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Joe Declassified Spec-Ops
82 minutes | Apr 4, 2014
Ep/9 GUY CASSADY + VEHICLE DESIGN -PART 1
IMPORTANT: Some of the images for this episode can be found at http://joedeclassified.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20t=665and some of the images for this episode can be found here:http://cobra788.blogspot.com/50 years ago, we recorded our first episode of JDSO in which we introduced you to the unproduced Cobra Island Playset. And now, for our 9th episode, Joe Declassified teams up with Kevin Watts of Cobra788.blogspot.com to bring you the man who designed that Cobra Island play set, the absolute mastermind behind some of the largest, most iconic GI JOE vehicles ever: the legendary, MR. GUY CASSADAY. On this episode of Joe Declassified: SPEC-OPS, Guy Cassaday takes us through the pre-production origins, processes, and anecdotes behind his designs, including the fearless Conquest, the mammoth Mobile Command Center, the sneaky Coastal Defender, the epic Rolling Thunder, the intimidating General, and the unproduced, deadly Cobra Sub. Yes. You read that correctly. COBRA. SUB. But why stop there?? Guy also talks to us a bit about the Defiant and the Persuader. Also in the show notes we’ve got images of the unproduced ANVIL vehicle. Yeah, we’ve never seen it before, either. All this and more on this first of a TWO PART interview, with one of the most revered and celebrated GI JOE vehicle designers of all time. Welcome to the Hidden World of GI JOE.
57 minutes | Jan 12, 2013
Ep8/ G WAYNE MILLER + TOY WARS
We had some recurring and unforeseen sound/tech issues throughout, but otherwise this is an absolutely exciting interview and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we had recording it! We’d like to extend an enormous thank you to G. Wayne Miller for time travelling with us!! The images for this episode can be found here: http://joedeclassified.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20t=608start=0 For some of you, our guest needs no introduction. For the rest of you, author G. Wayne Miller was given full access (and then some) to Hasbro in the 90’s and some limited access to Mattel. His mission: to document and decipher the eras and empires of toy making and toy marketing. The result was a book called Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the Companies That Make Them. On this episode of JDSO, Jaimanstone (who made this episode happen) and Gyre-Viper sit down with G. Wayne Miller, who revisits his time at Hasbro: the stories, the people, and the ideals. He even reads some excerpts from his book and then shows us the coolest damn shoes never made. He even goes so far as to share with us his insights into current day and future Hasbro as he sees it. This is the history of the future of GI JOE. Welcome to Joe Declassified: SPEC-OPS.
87 minutes | Dec 13, 2012
Ep7/ DESERTS AND DINOSAURS
Joined by Joe Declassified phantom bigwig, Jason wells aka VIPER109... we take you on a multi-line, multi-era adventure, embarking not only through the deserted history of GI JOE, as Mr. Wells brings the depth on the unproduced, highly coveted Desert Headquarters figures... but we also journey through some mid-Mesozoic mysteries, unearthed by notpicard and Gyre-Viper, via some overseas palaeontology. It doesn't stop there as we identify the many non-Joe lines that reuse GI JOE parts (and sometimes vice versa), while nova puts on a bunny suit and hands out easter eggs. It's hidden world meets lost world, with over 80 images to accompany this episode. Here is a link to the images for this episode: http://joedeclassified.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20t=602start=0 Or you can just click "Links" on the right and that will take you to the forum.
140 minutes | Aug 6, 2012
Ep6/ VARIATION AWARENESS
The Joe Declassified: SPEC-OPS Team is joined by some very special guests... the mighty pluv of JoeCustoms.com and the one and only Leonardo T Dragon of JoeBattlelines.com// For this episode we take on a hefty helping of variations and errors from the revered vaults of Pat "notpicard" Stewart. Pat takes us through his categorizing process of what falls into variant and what gets marked an error and how that all fits into his work on YoJoe.com and around the community. We also give the yet to be released discount repaints a quick once over... sort of gathering our thoughts on what they are, what they mean, and what they might be telling us about the future of the brand. And to top it all off... Pat speaks to the functionality of YoJoe.com's legendary archives... its achievements, criticisms, and everything in between. You can find the images referenced in the episode here: http://joedeclassified.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20t=579 The links to the right will take you to the Joe Declassified site and forum.
145 minutes | Apr 15, 2012
Ep5/ Unproduced ARBCO Play Set and more!!!!
Well that was interesting. Just days after recording this episode, Retaliation toys ambushed collectors on the shelves at retail. And since we can’t always be right, it seems a couple of our predictions on this episode fell short. But at the very least you can hear the (what we think are) reasonable-reason-ings behind our theories in regards to a few of the Retaliation figures that were released into the wild unexpectedly. That being said, clocking in at over two hours and armed with a mighty 100-plus images… I’m sure we’ve got something besides rabbits and felled predictions in our hats as we conjure up: - an unproduced ARBCO play set! - an unproduced version of General Hawk! - confirm the answer to the mostly-unanswered 25 year old mystery of Low-Light's leg! - - and we use our crystal ball to peer into where the past meets the future as we bring you in-hand images of the unreleased 30th Anniversary Night-Viper and Crimson Guard who are slated for resurrection in Wave 5 of Retaliation! Speaking of crystal balls...we take in a stray as renowned GI JOE customizer and Crystal Ball hoarder, Brian "nova" Kauffman, not only joins us as a guest host, but agrees to come on full-time as a regular, resident host on the podcast! This episode is split up into two teams. It's basically two recordings combined. Also, due to the nature of the Low-Light revelation, we felt it appropriate to post the image confirming the answer to the often-speculated 25 year old mystery on YoJoe.com. Here is a link to the image and the thread: http://forums.yojoe.com/pre-production-gi-joe-items/87279-low-light-color-study-jdso.html The ARBCO, Hawk, Retaliation, Night-Viper and Crimson Guard images can be found here or click the links on the sidebar: http://joedeclassified.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20t=487 Welcome to the Hidden World of GI JOE... Welcome to Joe Declassified: SPEC-OPS. Hosts for Episode 5: Gary Head (Gyre-Viper), Chris Murray (TOPSON), Tim Dzieciatkowsi (Tolan), Jay Hunger (Smokescreen), Gary Godsoe (cmderinchief), Mike Irizzary (Beachhead), Josh Carlson (Roshan), Jared Bunnell (Jaimanstone), Phil Donnelly (PjDonnell), Pat Stewart (notpicard). Intro/Outro voice: Moira Hunger (aka Mo Order) Intro/Outro song: Jade "Lazertag" (Lifted Recordings). Used with permission. Very special thanks to Jade for allowing me use of this song for the podcast.
68 minutes | Mar 7, 2012
We are on iTunes, just search: jdso We are on Stitcher, just search: Declassified ______________________________________________________________________________ . . . Ep3: JIM SORENSON "GI JOE FIELD MANUAL" For years the community has been craving a GI JOE art book… specifically, a card art or packaging art coffee table-style volume. On this episode, we talk not only to the man who is most likely to make it happen, but who is also very much up to the challenge. This man’s name is Jim Sorenson. Mr. Sorenson is an animation historian, archivist, restorer, and enthusiast. If the name doesn’t sound familiar to the GI JOE world, it’s because he’s spent most of his energy up to this point contributing to or writing books on, the animated world of Transformers: The Complete Ark -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1600104886?ie=UTF8tag=thar-20linkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1600104886 The AllSpark Almanac 1 -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1600104878?ie=UTF8tag=thar-20linkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1600104878 The AllSpark Almanac 2 -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1600106838?ie=UTF8tag=thar-20linkCode=as2camp=1789creative=390957creativeASIN=1600106838 But now… NOW he’s set his sights on GI JOE with the “GI JOE FIELD MANUAL”… a book that compiles the production artwork for the Sunbow GI JOE animated series!!!! Coming out through IDW in the same vein as his previous Transformers Ark books listed above, the “GI JOE FIELD MANUAL” is a first-of-its-kind for GI JOE. And if it does well (read as: BUY THIS BOOK)… it doesn’t have to be the last! Not a fan of the Sunbow cartoon? That’s pretty inconsequential in regards to this book. The art and designs for Sunbow are just as responsible as anything else for shaping the GI JOE universe that we’ve come to know and love over the past 30 years, especially when stripped of its final, often campy, fully animated form. Not only that but there are things in this book alone which have never been brought to light before. Things like the image Mr. Sorenson shared with us for this episode (click the following link) which seems related to the origins of the creation for the character of Duke: http://joedeclassified.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5t=448p=2987#p2987 Mr. Sorenson not only talks to us about his previous books and this current book he is working on... but he also takes us deep inside his process, from hunting down source material to what it
114 minutes | Mar 1, 2012
EP 2/ TOY FAIR 2012
Ep2: Toy Fair has come and gone. But the community is still firmly locked onto the GI JOE reveals from a few weeks ago. “Articulation Loss” continues to cause quite the ruckus. But with offerings like Joe Colton, Blind Master, Cobra Trooper, and Zartan… it seems the Retaliation line will be just as invigorating and nutritious as it will be frustrating and noxious to adult collectors who believe certain elements of the line are quite literally a step back (if not worse), in some regards, for a brand that has always seemed to look forward and push the boundaries. So the Declassified team takes on these Toy Fair reveals wave by wave and figure by figure utilizing GeneralsJoes.com’s Retaliation Toy SuperPage for reference. And the Declassified team is not necessarily in agreement with each other over a few of the offerings. Friendships are tested, hearts are torn, and virtual fists fly…. (no, not really). The team IS, however, joined by a surprise guest!!!!!!! JoeDeclassified owner and visionary, Sam “Nomad” Damon… who shares a little secret about the Retaliation Wave 5 Night Viper and Crimson Guard. What they really are and how they most likely came to be in the Retaliation line. What are Night Viper and Crimson Guard? Where have we seen those motorcycles before? Zebras, Ninja Turtles, and clones OH MY! Welcome to Joe Declassified: SPEC-OPS. Find us on iTunes (search: jdso) Find us on Stitcher (search: Declassified) Find us on the web: JoeDeclassified.com Ep2 Hosts: Sam Damon (Nomad), Gary Head (Gyre-Viper), Pat Stewart (notpicard), Jay Hunger (Smokescreen), Gary Godsoe (cmderinchief), James M. Kavanaugh, Jr (KuuKuuSon), Mike Irizarry (Beachhead), Josh Carlson (Roshan), and Jared Bunnell (Jaimanstone). Intro: Moira Hunger (Mo Order) Intro/Outro Song: Gemini “Destiny” used with permission (Beta Recordings).
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