Shout Factory issues DiC Season 1 press release

It seems we have some clarification about Shout Factory’s forthcoming release of the DiC G.I. Joe animated series.  According to a press release posted on, the January release will include only the first season of the second ARAH animated adventures.

I’ve owned a bootleg of this series for several years now and while it may not be on par with the Sunbow series in terms of both nostalgia and writing, the first season did have some fun episodes.    In fact, one of my favorites “I Found You… Evy” really cemented my interest in the character of Ambush– and made me wish that Master Collector had continued to included animated series characters in convention sets.  Who doesn’t want a female Range Viper, after all?

Regardless, check out the official press release below!

DiC Season 1




Featuring All 24 Action-Packed Episodes and
Fan Favorite 5-Part Miniseries OPERATION DRAGONFIRE
in a Collectible 4-DVD Set


October 31, 2011 – The incredible adventures of GENERAL HAWK, SGT. SLAUGHTER and their international team of heroes – known as G.I. JOE – continue! Together they defend the globe against COBRA, a ruthless organization led by COBRA COMMANDER, who is determined to conquer the world by any means necessary.

On January 10, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, will unleash the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Series 2, Season 1 on DVD. This collectible 4-DVD set contains the entire 24 episodes from the complete first season, including the 5-part miniseries Operation Dragonfire. A must-have for heroes of all ages, G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Series 2, Season 1 DVD set arrives in stores everywhere and is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.

In 1989, SGT. SLAUGHTER once again returned to battle against COBRA and DESTRO in the 5-part miniseries Operation Dragonfire; and the popular second series began airing thereafter. Loyal G.I. JOE fans and kids were also introduced to a group of new G.I. JOE heroes – CAPTAIN GRID-IRON, AMBUSH, PATHFINDER and villains – SERPENTOR, CESSPOOL, METAL-HEAD, GNAWGAHYDE, as well as new VIPER troops.

Now you can relive the adventures of second series of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero from the beginning, including the miniseries that started it all – Operation Dragonfire!

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Shout Factory bring MASK complete series to DVD

Okay, it’s not G.I. Joe, but it was another pretty awesome series in the 80’s. I can remember buying my first (and only) MASK vehicle and wishing that the Condor motorcycle was in scale with my Joes. However, if Matt Trakker can make a cameo appearance in the Joe 25th line then this qualifies as good 80’s nostalgia news.  No release date has yet been announced.

Given the quality of Shout Factory’s G.I. Joe & Transformers sets, this is going to be another great addition to anyone’s DVD rack!

For Immediate Release




Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2011) – Shout! Factory and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) announced today a deal to bring the renowned classic animated series M.A.S.K. to the home entertainment marketplace. Under its multi-year agreement with FME, Shout! Factory will be the exclusive home entertainment distributor with digital rights to the first 65 action-packed episodes of M.A.S.K. (known to fans as the original series aired in 1985) in North America. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Jeff Siegel, FME VP of Home Entertainment, The Americas.

“This deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises continues to build on our proven success with some of the premiere animation and family-friendly brands in the marketplace. We are delighted with this opportunity,” state Shout! Factory founding partners. “M.A.S.K. has been one of the fan favorite classic animated series in TV history, with a highly successful presence in many countries across the world.”

Siegel stated, “FME is dedicated to bringing content from our extensive catalogue, including a classic series like M.A.S.K., to the home entertainment marketplace. We are thrilled for Shout! Factory to bring this long lost, retro series from the 80’s to its fans in North America.”

Popular animated television series M.A.S.K. debuted on television and in wide syndication during the 1980s, features M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), a secret organization led by Matt Trakker that fights crime in an unusual way. By donning specially charged masks, they have extraordinary powers to fight the villains of V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). In addition to the masks, our heroes and their counterparts have super vehicles capable of a wide range of defensive and offensive actions, from changing a car into a jet or becoming a submarine. Throughout the years, M.A.S.K. boasts a large fan following and spawned a series of toyline, comic books and video games.

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G.I. Joe: Renegades on hiatus…

Justin over at has some bad news for fans of the current animated Joe series airing on Hasbro’s HUB network:

G.I. Joe: Renegades

Well, consider the unfortunate news confirmed.  I spoke with Public Relations at The Hub, and they have confirmed that G.I. Joe: Renegades will cease airing original episodes after the summer.  They have declared the series “On Hiatus” in anticipation of the upcoming film sequel.

This sounds remarkably similar to the situation with Transformers: Animated after the third season, as it was phased out in favor for a style closer to the live action Transformers films.  Considering how much stronger fan support Renegades seem to generate, especially when compared to the Rise of Cobra film, this is a disappointing turn of events, to say the least.

Let’s all hope that the next live action film franchise is closer to the spirit of A Real American Hero than the previous film was, so the animation doesn’t potentially suffer for it.  The entire text of the communication from The Hub is below.

You can read the rest of the news, including a quote from Hub’s PR department over at

It would seem that the creative direction of the G.I. Joe franchise is once again at the mercy of Paramount Pictures.

(A big thanks to Justin for all of his hard work digging up the facts on this.)

You’re Invited to Hasbro’s BONUS Q&A!‏

Hello G.I. Joe Fans! 

Hasbro shares the fans’ excitement for this first season of G.I. Joe Renegades and we’re sure you have some great questions that you’ve been dying to ask since the show’s debut this past November.  Well, now is your chance!

Hasbro is offering you an opportunity to participate in a special bonus round of our G.I. Joe Q&A in which the team at The Hub and Hasbro Studios behind the hit G.I. Joe Renegades show will answer your questions!

If your outlet would like to participate, please submit one (1) question by Friday, January 21 at 3:00 PM .  The team’s responses will be returned by February 7.

Looking forward to getting your questions, and have a great weekend! 


 Click HERE for more details!

Generals Joes Top Ten Storyline Events in RAH History

Justin “General Hawk” has compiled a list of the Top Ten Storyline Events in Real American History over on Generals Joes.  The list spans the most recent animated movie Resolute, Sunbow Cartoon, Marvel Comics and Devil’s Due with some of the best storylines ever told.  There’s my personal favorite “Worlds Without End”, along with The Battle of Benzheen and Trucial Abysma, The MASS Device, The Cobra Civil War and many more.  So what are you waiting for go on over and check it out.

‘G.I. Joe’ premiere’s on ‘The HUB’~In Retro!

With much thanks to ‘’, we have been kept abreast of the delay surrounding ‘Renegades’ release.


We can relive our old 80’s ‘Glory Days’ as ‘The HUB’ begins tonight to run the classic Joe ‘toons.

Head on over to the ‘Renegades’discussion thread and chat about the good, bad and other of the original cartoon variation of our favorite action heroes and villains!!!

YO JOE!!!!

G.I.Joe Renegades Character Bio’s Revealed!

Discovery Channel has released more info on G.I.Joe Renegades with character bio’s and more.  Go on over here to check it out!  WARNING:  Text contains potential spoilers about the series.  G.I. Joe: Renegades debuts on October 10, 2010 on the Hub Network.

(Credit to The Terrordrome and General’sJoes for  the info.)