Time and time again, Cobra has been on the threshhold of global domination, only to be thwarted by the Joes. Now the ruthless terrorist organization has a new ally, the Cobra-La race, led by Golobulus. Golobulus wants to steal the Joes' "Broadcast Energy Transmitter" in order to ripen space spores and mutate the people of Earth. When Duke is injured and the rest of the force immobilized, it's up to the new "rawhides" and Slaughter's Marauders to pick up the slack and save the world.
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Did You Know?
The movie was being produced by the same company, and at the same time, as The Transformers: The Movie
(1986). This had been agreed that both movies would suffer the loss of the lead heroes, Optimus Prime and Duke. Production had begun on G.I. Joe first, and was thus expected to be released first. During the production of the two movies, G.I. Joe got held up while Transformers finished production. Release dates were changed and Transformers got a theatrical release in 1986. Optimus Prime's death sparked some controversy and caused the writers to change Duke's death to a coma. G.I. Joe never got to the theaters, and was released to video instead. Had G.I. Joe been released first, Optimus Prime might have survived the movie. However, according to story consultant Buzz Dixon, if you watch the "Duke goes into a coma" sequence with the volume turned down, it's obvious that Duke actually dies at the end of the scene. See more
Gung-Ho says it's time to go and Cobra says, "Straight head!", at which point Gung-Ho does a 360 and goes in the opposite direction. See more
Cobra, retreat! Retreat!
Since GI Joe was known as Action Force in the UK, this movie had substantial changes for it's UK release. It is called Action Force: The Movie, and the heroes' war cry of "Yo Joe!" is unconvincingly re-dubbed as "Full Force!". There is also a long pre-credits sequence showing a COBRA attack on the Statue of Liberty, with Action Force responding. There is no dialogue, and the song played over the sequence is the familiar GI Joe theme, but re-recorded to replace all mentions of GI Joe with "Action Force". It actually sounds better than the original, as the words "Action Force" fit the tempo of the song better. See more