My take on the G.I. Joe: Collectors’ Club subscription

So, the big news out of the GIJCC Roundtable was that the Collectors’ Club is adding a new “subscription” service!  Patterned after Mattel’s “Matty Collector” online store, the idea is that you pay a monthly fee (or a one time fee) and you get whatever figure the Club releases each month.  In this case, the Club is releasing two figures per month for 6 months, with a “bonus” 13th figure for those folks who subscribed right from the start.

At this point the idea is apparently to focus on unproduced Hasbro figures or other unique items that fans might be interested in.

The first two figures are apparently “Quarrel” and the “Nano BAT”, both unproduced items initially slated for Hasbro’s 25th Anniversary line and the Rise of Cobra line respectively.

Both of these figures are excellent candidates, I think.  A lot of folks have seen the pre-production Nano-BAT, which is interesting because of what it is, though the figure isn’t all that appealing.  Well, the production figure was going to have green translucent arms and a light-pipe system to make him glow, and I think that’s pretty damn cool.  By the looks of it, the Club version is doing that.  As for Quarrel… perfect choice.  Though now I’ll have to track down the 09 Con Exclusive Blades!

My guess at monthly costs are probably around $40 – $50 for two figures.  It’s not a small amount, but for two carded figures produced in small numbers by the Club, I think that’s about what we can expect.  That makes each figure in the $20 range or so (if shipping is included).

I do see folks having a lot of hopes and dreams that I think they want to be careful of.  Before we start hoping and praying for all of these figures, I think it’s fair to assume that the Club is going to stick with existing tooling.  They’re not tooling figures up for this  on their own, they’re most likely going with what’s already there.  Granted, there’s a pretty big tooling library, but folks hoping for stuff like Pythona are probably going to be disappointed.

As long as we get freaking Iron Klaw, I’m ALL IN.  City Strike Scarlett would be cool, too… but I’d also love to see them expand the G.I. Joe: Resolute roster a little bit.  I think there are enough existing parts that could be used.

We’ll see.  Whatever happens, that’s another guaranteed 13 figures this year, and when only 30 – 40 are slated for retail release, that’s a nice little bump in the roster.  Looking forward to it.

Another reason to love G.I. Joe: Renegades Scarlett!

Somehow I missed this the first time around, but then was checking out pics at other sites…  and lookee here at this shot from HissTank:

Check out the accessories!  City Strike Scarlett’s awesome mask, tonfa swords, and waist sheath.  SCORE.  As if I didn’t love Renegades Scarlett enough…  nice one, Hasbro.

Pictures and Analysis of JoeCon 2011 Day 2

So by now, the images are out there at various sites, but as par for the course this weekend, I figured I’d just do a nightly recap to cover some of the newness once I’ve had time to let it soak in and fully appreciate the great stuff that was shown.

Was it a LOT of stuff?  No.  But quality was insane.  Absolutely insane.  Every single angle of G.I. Joe was represented, from the vintage, to Renegades, with some very cool new school twists.  Below I’m going to break down the various things that were shown, courtesy of some images from Toy News International, who was onsite and taking some SICK pictures.  Kudos to them.  And big thanks to Jay for letting me mirror some of their awesome images here.

You can read the rest of the breakdown after the jump.

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You want JoeCon 2011 Pics! Here’s where you go…

Well, I’ve still got family stuff going on today, so I’m just tossing a post up real quick with links to some galleries around the web.  Any Renegades fan should be FIRED UP to see what’s being shown at the Con, even with no animated series to support it.

But man, fans of the vintage stuff will be excited as well as those of us who like it all.  I mean, come on… a Zombie Viper?!?  The Joe design team continues to totally raise the bar and make other company designers in the 3 3/4″ scale look amateurish by comparison.  Amazing.

Check out the links below to view some awesome galleries around the web.

  • Toy News International – Jay has absolutely KILLED it this year.  Fantastic images.  I’ll be cleaning the drool off my keyboard for a week.
  • HissTank.com – A ton of images here, too, with lots of comments, of course, as to be expected.

As more images come out there, I’ll link some more, plus I’ll spend a bunch of time this evening getting it all organized.

No, there isn’t a LOT of product, but I’ll be damned if we don’t keep getting some amazing looking stuff out there.  I just wish we could convince retailers of the same thing.

Intel from the Hasbro G.I. Joe Round Table/Seminar!

So, for those folks who aren’t following the current Twitter deluge from The Terror Drome and JoeBattleLines, here is a recap of what Hasbro revealed at their roundtable and seminar.  Hopefully we get some great pics incoming!

  • “3o for 30” Trademarked by ESPN, line will be the “30th Anniversary Celebration”
  • Detail and design will make Low Light look like “#$#!”
  • Hasbro continues to fully support G.I. Joe: Renegades with a “lot of great toys”

Figure showcase.  A lot of what we saw at Toy Fair, but NEW STUFF too!!  Stuff like:

  • Renegades Cobra Commander will definitely have TWO heads.
  • Storm Shadow will also have a normal and “Renegades” head!
  • Hazard-Viper comes with some “compound Z” to transform into a variant “Zombie-Viper”!!!
  • Renegades Tunnel Rat
  • Techno-Viper with interlocking road cones for those Army builders
  • Sci-Fi with multiple heads for visor locations.  Up and down positions
  • Renegades Cobra Trooper!  HELL YES.
  • Data-Viper – The evolution of the Tele-Viper, and comes with a UAV drone
  • Renegades Law & Order with articulated Order!  The head moves
  • AIRTIGHT!
  • LIFELINE!!  Trauma equipment included with Lifeline.  Removable helmet, IV, stretcher

Oh wow.  Wow.  Freaking KWINN IN JUNGLE FATIGUES!!!  KWINN!!  Only artwork shown.  But DAMN!!!  Supposedly very comic book accurate, and we can thank Derryl DePriest.  THANK YOU, DERRYL!

Okay, then they moved on to vehicles.  The vehicle news is what we’ve heard already.  Crimson HISS, VAMP, Skystriker at $30.  Single seater with no parachute.

Now they’re talking Exclusives.

  • Starscream Skystriker comes with packaging that references the non-existent 5th issue of the Transformers vs. G.I. Joe Comic
  • Vintage Zarana is primary exclusive, Cold Slither is variant

That was it.  Stay tuned as I com the net for pics of this awesomeness!