Speaking of conventions… Canadian JoeCon info posted!

Over at JoeCanuck, things are moving into full swing on preparations for the Canadian JoeCon, and Mike has let us know that they have the full blown brochure up now!

Something tells me that after a relatively quiet first quarter of 2010 from a G.I. Joe perspective, things are about to pick up steam.  Looking forward to it!

And I suck… JoeCon pre-registration ended today.

Well, I don’t suck because I didn’t pre-register…I’ve been registered for a looong time.  I suck because I neglected to remind everyone else that they should pre-register.

I know a lot of the popular collector mentality is simply to stop by a store and buy a toy.  But to me, being a part of the G.I. Joe community is so much more than simply shoving my dirty money into a cashier’s hand.  It’s all about the community.

Ever since I relaunched GeneralsJoes as a blog and news site, I’ve fought myself on the subject of a forum.  Part of me loves the community building that a forum generates, but another part of me knows that I simply do not have the time or energy to devote to a forum and do one the “right” way.  So if it can’t be done the right way, I refuse to do it the wrong way.  Besides, there are more than enough forums out there already.

But even though community is built from the forums, the community and friendships that you build at JoeCon lasts lifetimes.  There are guys that I’ve met face-to-face only a few times in my life, and those times were at JoeCon.  And I consider them some of my greatest  friends I have.  Typing back and forth is great, sure.  But hanging out at the bar, in person beats any amount of finger-clacking you can do.

You don’t like the o-rings…I get it.  The Red Shadows bore you…  I guess I can appreciate that sentiment (as warped as it may be).  But the conventions are about so much more than plastic, rubber, and paint applications, and I just hope that folks realize that.

Missing last year’s Con was a tough gig for me…even though I was busy at the time witnessing the birth of my second child.  I am ecstatic  that I’m going to make it again this year, and I really look forward to seeing all the familiar faces, as well as some new faces this time around.  Two weeks away.  I cannot WAIT.

Hopefully I’ll see you in Providence!

Dr. Venom Attacks The Pit – The Answers!

I’ve had several requests for the answers to the various clues I posted throughout the week, leading to the inevitable rescue of The Pit command center.  Here are the answers:

  1. Glow-in-the-dark Heavy Water from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club. – Most folks got this one right.  The image was posted in the review, which was found either in the Exclusives section or the GIJCC Review Section.
  2. Venomous Maximus – I think most folks got this one right as well.  This could also be found in my reviews section, in the Valor Vs. Venom archive.
  3. Weasel – This one seemed to give a lot of folks some trouble.  Throughout the Marvel book, Kwinn was constantly telling Dr. Venom he had the “Spirit of the Weasel”.  I gave the clue as “Search GeneralsJoes.com for the answer”.  I simply made sure that if you went to the “Search Box” in the upper right hand section of the page and entered “Weasel” you would get the right entry, with the image there.
  4. Sigma 6 Adventure Team Dusty – Come on, you guys knew I’d have to sneak a Sigma 6 figure in here somewhere, right?  It only made sense to me to make it an Adventure Team figure, since they featured prominently in the story.  :)  Dusty was featured in the “Sigma 6 Celebration” that I did a ways back, and there is still a link up in the top menu bar leading to his review, where the image was placed.
  5. “Fallen from a Dead Man’s Hand” – I kind of knew this would be a real tough one, so I made sure to post my “Top 10” article before hand, since it featured the image with Dr. Venom’s death.  For this clue, I also indicated that you should “search GeneralsJoes” for the answer, so I found an appropriate page (for the Adventure Team pre-order, naturally) and placed the fallen from a dead man’s hand phrase on that article, so it would be easily found in the search box.

And that’s really all there is to it.

This was an exceptionally fun contest, I hope everyone really enjoyed it!  Here’s hoping I can do another one sometime, though I’ll be honest, this one took me a looong time to come up with.  Sometimes I have a hard time thinking outside the box.

Thanks to everyone for playing!  And while we’re on the subject of Dr. Venom, get your butts over to GIJoeClub.com and pre-order this bad boy!  He looks great.

Congratulations, Robert Cacy… you TOOK BACK THE PIT!

Well, the contest was a blast and it sounds like fun was had by all, but unfortunately there could be only one winner, and it was Robert Cacy!

He got his entry in a scant 60 seconds before the next person in line, and I received quite a volume of entries within the first 30 minutes.  I just want to thank everyone for participating, this contest was a lot of fun to put on, and I’m thrilled that so many readers seemed to enjoy it as well.

Robert, I will be in touch to get shipping information.

Thank you all very much, and a big thanks to Hasbro and Hunter PR for helping sponsor the contest.

Yo Joe!

GeneralsJoes Top Ten moments in Dr. Venom’s Cobra Career

As I conclude this week focusing some attention on Dr. Venom, I thought it only appropriate to do up a post about Dr. Venom’s short, but illustrious career with the Cobra organization.  I know Gary “cmderinchief” already posted his views, but I’ve got my own unique take!  Below are what I consider Dr. Venom’s “Top Ten” moments in his short, but storied history.  Click the “Read the rest of this Entry” link below to check out the full blown rundown!

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You can take back The Pit… TODAY!

Just a reminder that today is the final day for the  GeneralsJoes “Take Back The Pit” contest.  Observant and persistent readers should have four images now, and the fifth one will be posted today at some point.

The first person to email me (at justin@generalsjoes.com) all five images will win a G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Pit Playset!

Full details are right here.

Don’t forget, too, that Dr. Venom is currently available for pre-order at the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club online store.  We’ve been waiting for this figure for twenty-five years, don’t miss it now!

Best of luck!

GeneralsJoes interviews Marvel G.I. Joe artist Mike Vosberg

I figured with all of the attention Dr. Venom is getting on the site this week, it would be neat for me to spend a few minutes talking to one of the most influential folks behind the character of Dr. Venom.  Mike Vosberg was the artist on the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic way back in those days, and the look was the immortal Cobra scientist was born from his hands.  But trust me, you know Mike Vosberg from a lot of other things beyond just G.I. Joe.  He was the man who drew the comic pages for the Tales from the Crypt TV series, and he has also done storyboarding for countless Hollywood projects.

For these few minutes, though, I talked to him about G.I. Joe, and about Dr. Venom specifically.  Some of his answers are interesting…and for anyone who thinks Grand Moff Tarkin is a good head for a Venom custom, turns out there’s a reason for that!  Click the “Read the rest of this Entry” link below to read the full interview, and a huge thanks to Larry Hama and Mike Vosberg for setting up this interview!

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