Hasbro customer service site reveals some odd G.I. Joe related things

Okay, first and foremost, take this with a large grain of salt, as these random Internet listings can sometimes cause more questions than answers,and I think that certainly holds true in this case.

Over on the Fighting 118th someone has dug up some listings from a Hasbro Customer Service website, and within those listings there are a score of questionable listings which may or may not indicate potential new items.

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The first thing I want to point out is the existence of a couple of new Kre-O items!  I think this is probably the most likely positive outcome that we see here.  A screenshot reveals the G.I. Joe Wolverine vs. Cobra Firebat (which matches up with a Toys “R” Us Listing we’ve seen previously)…most exciting thing there is probably the “Cobra Terror Drome”.  Wowza.  Even a Kre-O one has the potential to be a lot of fun.

Now for the other stuff…  there’s a lot to talk about here, but I think it’s important that we all keep this in perspective.  I would say the vast majority of listings that appear in these screen shots could be explained away as old items or unreleased items.  I see lots of stuff (Ultimate Gift Set from Target, Mindbender vs. Budo, an unreleased item from the Rise of Cobra, Desert Gift Set, the TRU exclusive from RoC) we know as being previously released or unreleased.  Obviously there are some other things as well, like Zombie 2-Packs that we do not know anything about yet.  But I think it’s important that folks put the brakes on a bit before getting too fired up.

Let’s think about this… this is the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe.  Do we think that the 50th Anniversary is going to be celebrated by a line of Zombie 2-Packs?  Hrmm… I don’t know.

I certainly think we can file these away, and big props to Fighting 118th for digging this up, but I think we’d all do ourselves a favor if we hold off on any major celebrations or proclamations until Toy Fair in February.  Until then, though, we can all speculate, it will definitely be interesting to see how this shapes up next year.

Newsarama interviews Steve Kurth on G.I. Joe, and drops news on interim writer

Although I should use the term “drops news” lightly, because I’m actually ashamed of myself for not catching this previously.

Last week I had posted the January solicitations for IDW’s G.I. Joe books, and failed to notice a new name in the writers column for G.I. Joe #12.  That name is Paul Allor, and he actually posted about the writing duties on his Tumblr page yesterday.  In that Tumblr update he mentions writing “a couple of issues” so it sounds like he’s not going to be the full time writer going forward, but will be in for at least a couple of months.  To see some details on Mr. Allor’s previous work, check out Clockwork.

Meanwhile, the Newsarama article with Steve Kurth dives into his past with Devils’ Due and talks about his approach then, and how it’s different now, and also manages to show a lot of cool preview art as well.

Check it out right here.

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GeeWunner’s Custom Lego builds the perfect compliment to your Kre-O obsession

I have never really been a “building block” enthusiast.  I had plenty of friends growing up who had buckets and buckets of Lego bricks and who made these amazing constructs.  But for myself, I just would have rather sit down and play with my toys then spend several hours building something.

I will admit, though, recent G.I. Joe Kre-O releases have ignited a spark in me, which is driving my desire for building block items.  It’s ironic that now I’m an adult with a lot of grown up responsibilities (and much less time to enjoy toys than I could as a kid) that I’m just now starting to appreciate the serenity and focus that putting together a building block set can offer you.

I recently bought and assembled the Arashikage Dojo Battle G.I. Joe Kre-O set (review coming soon) and spent about 3 – 4 days putting it all together, which was a great exercise in late night relaxation, and in every case I was shocked at how late it was getting in the night before I realized I should go to bed.

So we see lots of G.I. Joe fans these days getting slowly drawn into the building block family, and someone who has been way ahead of the curve has been Geewunner, who has primarily been a Transformers fan, but has recently begun doing some spectacular G.I. Joe builds.  Specializing in smaller vehicles, Geewunner uses mostly Lego parts to approximate vintage vehicles in style.  I have been the lucky recipient of three of these sets and they are truly as advertised.  I’m excited to announce as well, that in November, we should see the biggest set ever for Geewunner.

The CLAW was something that I was really interested in, simply because the one that came in the G.I. Joe Kre-O set was obviously just a toss in with no real passion behind it.  Gewunner’s definitely is not.  A terrifically accurate and fun model to build, which looks great with Storm Shadow hanging off of the control bars.  It’s a nice size, very sturdy construction, and is immediately recognizable as the small Cobra vehicle we all know and love.

Secondly I received a G.I. Joe themed “Night Landing” set.  We’re all familiar with the Night Landing at this point, and Geewunner takes the concept and does the Cobra version and a G.I. Joe version, both of which are great.  It comes with a bunch of miniature accessories, and a really nicely sized raft for your troopers of either faction.  The machine gun is spot on as well.

Last, but certainly not least, I also got a Cobra Ferret.  This little guy is a blast.  Pretty much the same exact size as the G.I. Joe Kre-O four-wheeler, but with a bunch more style and ingenuity, I’m still smiling at the clever build that copies the large red cannon and twin missiles onto the small Cobra themed ATV.  Kre-O figures fit on amazingly well, and it blends in perfectly with my existing Cobra Kre-O squadron.

Geewunner sells these incredible creations on eBay

for very reasonable prices, and he lists items quite frequently, so make sure you bookmark that page and check it often.  He recently unveiled his fantastic Cobra HISS, which was awesome to see alongside the Kre-O version, and the best part is, you don’t have to buy a $70 ninja dojo to get one.  Check out his eBay auctions right here, and take a look at some images of the three sets I received below.

Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe (Season 3) #9

New comic day arrives on Wednesday this week with the latest exciting issue of G.I. Joe from IDW Publishing.  The Mad Monk saga continues through the streets of New York as G.I. Joe scrambles to stop his nefarious plan!

Check out the preview for this latest action-packed issue below.

G.I. Joe #9

Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jamal Igle, Kurth (c)

THREAT MATRIX! Below the streets and above the high rises of the New York City, the G.I. Joe team is strained to the brink fighting back THE MAD MONK’s all-out assault on the Big Apple! But… is that playing right into his hands to ultimately destroy DUKE? 

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA takes Manhattan!
  • Who is the G.I. JOE team’s traitor?!
  • Ryan Dunlavey “Intern of Cobra” variant cover!

G.I. Joe Convention 2014 Dates and Locations officially announced

A very pleasant Monday surprise today as the email arrived from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club officially announcing the date and location of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first action figure in history!

Check out the full email below:

“Hello everyone!

GI Joe’s 50th Birthday will be celebrated April 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

You can make your hotel reservations now by going to GIJoeCon.com.  The room rate is $142 and they will require a one night’s deposit with your reservation.  Don’t wait until the rooms are all gone!

This will be a grand celebration of the world’s first action figure!  More details will be available in the coming weeks at GIJoeCon.com.   Soon we will start posting the convention set details and we hope to have registration up by Thanksgiving (we are currently in the middle of a total re-write of the registration system to serve you better).

See you in Dallas!

Brian”

I don’t know about the rest of you yahoo’s, but I’ll be there!  Check out GIJoeCon.com to book your hotel!

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What’s On Joe Mind and The Full Force team up Podcast from Roll Out Roll Call 4!

It’s two great tastes that taste great together!  Apple pie and hamburgers combine with bangers & mash as two continents collide at the site of Roll Out Roll Call 4.

The UK’s foremost G.I. Joe, Transformers, Star Wars, and Masters of the Universe convention, the guys behind Roll Out Roll Call are also the guys behind The Full Force podcast, and they graciously invited What’s On Joe Mind stallwarts Gary and Mike to join them for a live podcast from the event, with the guys from Boss Fight Studio as well.

Check out the What’s On Joe Mind Podbean Page, and the embedded player below.

SHOW NOTES

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What’s On Joe Mind – Episode 86 brings some awesome intel

Yes, it’s been a while since the guys from What’s on Joe Mind got an episode out, but trust me, this one was worth waiting for.

We bring on several industry experts all crammed into one three hour marathon of G.I. Joe goodness.  Andrew, Erik, Trina, and Dave from Boss Fight Studios lend their expertise to the episode as well as David Lane from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club.  This is an episode you do not want to miss.

Check out the What’s on Joe Mind Podbean Page, or hit the embedded player below.  As always, show notes are after the jump.

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SmallJoes News – * New GI JOE, Dragon Models sale, and more *

* * * * * * * * * [ SMALLJOES.COM NEWSLETTER ] * * * * * * * * * *

http://smalljoes.com

RECENT GI JOE ITEMS STILL AVAILBLE
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We have GI JOE 3.75″ figures from the latest figure assortments in stock
and ready to ship.  This includes excellent characters such as Ultimate
Roadblock, Ultimate Snake-Eyes, Kwinn, Data-Viper, and more.

A restock is coming in about one week for both wave 3B and wave 4 figure
assortments, so watch the web site!

http://smalljoes.com/cat/GI-JOE-Movie-Retaliation-Figures-Vehicles-112.shtml

Be sure to check our other GI JOE categories to see recent additional stock
of numerous vintage GI JOE items 1982-1994, A Real American Hero, Spy Troops,
Valor vs. Venom, Direct to Consumer, and more.  As always, we have a robust
selection of the classic-styled 25th Anniversary figures and vehicles.

Lastly, we have a huge back-issue inventory of GI JOE comic books from
Image/Devil’s Due and IDW.  Great way to fill holes in your collection or
introduce the child in your life to the GI JOE mythos and hobby.

http://smalljoes.com/cgi-bin/pgen.cgi?CatId=28&Stage=5

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 2.0 on the horizon

In case folks have forgotten, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club’s second iteration of the Figure Subscription Service is on the verge of shipping, as an email from Brian Savage indicates.

Check out the email below:

Hello,

Our shipment is almost here.  We are waiting for it to clear customs.  Meanwhile, we would like for everyone to update their shipping address if you have moved since August.  Please log in and do this by Monday so that we can begin processing the paperwork for the first shipment in FSS 2.0.

Thanks for your support!

Brian

 

So log in and update your shipping address…we’re almost ready for FSS 2.0!

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IDW Publishing G.I. Joe Solicitations for January, 2014

Well, it is a momentous occasion…our first IDW Solicitations list without an issue of a Cobra series by Mike Costa on it.  Not quite sure how I feel about that… I’m bummed, but also happy that the title is going out on its own terms.

Even without one of the cornerstones of the new IDW universe, though, we’ve got a pretty good looking run down of other items coming in January.  Check out the full Solicitations list (including Real American Hero #198!) after the break.

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