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.
Amazon.com 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!
I love streaming Netflix to my TV via my Xbox 360. In fact, I love it so much that I ditched cable over a year ago and replaced it with Netflix and a HD antenna. However, there have been times when I wish that the streaming library had just a bit more content. Well, thanks to a multi-year deal between Hasbro and Netflix, the future is a bit brighter!
Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based television production and distribution division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), today announced a multi-year deal with Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX). Ten highly popular franchises, including new and catalog seasons of famed Hasbro content, will be available to instantly watch on Netflix.
“This deal allows us to offer even more great kids’ programming to our members, both adults and kids alike, including new seasons of My Little Pony, Transformers Prime, and Pound Puppies after the season finale airs on The Hub.”
Transformers Prime, My Little Pony, Pound Puppies, G.I. Joe: Renegades and The Adventures of Chuck & Friends are now available to instantly watch on Netflix. JEM & The Holograms, Transformers: Generation 1, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Transformers: Beast Wars and Transformers: Rescue Bots will follow later in 2012.
The Hasbro content will be available on Netflix and included in the Netflix “Just For Kids” section. Netflix “Just For Kids” is a collection of TV shows and movies that is specifically selected for children 12 and under, making it easier and more fun for kids and families to browse and instantly watch a large selection of kid-friendly TV shows and movies within Netflix.
“We are very excited to be working with Hasbro Studios,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Content Acquisition at Netflix. “This deal allows us to offer even more great kids’ programming to our members, both adults and kids alike, including new seasons of My Little Pony, Transformers Prime, and Pound Puppies after the season finale airs on The Hub.”
“We are pleased that consumers will now be able to watch our award-winning programming on Netflix, the leading internet subscription service,” Hasbro Studios President Stephen Davis said. “We are making our content easy to access, anytime, anywhere and on all platforms where audiences are consuming content and this is a big step forward with our all screen strategy.”
My girlfriend and I have already been enjoying Renegades via the streaming service (She’s a huge Snake Eyes fan now) and I managed to check out Transformers: Prime last night. With the promise of even more Joe-related content in the future, Netflix has secured my loyalty for the foreseeable future.
Sometimes, Netflix can throw users a curve ball… like today when a very familiar series landed in my queue! Until the first volume hits DVD in June, fans of the series can stream all 26 episodes in glorious HD quality!
C’mon Hasbro… would it kill you to give us a season 2?
FINALLY! Seriously– despite solid ratings, Renegades was treated like the unwanted step-brother of Transformers by Hasbro and the Hub. However, thanks to Shout Factory fans can at least enjoy the first part of the season on DVD.
For Immediate Release
BRANDED AS RENEGADES FOR CRIMES THEY DIDN’T COMMIT, A GROUP
OF YOUNG HEROES IS FORCED TO TURN FUGITIVE AS THEY BATTLE
TO CLEAR THEIR NAMES AND EXPOSE THE EVIL THAT IS COBRA
G.I. JOE: RENEGADES
SEASON ONE, VOLUME 1
The First 13 Episodes from the First Season of Popular Animated
Series Produced by Hasbro Studios in a Collectible 2-DVD Set
OWN IT ON JUNE 5, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
This summer, prepare to join the action and witness the emergence of the heroic G.I. JOE team as a cadre of highly-trained specialists who are forced to band together to prevent the nefarious COBRA from achieving world domination. On June 5, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will debut fan favorite animated series G.I. JOE: Renegades Season One, Volume 1 on DVD. Featuring the first 13 episodes from the first season, this collectible 2-DVD set is a must have for fans, kids and collectors and has a suggested retail price of $19.93. The initial product run of G.I. JOE: Renegades Season One, Volume 1 DVD set will include a Movie Cash offer to see the upcoming major motion picture G.I. JOE: Retaliation, in theaters June 29.
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 GeneralsJoes.com.
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.)
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.
The Hub, the joint venture between Hasbro and Discover Channel, left me a bit perplexed when it was announced. After all, the only programs I could think of were “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” and the original “Transformers”– what was going to occupy the rest of the broadcast day? Well, according to TFormers.com, the Hub will be occupying quite a bit of my minimal viewing time with ARAH reruns, Transformers: Prime, Transformers: Beast Wars, and one of my all-time favorite sci-fi series Farscape! Better yet, three of those shows will form a solid block starting at 11pm EST every weeknight! Add in the forthcoming G.I. Joe: Renegades series and I just might be in TV heaven!
Check out the schedule:
Weekdays (All Times Eastern)
6 AM: Time Warp Trio
6:30 AM: Kenny the Shark
7 AM – Jem
7:30 AM – Saddle Club
8 AM – My Little Pony and Friends
8:30 AM – Strawberry Shortcake
Pre-school (ages 2-5; 9 AM – 1 PM)
9 AM – Peep and the Big Wide World
9:15 AM -SamSam
9:30 AM – Maryoku Yummy
9:45 AM – The Babaloos
10 AM – The WotWots
10:30 AM – Fraggle Rock
11 AM – Romper Room
11:30 AM – The Hoobs
12 PM – Animal Mechanicals
12:30 PM- Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks