Merchandising is a big thing when it comes to major motion pictures, and it looks like the push to 2013 hasn’t hurt the calendar makers. Amazon.comhas posted a pre-order and preview gallery of a 2013 wall calendar from the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film. Best thing about it, is that it debuts some previously unseen characters like Clutch, Mouse, and… “Special Ops”?
Equally interesting is the lack of other characters like Flint and Joe Colton, but there are three months not shown in the preview, so it’s likely that’s where you’ll see them.
Check out the item right here, and I’ve mirrored some of the images below.
Maybe I’m just not paying close enough attention, but I don’t think Chuck Dixon gives many interviews, so when he does, they are usually pretty interesting, and the latest with Comic Book Resources is no different.
Mr. Dixon gives some really interesting perspective about how differently he has to handle the G.I. Joe universe when compared to Larry Hama, and how he is working to make the IDW universe stand apart from what we’ve seen in the past. It’s a long and very insightful talk with the current writer of G.I. Joe as well as Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.
When the news broke that the G.I. Joe: Retaliation toy line would be getting pushed back to 2013 to be in line with the film release, I held on to desperate hope that Wave 2 at least would still hit retail on time.
That soon proved to be a fruitless hope as online retailers confirmed rumors that beginning immediately all distribution of G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures was being put on hold. That essentially meant that everything from Wave 2 on was being delayed. Knowing how cool some the Wave 2 figures looked, I was very disappointed.
Now the only issue with a line getting cut so close to retail release is that production level samples end up out in the wild, and that was definitely the case with these figures as well. I got my hands on them and I was not disappointed in the end results. Check out my G.I. Joe: Retaliation review page, or just hit up the links below.
The non-Hasbro G.I. Joe intel keeps coming from San Diego, as Mimoco announces a joint partnership with Hasbro to produce G.I. Joe and Transformers themed USB flash drives, each coming bundled with exclusive digital content as well as an awesome vintage character theme.
The news comes courtesy of Toy News International, and you can check out the full press release and image gallery right here. There’s also a nifty video to go along with it, which you can view below. Pretty cool stuff.
When word came out of the G.I. Joe Convention that Robert Atkins was leaving the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow book with issue #16, I died a little bit on the inside, but hey, he’s still doing some covers so it’s all good!
Speaking of covers, Mr. Atkins recently finished his year long posting frenzy of daily updates to his blog, and celebrated that fact by posting an awesome composite image of every single G.I. Joe cover he’s done to date. It’s an awesome and nostalgic look back at the past several years in G.I. Joe comic covers, and it really shows how much Robert has grown as an artist over the past few years.