Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open
the latest and/or just greatest decades old action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing two Street Fighter II G.I. Joe action figures from 1993 that I found at a convention a year ago for less than $10 and totally forgot about in my closet... until today. Do these bizarre relics from video game action figure past still hold up? Or are they mere novelties? Or are they totally both? Find out in our full review of 3.75" tall Guile and Blanka.
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Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is a crossover that sells it self, but the downside of that is that it's been done often enough that it can be difficult to get excited about the next version. Unless, of course, you tell me that it's going to be co-written, drawn, and lettered by Tom Scioli, the man who wrote the line "Robot Dracula is an efficient torturer" and rendered all other comics obsolete. If you do that, you have my attention, and that's exactly what they did when they announced that Scioli and John Barber were kicking off an ongoing series about the two teams, set to launch with #0 on Free Comic Book Day.
To find out more about how the project came together, I spoke to Scioli and Barber about how the project came together, Scioli's massive pitch document, and how their life-long and relatively recent love of the comics influenced their storytelling. Believe it or not, I don't think we talk about Destro at all.
Considering that we've taken every opportunity to tell you all how great Copra is, I'm going to guess that most ComicsAlliance readers are already pretty familiar with the work of Michel Fiffe. Today, though, we all learned something new. It seems that before he launched his self-published tribute to Suicide Squad, Fiffe made one final effort to try breaking into mainstream comics by submitting two pages of tryout art for G.I. Joe to IDW.
That's right, everybody: Michel Fiffe has drawn Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow, Roadblock, the Baroness and Destro, and guess what? It is rad as hell. Check out the pages with his distinctive style in both pencils and inks below!
G.I. Joe turns 50 this year, which means Hasbro's comprehensive toy plans may be just a little too big to simply tack onto the already sprawling Toy Fair 2014. In leiu of launching every single detail of its pending half-century milestone, for now it has comparatively conservatively unveiled a few new Toys "R" Us exclusive 3.75" action figure and vehicle assortments -- essentially redecos of iconic characters like Destro, Baroness, Snow Job and others -- plus new KRE-O building sets. The standout of the official image rollout so far is definitely the KRE-O Cobra Terror Drome, which recreates the 1980s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero playset in loving, blocky detail, right down to all of the play features. You can check out some of Hasbro's upcoming G.I. Joe toys, along with official product info, after the jump.
Believe it or not, I am the proud owner of multiple concept albums where rappers take on G.I. Joe-related personas and rap about how awesome Cobra Commander, Destro and the Baroness are. Seriously, I think if I get two or three more of these things, it will officially qualify as a subgenre. Cobracore, or maybe Wrist-Missle-Hop.
The latest? A brand new album from Wordburglar, rapping in character as Rap Viper (described as the Commander's chief operative in "indoctrinating the youth with Cobra propaganda") titled Welcome To Cobra Island. What's more, Wordburglar released a pretty awesome fan-film video with the album's lead track, featuring HISS Tanks, Rattlers and even Cobra Commander himself scratching on the ones and twos. Check it out below!
It was announced recently, on this very site, that I'll be co-writing, with John Barber, and drawing Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series for IDW. While my car was being inspected, I stopped at a nearby comics shop and bought $70 worth of dollar back issues of Larry Hama's Marvel G.I. Joe comic. It's since become one of my all-time favorite comics. I wish I would've read these sooner, but I'm kind of glad I didn't because now I can enjoy them for the first time.
Fresh from constructing Mega Man toys using Kenner's classic 3.75" tall Star Wars figures, action figure customizer Dan Polydoris is back on the scene with a line honoring the Activision games of the Atari Era using classic G.I. Joe figures. That's right, Polydoris has fashioned the protagonists from Pressure Cooker, Keystone Kapers, Pitfall!, H.E.R.O. and Frostbite into toys from Real American Heroes.
At this point, Transformers and G.I. Joe have crossed over so many times that it takes something pretty special to get our attention, and today, IDW did exactly that with the announcement that the latest Transformers/G.I. Joe series will be drawn and co-written by the amazing Tom Scioli.
Seriously, whoever used one of their magic lamp wishes to make this happen, everyone here at ComicsAlliance sincerely thanks you. Check out the full cover, in which Scioli draws Destro and a few other, less important characters, below.
Fans of real American heroes will have plenty of convention exclusive options in the near future form Hot Toys. The toymaker has announced new 1/6 scale versions of Superman III's evil (drunk!) Superman, Captain America: The First Avenger's "star spangled" war-bond promoting Cap and G.I. Joe: Retaliation's version of Joseph Colton.