When good friend Chris asked if I wanted to go on the Full Force podcast to discuss my latest non-G.I. Joe novel, The Fog of Dreams, I was pretty ecstatic. For all of the work I put into developing the book, I’ve found precious few chances to talk about it, and it was an absolute blast.
I talked about the writing process, character building, and of course couldn’t help but dip into the G.I. Joe universe and also speak about my Kindle Worlds projects. Thankfully, this episode of The Full Force actually has some credible people on as well, as they speak with Paddy Lennon and Brian Hickey of Total Retaliation fame, as well as caster/customizer extraordinaire RagingSpoon and Nichole.
It’s an action packed episode, so join Chris, Dave Tree, and Eddie Inman for a fantastic packed episode. Then after you listen, please consider hopping over to Amazon.com and picking up The Fog of Dreams so you can see what the talk is all about. It’s only $2.99 for Amazon Kindle and has a lot of appeal for G.I. Joe fans.
Take it away Full Force!
In many ways the G.I. Joe: Retaliation action figure line is a testament to the timeless greatness of the G.I. Joe brand at large. I know in many areas of the fandom the hate flows freely in regards to the G.I. Joe: Retaliation toys, but truth be told, I think we all have a lot to be thankful for, especially when looking around the toy aisles and seeing what other film properties were dealing with in their licensed action figures.
Yes, the vehicle drivers got cost cut to five points of articulation, but by and large, from start to finish, the G.I. Joe: Retaliation line provided a wealth of terrific figures from all different era’s of G.I. Joe’s 30 year history and we should all be thankful.
There are two fans who are especially thankful. So thankful in fact, that they went through some great trouble to assemble a book focusing on the greatness of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Check out the full review after the jump!
For folks who haven’t been following along on Facebook, a couple of enterprising G.I. Joe fans have been working on a great guide for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation toyline entitled “Total Retaliation“. The book will focus on the toys with the G.I. Joe: Retaliation theme. As we all know, there were some fantastic action figures and vehicles under the Retaliation banner, pulling from all era’s and generations of G.I. Joe. Total Retaliation features figures, file cards, and some incredible looking diorama shots.
Over on their Facebook Page, the Total Retaliation creators have been posting a ton of fantastic “in progress” shots featuring their page layouts, diorama snippets and other great tidbits of information.
We’ve just learned that the Total Retaliation book will debut at Roll Out Roll Call in Southampton, England on October 11th and 12th! Featuring an exclusive cover and some great incentives, this will be our first opportunity to purchase a physical copy of the Total Retaliation book. I’d imagine they’ll go on sale shortly thereafter.
Keep up with the latest news on Total Retaliation on their Facebook Page, and make sure you’re staying up to date with Roll Out Roll Call, too, as they celebrate 50 years of G.I. Joe and 30 years of Transformers on October 11th and 12th at the Jury’s Inn in Southampton, UK! All of those details can be found right here. Check out some of the great images from Total Retaliation below.
Anyone who pre-ordered the Hot Toys 12″ G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock figure has likely already gotten their shipping notice, but if you haven’t for some reason, expect it soon! Mine is slated to arrive on Thursday, and I’m pretty fired up for it.
Meanwhile, HotToys.com has posted a plethora of new images of the upcoming figure, and even a YouTube video showing how to change his uniform! Anyone who has messed with these intricate 12″ figures before knows the challenge involved in doing that, so check it out, it might be helpful.
You can still order your very own G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock from Sideshow Collectibles! Click the banner below to order, and then check out the mirrored images and embedded video below.
Typically they only sell by the case, but Entertainment Earth has some single figures available from recent G.I. Joe: Retaliation releases!
Check the links below to see what’s left.
- Joe Colton, Not Mint
- Dark Ninja, Not Mint
- Kim Arashikage, Not Mint
- Blind Master, Not Mint
- Storm Shadow, Not Mint
- Ninja Duel Snake Eyes, Not Mint
- Firefly, Not Mint
- G.I. Joe Retaliation Bravo Vehicles Wave 2
- G.I. Joe Retaliation Alpha Vehicles Wave 1
- Battle-Kata Roadblock, Not Mint
- Lady Jaye, Not Mint
- Cyber Ninja, Not Mint
- Alley Viper, Not Mint
Go hit ’em up!
Throughout the release process, Hot Toys typically releases a series of images taken by bloggers who have had direct access to their action figure releases, and this holds true with their upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock figure release. The Hot Toys Facebook page has unloaded with well over seventy images of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock and some of these pictures are blowing me away.
This figure, without a doubt, looks to be the flagship of the Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation line, with layered body armor, different shirts, a fully functional Battle Kata weapons system, as well as the M249 SAW and deadly movie accurate uniform. The face sculpt does look just a bit hit or miss in my opinion, but soup to nuts this representation of Roadblock is spectacular.
Check out the Hot Toys Facebook Page for the full gallery, and a bunch of the images are mirrored below.