Remember Them on Memorial Day

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Today is Memorial Day.

It’s more than just a day off of work or a day to cook out or run out and check out the latest department store sales.  It’s a day to remember those who have served our nation and to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us may life in a free nation.

Today, take a moment and remember those who have fallen.  If you see a soldier or a veteran, thank them for their service.  While you may not think of it as a big deal, those words of appreciate may mean a lot to members of the Armed Forces past or present.  Let them know you appreciate their service.

We are able to enjoy Memorial Day thanks to their efforts and their sacrifice.

Sunbow G.I. Joe is now live on Vimeo!

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95 episodes of G.I. Joe are now LIVE on Vimeo!

Today’s the day, Joe Fans!  The entire Sunbow animated G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series is available on the internet video-sharing service.  As we reported previously, Vimeo will apply following rates to content:

  • 24 hour episode rental – 99 cents
  • Single episode purchase – $1.99
  • Complete series purchase – $40.00

To paraphrase Roadblock: “If you’re hankering for some Sunbow G.I.Joe, head on over to Vimeo!”  And now you know…

G.I. Joe FSS 4 Sign-Up is LIVE! First previews!

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It’s time!  G.I. Joe FSS 4 sign-up is now LIVE!

The sign-up deadline is Tuesday June 9, 2015!  So, if you’re interested in FSS 4.0, just hit the link below and sign-up before it’s too late!  Check out our first preview images of Barricade and Jammer!

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Nerdrahtio talks G.I. Joe and more with Loyal Subjects

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Our good friends over at Nerdrahtio sat down recently with Jonathan Cathey, Owner/CEO of The Loyal Subjects, a Los Angeles-based toy company that’s tackling some of the biggest licenses in pop culture right now.  TMNT, Transformers, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.  All of these and G.I. Joe are part of their current offerings but even more is coming down the pipeline!

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RIP John Stephenson – voice of Hawk, Dr. Quest, and more

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Rest in peace, John Stephenson.

General Hawk, General Franks, Dr. Benton Quest, Doggy Daddy, Mr. Slate– these are all characters that were brought to life by the incredibly talented John Stephenson.  The voice actor passed away on Friday May 15, 2015 at the age of 91.

His career spanned an impressive 57 years in the entertainment industry with his first credited role listed in 1953 and his last in 2010.  Before his move to voice acting he was a prolific character actor in the early days of television with appearances on notable series such as The Lone Ranger, F Troop, The Beverly Hillbillies, Get Smart, Perry Mason, and even Hogan’s Heroes. He was also the voice that announced the verdicts at the end of episodes of the popular series Dragnet.

Later, he moved to voice acting and was possibly the most-used talent at Hanna-Barbera Studios providing voices for Fred Flintstone’s boss Mr. Slate, Doggy Daddy, and was the original voice for Dr. Benton Quest on Jonny Quest before the role was assumed by the late Don Messick.  His IMDB page lists over 230 acting credits.

Eventually John Stephenson went to work on many of the Sunbow animated series that fans of JBL are familiar with– providing the voices for such characters as General Hawk (substitute in “The Spy Who Rooked Me”), General Franks, General Flagg, Dr. Lucifer, Granak, Kup, Thundercracker, and Huffer for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Inhumanoids, and The Transformers.

In his final years he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had been living in a retirement home.

Rest in peace, John.  Thank you for all the hours of entertainment you’ve given us. Your talents will be missed.

GI Joe FSS 4 sign-up and reveals begin next week!

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GI Joe FSS 4 sign-up begins next week!

Color me surprised!  In a completely out-of-the-blue moment, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent the following email message to its members regarding GI Joe FSS 4:

Hello all!

Just a heads up that FSS 4.0 order period and reveals will start next week.

Watch your mailbox and GIJoeClub.com for more details!

These are great figures!

Brian

Wow… talk about striking while the iron is hot!  Fans have just had just a scant month and a half to digest the Joe Con 2015 FSS reveals and now it’s time to sign-up for the next round.

In case you’ve fuzzy, here’s the cast of characters:

Also, here’s a great roster image courtesy of ItsAllTrue.net:

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So, that’s the news concerning GI Joe FSS 4.  Stay tuned to JBL next week as we’ll posted each reveal as it’s revealed.  Hang on to your seats– it’s going to be a fun week!

Real life Cobra CLAW gliders return!

Remember a while back when we posted the video that seemed to show real life Cobra CLAW gliders?

Jetman (aka Yves Rossy) is back and this time he brought a friend!  The daring flyer took the air again in another 10 minute jet-powered flight that evokes memories of the Cobra CLAW swooping down on the unsuspecting forces of G.I. Joe from the old Sunbow cartoons.  The daring pilot has found a protege in fellow enthusiast Vince Reffet!

Now if only someone at Paramount would contact Jetman about G.I. Joe 3!  We might actually get a Cobra CLAW after all!  After all, the Howe & Howe Tech Ripsaw was in G.I. Joe Retaliation, right?

Check out the video below and follow more of Jetman’s incredible flights at Jetman.com!

See the resemblance to the Cobra CLAW?

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Support the Legion XIV Kickstarter!

The Legion XIV Kickstarter can use your help with just SEVEN DAYS to go!

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What is the Legion XIV Kickstarter project?  Simple: it’s a fan-driven endeavor to add a bit more diversity to your 1:18 action figure shelf.  The goal of the project is to secure funding to produce a highly articulated 1:18 series of modern army female action figures!  That’s right– FEMALE action figures!

Think about it– new female action figures made from a combination of both ABS and PVC plastics to allow for maximum durability and flexibility!  The Legion XIV Kickstarter’s modest funding goal of $21,000 will cover the production of the Basic Army, Basic Air Force, Night Ops, and Basic Blue trooper shown in the images below. (The last one is especially key— it’s essentially a FEMALE COBRA BLUESHIRT!!!)  Remember how crazy fans went for the Night Stalkers from the Tanks for the Memories convention set back at Joe Con 2007?

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Plus, have you SEEN the stretch goals?  Let’s just say that Nick Fury and Baron Strucker have the chance to add some lovely ladies to their respective commands as well!

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G.I. Joe FSS 3 Bombstrike & Night Creeper Leader Reviewed!

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The next two G.I. Joe FSS 3 figures have arrived!

We’re one shipment away from the end of G.I. Joe FSS 3 and that means it’s time for two more figure reviews.  This month it’s the unusual pairing of G.I. Joe team member Bombstrike with the affiliate of Cobra – the Night Creeper Leader!

Do this blind-folded ninja master and forward air controller go together like chocolate and peanut butter?  Or is this pairing more of a case of oil and water?  Even more importantly, do Chris and Fred agree on anything when it comes to these two penultimate figures from G.I. Joe FSS 3?

Find out the answers to these exciting questions and more over in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

 

DiC G.i. Joe Series on Clearance

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The DiC G.I. Joe animated series is now 70% off!

In my haste this morning to post the links to the complete Sunbow series sale I missed another bit of G.I. Joe animation that is on an ever deeper clearance– the DiC G.I. Joe series is also getting the close-out treatment.  With low stock remaining, the two volumes of the second G.I. Joe animated series are 70% off. Continue reading