Is now the right time for G.I. Joe “Shattered Glass”?

Anyone who follows the Transformers Collectors Club has heard about the “Shattered Glass” phenomenon by now.  Essentially it’s a “mirror universe” situation where the good guys are bad guys and vice versa.  Based loosely off of the “Mirror, Mirror” episode of Star Trek, it is a very interesting storyline idea, and seems to have worked somewhat effectively for Transformers.

The question is, does it work the same way (or could it work the same way) for G.I. Joe?

Brian Savage posed that very question during the Collectors Club round table at the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention, and to my great surprise, the majority of people in attendance raised their hands in favor of a Shattered Glass element to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club toy offerings. So where is this coming from?  For folks who haven’t been reading the G.I. Joe Collectors Club newsletter, in the very fun Adventure Team comic by Todd Pleasant and Rod Whigham (yes, that Rod Whigham) has shown the Adventurers passing through the Bermuda triangle, and into a parallel universe where Cobra is the leading governmental entity, and has recruited some G.I. Joe operatives to serve under them (most notably Flint, Lady Jaye, and Wild Bill).  So the question comes up, does this formula work for the toys?

My opinion?  No, no it doesn’t.  At least not right now.

The Collectors Club has been finding a very successful formula recently for their exclusives and convention offerings.  They have been able to walk that line between paying homage to the vintage elements, pulling from other mythologies (Extreme, Action Force, and Adventure Team) and adding some neat new things to create a great synergy between all of those.  This year’s Convention set was a primary example.  We got some cool ECO Force vintage figures, new style Outback and Clutch figures, and a cool zombie storyline all woven together to create some really fun toys.  What happens when Shattered Glass gets injected into that?

Pete Sinclair with the Collectors Club was quick to say that Transformers fans were negative about Shattered Glass at first, but seem to have come around…but Transformers also has a myriad of other mainstream toy lines to collect.  If Transformers fans don’t like Shattered Glass, they can always just buy retail (or third party for that matter).  If G.I. Joe fans don’t like Shattered Glass, and the Club is devoting significant resources to Shattered Glass, those G.I. Joe fans are simply out of luck.

I realize that Hasbro and the Collectors Club have done a number of updates and hundreds of new toys under the G.I. Joe banner over the past several years, but they are still just scratching the surface.  There are still many more different paths the brand could take.  I just don’t believe, at this point, that Shattered Glass is among them.

What are your thoughts?  If you feel strongly one way or another, I strongly suggest you contact the Collectors Club.  Get them on Twitter, on Facebook, or on their forums at GIJoeClub.com.  Share your concerns (if you have them). The vote at the Convention seemed pretty clear to my eyes that the Club was preparing to move forward on this.  If you have strong feelings, please express them.  The Club needs to know one way or the other.

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G.I. Joe: Battleground “Earth’s Darkest Day” Part 3 Event!

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What’s on Joe Mind Convention Coverage – Part 1

So just prior to the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention, the What’s on Joe Mind crew got together and recorded Episode 93…this was, of course, before Episode 92 was even finished yet, but we wanted to get Convention preparation online as quickly as possible.

From the floor of JoeCon we kept the recorder flying, and have posted a number of quick “One Shots” from Package Pick Up night and from the Custom Class itself.

All told we recorded several hours worth of content throughout the weekend, including many of the seminars, and pending approval from The G.I. Joe Collectors Club, we’ll hopefully be able to post some of those.  Until then, though, enjoy our coverage (so far) of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention!

Episode 93

Why episode 93?!  Well, because episode 92 is not ready yet.  However, this one is ready and why make anyone wait?  It’s our “LIVE” show before JoeCon.  Once again we are joined by the Vice President of The Crappy Figure Brigade, Don Anderson.  We finally let Chuck talk a little wrestling, but really this episode is about one thing, JoeCon.  The guys will preview the convention schedule and will give you an up-to-the-minute AccuWeather forecast for Dallas. It’s raw and unfiltered and contains 50% more Chuck – so play this out of earshot of kids.

For the rest of the updates click the Continue Reading link below, and huge thanks to Planet Nerd Rage Productions for sponsoring the WOJM coverage for JoeCon 2014!

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Boss Fight Studios Vitruvian HACKS Assortment Details

As part of a fantastic JoeCon weekend, the wonderful folks from Boss Fight Studios showed off their first test shots for product and announced the arrival of their new toyline, the Vitruvian HACKS (Highly Articulated Character Kit System).  As part of this announcement, they have sent along inputs for their first three waves of product, as well as some upcoming exclusive items.

The exclusives are mainly Kickstarter Exclusives, but also a general Convention Exclusive 2-Pack as well.  Seeing these figures in person, I came away extremely impressed.  The articulation design is fantastic, and the segmented tail for Medusa and the other snake warriors is absolutely ingenious.

Check out the input board images below!

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GeneralsJoes Latest Dio-Story Darkness Falls is LIVE!

Without question, the most frequent question I’ve received over the past several years is “when are you going to do the next dio-story?”

The answer is now.

Joining the enthusiastic G.I. Joe celebration for the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention, and appropriately in the same weekend that both Hit & Run and Vypra were announced for Figure Subscription 3.0, I now present G.I. Joe: Darkness Falls.

It has been added to my Dio-Story menu above, and has its dedicated page right here, and you can go ahead and check out the Prologue directly.  Expect weekly episodes, every Sunday, and right now the series is slated to run a whopping 40 episodes!

It’s been a long and hard labor of love, and it’s a labor that still continues as I work to ensure that there will be regular updates throughout the entire story.  Check it out, and I really hope it was worth the wait.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2015 Club Figure and Vehicle

The whopper FSS 3.0 news wasn’t all that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed this year… they also gave us an idea of what to expect for next year’s Membership Incentive items, and yes, they will include a figure AND a vehicle!

The Collectors Club announced today that next year’s figure will be Arctic Dr. Mindbender with a new head sculpt!  This is great news for Joe fans who weren’t wild about the 25th Anniversary head sculpt, plus the Club was sure to mention that he’d have his classic accessories as well.

Along with that, the Cobra Wave Crusher was announced as the vehicle, complete with Sub-Viper, which everyone likely remembers is a Sludge-Viper repaint.  Check out the images below, keeping in mind, it’s just package art:

Some cool details about Con set design/production, courtesy of GIJCC

Along with the great information about FSS 3.0, the Collectors Club also showed us some great behind the scenes information about the design and execution of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention set.  Included in this presentation was several slides with deco work on the convention exclusive figures, and even some great original Hasbro concepts for figures like Outback and the Steel Brigade Zombie.

Check out some great images at the YoJoe Photo Gallery, but also some of my hackneyed smart phone shots below!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS 3.0 selections!

The big news of the G.I. Joe Convention has hit the web, and we now know the line up for the third rendition of the Figure Subscription Service!  Not only that, but the Collectors Club also let us know what the 2015 Incentive figure will be as well as information about another new incentive vehicle!

The list of FSS 3.0 figures is below, and a gallery of images will follow the list:

  1. Alpine v2 (Spy Troops) – Newly sculpted  Boss Fight Studios head!
  2. Bombstrike – Another new sculpted head by Boss Fight Studios
  3. Psyche Out – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  4. Repeater – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  5. Hit & Run (Concept Case) – I have nothing to say here.  Speechless (in a good way)!
  6. Musktrat – Vintage colors with a newly designed swamp skimmer by Boss Fight Studios!
  7. Spearhead – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  8. Big Ben – Newly sculpted head from Boss Fight Studios!
  9. Crimson Guard Immortal – New head, based on the concept case version
  10. Slice – New head sculpt from Boss Fight Studios
  11. Night Creeper Leader
  12. Vypra (!!!!)

So yeah… I’m pretty ecstatic about this line up.  It is really phenomenal.  Brian from the Collectors Club did say that all of these Night Force figures won’t necessarily be straight repaints, there will possibly be different gear or parts adjustments.

Also they mentioned they will be revisiting the 13th figure concept and making something more desirable for FSS 3.0 based on fan feedback.  So folks complaining about the 13th figure, time to put your money where your mouth is and subscribe!  Check out the images below for some artwork ideas about what they’re planning!

Now, if anyone follows my dio-story, they know both Hit & Run play a very central role in my story, so getting them both in the third FSS is absolutely spectacular to me.  I am floating above the keyboard here…  :)

Watch GeneralsJoes and YoJoe for Convention News and Intel today!

If there was ever a day when you wanted to watch GeneralsJoes and YoJoe closely, today is that day!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club round table explodes today at 3:00pm Central Time (4:00pm Eastern) and we expect some big news, including hopefully info about the third round of the Figure Subscription Service!

I have a podcast panel directly afterwards, so it may take a bit to get the update to the site, but I hope to be live Tweeting the event.  Make sure you’re checking the following links to stay up to date:

The absolute latest info will appear in those places before the main site proper, though I will do a full recap on the site itself as soon as I am able.

For up to the minute Convention coverage – YoJoe on Facebook

While I’ve been busy running around, intrepid photographer and admins for YoJoe.com have been conspiring to keep up to the minute coverage flying to the YoJoe Facebook page.

If you haven’t already “Liked” that page, I’d strongly recommend you do so this weekend, especially since there are likely to be some big reveals coming from the Collectors Club tomorrow in relation to FSS 3.0.

So check out YoJoe on Facebook and stay in the know!

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