It all started in 1964, when the Hasbro American toy company first started developing it's lines of boys' action figures known as "G.I. Joe". This first line, known as "G.I. Joe: America's movable fighting man", consisted of the original 12-inch figures, which were all about being realisticly army-based, and was released until 1969. By that time, it had become known as "Adventures of G.I. Joe". Next came "G.I. Joe: Adventure Team" from 1970-1976, consisting of more 12-inch figures, but ones with new features, such as "Life-Like Hair", "Kung-Fu Grip", and "Eagle Eyes". The stories were focused more on adventures in deserts, jungles, mountains, and oceans, with foes like wild animals and ecological disasters. After that was the "Super Joe" line, from 1977-1978, which was based on outer-space adventures, and was the first Joe line to feature good vs. evil characters. The figures for this were scaled down to 8 1/2-inches.
It wouldn't be until 1982 until Hasbro created possibly the most iconic G.I. Joe toyline of all: "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero"! First to consist of the 3.75-inch figures, along with vehichles the figures could be placed into. It also had a comic-continuity story by Marvel Comics, starting at around the same time. It was written by Larry Hama, who also created most, if not all, of the ARAH line of characters. It wouldn't be until a year later, when Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions LTD. made an animated series-continuity for the line, the first G.I. Joe-related cartoon ever. The show started with a 1983 5-part mini-series, known as "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero", followed by another 1984 called "G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra". In 1985-1986, the show's official first season aired, followed by a season 2 in 1986-1987. An animated movie, after that, came out in 1987, "G.I. Joe: The Movie", taking place after season 2. The show's story revolved around a government-military organization known as "G.I. Joe", who's duty was the stop the machinations of a terrorist unit, known as Cobra, from conquering the world, led by the diabolical Cobra Commander. In the cartoon's version of the story, the Joes operated from their military station base, and had always been led by the Joe known as "Duke". After the animated movie, DiC did a continuation of the cartoon-continuity from 1989-1991, as the Sunbow/Marvel Productions cartoon had been cancelled. The toyline would go onward to end in 1995, and the Marvel comic-continuity lasting until 1994, due to the line's high-popularity, the main stars of both stories being the toy-characters from each toy-year.
But what if things had happened differently? What if Hasbro hadn't cancelled the Sunbow show after the cartoon movie of '87, and kept it going until its proper end in 1995, thus undoing the DiC show, and still continuing along with the toyline the show supported? What if they hired new writers and other staff, including YOU, to continue the show from where the last staff had left off? And what if Hasbro decided to be more lenient with its writers about what characters could be used, while still adhering to the rules of introducing and developing new toy characters into the show? What would the show have possibly been like? This virtual show's purpose is to answer these very questions, by writing fanfic, virtual "episodes" that continue the program to its rightful end.
New and old fans alike have been treated to the next G.I. Joe toy-based cartoon incarnations that followed, such as the very short-lived Sgt. Savage and the Screaming Eagles, which was only one episode, released in 1994 on VHS (toyline from 1994-1995), and tied-in with the original ARAH cartoons (a side-story). It consisted of sixteen 4.5-inch and one 12-inch figures, and 3 vehicles. Next came G.I. Joe Extreme, its own continuity-continuation of the ARAH cartoons
(ignoring the Sgt. Savage and the Screaming Eagles series-episode), taking place in the then future year of 2006. The main enemy was now instead a different and new terrorist organization called SKAR, led by "Iron Klaw", and had new G.I. Joe characters, as well. There were seventeen 5-inch figures, and six vehichles/play sets, with both the line and cartoon lasting from 1995-1997. From 2002-2005 was the G.I. Joe Vs. Cobra toyline, its own ARAH continuation, rereleasing many of its original ARAH 3.75-inch figures and vehicles as well as introducing new ones. Its name was changed to G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: Spy Troops a year later (2003), becoming the line's second series, which had a direct-to-video CGI animated movie on DVD, G.I. Joe: Spy Troops. The third and final series of G.I. Joe Vs. Cobra was named G.I. Joe: Valor Vs. Venom, with its own direct-to-video CGI animated movie on DVD, also called G.I. Joe: Valor Vs. Venom, and was released in 2004 as a sequel to the Spy Troops film. Planned next was a toyline/cartoon called "G.I. Joe: Robot Rebellion", but was discarded for unknown reasons. In 2005 debuted the G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 toyline/cartoon. The line consisted initially of an approximate 8" scale selection of action figures distinguished by their extensive articulation and accessories. As with G.I. Joe Vs. Cobra, this line contained both new characters, as well as ones carried over from ARAH. Its cartoon was animated by a Japanese animation studio known as Gonzo, and aired from 2005-2007, and was technically a continuation of the Spy Troops and Valor Vs. Venom animated films (the first five episodes being a reimagining of Robot Rebellion).
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This show is yet another new Transformers story-continuity. The Hub is also airing the original Transformers cartoon, from which this project is a virtual-continuation of, Monday thru Thursday nights. Finally, the third live-action Transformers movie, Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, is currently in-the-works, again directed by Michael Bay, and will be released in theaters in the USA on July 1st. While some of these other shows and movies are decent stories, they all fail to answer an important question: What happened between the end of the original show, and the Beast Wars and Beast Machines era ... a question we hope to answer here ourselves.
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