With JoeCon ’14 getting underway in Dallas, TX we are now getting our first glimpses at the exclusives available to attendees. I’ve been a huge fan of how JoeCon has reworked the environmentally conscienceous ECO Warriors form the early nineties into a zombie fighting task force.
Flying Ninja Kick had our first look at the Eco-Force ECO Striker which is a direct homage to the original vehicle from 1992 and a repaint from the GI Joe: Retaliation line. While I’ve all but stopped collecting modern Joes I’m getting a little bummed I didn’t find a way to snap up these exclusives.
- via YoJoe.com
- via JoeCon Facebook
More exclusives are going to be revealed throughout the weekend and for those hardcore GI Joe fans be sure to follow Generals Joes, Flying Ninja Kick, and Hiss Tank for more late breaking news from JoeCon ’14.
If there is one thing that can be said of GI Joe: Retaliation is that it effectively wiped the memory of GI Joe: Rise of Cobra from my long term memory. From this point forward there is no further need to revisit the horror that Stephen Sommers had wrought: Accelerator Suits, Ripcord, or that ridiculous Duke/Baroness back story. Director Jon M. Chu delivered the GI Joe movie that my inner 9 year old self always wanted.
Let’s just start with the fact that Retaliation had goddamned ninjas fighting on the side of a mountain, and it was awesome. Cobra Commander actually looked like Cobra Commander (no more Joseph Gordon Levitt behind a silly transparent mask and respirator). And let’s not forget about the fact that there were honest to goodness real life versions of GI Joe vehicles in this one: AWE Strikers, Cobra Fangs, Water Moccasins and HISS Tanks!
Retaliation is the closest in tone to GI Joe: Resolute, the 2009 animated mini-series penned by Warren Ellis (which is a very good thing). And much like that mini-series, what made this movie enjoyable was the fact that the GI Joes actually did what they are supposed to do .. use high tech gadgets on covert missions all in attempt to thwart Cobra’s plan for world domination.
From here on out the discussion will be mildly spoilerish ….
- I love, love, loved Snake Eyes’ & Jinx mission to recover Storm Shadow from the mountain fortress. Which was a huge call back to Larry Hama’s GI Joe #21 the Silent Issue.
- Of course Cobra Commander’s plan for ruling the world was overly complex and super expensive. How does Cobra have the capital for this kind of thing?
- I have to agree with Rob Bricken of io9, that The Rock was born to be in a live action GI Joe movie.
- I really dug RZA as the head of the Arishkage Clan, and the turning of Storm Shadow onto the Joe’s side (for now).
- Hey Paramount is it possible to get a Snake Eyes & The Ninja Force spin off? MAKE IT HAPPEN.
- Despite being one of my favorite Joes, Flint was pretty much useless throughout the film. He was the Joe’s parkour/free running specialist … and specialist in not following orders.
GI Joe: Retaliation earns an Official DDOY Rating of stars if only for the fact that it’s so good at making me forget that Rise of Cobra ever happened and for the prodigious use of ninjas.
Snake Eyes may be a master of multiple martial arts disciplines, but never send him on a hot dog run.
I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this ESPN/GI JOE: Retaliation spot. It features three of my most favorite things in life: Snake Eyes, Hot Dogs, and John Kruk aka The Krukker aka The Greatest Philadelphia Phillie Evar. Can I see GI JOE: Retaliation yet?
With the long awaited premiere just weeks away a new international trailer for GI JOE: Retaliation showed up online. It has a majority of the same footage we have been seeing for well over the last year, but there is a bit there with Storm Shadow interacting with Bruce Willis’ Joe Colton character. I can only hope that means we get a super ninja team up between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes.
And for the record, I never grow weary of that Snake Eyes vs. Red Ninjas flying mountain side battle. At the end of the day just remember Joe fans, there is no way this could be any worse than the first movie.
GI JOE: Retaliation his theaters Friday, March 29th.
Just when I thought that Paramount did not have a solid marketing plan for GI JOE: Retaliation, this rather well done recruitment video for Cobra Special Forces hits the Interwebz.
Is that Keith David doing the voice over? That is Keith David doing the voice over!!! (*Slow clap*) Well played Paramount, well played.
If you have what it takes to join the fight, sign up here for Cobra Special Forces.