Cinematic Universe

Cinematic Universe Writers Room

Hasbro‘s public relations firm issued a press release, announcing the writers room for their cross-property interconnected onscreen universe!  This cinematic universe will include G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K, ROM, Visionaries, and Micronauts!

PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND HASBRO TAP AWARD-WINNING GROUP OF WRITERS TO CREATE CROSS-PROPERTY FILM UNIVERSE

 

WRITERS ROOM LEAD BY OSCAR WINNER AKIVA GOLDSMAN WILL DEVELOP STORIES FOR HASBRO BRANDS G.I. JOE, MICRONAUTS, VISIONARIES, M.A.S.K. AND ROM

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 21, 2016) – Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. today unveiled its top talent writers room which will have responsibility for developing Hasbro’s cross-property interconnected onscreen universe featuring the brands G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM. This group includes some of the most notable creative talent in Hollywood, including Academy Award Winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), who will have responsibility for overseeing the writers room on behalf of Hasbro and Paramount as well as serving as Executive Producer for all of the films. Joining Goldsman will beLindsey Beer (Wizard of Oz, Kingkiller Chronicle), Pulitzer Prize WinnerMichael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), Cheo Coker (Luke Cage, Ray Donovan), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther, People vs. OJ), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), Jeff Pinkner (Lost, The Dark Tower), Nicole Riegel (Soldier Girls), Geneva Robertson (Atlantis, Tomb Raider) and Brian K Vaughan(Under the Dome, Lost).

 

Allspark Pictures, Hasbro’s film label, plans to produce films based on this cross-property universe, with Brian Goldner (Chairman, President and CEO, Hasbro) and Stephen Davis (Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Hasbro) serving as Producers, and Josh Feldman (Co-Head of Storytelling, Hasbro) as Co-Executive Producer.  Hasbro will also deploy in the room an unprecedented team of its top artists and designers to assist Goldsman and the writers to visualize this all-new cinematic universe.

 

“Paramount and Hasbro have partnered on many successful films in the past, including the ‘TRANSFORMERS’ and ‘G.I. JOE,’ franchises,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “Bringing together a writers room of this caliber is a bold step for our partnership, and one that we believe is critical for building these brands into new, successful franchises for the future.”

 

“Together with Paramount, we have assembled a team of incredibly talented creative minds and storytellers to continue to help tell the rich history and narrative behind this interconnected cinematic universe, and we are thrilled to be working with Akiva Goldsman again to guide this process,” said Brian Goldner. “We are also excited to partner with Paramount to produce the films, as we’ve had a strong and collaborative partnership since our first Transformers movie in 2007.”

 

The Paramount and Hasbro partnership is responsible for the worldwide blockbuster success of the “TRANSFORMERS” franchise, which has earned $3.8 billion to-date, and whose films, directed by Michael Bay, are amongst the highest grossing movies of all time; and the “G.I. JOE” franchise, which have earned more than $675 million worldwide.

 

 

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About Paramount Pictures Corporation


Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

 

 

ABOUT HASBRO

 

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, ALLSPARK PICTURES, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

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Hornet

Hornet

Action Figure Insider revealed the latest Eagle Force Returns figure!  Check out Hornet!

Hornet is the official R.I.O.T. assassin, and a former student of Kayo!

You can get your hands on this sweet figure by contributing to the Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter campaign, coming this summer, courtesy of Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys!

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Valkyries

Valkyries Head Sculpts

The Marauder “Gun-Runners” released a new update for their Kickstarter backers, which included a look at the paint masters for the new female head sculpts for the Valkyries!

Hey 814 Valtaskers!

Since our last update, we have been working non-stop on the Vals project.  Lots of “surprise” tooling issues encountered and solved.  We hope to have items OFF the actual production tools to show you all soon.  We are still on target to hit the planned release date this summer.   In addition to the accessories shown in the MTF Valkyries Kickstarter project, there are several ADDITIONAL NEW accessories that are part of the release (we will reveal those items to you all FIRST).

The 9 different female headscuplts with hair turned out great.  Below are the paint masters sent to the factory for production.  Caucasian heads will be available in brown, blonde, black, light brown, red and white hair. Hispanic heads available in black and brown hair.  The female t-shirt torso will be available in 10 different colors (and 3 different skin tones).

Caucasian

African American

Hispanic

We will keep you posted as the pre-production samples arrive.  Thanks again for your support!

MJ

While these won’t be available until the summer, you can still check out other awesome Marauder Task Force figures and accessories at www.marauderinc.com!

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Eagle Force

Eagle Force Returns Trading Cards

The folks behind Eagle Force Returns, Zica Toys and Fresh Monkey Fiction, launched a new Kickstarter campaign: Eagle Force Returns trading cards!

But wait!  There’s more!  If you’re a Kickstarter backer, you get an exclusive look at the next Eagle Force Returns figure before everyone else!

New Eagle Force Returns reveal happening later this week. Backers of the Eagle Force Trading Cards Kickstarter will get a sneak peek before anyone else. Head on over now and support the campaign.

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Wordburglar

Wordburglar NARC HI-SCORE

Wordburglar released a new t-shirt to help him fund his NARC HI-SCORE IN NINTENDO POWER video, and if you buy a shirt, your name will be featured in the credits!

Check out the NARC HI-SCORE t-shirt!

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Project Downfall

Project Downfall Update

We’ve got 8 new figures to show you from the G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive set Project Downfall:

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Articulated Icons

Articulated Icons Update

The Fwoosh released a new update for their Articulated Icons figures!

Tooling is Underway! Also: Several Pre-Orders are About to Close

Greetings, Devoted Legionnaires!

It is an exciting time here in the Articulated Icons offices, so as promised, we are back with some updates. As you may know, the Lunar New Year festivities have been taking place over the past few weeks, but those have concluded, and work at the factory is up and running again. That brings some exciting news: tooling for all of our items is now underway! “Tooling” is the term for the process whereby the actual steel molds that will be used to create the figures are now being created.

This is one of the most complicated parts of the of the entire production cycle because each mold must be cut and created perfectly to ensure the level of detail and quality we are demanding for Articulated Icons. However, we are very confident in our factory as we have forged a great relationship with them, and their prior work shows they share our commitment to quality.

That said, we are expecting several rounds of testing approvals to make sure everything looks good, and each mold is engineered to maximize playability and stability. These reviews are absolutely crucial to ensure we are on the same page with the factory, and that changes can be made when needed. We are dealing with a lot of figures, and even more individual pieces (the more articulation, the more tiny joints are required), so we will be taking very detailed steps to ensure everything is able to come together properly. As the process moves along, we will be sure to keep you posted. Once physical tooling samples begin to be produced, we will share pictures and stories, we cannot wait to be able to do that, and we are very much on our way.

In somewhat related news, we wanted to share that our pre-orders are doing very well right now, and we are getting very close to closing pre-orders for several of our items. Shoken, Itami, Shibito, and Seijun are getting very close to selling out, so if you have been waiting on these guys, now is the time. Once these sell out, they will not be made available again, at least for this production run. We are currently not scheduled for any further runs at this time, so if you want them, come and get them!

Finally, we have had several inquiries about the need to update shipping addresses. We know this is very important, but do not fear: when we are close to actually shipping product (that is, within about two weeks) we will send out notifications to confirm or change your shipping address so that we have the right information. At the stage, you need not worry about updating your address, that will be handled when we are closer to ship time.

Thanks so much for patience and continued support, we really appreciate it. During the early stages of the tooling process there will likely be little to actually show, but we have several background stories and photo features of our characters that have not been shared yet, so expect some of those while we work through this very important step of production.

More soon, we promise!

Team AI

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JoeCon

JoeCon Skydive and Sky Creeper

The G.I. Joe Club posted images of the JoeCon exclusive faction leaders from Project Downfall!  For the Sky Patrol there’s Skydive, and for the Cobra A.D.D.E.R.S. there’s Sky Creeper!

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Project Downfall

Project Downfall JoeCon 2016

The brochure for JoeCon 2016 is online, and this year’s set is Project Downfall!

COBRA has installed an advanced radar station on one of the
“fourteener’s”, mountains that rise more than 14,000 feet above
sea level in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. When G.I. JOE tests
their new stealth aircraft at one of the local Air Force bases, they
find themselves on a search and rescue mission for the ultimate
prize.
The COBRA A.D.D.E.R.S. (Aerial Deployment Daredevil Elite
Recon Squadron) are a covert reconnaissance and warfare unit of
the COBRA Air Force. These tactical assault glider pilots swoop
down on their prey and steal everything they can carry back to
their base. They are airborne criminals determined to rule the
skies by any means necessary!
The G.I. JOE SKY PATROL are an elite aerial assault team.
They use advanced stealth technology to provide offensive and
defensive counter air operations. These airborne troopers conduct
rapid, infiltration, ex-filtration or reconnaissance missions using
specialized deployment systems and tactics. Their goal is to clear
the skies by disrupting or neutralizing all enemy forces in their
path.
Both the COBRA and G.I. JOE squadron leaders know that
command of the sky is crucial in determining the outcome of any
battle. Which team will be victorious and gain air superiority?
The 2016 3 3/4” convention set contains highly requested teams and some new additions available for the first time in the modern era 25A action figure style. This special edition set includes:
SKY PATROL (six figures): DROP ZONE, SKYDIVECLIFF “AIRWAVE” MEWETT, STATIC LINE, ROBERT “AIRBORNE” SIXJOHN-EDWARD “ALTITUDE” JONES.
COBRA A.D.D.E.R.S. (nine figures): SKY CREEPER, COBRA
FLYING SCORPION, AIR DEVIL x 3, COBRA BLACK
VULTURE, COBRA NIGHT VULTURE x 3.
Each of these great teams comes with their classic weapons,
accessories, figure stands and file cards in this exciting fifteen
figure boxed set.
Also, make sure you are there for package pick-up on Thursday
night so that you won’t miss this year’s souvenirs! These
convention exclusive souvenirs will feature uniquely themed
action figures and vehicles to battle for air supremacy! Plus,
all these limited edition products will have a major role in our
exclusive 2016 GIJoeCon comic book!

The 2016 JoeCon will be held from June 16-19 in Loveland Colorado!  Expect preorders for Project Downfall to go up soon!

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