Archive for December 2011

WOJM Special Edition #5: A look back at The Rise of Cobra

Posted in WOJM Special Edition by whatsonjoemind on December 25th, 2011

Mount up!  Technically, they don't exist.  They answer to know one.  And when all else fails, they don't.  Welcome to the NEW face of GI Joe in 2009, the Rise of Cobra.  GI Joe is still the codename of a daring, high trained special mission force who purpose is to defend human freedom against those who threaten it.  Sound familiar?  This time you heard nothing about America AND Cobra.  Why?  Well the movie world has Joe as an international force, oddly, something more akin to the cult classic MegaForce and less anything to do with the comic we grew up with.  And with no Cobra as the enemy, who would Joe fight to get Cobra to "rise"?  That would be our favorite Scottish weapons provider Destro and his MARS organization.  Well, if you were like most in the fandom at the time, your head began to hurt as Joe, was for good, yet mostly bad, changing in front of our very eyes.  While some timeless characters like Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow remained mostly unchanged, favorites like Breaker are brought back from the dead and Heavy Duty was given an accent other than that of a Chicagoan.  Toss in changing the race of Ripcord, which in itself was no big deal AND mixing in the weird Rex-Duke-Anna triangle and the fandom had about as much as it could handle.  Joe did well for one week in the theater, but for the most part the fandom turned their back on the motion picture as a failed experiment that almost killed our hobby.  In the toy world, the RoC toys sold very well, but Hasbro, for whatever reason, decided to ramp up production and flood the stores with early movie waves.  Never mind that figures from the Terminator, Star Trek, and Pirates of the Caribbean movies will still warming the pegs, Hasbro went full steam ahead.  These little mistakes undoubtedly effected what we saw in the Pursuit of Cobra line all the way down to the most recent 30th Anniversary wave.  We figured it fitting that after a few days of the GI Joe Retaliation trailer hitting, the WOJM would gather around the mics one last time in 2011 to look back on RoC, give our thoughts on the movie, the figures, the vehicles, the licensed product and give our early comparison thoughts to the new sequel.  So make the call!  Sit down and hear this special Rise of Cobra Retrospective of WOJM!  When we're finished, the world will never forget!

Happy Holidays from your friends at WOJM! (the weekly streak continues)


Episode 35: What’s on JOE Mind?

Posted in WOJM Regular Edition by whatsonjoemind on December 23rd, 2011

April 25th, 2011 - its when we posted our first show.  We had NO idea how this would go.  Some of us thought it would be an epic failure and end in embarassment.  Well, 36 weekly shows later, we're still chugging along trying to be the loudest cheerleaders of the line we can.  We could not have done this without YOU the fans and our many many friends and supporters, so we hope you don't mind a little gratuitous back patting this week as we take time to thank you all for all of your help and involvement over the last year.  This week the team looks back at the year that was, 2011 in the first half of the show.  What were the highlights?  What were the lowlights?  Who or what did we lose over the last year to make the obituary?  We also answer some voice mail from a famous terrorist leader with world dominaion aspirations and we get a special song from a show regular that even made Justin blush.  In the second half we go over what to expect in 2012.  With Toy Fair, JoeCon, the Movie and SDCC in the first half of the year ALONE, it is going to be a GREAT 2012 for the line.  In the brief news of the week, an rumor has them selling an exclusive movie 4 pack - who's characters confuse the team, but we know who to blame for not reporting it right.  To wrap the news up, Sideshow releases the uber cool Cobra Viper.  It was a good year to be a Sideshow fan!  Lastly, we play for you what the listeners chose for the most Classic Chuck Moment of 2011.  Happy Holidays and see you in 2012!!


Episode 34: What’s on JOE Mind?

Posted in WOJM Regular Edition by whatsonjoemind on December 15th, 2011

Well, the original plan was to tune it down a knotch with a leisurely and informative interview with IDW Sr. Editor John Barber.  But...Justin got all crazy on Twitter and was convinced by Jon Chu to tweet the hell out of the known Joe community to get Paramount to release the first teaser Trailer for GI Joe Retaliation.  Like a Christmas miracle, it seemed to work so this week was D-Day for the new trailer featuring tons of The Rock being a badass, Adrianne Palicki in a low cut red dress and ninjas...lots and lots of ninjas...oh, and John McClain, er, I mean Bruce Willis.  So guess what we talked about?  You guessed it...and we got to hear Chuck's wild theories about the movie.  How one can deduce an entire 2+ hour movie in 2 minutes and 30 seconds is beyond us, but Chuck does it.  Luckily he is being recorded so come the end of June we can all enjoy a laugh.  In the news...YES, there was other news; Wave 4 shipped, Sideshow Hawks arrived, Robert Atkins has a cool contest on JoeCustoms and an evil mastermind sent us an audio file to address something Justin said in an earlier episode.  Yeah, this wasn't your standard edition of WOJM, but know we made this with lots and lots of love.  Share it with us will you?  Enjoy!


Episode 33: What’s on JOE Mind?

Posted in WOJM Regular Edition by whatsonjoemind on December 8th, 2011

What do you do when one Chuck isn't enough?  You add another, that's what ya do!  Chuck from the very popular podcast, StarJoes joins us as a guest to double your Chuck power for the week.  StarJoes Chuck gives an impressive performance.  WOJM Chuck, just throws in the "rag."  From the mailbag we ready Monte's letter concerning theigh cuts and other items to make it easier to customize.  Hear the reactions from the live Tweet as man-cards were retracted then later reissued.  In the news, wave 3 just got here and it looks like wave 4 is nipping at its heels.  A date for COIL Con III is revealed.  The club debuts some more detail on the FSS figures and cardart, while Justin and Gary give their thoughts on the behavior of the fandom towards the club.  IDW crowns a new Cobra Commander - ample spoilers are given, you have been warned.  Ellen Tigh is still the 13th Cylon; sorry its a 5 year old show, spoiler limitations do not apply.  If you need more Joe on TV, The Hub is now showing season 2 of the Joe toon.  Lastly the crew wraps it up by discussing the Joe-molded Jurassic Park figures that were originally destined for TRU, but are showing up in various Asian markets.  Greg was moody so we ended it short so he could get some sleep.  Shhh, don't laugh too loud, you'll wake him.


Episode 32: What’s on JOE Mind?

Posted in WOJM Regular Edition by whatsonjoemind on December 2nd, 2011

Waaay back in episode 17, we had this guy named Mark Cheng come on our show to tell us about this little known GI Joe fanfilm trailer that set the community abuzz.  We thought it was cool and we wanted to get the word out in the community.  Well, a few weeks and months later, the film is out, it has a giant twist and its a HUGE hit.  You have NEVER seen GI Joe like this!!  Mark joins us once again and this time he brings along actor Mack Kuhr who played the chief villian (and uber evil) Zartan.  Also while recording, we got a special tweet for Mark and Mack that even had the co-host in awe...but you need to listen to find out who sent the tweet.  In the news the guys hash out the GIJCC FSS one more time and give their final thoughts on the 12 figures as well as make a prediction on the final 13th - we can assure you it isn't Ellen Tigh - yes, that was a Battlestar Galactica reference.  We get a peek at some GIJCC FSS cart art, Wave 3 starts to appear, and we review a Kwinn filled final round of Hasbro Q&A answers for 2011.  Of course, all this and more on this episode of WOJM!