Gary Viola

G.I. Gary’s Toy Tales: Raise The Khetanna!

As of midnight, April 4, 2018, Haslab’s first project, Jabba’s Sail Barge, a.k.a. the Khetanna, had succeeded reaching 8,810 orders of 5,000 needed to begin production.  This is Hasbro’s first foray into the crowdsourcing environment, and being that the IP represented was Star Wars, the most well known project of this type so far. At Read More

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G.I. Gary Reviews – 1982 & 1983 G.I. Joe Scarlett

In 1982 Hasbro re-launched G.I. Joe with the new branding “A Real American Hero.” With 13 heroes, two Cobra enemies, and a mail-away Cobra Commander, Hasbro made a calculated decision to minimize their initial risk.  Re-using sculpts, averaging paint applications, and choosing what characters they thought would resonate most with their target audience, 7 to Read More

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Gideon Falls #1 – A G.I. Gary Advance Comic Review!

“Gideon Falls” Image Comics Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Colors: Dave Stewart Jeff Lemire has reteamed with Andrea Sorrentino, and recruited Dave Stewart, to bring us “Gideon Falls,” a religous themed horror/thriller comic.  If anything is implied in the name, its that there is a fight looming.  The title reminds of the Prophet Gideon, Read More

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G.I. Gary Reviews: Mother Russia

“Mother Russia” FUBAR Press Alterna Comics Art & Written by: Jeff McComsey ”The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” That statement in a nutshell describes the zombie themed World War II tale of Mother Russia.  Taking place in Stalingrad in the winter of 1942/1943, the dead have essentially taken everyone out, except Svetlana Gorshkov, aka: “Mother Read More

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G.I. Gary Classic Toy Review- 1987 Raptor, the Cobra that’s always in Halloween Costume!

1987 is a love it or leave it year for G.I. Joe. Many fans feel it left behind the military aspect for fantasy. One of the examples commonly pointed to is the Cobra character Raptor. Being that it’s Halloween, and this guy is in a bird costume, perfect time for a review! As a figure, Raptor comes Read More

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G.I. Gary Classic Toy Review: Transformers G1 Starscream and the Seekers

In 1984, Hasbro’s “The Transformers” launched, with not only a toyline, but TV show and comic books provided by Sunbow  and Marvel. Among the initial release were three transforming robots that turned into F15 fighting jets, Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker. Using the molds from Japanese company Takara’s Diaclone line, these three are the definition of “repaints.” Read More

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G.I. Gary Shows You How: Properly Change a G.I. Joe O-Ring

If you’ve ever had the 1980s G.I. Joe figures, you’ve had an O-ring break. With the basic design established in 1982, the O-ring design lasted until 2006 in retail, making this a very common issue. With these figures as old as 35 years, the rubber deterioriates and eventually needs to be replaced. Follow along as Read More

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G.I. Gary Reviews: Sons of Yellowstone Issues 1 and 2

From Helios Comics (formerly of Headshrinkers Press) Sons of Yellowstone #1 & #2 Writer: Jeff Nelson Art: Peter Cacho Letters: Nichi Scribbles Colors: Matt James While roaming the aisles of Terrificon with Mr. Ganache, we came across the Helios Comics table and John talked to them a little bit for the podcast. After the interview, Read More

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G.I. Gary’s Pull List Pick of the Week – 8/31/17 *Spoilers*

Before I go into this review I want to remind readers that IDW is publishing two continuities of G.I. Joe.  There is “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” still written by Larry Hama and that is still in its own original universe. This book that I’m about to review, has no connections to it. “G.I. Joe” Read More

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G.I. Gary Reviews:”The Hard Place” #1

“The Hard Place” Issue #1 Doug Wagner: Story Nic Rummel: Art & Cover B Charlie Kirchoff: Colors Frank Cvetkovic: Letters Brian Stelfreeze: Covers A & C “Image Comics presents A 12-Gauge Production:” and with that line on the interior front cover, you know what follows will be cinematic to some degree. And the plot lives Read More

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