Carded Iceberg to be available at 2013 G.I. Joe Convention

I think most of us assumed this as it was, but if not, the GIJoeCon FAQ just did.

They posted some updated answers to the FAQ yesterday, and included in those answers was the following tidbit:

“Question: Will the 3 3/4-inch Iceberg figure be available for club members to buy on a 25th card at the convention like Footloose was in 2012?

Answer:
 Yes, a limited number will be for sale at the convention.”

One now wonders when we might see the first images of the 2013 Iceberg…  I’ve been so caught up in Convention coverage I hadn’t even thought to wonder.  Perhaps after registration goes live.

Please be sure you’re checking the GIJoeCon FAQ at every opportunity.  A lot of the questions you might have are answered there, including the dreaded “Why is Cobra Mortal not chrome?”  Click here to read for yourself.

GIJoeCon website shows off more details from the 12″ exclusive set

Secret Mission to Dragon Island is setting itself up nicely to be a very cool 12″ set that continues the mythology of the 12″ Adventure Team line and brings it more in line with the Real American Hero universe as well.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club posted a few more images from this 12″ exclusive set to GIJoeCon.com featuring the terrific Hazmat suit for evil villain Sebastian Gorman.  The suit features an awesome rendition of the Black Dragon logo that we’ve seen on various items since 2003.

Check out the update on GIJoeCon.com!

No Super Bowl TV Spot for G.I. Joe: Retaliation?

I remember it like it was yesterday… not only was my team playing the biggest game of the year, but G.I. Joe: Retaliation was poised to launch their huge Super Bowl TV spot, introducing the viewing public to the wonders of flying mountain ninjas.

This year, not so much.

Not only is my team not in the game, but from the sounds of Latino Review, G.I. Joe: Retaliation will not return to the big stage for a second go at an its marketing campaign.  I’m not quite sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet.  Actually, correct that.  I know it’s not a good thing.  But is it terrible?

We’ve already had over 12 months of G.I. Joe: Retaliation advertising blitz, is one more commercial during the Super Bowl going to provide any additional bang for the buck, or will it simply be a reminder to folks of what happened in early 2012?

I suppose time will tell what the affect is, but I almost wish Paramount was jumping back in with both barrels blasting instead of treading on eggshells hoping to not remind folks about the delay.  Thanks again to Latino Review for the information.

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club begins online preview of 12″ Adventure Team Con Set

With the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention registration looming ever closer, the Collectors’ Club has finally begun posting previews for the sure to be fantastic 12″ Adventure Team Convention Exclusive set.  Over the past several years, the greatness of these 12″ exclusives has been somewhat lost in the 3 3/4″ discussion, but it really deserves some focus.

This year we have an awesome set with a stealth jumpsuit, a tuxedo, and a pair of great looking 12″ figures.  Not to mention, their nemesis is “Black Dragon” who Real American Hero fans will remember was the villain from the 2003 Operation: Anaconda convention set.

Check out the Adventure Team preview right here, and I’ve also mirrored some of the images below.  Looking like a good start.  Does that  dude have a flocked goatee!??

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club announces voice of Flint – Bill Ratner for JoeCon 2013!

So not only do we get Lady Jaye in attendance, but looks like Flint will be joining her in Indianapolis for the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention!  Bill Ratner voiced Flint back in the Sunbow animated series, and has gone on to do a wealth of other voice work and production work in entertainment over the past several years.

It will be quite exciting having both of these G.I. Joe legends join us in Indy this April.

If you want to hear more from Mr. Ratner, be sure to check out What’s on Joe Mind Episode 70 where we spent about an hour talking to him.  You can hit up the embedded player below as well.  Make sure you continue to check GIJoeCon.com for the latest and greatest JoeCon intel!


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GeneralsJoes reviews first two GIJCC Figure Subscription Service figures

We are two shipments deep into the Figure Subscription Service, and I’m finally getting some reviews in order.  It was a dead time for so long with G.I. Joe items and reviews that I’m going to have to get myself back into the swing of things here.

Between the FSS and the sudden appearances of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and MicroForce product, things might get a little bit busier ’round here.

The FSS Reviews will all be found in my Collectors’ Club review area, and I’ve also linked them below.  Pretty sure the first two are public knowledge by now, aren’t they?  It has been almost a month…

Sculptor showcases unpainted head sculpts from 2013 JoeCon figures

Depending on your perspective, Facebook can be a source of frustration and potential information leaks, but for others it’s a great interface directly with designers and a look behind the scenes of the action figure production process.  The Facebook page of 2DToys currently shows off a trio of unpainted head sculpts for the upcoming 2013 G.I. Joe Convention figures.  Those three heads are Repeater, Psyche Out, and Crimson Asp.  It’s amazing to see the level of detail here in such a small scale, and it provides a nice close up look of these before we actually get them in hand.

Check out the 2DToys Facebook page, and I’ve also mirrored the images below.

So, yeah… about that G.I. Joe Convention Hit & Run.

I know I’ve been hearing a lot from friends of mine who were really interested in my thoughts on tonight’s reveal of the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention Hit & Run, and I’ve fully admitted that it just took me a little by surprise.  I was really hoping to see the familiar camouflaged version of the light infantry trooper, especially because the green and  black colors would still work fairly well among the Night Force paint schemes we’ve seen in the set so far.

So when the somewhat plain Hit & Run was revealed, I was a bit taken aback.

But, I’ve thought about this a little bit… and yeah, I know I’m consistently accused of looking at the glass half full, when I’m disappointed about something.  What can I say, it’s in my nature.  I see some real positives with this Hit & Run.

First and foremost, the foundation is now there.  The Club has access to the bulk of the tooling to make the fantastic Concept Case Hit & Run.  What’s to stop them from putting the regular version in the FSS down the line?  The figure scored really high on my Concept Case survey, so one would think that might encourage repeated trips “to the well” so to speak for the Collectors Club.  Heck, maybe Hasbro themselves has something planned?

But secondly, was this.  I had reported this very cool alternate paint scheme for Hit & Run on a post a while ago, but it had somewhat slipped my mind until I was reminded by Mizak23 in the comments section.  Leave it to ole Tim Finn from ARealAmericanBook.com for shining some (possible) light on this.

Is it a true homage?  Is it a coincidence?  Knowing the Club like I do, I’m thinking it’s a combination.  They wanted Hit & Run in here, they had this cool homage, they wanted to use these parts, so they made an amalgamation that pulls elements from various places and gives us what is a pretty cool end result.  Check out the comparison image below:

 

Is it a perfect homage?  No.  But it’s close enough, plus it has the Night Force elements.  I think it’s a bit too close to be a coincidence.

So, the foundation is there, and I feel like there is a good chance we’ll see another one at some point.  I’ll be waiting on pins and needles again when the next one comes around.  Stay up on the latest and greatest GIJoe Convention news at GIJoeCon.com.

Discount store exclusive running change G.I. Joe figures appearing at Marshalls

You know things are picking up when I’m posting multiple “new sightings” posts in one evening!  Along with the Wave 2 3-Packs, the variant running change discount store exclusives are also starting to appear…but not at Dollar Generals.  At Marshalls!

Thanks to Rodimus88 of HissTank.com for reporting the first sighting, and more are incoming.

TO THE HAWKMOBILE.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 three packs hitting Target!

We are nearly a month into 2013, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation product has officially started hitting retail.  Word is Target stores have started stocking the second wave of G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3 packs including the Cobra Invasion set with Firefly, Cobra Trooper, and Storm Shadow and the Tactical Ninja Team with Snake Eyes, Sgt. Airborne, and Agent Mouse.

Big thanks to James Doble (Jack Sparrow) for passing the word along.  Images can be seen below.