G.I. Joe Collectors Club “Design a Magazine Cover” Contest!

As part of their Fall, 2010 Membership Drive, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club is launching four separate contests available for Club members.  The first contest up to bat is a “Design a Magazine Cover”.  The details are below:

During our Fall membership drive we will be running FOUR different contests for club members to participate in. First up is our “Design a Magazine Cover” contest! Here is your chance to be seen by every G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Member and the G.I. Joe community at large. Any Club member can enter his or her original piece of art to be voted on by the GIJCC Staff voting committee!

The Winner will receive a 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe Adventure Team pack consisting of all three EXCLUSIVE G.I. Joe Adventure Team sets!

You must be a G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club member to enter this contest. There are no content restrictions on any contest, but your entry must be in good taste.* The art pieces must be 300 dpi. Limit of one entry per member. Please do not enter works of art that have been published online, as these must be original pieces of work.

Please email the hi-res image to: contest@gijoeclub.com

Any club member can enter his or her original piece of art to be voted on by the GIJCC Staff voting committee! The art can be from any era of G.I. Joe. It can be a battle scene, single character, multiple characters, vehicles or whatever you choose!

The Winner will receive a 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe Adventure Team pack consisting of all three EXCLUSIVE G.I. Joe Adventure Team sets AND will have their art featured on the cover on a 2011 Club Magazine!

Deadline for submission is Nov 30, 2010.

*It is the sole discretion of Fun Publications as to what is considered in good taste. The G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club is open to members of all ages so that needs to be taken in to consideration with any and all submissions.

So G.I. Joe Club members, get your pencils sharpened and your camera batteries charged, sounds like this could be a fantastic contest!  For full details check out the Member Section at GIJoeClub.com!

G.I. Joe: Renegades to begin airing in December?

Although we’ve heard no new news officially about the debut of G.I. Joe: Renegades, TV focused website MultiChannel.com has posted an article about The Hub’s new On Demand television service (which I checked out for myself over the weekend).

The biggest news for Joe fans in this article is the tail end paragraph, which reads:

“In December, this fresh fare will follow: G.I. Joe Renegades, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series and multiple installments of Transformers Prime.”

The above article also reiterates the statement the The Hub will show some “sneak previews” of upcoming shows on October 10th, but The Hub themselves still shows no evidence of this on their Program Schedule.

I’m not sure why Hasbro or The Hub couldn’t have made this information public by now, since it’s apparently news out there somewhere, but there you go.  Check out the article right here.  We will endeavor to get some clear information about this as soon as possible.

Amazing vintage collection that needs to be seen to be believed

I’m not sure how many folks who read this site know of Kevin Watts…he’s a vintage collector who has been around the block for a long time, and has a most impressive vintage collection.  From time to time he’s posted some pictures of his vintage collection, though we haven’t seen any in a while.

Well, Kevin, who posts under KrymsynGardImmoral in various places also moonlights at a fantastic opinion and blog site 30Pov.com, and he is taking an opportunity to really give a great showcase of his amazing  vintage collection.  Various links within his latest  blog entry point to several images in various Photobucket accounts which ends up being an exhaustive look.  It’s not just the quantity of the items, it’s the quality of them, the way they’re organized and the mixture of some flawless customs as well.

One of the best collections I’ve seen in my nearly three decades of toy collecting.  I’ve mirrored a few of the images below, but you should definitely check out 30Pov.com as well to see all of the links in their entirety.  They are incredible.

Joesightings.com’s Year of the Tiger Halloween Custom and Art Contest

Joesightings.com presents a very cool new Halloween themed contest!

“Ninja Cat-Fight!”

Since 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, this contest will be a custom or art contest to redesign the Razor Trooper–hybrid Cobra ninjas spliced with tiger DNA, or redesign Tiger Claw—Snake Eyes’ second ninja apprentice. Neither figure depicted any tiger-like aesthetics or traits aside from codenames or filecard descriptions, so the contest will be for customizers or artists to redesign either of these two (or both) from the ground up with more of a “tiger” trait to them. Race, gender, and genetics are all open to translation. Either character can be male or female, both or neither can be genetically engineered with tiger DNA, and just because they’re ninjas, doesn’t mean they can’t be updated with modern or Very Near Future technology. The point of this contest is not to duplicate the originals, but to redesign the Razor Trooper or Tiger Claw so they each live up to their animal namesake and function—either through coloration of their uniforms, weapon designs, genetic engineering, tattooing, or even cybernetics that bring about feline traits. Anything goes as long as it brings about a more tiger-like aesthetic!

But why a Halloween contest? As we already know, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger in Asian cultures. But there’s a second tiger aspect: the beginning of Fall is heralded in by the god of Autumn, “the White Tiger of the West”. Furthermore, Halloween is fast approaching us, and what holiday better exemplifies Autumn, than Halloween? Not to mention that’s the perfect time for tiger-people hybrids and ninjas, so that’s the three-layered theme of this contest.

To check out the full details and rules click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below!

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GeneralsJoes IDW Review Onslaught – G.I. Joe: Cobra Special II

Even after reading just the first issue of G.I. Joe: Cobra way back when, I knew we were in for something special.  A very gritty take on the G.I. Joe universe, it presented heroes and villains with the lines of their morality completely blurred and had Chuckles going way into the dark in order to get the job done.

When it was announced that G.I. Joe: Cobra would be an ongoing series starting this year, I will admit, I was a bit conflicted.  Would the series really be able to keep its legs as a monthly title?  How could the universe retain its darkness and complexity of personalities going month-to-month?  Well, to answer those questions…no, it can’t quite maintain the same level of darkness, but that doesn’t mean it gets any worse.  To read the full review hit the jump below.  Spoilers abound.

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