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Another awesome custom diorama playset template from the MS GiJoe Collectors' Club

The guys over at the MS G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club have made splashes in the past with their free downloadable templates for a “make your own” custom playset, and they’ve really outdone themselves this time around!
A massively scaled playset designed to incorporate numerous recent additions to the G.I. Joe universe has been uploaded to their forums!
Based off of some of your favorite classic cardboard playsets from back in the day, the deco and styles have been updated a bit to reflect a more modern G.I. Joe-friendly feel.  While I can’t host the crazy, high quality files that they’ve got over on the forums, I will share some of the completed pictures that have been posted in their Facebook profile.
This thing looks amazing!

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Dr. Venom Attacks The Pit – Part 4

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Part 4 is below
Quickly and quietly, Venom scuffled through the Pit.  Even with alarms sounding due to the Venom readings, he and the Cobra agents slipped past security and made their way to the control center of the massive Mobile Headquarters.
Approaching the control room, Venom spied Breaker kneeled by the locking system, preparing to lock down the Pit against incoming intruders.  But Breaker didn’t realize just how close they were.
One of Venom’s specialized Cobra Troopers launched a barrage of gas, hoping to take out Breaker and the control room beyond.  The G.I. Joe communications officer spun on his heels, then quickly pressed a combination of buttons, easing the door slowly shut.  Venom snarled, and behind him, he heard boot steps stomping briskly through the solid metal hallways.
“Get us inside!  NOW!” he shouted to his team.  Breaker was already slumping to the ground as the doors slowly slid shut.  Without hesitation, Venom quickly grabbed one of his Cobra team and shoved him harshly toward the door.  The trooper fell on the ground and the door slid closed against him, snapping his ribs and causing him to cry out in pain..but the door stayed open.
Slipping a gas mask over his smirking face, Venom stepped over the fallen trooper with his other squad mates just behind.  Inside the Control Room, Venom quickly learned just how much of a prize he had just won.
General Hawk sat in the command chair, stunned.
The gas had leaked into the control room, and a trio of Pit Commandos stumbled to the ground, unable to get their gas masks on quite quick enough.  Hawk pulled a mask from one of their unconscious hands and yanked it over his face, pulling a pistol out at the same time.
He squeezed off three shots, dropping one of Venom’s troopers, before Venom returned fire, sending him scrambling behind cover.  Hawk poked his head around his armored chair, and his fingers quickly danced over the keyboard just under a trio of monitors.  The computer beeped appreciatively.
Two more Luger shots sent Hawk back-pedaling…  right into the waiting arms of two of Venom’s Cobra Troopers.  They grabbed him roughly just as Venom was clutching the shoulders of the trooper who had fallen to the floor, blocking the doorway.  Out in the hall, Pit Commandos in gas masks stormed down, weapons raised, but unwilling to fire indiscriminately without knowing who was inside.  Venom yanked the trooper from the doorway, and the 3 foot thick titanium slab slid closed with a clang.
The Pit was his.
A few miles away, skiing over the desert sands, a familiar orange vehicle rolled along under the darkened sky.  Just above an equally yellow colored single-manned helicopter whipped through the brisk desert air.
Two single blips appeared on the viewscreen where the Adventure Team Commander was looking, seated just behind the Land Adventurer in the small ATV.  They had been on their way to participate in testing the latest G.I. Joe mobile command headquarters…but now it looked like trouble.
“That’s General Hawk’s personal channel!” shouted the Commander over the open Comm.
“I see it, too,” radioed the Air Adventurer as he steered his helicopter towards the darkened metallic elephant that loomed just before them.  The Sea Adventurer covered his eyes slightly as they approached, and gripped the helicopter skid even more tightly.
“We’ve got trouble, Adventure Team.”
Sometimes by air, sometimes by land, and even by sea, he never saw active duty
Some used to be twelve, now they are four
But he was eight, rarely seen before
Adventure Team fights by sea, air, and land
Yet his only expertise was out in the sand
Who is this character?  Search to find out what Hawk thinks of him!

Dr. Venom Attacks The Pit – Part 3

Part Three is below…
Deep inside the Mobile Pit, activity was no more frenzied than it was in the lower level hallways, but suddenly an alarm flashed on the hallway wall.  Spectrographic analyzers built into the surface of The Pit had picked up something…  Cobra’s Venom serum?  Here?!
Mutt and Junkyard were the appointed Anti-Venom agents here at the base, so they mobilized immediately.
When the lights started flashing, Venom halted.  If the Pit could sense the Venom protocols even before deploying it, certainly they already had the antidote in the water treatment tanks?  He wasn’t sure, but he didn’t want to take any chances.
Suddenly the door burst open, and Mutt charged in, lifting his silenced Mac-10 submachine gun.  One quick burst dropped one of the Cobra agents, but Dr. Venom threw himself into the middle of the room, arms flailing.
“Help me!” he shouted.  “Cobra has kidnapped me and is forcing me to do their evil deeds!!”.
Dr. Venom had appeared before Mutt’s time, so he did not look familiar, and the G.I. Joe dog handler halted, just for a second.  It was just long enough.
Venom yanked his Luger forcefully from the other interior pocket of his white labcoat and pumped three rounds into Mutt’s chest.  Junkyard leaped, but one of the Cobra troopers swatted him aside with the butt of his weapon.  Both went down.
Venom smiled as his evil trickery even amused himself.

This Eskimo warrior holds his pride
Unlike the vitriol Venom hides inside
Venom’s evil revealed by the tracker Kwinn
The spirit of this beast Venom carries within
Search for the answer to this riddle!

Take back the Pit! Win a Rise of Cobra Pit Playset from GeneralsJoes

In celebration of the long awaited arrival of Dr. Venom to plastic form, is proud to offer the readers a chance to Take Back the Pit!  Next week, from April 12th – 16th, clues will be posted, leading GeneralsJoes readers through the site.
Finally, after almost three decades, the immortal Cobra villain Dr. Venom is being produced in an action figure only available from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club!  But Joe fans didn’t know what they had coming…  Dr. Venom has arrived, but now he’s captured the G.I. Joe Pit Mobile Headquarters!
Only the most clever and wily GeneralsJoes readers will be able to help recapture the G.I. Joe headquarters, and the winner of the contest will get The Pit playset in their mailbox for free.  Contest rules are as follows:

  • Once per day, Monday through Friday, a chapter in a short (and hokey) Dr. Venom story will be posted.  Along with that short story snippet, a clue will be revealed.
  • Based on that clue, find the page hidden on with a piece of the final puzzle.  The clues may lead to a review of a particular action figure or a news story.
  • On Friday, once all of the clues have been revealed, the first person to send me all 5 hidden images via email to (either in pieces, or pieced together) will WIN.

This contest is open to anyone and everyone, though please keep in mind if someone in another country wins the prize, we may have to share shipping costs, depending on price.  The Pit is the first newly tooled G.I. Joe playset to be produced in several years…don’t miss your chance to win one for free!
A huge thanks to Hasbro and Hunter PR for sponsoring this contest.  Good luck!