Rumor Alert – G.I. Joe to return in 6″ scale in 2020

Rumor Alert – G.I. Joe to return in 6″ scale in 2020

I’ve been dying to write this article ever since news starting breaking earlier this afternoon. By all accounts, a few assorted online retailers started receiving word this afternoon that Hasbro would be releasing 6″ G.I. Joe action figures in June, with the first assortment being the following:

  • Snake Eyes (2 per case)
  • Duke
  • Roadblock
  • Scarlett
  • Destro

According to a post on HISSTank.com, the new line will be called G.I. Joe: Classified and the current hypothesis is that it will be similar in style to the Marvel Legends, Power Ranger Lightning series and the Star Wars: Black series, with an assortment of highly articulated and accurately accessorized figures.

Nobody knows much about the line yet, but my own speculation is that these will be vintage in style, resembling the most familiar, iconic looks for the characters represented. A Twitter post from skinnyjoefan seems to agree with this, astutely pointing out that these figures are many of the same exact figures that were released at the beginning of the 25th Anniversary line back in 2007.

Of course, much of this news broke courtesy of The Full Force, and thankfully my work schedule was such that Chris and I could throw together a quick News Burst on this exciting new rumor!

There appear to be enough sources confirming the information for me to assume some validity, but until official confirmation arrives from Hasbro, let’s keep this in the rumor category. I have no doubt this information (and more!) will be fully revealed at Toy Fair 2020 in New York City. Stay tuned for more exciting news, I suspect this is just the tip of a huge, exciting iceberg for 2020!

Snake Eyes (G.I. Joe Origins) filming moves to Japan

Snake Eyes (G.I. Joe Origins) filming moves to Japan

Wow, when it rains, it pours! The new Snake Eyes film is all over the place in the news today as filming moves to Japan, which has spawned a series of updates and info around the film’s production.

First and foremost, we have a good look at the new official logo, which is slightly different than one we’d seen previously (and also includes the tagline “G.I. Joe Origins”). An updated cast list was posted on Paramount’s Facebook Page as well.

The Japanese Snake Eyes website has been officially launched as well, under the name “G.I. Joe Jet Black Snake Eyes” which is pretty awesome in and of itself.

Several images from the celebration of the filming moving to Japan have been shared as well and you can see a gallery of those images below. As 2020 goes along, there is sure to be much more news about the film and about the G.I. Joe brand at large, and I’m really excited to be sharing that info with you all. Nothing gets me more fired up than new media and G.I. Joe being in the public eye again.

Sure looks like 2020 is going to be a great year! If you want to stay as up to date as possible, make sure you’re following The Full Force on Facebook and check GeneralsJoesReborn as well!

Big thanks to both The Full Force and HISSTank.com for all of the great info coming out of Japan!

G.I. Joe: War on COBRA Official Launch Date

G.I. Joe: War on COBRA Official Launch Date

Word has gone out today that the rumored mobile game G.I. Joe: War on COBRA now has an official launch date!

D3 Go! and Emerald City Games are bringing War on COBRA to your favorite device as of January 20th, 2020. It is available for pre-registration now on Google Play only. Check out the launch trailer, detailed fact sheet and all sorts of cool press images below.

I was able to get access to the beta version of the game a while ago, and while the beta was a little clunky, the overall game play was fun, and I’m looking forward to playing it for real shortly!

G.I. Joe: War on COBRA – Available January 20, 2020!
Complex Kickstarter is the perfect compliment to whatever you collect

Complex Kickstarter is the perfect compliment to whatever you collect

RaginSpoon has been a long time mainstay in the G.I. Joe Collector community, initially making a splash with custom sculpted and cast heads and accessories.

For many years now, the folks there have had a dream of mass producing their own diorama accessories, and I’m thrilled to say that a short while ago, they made that dream a reality! The Complex base building system (available at SmallJoes.com) hit the collector community by storm, and now they’re looking to really branch out and do some exciting things.

A Kickstarter has been launched for series two of the Complex base building system which features some amazing new accessories, catwalks, stairways, as well as additional types of walls (if it can hit those stretch goals). All of these parts and pieces are compatible with the initial build sets, and many of them are also compatible with the peg/hole system of some of your favorite 1:18 scale modern military lines.

The possibilities are truly limitless. I wish this was out there ten years ago while I was still making dio-stories. Anyway, go hit up their Kickstarter and think about pledging for some great looking accessories and parts for your dioramas!

GeneralsJoes Reviews Dime Novel Legends

Currently available at SmallJoes.com.

Action FiguresBuckaroosGear and Accessories

I feel the need to preface this article with a simple fact:

I don’t really love Cowboy stuff. For whatever reason, it’s just never appealed to me a whole lot. Although my dad’s side of my family is from Denver, and I certainly have a lot of the American West in my bloodlines, there’s been nothing that really appealed to me about it.

Closest I’ve come to really being a fan of that era was Mattel’s Bravestarr line, the Galaxy Rangers, and maybe Firefly.

So, needless to say, I wasn’t really 100% committed to the Dime Novel Legends Kickstarter, and I hate to admit it, but I didn’t support it. I feel guilty even saying that, as I generally try to kick in and support most of those independent action figure Kickstarters, especially those run by people I’m friends with, but in this case, I’d over-extended on several others and decided to ease off the accelerator.

But, then they came out. And I heard other friends gushing about them. And they were available on SmallJoes.com (and I was able to acquire a nice selection for a great price from a friend of mine).

Long story short – I now have nearly a complete set of the Dime Novel Legends and good grief they are amazing.

Being as close as I am with the fine folks from Boss Fight Studio, I know how difficult it is to see an action figure line from concept to execution. Each time it happens successfully, especially on a small scale, it takes hours upon hours of pain-staking work, amazing artistic talent, brain-melting attention to detail, and just flat out dedication to releasing a solid product. Dime Novel Legends hits these marks in stride.

As a general overview, the figures are 4″ highly articulated Wild West themed figures of various designs and character. Each figure features a pseudo o-ring style construction (complete with the back screw– LOVE IT) though instead of the actual o-ring, it’s a construct using plastic joints. In truth, the effect is fantastic and does a great job mimicking the o-ring without actually leveraging the fragile rubber connection point within.

The sculpting is fantastic, the head sculpts filled with rich character and amazing detail, all while maintaining a high degree of articulation. Jointed elbows, wrists (as well as swivel), ball-joint heads (with the hole under the chin, compatible with Marauder Task Force). Double joint knees, swivel ankles, ball-joint hips. All the great articulation you’ve come to expect from collector friendly lines of this sort. Even for someone like me who has no real love for the Wild West has found a TON to love about this figure line. It truly is remarkable.

Action Figures

The figures themselves are terrific. Packaged in carded bubbles (bubbles are glued to the cart) with some great vintage artwork on the front and very straight-forward, but enjoyable bio’s on the back, each figure has a wealth of character and comes with a nice assortment of quality accessories. Everything from revolvers (with belts and holsters, naturally), rifles, double-barreled shotguns, knives, hats– heck, even a barrel and some mugs of beer! So many cool little tidbits come with each of the figures in this first assortment. You can check out a full outline and gallery of all of the individual figures right here.

Buckaroos

Similar to Boss Fight Studios’ “Blanks” the Buckaroos assortment is a series of base figures with very simple color schemes that provide a wealth of customizability to an already impressive line up of individual characters. One nice difference between these and the blanks, are that these actually have some paint on the figures, so you can do pure part swapping without worrying about touching up the paint here and there. There’s even a Headhunters pack of heads you can use to mix things up. Check out the Buckaroos outline and gallery to see all of these goodies.

Gear/Accessory Sets

Another excellent compliment to the standard Dime Novel Legends figures are the Gear and Accessory sets, which provide a nice selection of painted accessories. These accessories include hats, vests, holsters and other goodies, with a nice weapons set that adds a ton of extra pistols, rifles and other gear. There’s even a separate “Bucket of Suds” set with additional alcohol and a set with a bucket and some potatoes to peel. Really ingenuitive stuff here. As with the others I have an outline and gallery page right here.

Conclusion

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this line. I have been absolutely captivated by the Dime Novel Legends since receiving them, and they are quickly rising to the ranks of Marauder Task Force and Vitruvian HACKS as some of my favorite 4″ action figures currently going, which is very high praise indeed. Although I’m not really a Wild West fan, these figures are making me one… now hurry up and make me a Marshall Bravestarr and a Galaxy Rangers template, will you?

These figures are currently available at SmallJoes.com.

Dime Novel Legends by Chicken Fried Toys
  • Sculpting
  • Paint Applications
  • Articulation
  • Accessories
4.6

Summary

Funded by Kickstarter, produced by Chicken Fried Toys and sold through SmallJoes.com, Dime Novel Legends have quickly earned a spot in my toy collection.  Highly articulated, well sculpted, tightly constructed, and with a generous assortment of quality genre-specific accessories, there is a lot to love in this toy line even if, like me, you’re not a big fan of the Wild West.

Whether you’re looking for display pieces, figures to play with, or templates to customize there is something here for everyone.  Individual figures, Buckaroo blanks, spare heads and accessories, it’s all here and all designed and crafted with very unique attention to detail.

Very, very impressive debut line from the folks at Chicken Fried Toys.

Pros

  • Fantastic Articulation
  • Great sculpting
  • Reminiscent of vintage o-ring design

Cons

  • Not many!