Convention Exclusive pricing structure and some more images

spiderpumpkin from HissTank has come through again with some pictures and details of the convention exclusive items that are being purchased as I type.  This appears to be the lowdown (and what an expensive lowdown it is!):

  • Blades w/ SAF Gyrocopter: $28.00
  • JUMP 2-Pack w/ Starduster and Manleh: $45.00
  • 3-Pack w/ Sgt. Shimik, Sgt. Redmack, and Sgt. Topson: $65.00
  • 12″ Crimson Guard: $50.00
  • Crimson Command Copter: $30.00
  • Joe or COBRA Weapon Set: $8.00 (still no inclination on exactly what this contains)

Actually, in all honesty, the prices aren’t terrible…well, except that 12″ Crimson Guard.  Yikes.  I can appreciate the production costs and the limited run, but that’s far and away the most expensive parachute figure ever.  It’s a beautiful figure, but you’re definitely paying for it.  The other items are about standard for Convention stuff…

spiderpumpkin also posts some great pics of the filecards and stuff at his photo gallery, which I have mirrored below.

2009 G.I. Joe Convention Coverage Schedule – Roundtables, etc…

So, over the next day or two, various Hasbro round tables will go on giving us some cool information and a peek into what’s to come for 2010.  The entire Convention schedule is mirrored below:

So, the dates and times of note are as follows.  Keep in mind this is all Central Time:

  • Thursday, 7:00pm: Package Pick-Up and Exclusive item purchases.  Expect pictures and details to come flooding in as Convention attendees pick up their exclusive packages and get first hand looks at all of the goodies that the GIJCC is offering this year at their dealer table.  This has basically already occurred tonight.
  • Friday, 12:00 – 12:50: G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA Panel.  I would assume this covers the film, the film’s success, and may involve some Q & A with folks involved in the production.
  • Friday, 1:00 – 1:50: Hasbro Marketing for G.I. Joe 2010 and beyond.  This is the panel everyone is waiting for, where Hasbro reveals some of their 2010 product plans and unveils some of the toys to come for next year or beyond.
  • Friday, 2:00pm Sales/Display floor opens to registered members for a sneak preview.  Folks on the ground will report in first hand on what’s in the display cases and what sorts of cool stuff the rest of us are all missing out on!
  • Saturday, 9:00am – 9:50: GIJCC Newsletter and Comic Q & A.  This is something new for this year where I guess folks can ask questions about newsletter production and interact with the team behind it.
  • Saturday, 11:00am – 11:50: Another G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA panel
  • Saturday, 12:00pm – 12:50: IDW Panel featuring a hint of things to come as well as a Q & A session with the IDW folks behind the comics.
  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 3:50: GIJCC Roundtable, discussion with the guys behind the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club who talk about potential future projects (hopefully the Dr. Venom/Adventure Team is on top of their list…  :shifty: ) and answer questions about production of the convention and convention exclusives every year.
  • Saturday, 4:00pm – 4:50: Electronic Arts discussion about the Rise of COBRA game, with a Q & A session about the game production and what goes into it.

Of course, there is much, MUCH more, visible at the schedule images above, but those are the highlights, and probably the discussions that I’ll be focused on covering.  There will  be a TON of stuff going on all weekend, should be a fun, busy time.  Enjoy!

IDW Helix and G.I. Joe #8 Reviews around the web…

I know it’s been a little while since I recapped some of the various reviews for IDW’s latest releases, but considering that I was all pumped up for the Helix one-shot and also considering the main G.I. Joe title is starting to pick up some steam, I figure I can pop some links out there to check these reviews out.  My own personal take?

Helix was a really, REALLY fun read.  The pacing was great, the art was honestly fantastic.  I was actually pretty surprised, the tone of the story was very dark and serious, and  Helix wasn’t really the showcase I expected.  She did a lot more undercover work and a lot less martial arts stuff than I expected, and for an issue that was supposed to dive into her background, it didn’t do a whole lot in that regard.  I was also a bit confused as to where in continuity this particular story is supposed to take place.  Duke and Hawk were obviously in their IDW style, but they already know all about COBRA (which they don’t yet in the main series) and I was a bit perplexed about that.  It was still a great read, though.

The main G.I. Joe title is picking up some steam as well, as we get a look at Flint, and see some COBRA Troopers for the first time.  The story moves along at a much brisker pace than the previous 6 issue arc, and I’m really liking the whole Snake Eyes/Scarlett/Mainframe angle with COBRA as an urban myth.  That is an awesome angle.  Chuck Dixon really hit on something interesting there.  But, if you want to read some other thoughts, check out the links below:

2009 G.I. Joe Convention Souvenier Images online now!

Mere hours after the news of which figures were being included in the souvenier set at the 2009 G.I. Joe International Collectors’ Convention in Kansas City, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has posted images of the souvenier sets that are being sold at the convention tonight!  These figures and vehicles take a decidedly international theme, using some very cool tooling parts and some really neat camouflage schemes.  Once again, the line up is as follows:

  • JUMP 2-Pack w/ Starduster and Manleh (LE 650)
  • 3-Pack of Sgt. Shimick, Sgt. Topson, and Sgt. Redmack (LE 650)
  • Crimson Command Copter (LE 400)
  • Gyro-Copter w/ Blades (LE 500)
  • G.I. Joe and COBRA Weapons Set (LE 1,000)
  • 12″ Crimson Guard Parachute figure

Once again, these go on sale when you pick up the full Crimson Strike Team or Eight Legs of Danger set at the Convention tonight.  You can see the images here, or I’ve also mirrored them below.