Renegades & Retaliation 4-packs are “in stock”

UPDATE: The Renegades pack is once again BACK in STOCK but this seems to change daily.   (5/11/2012)

Mondays… the nemesis of most individuals seldom brings good news.  However, this Monday might be a bit different for Joe fans. has listed BOTH of their exclusive 4 packs as “in stock” as of this morning with a list price of $39.99.  Sadly, that’s essentially high retail price for each of the figures but there are some advantages.  In the case of Retaliation the pack provides a means for Joe fans to get their hands on the figures well before the official end-of-May release day.   For Retaliation fans, it’s a chance to get different deco’s of 3 primary characters and an all new 4th character in the form of the Red Ninja!

Non-affiliate links are below:

G.I. Joe Retaliation Sneak Peek 4-pack

  • Duke
  • Roadblock
  • Snake Eyes
  • Cobra Commander (black deco)

G.I. Joe Renegades 4-pack

  • Duke
  • Snake Eyes (with trench coat)
  • Storm Shadow
  • Red Ninja

Toy Fair 2012 – Official Retaliation figure press images

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Sadly, the staff of JBL wasn’t able to attend Toy Fair 2012 this year.  However, the good folks at Hasbro were able to provide some press images for those sites who weren’t able to attend.  Included among those images (many of which were seen last week) were shots of the figures in waves 2 – 5 of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie line.  Included in those figures is one that will make many a “Die Hard” Joe fan cackle with glee– Bruce Willis as General Joe Colton!

Check ’em out below:

Wave 2:

  • Battle Kata Roadblock
  • Ninja Duel Snake Eyes

Wave 3:

  • Alley Viper
  • Cyber Ninja
  • Dragon Ninja
  • Joe Colton
  • Lady Jaye

Wave 4:

  • Blind Master
  • Kim Arashikage

Wave 5:

  • Crimson Guard
  • Night Viper

Here’s the official press blurb from Pawtucket:


(Approximate retail price: $7.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Summer 2012)

The live-action G.I. JOE movie, G.I. JOE: Retaliation, won’t hit theaters until June 2012, but you don’t need to wait to see the stars from the movie cast as G.I. JOE characters.  The G.I. JOE brand invented the action figure category more than 45 years ago, and the G.I. JOE MOVIE 3.75-INCH action figures continue this great legacy.  Figures are sculpted to match their on-screen counterparts, including Dwayne Johnson as ROADBLOCK, Channing Tatum as DUKE, and Bruce Willis as Joe Colton.  Each figure comes with  off-the-floor play such as  ninja zip lines and projectile launchers. Multiple waves are set to be released throughout the summer and fall 2012. (Figures each sold separately.)


For more images, check out the coverage over at JBL sister site!

Also, here’s a look at the figure images that were previously released:


Hasbro Pre-Toy Fair images for G.I. Joe: Retaliation line!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

It’s been a busy weekend here at JBL HQ and I apologize for not getting these up sooner.

Friday Hasbro knocked everyone’s socks off with an unprecedented “info dump” for Retalation– in the form of HI-RES images of everything from Basic Figure assortment to Alpha Vehicles to figure battle sets to kids role-play gear.  It’s a lot of images to digest– but I’m going to post them based upon which assortment they fall into.

It’s a lot of Joe overload all in one post!

Basic figure assortment:


Alpha vehicle assortment:


Bravo vehicle assortment:


Delta vehicle assortment:


Ninja Showdown assortment:


SDCC 2012 exclusives:


Roleplay assortment:


Battlers assortment:

Hasbro reveals initial Retaliation figure and vehicle offerings!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Hasbro is taking the pre-Toy Fair initiative and has launched a page revealing many of the initial figure and vehicle offerings for the forthcoming film G.I. Joe: Retaliation!

It’s a pretty diverse list that’s filled with a lot of repaints of both classic and recent vehicles.  However, it’s not just a “reused and repainted slate”– the infamous HISS Scout which only arrived in Canada has been retooled as a Joe vehicle and the recent POC/30th HISS has been given an upgrade as well.  Plus, there’s new figures galore!  Even better– Hasbro is promising 14 more reveals coming soon!

There’s even a Kim Arashikage SDCC figure coming this year!

Check it all out at Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation page!

Robert Atkins provides even more Cobra Commander design insights!

Seriously– JBL has turned into “RobertAtkinsBattleLines” over the past week.  In our proud tradition of talking up his work more than his own mother does, here’s the latest!

Robert’s posted another article at this blog entitled “Cobra Commander Wasn’t Built In A Day” which delves even further into the process of designing the armor and uniform for IDW’s newest Cobra Commander.  For those of you who haven’t yet read G.I. Joe vol 2 #8 be forewarned– you’re going to know the Commander’s identity within the first  sentences of the article.  However, this is one of those unique chances to get inside the creative process for the design of Joe’s preeminent villain.

Don’t take my word for it– check out Cobra Commander Wasn’t Built In A Day!

Robert Atkins discusses the new IDW Cobra Commander design! Custom figure contest!!

Okay, I’m starting to sound like a broken record here with all of the new IDW Cobra Commander love.  However, if there’s one thing that can sell me on a new character design in a comic it is the caliber of the artist– and there are currently non better on Joe than Robert Atkins!

In his latest blog post, Robert deconstructs the process of creating the forthcoming Cobra Commander cover as well details exactly why the costume design turned out the way it did.

It’s a great “behind the scenes” look at the genesis of the design for Joe’s signature villain.

While you’re there– check out the “Robert Atkins Art Custom Figure Contest” — in which one lucky customizer will be able to win an original 11″ x 17″ commission from Robert himself!

Robert Atkins unveils more details on Cobra Commander’s new look!

If you’ve been reading comics from IDW’s era of G.I. Joe then you’re most likely a fan of artist Robert Atkins.  His artwork has graced the pages of the main Joe title in volume 1 and is currently dominating the action in the intriguing Snake Eyes solo series.  It also turns out that he’s one of the minds behind the new design of Cobra Commander.

Over at his blog, Robert Atkins Art, he also unveils some awesome turnarounds of the Commander’s “new robes”.  Check it out in his posting Cobra Commander Revealed!  Also, be sure to check out G.I. Joe vol 2 #8 that’s hitting shelves today for the reveal on the identity of the new Cobra Commander!