I’m sure Twitziller along with myself, realizes that the release date for Retaliation has shifted, but sticking with the theme is the only way to do this thing…see it all the way through to the end. And speaking of the end, I think we all realize one of the climactic battles of the film will involve the Ripsaw tank and HISS Tanks going at it, and this is what Twitziller talks about today!
How awesome is that shot? I’ve seen every teaser, every TV spot, and every trailer so far, and seen them multiple times, but I never really picked that particular scene out. I’m glad Twitziller did. Holy crap if that doesn’t accentuate the cool factor of vehicle battle in this film, I don’t know what does.
State of the art vehicular technology, rolling over land, hurling raw power at each other. Yeah, that looks amazing, and it’s truly an overlooked piece of the G.I. Joe mythology. This scene looks like it’s going to be a blast!
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Over on HissTank.com poster TheGabrielAngel has posted some updates in regards to the G.I. Joe: Retaliation reshoots, specifically information regarding the vehicles. I do think some of this needs to be taken with a grain of salt, because he doesn’t list any specific sources. The images certainly look authentic, I just wish he would state where this information came from.
First and foremost, the following information was revealed about the film in relation to the vehicles:
“To satisfy the cravings of the toy enthusiasts and action-genre fans, the film is chock full of souped-up vehicles that the G.I. JOE brand is known for and an elaborate cache of diverse weaponry sure to be fun for fans. For Luke Freeborn, the vehicles art director, it brings out the kid in everyone. “Creating these giant toys and making them come to life is like being a kid all over again. We were all giddy with anticipation to see them actually put to work,” he says.
The film features a wide array of weapons and vehicles that included two different kinds of tanks, three different helicopters, two different kinds of planes, a souped-up motorcycle, swords, knives, sais and other weapons. Said di Bonaventura, “Bringing these toys to life makes you feel like a kid again and I think people are going to be thrilled seeing something they’ve never seen before.”
When first creating the vehicles, the team was very mindful to push the envelope while still honoring the G.I. JOE legacy. “The directive has always been to make the vehicles as real and formidable as possible with dynamic silhouettes,” says Freeborn. “We strove to incorporate some of the toy language that we’re familiar with and hope to see.”
One such toy incorporated into the film is the COBRA AIR BOAT. This massive and ominous looking boat is loosely based on the water moccasin toy with added elements that included twin engines, counter-rotating blades and enough horsepower to push it across dry land.
Inspired by another classic G.I. JOE/Hasbro toy and sure to excite fans from every age group, the film features a new version of the iconic COBRA HISS TANK. To create this massive vehicle the production team started with a M548 base that took 12 weeks to build before adding the outer shell and flourish of a cockpit and extra weaponry. Vehicles art director Luke Freeborn explains that, “our biggest challenge was figuring out exactly how all of it would go together, how the base would work with the top and how it would be shaped together. We thought about the aesthetics of it and how to make it look scary and formidable. It was a true team effort to then make sure that the guns, tracks and steering all work and perform on camera.”
A significantly smaller but faster tank seen in the film is the Joe Colton tank that ROADBLOCK uses to mow down his enemies. Although seemingly less formidable than the HISS TANK, the Joe Colton tank’s power comes in its speed and agility. Considered to go as fast as a ZR1 Corvette in the grass, the Colton tank has 750 horse power and can go up to 65 mph. In addition, the tank is outfitted with rocket launchers as well as a 100 lbs. 50 cal mounted on top that the ROADBLOCK character utilizes in a show of his great ingenuity and physical strength.
The production team made a great effort to design each character’s weapons to compliment their individual fighting styles and strengths. Not one to shy away from hand-to-hand combat, ROADBLOCK was given special accessories that were incorporated into his wardrobe. “ROADBLOCK has specially designed brass knuckles attached to the vest that could split your skull and have the ability to attach onto different weapons. With the combination of the weaponry and fighting style you’re really able to see his raw brutality,” explains Dwayne Johnson.
To differentiate the ninjas and their skills, each character was outfitted with a specific sword and way in which they were incorporated into their costumes. “The weapons of the ninjas were especially fun because we tried to define how each of them is different,” explains Jon M. Chu. “JINX has 2 swords on one side, STORM SHADOW has two swords on two sides and SNAKE EYES has 1 sword which helped distinguish which ninja was who from the profile.”
Even more challenging, however, may be creating an action figure that lives up to the characters seen in the film. “I don’t know if they have enough plastic to fill out how cut the real ROADBLOCK is,” jokes Chu. “I’m not sure they’ll be able to give it enough action movements because Kung-Fu grip is not enough for this one. They’ll need to up the ante with the capability to body slam as well as a neck breaker and sleeper hold.”
Along with the text, a handful of images were posted as well, featuring vehicles and characters, some images that we’ve seen before. Still, I’ll take any excuse to get talking about G.I. Joe: Retaliation again! Check out the original HissTank thread here, and the mirrored images below.
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In celebration of San Diego ComicCon, which is quickly approaching, I completed my review of the soon to be released SDCC Exclusive “Shockwave” HISS Tank! Kindly supplied by Hunter PR and Hasbro, I was extremely fortunate enough to get my hands on this a couple of days early so you SDCC attendees know what you’re getting into and why you’re waiting in that six hour line!
Check out the review on my 25th Anniversary Page, and also at the direct link below. I know this doesn’t really belong in the 25th Anniversary necessarily, I’m still struggling to find a place.
A short while ago I talked up Yetibrew Design’s awesome custom HISS Tank canopies that many collectors seemed eager to get in their hot little hands. Well, Ian over at Yetibrew has been listening to some feedback, and invariably people were asking for an updated HISS canopy that the driver could see through!
Here it is!
The great thing about a small operation is that they take all customer feedback to heart, and Ian did a great job turning this item around so quickly. Check out a small gallery of this new canopy below and hit up Yetibrew to grab yourselves some! The full updated information is quoted below:
“Late last month I was approached by someone who wanted their canopy to have clear windows so I have created two options for collectors who would prefer to have windows instead of the armored look. The first option pertains to the material choices available for the original canopies on Shapeways. Users can now select from several transparent and frosted materials that will allow users to paint around the windows to match color of their tanks. The second option is a two part assembly where the windows are a separate piece which is ordered separately from the canopy frame. As of yesterday, canopy frames are available for both the RAH and 25th Anniversary HISS tanks and the window insert is universal. “
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So as I filter through the pictures coming out of SDCC from Toy News International, something strikes me.
The Pursuit of Cobra HISS seen here.
That thing is black. Like totally black. Like just how the fan’s wanted to see it totally black. Very interesting. Running change? Another release? Trick of the light? Hopefully folks attending SDCC can get us some answers.