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As if the promise of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe weren’t enough to get you excited for Toy Soldiers: War Chest, Ubisoft has released a trailer trumpeting the addition of playable Cobra and Assassin’s Creed armies.
We previously characterized the fourth game in the Signal Studios series as an epic bedroom-floor battle imagined by sugar-fueled 8-year-old, and this announcement only reinforces that: Eight armies, made up from beloved toys (and now video game characters), battle for supremacy.
Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
If Ubisoft’s Toy Soldiers: War Chest wasn’t on your radar before, it undoubtedly will be now: The company revealed this morning the toy-versus-toy action and strategy game will include characters from Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe.
The fourth game in the Signal Studios series, it’s billed as a battle of eight armies, with “one toy box to defend.” Judging from the trailer, it’s effectively an epic bedroom-floor battle imagined by sugar-fueled 8-year-old, using all the toys in the box. Only, y’know, played out in a video game.
Even as the rest of the world reels from the shocking news that Cobra Commander has been handed the key to Springfield, Illinois, the ruthless terrorist organization has begun its infiltration of the city.
In this new video, G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins discovers there’s something different about his hometown, beginning with the employees at his local dry cleaner and restaurant, and continuing through to the magazines at his doctor’s office, which are surprisingly up to date (Cobra Weekly and Cold Slither and a cover declaring Cobra Commander “Man of the Year”).
In a shocking turn of events, Springfield, Illinois, has welcomed Cobra advance troops with open arms, with Mayor J. Michael Houston going so far as to present Cobra Commander with the key to the city. Right under the nose of G.I. Joe!
“Springfielders near and far, I accept your mayor’s generous gift,” Cobra Commander said in a statement that shouldn’t be read at all like a threat. “And let it be known that I too bring a gift for every man, woman and child of this city that is so near and dear to my heart: an invitation to join with me. Join Cobra!”
We’re no strangers to covers with a lot of characters around here, and the comic with the claim to fame as the most packed cover ever is 2008’s G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #25 by Chris Lie.
Now as with all things in the Larry Hama-led franchise, Cobra is giving the Joes a run for their money in a new variant cover by Adam Riches. To celebrate G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212 (a turning point issue in Hama’s resurrected title promising “The Death of Snake-Eyes”), IDW and Florida retailer Emerald City Comics tapped the frequent Joe toy artist to draft a Cobra-heavy companion piece to the original cover showcasing every snake that ever fought for the ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.
From Cobra Commander and Destro to the more obscure likes of Headman and Crystal Ball, they’re all there and available for order from Emerald City’s web store. But are there more Cobras than the 236 Joes on the original cover? Compare the pair after the jump.
If you’re a Guardians of the Galaxy fan with a taste for slightly retro T-shirts, we have a couple of suggestions for how you can spend a little of that holiday cash.
RIPT takes us back to the ’70s with “Ziggy Starlord,” which mashes together David Bowie and Peter Quill in the best possible way. If a T-shirt isn’t to your liking, Piercek25’s design is also available as a hoodie, a baby’s onesie, poster or coaster. They’re only available for another 10 hours or so, however.
Deadpool #27 made headlines yesterday when it was announced that the cover had set the record for the most comic book characters on a single issue cover, as declared officially by Guinness World Records. It also brought a lot of discussion in our comments, as fans asked what the previous record holder was and if, indeed, it truly beat out every other cover out there as depicting the “most comic book characters on a single issue cover.”
So I thought maybe we should take a look at some of the candidates folks pointed out …
Legal | The creator of the Islamic superhero comic The 99 says he hasn’t been officially notified of a reported ban of the animated adaptation of his comic in Saudi Arabia. “Nobody ever contacted me, nobody ever asked me any questions,” Naif Al Mutawa says. There have been numerous Twitter campaigns against me for a while now and so for me it’s not new. Maybe it is true this time, but I find it very difficult to believe that a group as influential and high profile as them [Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta] wouldn’t recognize the good that The 99 has done for Muslims around the world.” He adds that the comic has been available in Saudi Arabia for seven years, while the cartoon has been airing for two and a half years, making the timing of a ban “a bit weird.” [Gulf Business]
Chuck Dixon might be best known for his hard-charging stories of Batman, the Punisher and G.I. Joe, but he’s more than a work-for-hire writer — even though he’s good at it. Dixon got his start in creator-owned comics with 1984’s Evangline at Comico (and later First), and now after three decades as primarily a hired gun, he’s returning to his roots with a renewed vigor and years of experience under his belt.
The co-creator of DC stalwarts like Bane and Birds of Prey tells ROBOT 6 his future looks to be predominately focused on creator-owned comics, and he has no less than three creator-owned projects in the works — including one with his former collaborator Graham Nolan. That’s in addition to his recent foray into prose military fiction; after the success of the SEAL Team Six novels with Dynamite Entertainment, Dixon has gone into business for himself with a new series titled Bad Times, featuring a group of scientists and Special Forces solders who are transported 100,000 years into the past. With his time on G.I. Joe coming to an end with April’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Dixon’s next tour of duty may end up being his greatest yet.
Amazon Publishing has expanded its Kindle Worlds platform to include G.I. Joe and Valiant Entertainment’s Quantum and Woody and Eternal Warrior, opening the door for writers to publish stories based on those properties in the next few months.
Other new additions include Warner Bros. television series Veronica Mars and Ravenswood (a spinoff of Pretty Little Liars), Marcus Sakey’s Abnorm Chronicles novels and Theresa Ragan’s Lizzy Gardner Files books.
“Since 1964, G.I. Joe has inspired the imagination of multiple generations by providing a backdrop of excitement and adventure,” Hasbro’s Michael Kelly said in a statement. “Whether exploring the secrets of the mummy’s tomb, or defending freedom from the evil plots of Cobra, G.I. Joe has been there. It is with equal excitement that Hasbro now enters a new segment of the business by embracing the concept of open-source storytelling, and officially unlocking the world of G.I. Joe to our fans through Amazon’s Kindle Worlds.”
Events | The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University steps into the spotlight for the Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art, which celebrates the library’s move to a new 30,000-square-foot home on campus. The library’s extensive collection includes more than 300,000 original comic strips, 29,000 comic books, 45,000 books and 2,400 boxes of manuscripts, personal papers and the like. The festival, held today through Sunday, includes such guests as Eddie Campbell, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Herandez, Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, Hilary Price, Kazu Kibuishi and Dylan Meconis. [The Associated Press, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Alive]
Creators | Art Spiegelman talks about history, Maus, and being the creator of Maus: “I have to keep moving as best I can through the shadow of something that I’m glad I had pass through me.” [Tablet]
Thirty-six questions. Six answers. One random number generator. Welcome to Robot Roulette, where creators roll the virtual dice and answer our questions about their lives, careers, interests and more.
Joining us today is Jim Zub, writer of Skullkickers, Pathfinder, Makeshift Miracle and IDW’s upcoming Samurai Jack, among others.
Now let’s get to it …
I’ve noted in the past that Shelf Porn isn’t a competition — it’s a celebration of the diversity of collections from fans all over the world. Well, today we’re going to push that philosophy to the side for a good old-fashioned, knock-down, drag-out Shelf Porn Face-off! Two collections enter, but only one can leave the champion.
It started when I received an email from Tommy Baldwin, who said that he and his friend Shawn Hoklas wanted us to help settle the question “Who has the better room/collection?” I suggested we put it out to our readers to help decide. So, I’ve posted both sets of pictures today, and I’ve set up a poll so that you can vote for the room you think is better. If you aren’t sure how to decide, you can use the same criteria they use on Chopped — creativity, presentation and taste.
You can view Tommy’s collection below, then jump over to page two to take a look at Shawn’s. Finally, on page three, you’ll find a poll so you can vote for your choice. I’ll leave it open for a week, and then next Saturday we’ll declare a winner. Update: And we have a winner! Click over to the poll page to see who won.
Special thanks to Tommy and Shawn for sharing their collections with us. Now check them out!
Business | Following weeks (if not months) of rumblings, Warner Bros. has made it official: Jeff Robinov, the Warner Bros. Pictures Group president who oversaw the 2009 restructuring of DC Comics into DC Entertainment, will leave the studio following a reorganization that establishes a new leadership team: Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production, and Toby Emmerich, president and chief operating officer of New Line Cinema. It doesn’t appear as if Robinov will be replaced. DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, who initially reported Robinov, presumably will answer directly to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara; following a shakeup last month in the television and home entertainment division, Nelson reported to both Robinov and Tsujihara. [The Hollywood Reporter]