen caps for all of these new cards below.

Download G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices for free at:

Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #197

The road to issue #200 continues as Larry Hama and SL Gallant keep pumping out some great looking books continuing the Marvel era.  The 197th issue of this landmark series hits comic shops tomorrow and you can check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #197

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE ROAD TO #200 CONTINUES! G.I. JOE has been set-up! As most of America’s Elite are taken prisoner in Sierra Gordo, it’s up to the few support members left behind to launch an offensive. But when COBRA realizes G.I. JOE is spread so thin, they get ready to launch an offensive of their own. This just might be G.I. JOE’s darkest hour, in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #197!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA strikes G.I. JOE when they’re down! Can G.I. JOE recover?
  • Variant sketch cover by Larry Hama!