In Memoriam – Mr. R. Lee Ermey 1944 – 2018

It’s with a heavy heart that we share word that Mr. R. Lee Ermey, better known as “Gunny”, passed away yesterday, April 15th. 

Ronald Lee Ermey was an actor that achieved stardom for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. The following was shared by Mr. Ermey’s long time manager, Mr. Bill Rogin: 

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.

There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It’s actually the Riflemen’s Creed. “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

There are many Gunny’s, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That’s what he wanted most of all.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.

OORAH, Gunny. Rest in Eternal Peace. You can share your respects & memories of Mr. Ermey with us on the Cobra Island Forums

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In Memoriam – Mr. Chuck McCann 1934 – 2018

It’s with a heavy heart that we share the following news with you. It has been reported that Mr. Chuck McCann, prolific voice actor and comedian, has passed away at the age of 83. 

Mr. McCann was known to a generation of kids, from his work on Captain Kangaroo to his voice acting for the G.I.Joe Marine, Leatherneck. 

Thank you for a lifetime of smiles, Mr. McCann. May you rest in Eternal Peace. Yo Joe. 

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Cobra Island Joins Lets Be Reelz As We Say Goodbye To Toys R Us

Live this Saturday, March 24th, join Cobra Island as we stop by to chat with the crew at Let’s Be Reelz, a LIVE nerd/geek entertainment talk show that airs every saturday at 9pm EST on blogtalkradio.

With a heavy heart and tears from our inner child, Keepin It Reelz is saying good bye to Toys ‘R’ Us. It was the place where we didn’t have to grow up. And now it’s going away. Join us along with some special guests as we bid this toy store giant farewell.

The memorial begins this Saturday live at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific on Blogtalk Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/letsbereelz). Have a question and/or comment you’d like us to share on the show regarding Toys’R’Us? Share it with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Purported YoJoe.com Database Breach – Please Review

Thanks to Hushed (and by extension, Xerofall) of HissTank for sharing word on a purported YoJoe.com Database Breach. Hushed noted the following – 

While checking the background on someone I am doing a deal with for toys, I found the email of the person I am doing the deal with, in what is purported to be a Yo Joe database. I found their email address, along with atleast one other GI Joe fan I personally know in the database. Going through my Paypal list of email addresses, I find other people I have done deals with, on this list.

You can check to see if your username is included by reaching out to one of our Staff Members here on CobraIsland.com who will share the link & list with you. If you have an account on YoJoe.com, it is strongly recommended that you change your password(s) immediately and make sure to change your information on any site that uses this e-mail/password. Also be mindful of any messages and/or requests for personal information received, as they could be phishing attempts. 

We’ll bring you more details as they become available. 

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Come Join CobraIsland.com On Vero

Cobra Island Inhabitants! Are you on Vero? Then come join us as CobraIsland.com has just recently launched our Vero account!  Why Vero? Well, Vero is a social network for anyone who loves anything enough to share it – and wants control over who they share it with. Just like we do in real life.

How do you get Vero? Easy! Head on over to App Store or Google Play and download it to your device! 

We’ll be bringing you News, Toy Photography, Customs and more, so make sure to stop by, say hello and give us a follow! Join us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums and let us know what your Vero handle is and we’ll give you a follow as well! 

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CobraIsland.com Is Now On Vero

Cobra Island Inhabitants! Do you have a Vero account? Then come join us as CobraIsland.com has just launched our Vero account!  Why Vero? Well, Vero is a social network for anyone who loves anything enough to share it – and wants control over who they share it with. Just like we do in real life.

How do you get Vero? Easy! Head on over to App Store or Google Play and download it to your device! 

We’ll be bringing you News, Toy Photography, Customs and more, so make sure to stop by, say hello and give us a follow! Join us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums and let us know what your Vero handle is and we’ll give you a follow as well! 

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G.I.Joe Collectors Club 2018 Membership Incentive Figures Announcement

The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has shared word of their 2018 Membership Incentive figures. The update includes details on Rock N’ Roll, alongside their 12″ offering, the Black & White TV Edition figure! Here’s the scoop – 

12-INCH G.I. JOE BLACK & WHITE TV EDITION:

Back in 1964 when 12″ G.I. JOE debuted, most children first saw the iconic action figure in shades of gray on their home black and white TV set. Now for the first time, the G.I. JOE Collectors’ Club captures that early experience of G.I. JOE before we saw the toys on retail shelves! Beginning with the 2018 Membership figure (box and accessories sold separately), you can collect all four of the Black and White TV Edition 12″ G.I. JOE action figures! These figures will be a VERY limited edition!

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3 3/4-INCH GATLING GUNNER ROCK ‘N ROLL:

This 3 3/4″ modern era update of ROCK ‘N ROLL (V2)… inspired by his 1989 action figure with uniform colors based on his Marvel comic appearance and animation model design. Our club exclusive release features a NEW head sculpt, removable harness, submachine gun, ammo belt, backpack and re-tooled double-barrel gatling gun. It will be mailed in a polybag that includes file card, weapons and figure stand.

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Make sure you’re an active member by March 16th for the final year of the official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club. You will receive monthly issues of the Club Magazine, access to Club Store Exclusives including the FSS (Figure Subscription Service), Discounts for the International G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, and your choice of either a FREE 3 3/4″ or 12″ G.I. Joe action figure as listed above!

What figure will you be adding to your collection? Let us know after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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New Toy-Gear.com Website – Home Of Action Figure Archival Trays Now Live

Our friends from Toy-Gear, the outfit behind the hit Foam Tray Kickstarter campaign, have sent out word that their new website is now live!

Toy-Gear.com is your go to location to get these  Action Figure Collector Trays that are a perfect compliment for quality loose figure collections of Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Indiana Jones, Marvel and more. Their initial 12 Compartment Trays have been specifically designed to fit most modern and vintage action figures and provide a neutral, padded, organized long term storage solution. They also make for a great way to display your figures with an acrylic stand or mounted directly to a wall. Trays for different sized action figures are also available. Here you can see the trays being used to display a G.I.Joe Action Vinyl assortment from The Loyal Subjects

 

Head on over and get your own set of trays from Toy-Gear, then join us after the break to show us how you display your collection on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Mark Bellomo Announces Association With The Toys That Made Us On Netflix

Mr. Mark Bellomo, the Author Extraordinaire that has brought us fan favorite titles such as The Ultimate Guide to G.I.Joe, announced yesterday via Facebook that he has been involved with a project that we’ve all be beyond excited about…the upcoming Toys That Made Us series on Netflix! Here’s what was shared:

Wanted to <finally> share a television project I’ve been involved with, since the first four episodes drop right before Christmas (December 22nd) on Netflix: Star Wars, Barbie, Masters of the Universe, and G. I. Joe. Great experience. Tough editing process to meet Netflix analytics (not toy geeks, alas), so the episodes top out @ 45-50 minutes. I’m in three of the first four episodes. Don’t <think> I discussed Barbie… Great production values, a fairly deep dive into the brands as time permitted. Awesome director. More reminders to come.

Learning of Mark’s involvement has increased my excitement level tenfold. What about you? Excited to hear that Mark is a part of The Toys That Made Us? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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CobraIsland.com Wishes You A Very Happy Thanksgiving

We’d like to wish each and everyone of you reading this a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at CobraIsland.com. We’ve been your home away from the ‘Drome for over 14 years, so we couldn’t let the day go by without wishing you all the very best. 

We’re going to be taking Thanksgiving off to focus on spending time with friends and family. We hope you’re able to do the same! If not, no worries, we’ll save some Turkey for you! (Well, we’ll try to anyway!) 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 

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