I also just picked up all the the blind bag GI Joe Kreo figures! Man, this second wave was A LOT harder to find in my area than the first wave. It took me quite a bit of time to finally come across a box with everything in it! I’m posting a picture with the blind bag codes so those of you hunting for them can figure out who is in which bag. I also picked up the Ghoststriker X-16 for good measure. Now all I’m waiting on is the Dojo set AND the recently announced Wolverine Tank set and the Outpost Defender set (which should arrive in time for Christmas!).
There will be several upcoming posts about new Joe acquisitions! For the first post, we have two items that actually might not be considered GI Joe. First, we have a Stargate All-Terrain Cruiser. Why did I buy this? Because it used the AWE Striker! I like hunting down and finding “Joe Toys” that aren’t actually Joe like the Bronze Bombers 12-pack and others. This is a perfect example. It is the basic AWE Striker in tan/brown with a rocket launcher on top. Fun and a cheap pick up. I am also trying to track down a couple other interesting non-Joe, Joe items. So hopefully I will have more to post soon. Second, we have an international offering from Argentina. It is a C.O.P.S. repackage of GI Joe Sorek.
CBR has a great interview with the 3 current (at least for now) writers of IDW’s GI Joe comics: Costa, Dixon, and Van Lente. Check it out: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=47810
With the release of IDW’s December solicitations, it was revealed that Cobra Files, considered by many to be the best of the GI Joe books, will come to a sudden end. This makes two surprising and disappointing GI Joe comic announcements in quick succession.
Costa himself confirmed the news on Twitter: “Yes, the final issue of COBRA FILES is 9. That may seem premature, but I’ve been building to this for two years – long before the relaunch.”
Costa went on to say: “I want to thank IDW and Hasbro for letting me end this run the way I always intended. And it’s not the last you’ll see of me in the Joeverse. Some characters’ stories will end FOR EVER. Some characters will show up in other books. Some of those books will be written by me.”
While a am a bit worried with the current state of Joe comics with the announced departures, I am happy to hear that Costa will be back writing Joe in the future.
About a week about, Newsarama broke the news that IDW GI Joe main title writer Fred Van Lente will be leaving the book after #11. I was really disappointed when I heard this because I really enjoyed the direction that Fred had taken Joe. It was a breath of fresh air and I was very surprised by this. Fred said his reason for leaving was that he had too much going on and something had to give. I was also surprised to hear that Fred thinks he accomplished all that he had wanted with Joe through only 11 comics. This makes me think that IDW and Van Lente agreed to a short run from the beginning. How could you accomplish all your goals with a GI Joe comic in 11 issues?