Sharpshooter recreates G.I. Joe Retaliation trick shot

Remember this scene from G.I. Joe Retaliation?  You know– where Roadblock and Duke have a post-operation shooting contest to determine whether Roadblock takes his next promotion or if Duke babysits Marvin’s daughters?

Well, it seems that professional sharpshooter Kirsten Joy Weiss wanted to put the scene to a Mythbusters-style test and determine if it was possible to shoot out the flame from a candle.   Was she successful? Continue reading

Larry Hama signed G.I. Joe auctions – Round 2!

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Fan-favorite author, toy expert, and comic archivist Mark Bellomo is back with another round of auction on Ebay featuring a metric ton of pieces all signed by the “godfather of G.I. Joe” — Larry Hama!  Hitting just in time for the holidays it’s a great opportunity to shop for the Joe fan in your life and snag some fantastic pieces by the franchise’s single greatest creative contributor!  These are pieces from Mr. Hama’s personal collection that he is parting with which makes this a very unique opportunity.

Know that your purchase will not only be appreciated but will also go to toward a good cause.

Reminder. The SECOND ROUND of eBay auctions featuring items signed by LH from the Larry Hama Collection are up and running. They end in a day-and-a-half. There’s some 25th anniversary comic packs, vintage stuff, G.I. Joe Convention exclusives, etc.:

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection 25th Comic Pack Ace & Wild Weasel MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed 25th Comic Pack Crimson Guard Scar Face Officer MOSC!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed 25th Comic Pack Tomax & Xamot C.G. Commanders MOSC!!! G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed 25th Comic Pack Dreadnok Torch & Dreadnok Ripper MOSC

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed 25th Comic Pack Destro & Breaker MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed 25th Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Comic Book 3-pack Steeler Flagg Cobra Officer MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Comic Book 3-pack Zap Grunt Snake Eyes rare MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Comic Book 3-pack Scarlett Snake Eyes Kwinn MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed 3-pack Baroness Cobra Commander Cobra Trooper MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed 25th Comic Pack Scarlett & Hawk MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed VvV two-pack Cobra B.A.T. II v 3.2 & BAT v 4 MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed VvV two-pack Snake Eyes Storm Shadow MOSC!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed VvV two-pack Duke & Venomous Maximus MOSC!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed VvV two-pack Gung-Ho & Wild Weasel MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed VvV two-pack Kamakura & Storm Shadow MOSC!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed VvV two-pack Dr. Link Talbot & Night Creeper MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed VvV two-pack Sand Scorpion & Razor Trooper MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Spy Troops two-pack Kamakura & Night Creeper MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Valor vs. Venom Barrel Roll w/ Air Assault MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Collection Signed Valor vs. Venom Dart & Gun Station MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Valor vs. Venom Snake Eyes & Ninja Lightning MOSC!!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Valor vs. Venom Storm Shadow & Ninja Lightning MOSC!

G.I. Joe vs. Cobra Larry Hama Signed Sgt. Stalker vs. Neo-Viper Commander MOSC!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection 1993 Battle Corps Cobra Commander MOSC !!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection vintage 1989 Snake Eyes v3 MOC MOSC !!!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection vintage 1992 Ninja Force Storm Shadow MOC!

G.I. Joe Larry Hama Signed Collection vintage 1993 Ninja Force Snake Eyes MOC!!!

G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive Larry Hama Signed 2008 Hotwire B.A.T. Mechanic !!!

G.I. Joe Convention Exclu. Larry Hama Signed 2008 Low-Light Long Arm Shockblast!

Flashback: 90’s Street Fighter 2 G.I. Joe Commercial

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The 90’s were an interesting time for G.I. Joe.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with their bright neon colors were dominating store shelves and ninjas were EVERYWHERE in popular culture.  Video games were more popular than ever and a certain band of Real American Heroes didn’t seem to have the luster that they once did.

So, what was a toy line to do?  Well, as the saying goes:  if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

G.I. Joe did what it did best and adapted– becoming more ninja-centric and much more neon.  The brand even co-opted Street Fighter II and tried to portray it as a “sister line”.  Results were mixed at best; you know you’re in trouble when the new-comers are beating up one of the main characters in your lineup.

Take a look at this 90’s gem that features live-action portrayals of both the Joes and the cast of Street Fighter II.

New G.I. Joe carded artwork poster available from! 1982 - 1985 card art poster project. 1982 – 1985 card art poster project.

Here at JBL, we’re suckers for good G.I. Joe artwork and the website  So, imagine the utter glee that was experienced by one admin in particular when the following announcement went up on 3DJoes regarding their recent carded artwork poster project!

Carded 3DJoes” posters are here!

The first “Carded 3DJoes” poster is here! It features every single carded figure from 1982-1985. That’s 49 unforgettable Joes and Cobras on one 24″x36″ poster!Paper details: All 3DJoes posters are printed on 65 lb. sterling premium gloss paper stock. According to my printer, 65 pound paper is the thickest you can use and still roll them without creasing or damaging. It wont easily crease, pinch, or wrinkle. These posters are definitely frame worthy, but the paper is thick enough that if you just want to tack them up, that will work too.

Printing details: We use a four color printing process (CMYK), not digital. Four color prints are much higher quality than digital laser prints. To see behind the scenes at the printer, check out my “3DJoes of the 80s” album on Facebook.

Cost: All 3DJoes posters are an even $20 a piece, plus an estimated $9 for shipping. Comic/Collectibles dealers: please contact me for bulk purchase discounts. Orders of 20 or more are half off!

Why: Proceeds will help pay the $80/month that I’m paying to Arqball for their pro subscription. More info on that here: Pricing » Arqball Spin Blog  Fan response has been great and visitors enjoyed 47,000 spins last month, so hopefully I’ll sell plenty of posters!

Wow!  1982 – 1985 were considered by many to be the peak years of the original A Real American Hero toy line.  These were the years that introduced fans to most of the line’s core characters from Snake Eyes to Cobra Commander to Firefly to Shipwreck to the Dreadnoks!  49 nine of your favorite characters stunningly reproduced on heavy card stock in a gorgeous 24 x 36 image?  This promotion already had me at “poster” but the fact that this is also helping to offset site maintenance costs for just makes it a complete no-brainer!Seriously– we’re moving into third quarter now and that means holiday shopping has begun.  (Or, at least, you might want to think about getting started.)  What better gift for the Joe fan in your life than one of these posters hanging proudly on the wall of their office/den/Joe room!

Check out the “Carded Joes 82 – 85” page over at for ordering information!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – 1990’s style!

G.I. Joe Ninja Force

Until the debut of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, our favorite Real American Heroes have had a dubious association with live action productions.  The Rise of Cobra didn’t exactly reignite the fires of the fandom and, aside from some fan films, the team really hadn’t dipped its toe in the pool any further.

However, there are a few near-forgotten gems from the 1990’s from when the line was in direct competition with toy lines such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  It was the age of “EXTREME” everything and Ninja Force was the headlining sub-team on the covers of the comics.  It was also when Hasbro attempted live-action portrayals of the Joes in television commercials.  (Frankly, I think the guys from the Cobra 1st Legion have better costumes!)

Check out this “Ninja Force” gem and feel free to leave your own thoughts below:

G.I. Joe Retaliation Wave 3.5 reviews are coming…

“The best laid plans of mice and men”… it seems to be a mantra around JBL lately.

I had been planning on getting reviews posted of G.I. Joe Retaliation wave 3.5 shortly after Coil Con IV as I was able to procure a good supply from Kokomo Toys.  However, WordPress issues and work wackiness seemed to be facets of a multi-pronged attack by Cobra to prevent any new content from going live on the site.

Thankfully– the site seems to be functioning normally now and things at the office have died down a bit.  (What?  This ISN’T my day job?!)  So, it’s back to shooting images and getting the reviews ready.   So far wave 3.5 seems to be limited to online stores with limited sighting at retail.  In my area (Central Illinois) the line has been dropped by both Target and Kmart (yes, we still have a few) while Walmart has scaled it back to just a pair of pegs reserved for the figures.  Toys R Us has yet to restock and hopefully won’t just jump to wave 4.

It’s an interesting time to be a Joe collector as the movie’s delay until March seems to have thrown off Hasbro’s entire time frame for product.   The three new figures in wave 4 are going to prove particularly elusive as they’re packed in a case with figures that have been out for months now.  The sole troop builder the Cobra Night Viper is starting to command premium prices on Ebay and many online stores are already sold out.

However, all is not bleak on the western toy front– the GIJCC’s FSS 2 should be shipping before too long giving fans SOMETHING new to add to their collection and Hasbro’s Derryl DePriest promised that Toy Fair 2014 will hold a few surprises for fans.    It gives us all a chance to catch our breath after the onslaught that was G.I. Joe Retaliation– a line that was produced in far more conservative numbers than it’s cinematic predecessor.

So, reviews will continue here in the coming weeks.  I’ve got some back-end work to do on the review page templates to make them “less archaic” but there’s a ton of product sitting in my “to do” pile that is just begging for some attention.  (Plus now that I have Kwinn in hand I really want to review the Club’s Dr. Venom figure!  “The bear is angry with the weasel!”)

So, stay tuned to JBL.  More new content IS indeed coming!

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So- what’s the deal with G.I. Joe Retaliation Duke’s orange gun?

If you’ve already purchased and opened your G.I. Joe Retaliation Duke action figure, you’ve probably found that his accessory compliment is “less than stellar”.  The figure is equipped with a gun that I can only call the “Blast-o-Matic 6000” as well as an orange rifle that resembles Agent Coulson’s final weapon in the Marvel movie The Avengers.

However, there was something oddly familiar about it.  Over at, Jay had posted PR pics of the variants from Hasbro’s Marvel Legends 2013 series 3 figures including the brand-spanking new Blade figure.  As I was looking at the image a certain weapon leaped off the screen and caught my attention.

G.I. Joe Retaliation Duke and Marvel Legends Blade Once you see it, you can’t “unsee” it.  It looks like Hasbro continues the tradition of sharing tooling and molds across brand lines.  After all, the G.I. Joe Renegades Storm Shadow mold is getting a reuse in a forthcoming Wolverine line. Plus, it makes poor Retaliation Duke just a bit cooler by association.

And now you know…

JBL Review: G.I. Joe Retaliation wave 1 Duke

G.I. Joe Retaliation Duke action figure review

The G.I. Joe Retaliation reviews continue here at JBL!  To start off this week, we’re going back to the debut wave of figures and examining one that many fans might overlook merely because of the actor chosen to portray the character.  That’s right– we’re taking a look at Duke as portrayed by Channing Tatum!  Featuring an ENORMOUS action-feature weapon, this figure originally hit shelves for a few weeks back in 2012 before the film’s release date was moved to March 28, 2013.

So, is an action figure of the “Magic Mike guy” worth adding to your G.I. Joe collection?  Well, check out the review to find out one Joe fan’s opinion!

He’s posted at the G.I. Joe Retaliation Review Index!

Plus, check back this week for more reviews as JBL continues to play “catch up” on the deluge of recent G.I. Joe Retaliation product!

Merry Christmas from JBL, G.I. Joe, and Cobra

Cobra Commander Christmas

Merry Christmas from Cobra Commander

To all of the G.I. Joe fans around the world, the staff of JBL would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and blessed New Year!  2012 has been a year of challenges for the brand with the film delayed and merchandise absent from stores, but 2013 promises to be a strong year with a revamp of the comics and a brand-spanking new film hitting just in time for a certain admin’s birthday.  Plus, JBL will be back on schedule next year– having survived a fairly disastrous year of house-hunting and moving.

I look forward to returning with reviews, news, and more random G.I. Joe insanity in the new year and hope that JBL will always find a place in your internet browser favorites.

And let’s hope Scarlet doesn’t find out about Duke and Cover Girl!

Duke Cover Girl G.i. Joe Christmas

Cover Girl wishes Duke a Merry Christmas! update: 1983 and swivel arm G.I. Joe figures added! is back with more G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero figures added to their already impressive archives!  The latest addition encompasses one of my favorite years of the classic Generation 1 Joes: 1983!  Featuring Gung-Ho, Duke, Doc, as well as as the 1982 “fixed” figures that we re-released with the now signature “swivel arm battle grip.”

If you liked the 1982 update you’ll LOVE the 1983 additions!

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