What’s on Joe Mind Episode 63 – Canadian JoeCon, Hero Project, JoeBurg ahoy!

Wow, I think it’s safe to say this episode was packed.  We had a bunch of stuff to talk about, so we brought on The Mike from the Canadian JoeCon, the guys from the JoBurg Podcast, but we also really wanted to pay some close attention to the guys from Go Go Dynamo, who are behind The Hero Project and also were the lifeblood behind a little 8″ toy line you might have heard of… Sigma 6.

As many episodes of these podcasts that I’ve done, it surprises me that we can continue to talk to folks who I consider personal heroes.  Wayne and Tuck from Go Go Dynamo are absolute revolutionaries in design and art, and I considered it a true privilege to talk to them for an hour or so.  Cast whatever stones towards Sigma 6 that you might want to, but listening to their absolutely brilliant insight behind toy design, the G.I. Joe universe in 2005 and how that whole thing translates to The Hero Project was one of the most interesting and captivating 60 minutes I’ve ever spent on the show.  Truly awesome stuff.

Please consider supporting The Hero Project on Kickstarter, and once you’re done, come on back and hit up our Podbean Page to listen to the latest episode, especially because we also talk a ton about the awesome Canadian JoeCon and keep the JoBurg guys up way past their bed time.  Things get pretty wacky!

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Concept Case Survey Round One Results – and where do we go from here?

Well, I actually cheated a little bit and instead of closing down the Concept Case survey last night, I did it at about 5:30 am this morning.  I was very pleased to see people were placing votes all the way until the end, as the last survey completed was at around 3:00am.

The response to this survey has been frankly overwhelming.  Everyone has been very positive and very enthusiastic about the results and the potential for data gathering for Hasbro.  While there is certainly no guarantees that anything here will impact any decisions Hasbro is going to make, they encouraged us at JoeCon to get whatever data we could, and G.I. Joe fans should be proud, you guys delivered!

There were nearly 1200 responses, which is quite impressive, and the fans have spoken.  I am going to outline the winners of Round One below, and you will see a wealth of charts and graphs screen capped as well, just to prove the results weren’t skewed in any way.

30th Anniversary Top 10

  1. Kwinn
  2. Flint
  3. Hit & Run
  4. Lady Jaye
  5. Crimson Guard Immortal
  6. HEAT Viper
  7. Cobra Eel
  8. Beachhead
  9. Cobra Officer
  10. Crimson Shadow Guard

Pursuit of Cobra Top 10

  1. Data-Viper
  2. Clutch
  3. Echo Faction Trooper
  4. Dreadnok KAOS Crew
  5. Cobra Infantry
  6. Zartan
  7. Heavy Alley-Viper
  8. Raven’s Wing
  9. NOMaD Warrior
  10. HISS Driver

Zombie Invasion & Legends of the Arashikage

  1. Ghost Ninja Henchman
  2. Dark Ninja Master
  3. Zombie Cobra Commander
  4. Beast Ninja
  5. Toxo-Zombie
  6. Red Ninja Dice
  7. Ninja Warrior Monk
  8. Zombie Cobra Viper
  9. Gold Ninja
  10. Urban Ninja

There were also (obviously) results for the G.I. Joe: Renegades and vehicles as well, and I mirrored images of the survey results on those below.  I figured the figures from the three main sections was the most important.

Now…where do we go from here?  I think an important next step is to take the winners of each section and face them off against each other.  They’ve all been compared within the confines of their own subline, but I think the next important step is to cull more wheat and refine the results even further.

For folks who have been following along…what would you rather see?  The Top 5 from each section face off, or the Top 10?  Would a Round two survey with 15 – 20 quick and easy choices be a better idea, or broadening the scope a bit?  Leave me comments in the comment section with your choices.

Take a peek at the images below to get a great breakdown of each section of the poll, and most importantly THANK YOU ALL for your contributions.  This has been a terrific community-building experience.

 

Preview for IDW Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow #15

New comic day is on the horizon, and this week we’re getting the latest installment of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow from IDW Publishing.  Check out the preview of the latest issue below.

Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #15

Chuck Dixon (w) • Robert Atkins (a) • Andrea Di Vito (c)

“Serpent’s Shadow,” part 3!

SNAKE EYES continues a deadly game where the rules are known only to him. To prove his renewed loyalty to the Arashikage Clan, he joins a team to kill the new COBRA COMMANDER! But danger lurks for him within the ninja clan with a new betrayal around every corner. ALSO! Zartan makes some interesting new friends.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:

Lee Ferguson cover!

Bullet Points:

  • Non-stop ninja and commando action!
  • Featuring the key villain from G.I. JOE: RETALIATION!