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Thursday, January 12, 2012

G.I. Joe Series 2: Season 1 DVD Review

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G.I. Joe Series 2: Season 1 DVD Review

Synopsis: The incredible adventures of the international team of heroes known as G.I. JOE continue! Together they defend the globe against Cobra, a ruthless organization led by Serpentor and the recently rejuvenated Cobra Commander, who are both determined to conquer the world by any means necessary.

In 1989 a popular second G.I. JOE animated series was created and helped revive the franchise by introducing fans to new G.I. JOE and Cobra troops alike! Now you can experience the adventures of that second series from the beginning, including the fan-favorite miniseries that started it all: Operation Dragonfire!

Review: GI Joe was one of the coolest cartoons of the 1980s, and one of the only ones that has held up in quality.  The original Sunbow produced series aired from 1985-86 to great acclaim.  Later on, D.I.C. bid in at a lower cost for Hasbro to bring the Joes back for the 1990s!  This second series of GI Joe aired from 1989-92. 

Its said that the animation quality isn't up to snuff with the Sunbow series, but honestly I don't find that bothersome.  The stories are a little more geared towards a 1990s crowd and the selling of toy product, but again that doesn't bother me...I LOVE this series.   This is the cartoon that got me excited about GI Joe again in the early 1990s. 

The returning cast members from the 1986 series include Cobra Commander and the Baroness,  while other fan favorites like Destro were re-cast.   There were a number of changes to make the series stand out from the original, such as the gold color of Destro's mask, Cobra Commander's new silver uniform and the focus on more obscure characters. 

This DVD set starts with the Operation Dragonfire miniseries that re-launched the show and includes the rest of season one!  This DVD set from Shout! Factory has fantastic video quality and is a must-have for any fan of GI Joe!

Interest Range: Vintage Animation, GI Joe