The G.I. Joe Collector’s club just revealed the third figure in the FSS 7.0 lineup – General Hawk.
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As you may have already heard, the industry has said goodbye to another legend. Mr. John Stephenson passed away this past Friday, May 15th. Joe fans will recognize him as the voice of General Hawk, but he’s voiced so many more beloved characters that you may be familiar with. News From Me has put together a write up that I’d like to share with you below –
Voice actor John Stephenson died Friday night at the age of 91. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for some time and living in a nursing home. Several years ago, reports of his declining health somehow led to a series of erroneous Internet reports that he had passed. This time, sadly, it’s so.
Stephenson’s long, prolific career began in 1948 when he moved to Hollywood from his native Wisconsin. He quickly became a working actor on radio dramas and began landing roles in film and on television. In fact, it would be hard to find a TV show filmed in Hollywood between 1953 and about 1968 that he didn’t guest on. You can catch him on reruns of The Lone Ranger, The Beverly Hillbillies, F Troop, Get Smart, Green Acres, Hogan’s Heroes, Perry Mason, That Girl, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The People’s Choice, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and so many more. In the sixties though, he was getting so much work in voiceovers that he abandoned his “on camera” career.
He did hundreds of commercials and announcing jobs. His was the voice that announced the verdicts at the end of the sixties’ Dragnet series. And he worked incessantly in cartoons, mainly for Hanna-Barbera. He was heard often on the original Flintstones series, voicing Fred’s boss Mr. Slate and dozens of supporting characters. On the series Top Cat, he spoke for the character Fancy-Fancy and, again, dozens of supporting characters. On Jonny Quest, he was Dr. Benton Quest. On other H-B shows, he played recurring and guest roles to the extent that he may have been the most-heard actor on their shows. Joe Barbera loved him and the feeling was mutual. (I took the above photo of him at a party for Mr. Barbera.)
The Internet Movie Database lists 232 credits for him as both an on-camera and voiceover actor. I would bet that’s less than a tenth of all he did. John was heard on many of the shows I worked on for H-B but I only met him briefly a few times. He was efficient and professional and a very good actor, much respected by his peers. We will all miss him but we will continue to hear him.
The cartoon industry just lost an absolute legend. Rest in peace, John Stephenson!
Chuckles is the only man alive to have successfully infiltrated COBRA… and he’s M.I.A. Has he been killed? Defected? Gone rogue to fight a one-man war against the enemy? None of these alternatives are acceptable to General Hawk. He wants Chuckles back with G.I. JOE, so he’s sending a new Joe to retrieve him. But what she finds may be worse than anyone could have imagined!
Alright! We gave you one week to read the first 4 issues of G.I. Joe: Cobra and Special #1. It’s time to post up spoilers and move onto G.I. Joe: Cobra II. If you still have not gotten a chance to catch up on your IDW G.I. Joe: Cobra, this is a good time to say away from the jump.
See you on the other side!
For you hunters out there, this bit of news will definitely interest you. Over the last week, many members of the Hisstank.com forums have reported finding G.I.Joe Pursuit of Cobra figures being stocked at their local Toys’R’Us stores across the United States. The case assortment being found, for the most part, includes –
- G.I.Joe Pursuit of Cobra – General Hawk
- G.I.Joe Pursuit of Cobra – Blowtorch
- G.I.Joe Pursuit of Cobra – Cobra Commander
- G.I.Joe Pursuit of Cobra – Jungle B.A.T.
Now, please keep in mind that this is more than likely the results of a warehouse find/flush being distributed to stores, so once they’re gone, they’re gone. Since Blowtorch and General Hawk are both readily available in the G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Assortment, this assortment benefits those who would rather have the figures single carded, or who are completists and missed out on the initial POC offerings, or just really, really want more Jungle B.A.T.s!
You can follow the discussion already in progress after the break. Don’t forget to post your local finds on the Hisstank.com Sightings Forums!
It’s finally here….The Cobra Kre-O Terror Drome! HISSTANK.com has just posted up 30+ images of this awesome G.I. Joe Kre-O set. There were a few hiccups with the set like Tomax and Xamot both having a scar but over-all the best G.I. Joe Kre-O set to date.
- Terror Drome set has 855 pieces
- Includes Kreons Serpentor, Xamot, Cobra Scar Trooper, Clayton “Hawk” Abernathy, Gung Ho and Blaine “Mainframe” Parker
- Fits Cobra Firebat and Cobra Ferret ATV
I really hope that Kre-O stays around as a brand. With the news that Hasbro’s Kre-O brand will not be producing the Jurassic World brick sets and lots of Kre-O sets going on deep clearance at TRU lets hope it’s not a sign of things to come. With the announcement that LEGO is now the #1 Toy Maker in the world, it would be hard to see the logic in Hasbro walking away from brick sets. Lets hope that Toy Fair 2015 is full of Kre-O news.
Check out all the new G.I. Joe Kre-O Cobra Terror Drome images after the jump. [Read more…]
Great news for fans and collectors of the Kre-O G.I.Joe Line – The Kre-O G.I.Joe Cobra Terrordrome is now available for Pre-Order on Toys’R’Us.com! This offering is the biggest we’ve seen so far from the Kre-O G.I.Joe line and comes with a ton of play features!
Here’s the official product description –
Build your own G.I. Joe adventures with this awesome Terror Drome set! You can build a Terror Drome and 6 KREON figures with the 855 pieces in this set. The Terror Drome’s dome opens and a Cobra Firebat vehicle (sold separately) will fit inside! A Cobra Ferret ATV vehicle (also sold separately) can drive in through the opening panels. With 2 swiveling cannons and panels that open, the Terror Drome is the perfect headquarters for the battle between your Serpentor, Xamot, Cobra Scar Trooper, Clayton “Hawk” Abernathy, Gung Ho and Blaine “Mainframe” Parker KREON figures. It’s going to be a G.I. Joe-Cobra throwdown with this Terror Drome Set!
KRE-O, G.I. Joe and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
- Terror Drome set has 855 pieces to build G.I. Joe adventures
- Terror Drome has opening panels, rotating cannons and command room
- Includes pieces to build Serpentor, Xamot, Cobra Scar Trooper, Clayton “Hawk” Abernathy, Gung Ho and Blaine “Mainframe” Parker KREON figures
- Fits Cobra Firebat and Cobra Ferret ATV vehicles (sold separately)
- Manufacturer #: A8604
- Product Weight:5.5 pounds
- Product Dimensions (in inches):23.5 x 15.0 x 2.9
You can get your Pre-Order in here:Kre-O G.I.Joe Cobra Terror Drome Set
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The G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary figures are trickling out to fans from shared-exclusive retailer and sponsor Big Bad Toy Store. HissTank is happy to start the high res galleries for these figures tonight with the “Eagle’s Edge” three pack, featuring Leatherneck, Hawk, and Destro. The Destro pulls cues from the Vault figure seen at Joecon a couple years ago, so it’s nice to finally be able to get a hold of him.
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For those of you that can’t wait until the release of the G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary product that’s on the horizon, well then head on over to eBay as viperskingdom has posted auctions for what appears to be the entire assortment of 50th anniversary figures and vehicles.
Of special note is that there are auctions for the Arctic Ambush Snow Job and Arctic B.A.T. and also and auction for the Social Clash set comprised of Lady Jaye and the Baroness!
You can check out the auctions here:
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary General Clayton Hawk Abernathy
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Cobra Viper
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Blowtorch
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Cobra H.E.A.T. Viper
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Low-Light
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Night Viper
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Cobra Arctic B.A.T.
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Snow Job
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Social Clash Lady Jaye and Baroness
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Danger at the Docks
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Battle Below Zero
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Cobra Trooper
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Beach Head
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Destro
- G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary Leatherneck
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