It was a rough Tuesday for the fandom as bandwidth issues prevented many from obtaining their SDCC goodies. Add to that a lackluster showing of our favorite toy at comic con and the series finale of Renegades made for a very very moody fanbase. The WOJM team tackles these issues and more in their own light hearted way - or tried to anyway. This week we are joined by modern era "documentarian" Gary Head as we interview this unique member of the community. He helps them review the SDCC weekend fallout and rewards a lucky listener in our latest contest - Joe Haikus! In our show segment, the team reviews a handful of answers to your SKO questions in preparation for next week's exclusive interview! Plus we try to call Hasbro Toy Shop Customer Service. Will we any have better luck? Don't miss this one! It may be almost 2 hours, but its a lot of content and not much fat.
Archive for July 2011
In this SUPER SIZED San Diego Comic Con edition of WOJM we are joined by two very special guests. Craig from The Fwooshcast teams up with the guys as they interview YoJoe.com's admin and CO, Terry Dizard. Find out more about the grand-daddy of all Joe sites: how it started, unique info it contains, and how any member of the fandom can contribute. It is definitely an interview not to miss. In the news, Chuck explains his dislike of the new Sideshow figures and we say, "HUH!?" Skystrikers are popping up all over the country, hear where they are at and what the community thinks of them. In our Renegades review, Justin and Gary are beginning to realize that this ride is almost over - will all questions and loose ends be tied up next Saturday. Lastly, it is SDCC week! What, if anything new, will we see AND will there be anything on Hasbro Toy Shop on Monday? Stand by...all this and more - INCLUDING a new contest to coincide with next week's guest - on WOJM!
GI Joe in the mass media topped the news of the week with the announcement of Ray Stevenson being cast as Firefly in GI Joe 2. Renegades winds down toward cancellation, er...sorry Hasbro, we meant to type HIATUS. The crew comments on both. In the show segment, we are joined by Jay Hunger of the COIL Club to talk about the second annual COIL Con and GI Joe Swap Meet in Kokomo, Indiana. Jay will tell us a little about the day and the COIL Commando figure exclusive to the event. Back by popular demand the fellas return to the IDW comic universe for discussion and you may be surprised which Joe title line they like the best (or not). Finally we wrap it up by drawing the name of the winner of our 2011 30th Anniversary Pre-Prod Skystriker contest. All this including Gary corrects himself TWICE, Chuck mutes his mic, Greg dodges proposing to his girlfriend and we find out that Justin simply isn't as big of a Red Sox fan as he says he is. It's the ALL-STAR game edition of WOJM! (Perhaps next week we will talk a little Formula 1, Cricket and Soccer for our foreign listeners?)
From 2010 to mid 2011, the GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra line from Hasbro tried its best to carry the flag of the hobby after marginal movie and retail product sales. Understandably, retailers were gun shy to reload on the American Hero because in their eyes, the movie line was simply not selling. With a little luck, persistence and possible divine intervention from a dedicated brand team, the line we now know as PoC made its way to retail, but in a form changed from the initial vision shared with us in Kansas City 2009. Gone were the movie cards, movie actor likenesses and the spring loaded weapons. Enter new and familiar characters and vehicles with slick retail packaging and increased tooling and detail. PoC became an award winning brand based upon the Hasbro GI Joe Brand Team's attention to detail and willingness to add that little extra to make the Pursuit of Cobra stand out against tough competition on the 3.75" retail landscape. Still, we were lucky to get much of that as some items didn't make it to traditional retail channels or got cancelled all together. At the end of the day, the tale of the tape shows this: 34 single carded figures, 12 vehicles and many satisfied fans. In this special edition of WOJM, the team reviews the line and goes over the highs and the lows of a series that seemed to be unfairly placed on Hasbro Life Support from day 1. If PoC is a barometer, can we expect more of the same with the 30th Anniversary and GI Joe 2 lines bring us? We'll see, but until then, sit back, relax and have a listen to this Special Edition of What's on JOE Mind!
While Chuck blames Justin for last weeks freudian slip, the team regains composure to tackle a hefty agenda. First is MAIL CALL where we dive into the mail bag and read off some listener mail, including that from the UK - who we assure him, he's not alone in his country. On to the news, we talk about the upcoming Waves 1 and 2 of the 30th Annie line, spend some time talking about The Rock, Ninjas and the casting of Lady Jaye (or as Gary said, "eye candy") and wrap it up with a considerable discussion about the latest subscription news from the GI Joe Collectors' Club. This episode was so full of info, instead of super-sizing it for you, we recorded off a Special Edition discussion about the Life and Deth (typo on purpose) of the Pursuit of Cobra which we will post later in the week. So until then, enjoy this regular edition! Greg says you will like it!