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6 Other G.I. Joes Who Need Origins Movies

Beyond all common sense, we’re getting a solo Snake Eyes movie as part of some larger G.I. Joe Origins branding. Don’t get me wrong, I love Snake Eyes as much as the next 80s kid. But after two relatively failed big screen G.I. Joe movies, it feels weird to randomly get this Snake Eyes film out of nowhere.

What about the rest of the Joes?

Snake Eyes needs other people around to look the coolest

For all I know, this Snake Eyes movie might be a huge hit. Maybe everybody loves the ninja action and the cool black costume and this kicks off a whole new G.I. Joe franchise. The movie does feature the likes of Scarlett and the Baroness. Maybe Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins will be the start of an entirely new cinematic universe. And we’ll get a bunch of Origins movies before building to a united, rebooted G.I. Joe! Stranger things have happened.

So what the heck! Let’s have some fun reminiscing about the 80s! Join me after the jump for six other G.I. Joe characters who could use Origins movies.

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The New LEGO Daily Bugle is a Menace to My Wallet!

Be still my geeky heart, LEGO debuted a gigantic Daily Bugle set yesterday! This thing is a beast, with like a dozen mini-figures, multiple settings and just so much going on that the picture I’m posting does not do it justice!

Leap it in a single bound!

Go to the official LEGO site and zoom in on some of these pictures, people. This is a thing of beauty!

Of course, this massive LEGO set is also going to set a person back $300. Will I pay that much for this giant LEGO dreamscape? Maybe…I haven’t decided yet. It comes out on June 1, so I have time to mull it over. The biggest problem is that I don’t have anywhere to display it. I’ve already got LEGO models on the floor in my little apartment because I don’t have table or shelf space anymore.

But this is still beautiful! There’s a bunch of heroes, including Spider-Ham, Daredevil and Miles Morales, and a ton of villains, including most of the original Sinister Six, like Sandman, Doctor Octopus and the likes of both Venom and Carnage. They even through in some anti-heroes like Punisher, Blade and Black Cat! How neat! Plus civilians like J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson. There’s a Robbie Robertson LEGO!

Behold the fire escape!

A LEGO Marvel set this size opens up a lot of potential going forward. Marvel hasn’t done too great with LEGO in recently years…largely because Marvel doesn’t have a lot of vehicles, and they were staying away from the likes of the X-Men and Fantastic Four for a while for stupid reasons. But perhaps we’ll get a Baxter Building one of these days? I’m holding out for an X-Mansion for damn sure. There’s so much potential for good X-Men LEGO!

Here’s hoping my wallet can survive the experience!

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A Snake Eyes Movie Defeats the Point

Snake Eyes is my favorite G.I. Joe, which is not some shocking revelation. Isn’t Snake Eyes everybody’s favorite G.I. Joe? The point is, part of me is excited about this movie. While another part of me will rightfully point out that Snake Eyes was cool because he was this silent, faceless, mystery ninja! That was his whole deal, and he stood out in the crowded Joe field.

But for reasons known only to the franchise gods, we’re getting Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.

This teaser trailer looks coolish. Could be fun some fight scenes. Henry Golding is a cool guy. A couple other classic Joe characters will be appearing. And they’re following the tradition of mixing martial arts with hip hop. Good stuff.

But the sheer lunacy of this movie existing is really something to think about. The first two G.I. Joe movies didn’t exactly set the world on fire, and they had their own Snake Eyes. Is this movie a prequel to those movies? I don’t think so and I hope not. But then is this movie going to spark a whole new franchise of G.I. Joe films? Are we going to get “Origins” movies for Bazooka and Duke and Falcon and Tunnel Rat and Tollbooth and Chuckles and Lady Jaye? Honestly, I would be completely in favor of this, especially if Hollywood then teams them all up for an Avengers-style film.

Whatever the future brings, we are getting a movie about Snake Eyes’ no-longer-mysterious origin on July 23.

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6 Random Action Figures I Had as a Kid

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? I don’t remember what inspired this list, but I think it’ll be a little fun. At least for me. Depends on how interesting you find random childhood trivia about the guy who writes this blog. I was thinking about toys for some reason and came up with a list idea of random action figures I had from my childhood!

I don’t think I owned all four at one time…

I grew up in the 1980s, so I had a ton of traditional action figures from the likes of the Ninja Turtles, Real Ghostbusters and G.I. Joe. They were the big ones for me. I had exactly one Transformer — Inferno the fire truck — and a ton of superheroes. I even had a phase of loving American Gladiator toys! Sprinkled among these average toys were some true gems. Some really random and obscure action figures that somehow found their way into my childhood and now my adult memory bank.

Join me after the jump for a trip down memory lane to some really neat action figures that have just stuck in my head all these decades later! And feel free to share some of your own in the comments.

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Remember Sonic the Hedgehog? He’s Back, in LEGO Form

The LEGO Ideas brand has given us some amazing sets, like Voltron and Doctor Who and…Big Bang Theory? Well they’re back with a Sonic the Hedgehog set! Based off Green Hill Zone!

Loop-dee-loop!

I think it looks neat! I’m really digging that Robotnik mech. And the whole aesthetic is just great. Though I’m disappointed we don’t get Tails or Knuckles mini-figures! Give us more mini-figures!

So much going fast

LEGO also announced a new Ideas set based off Van Gogh’s Starry Night, but who cares about that when we’ve got Sonic the Hedgehog! In LEGO form!

What a world, what a world.

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