G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS 3.0 Spearhead

Obviously not wanting the reveal of the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary figures to steal all the thunder, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has given us our first FSS 3.0 reveal!

Spearhead and Max in their original 1988 color scheme!  This is a Photoshop mock up, so final colors may change, but it’s a good idea of what we’re looking to get when the next FSS kicks off.

Keep watching GIJoeClub.com for the latest news and updates on the Figure Subscription Service!

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Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter Incoming… and some future thoughts

Over the past couple of weeks, the folks at Boss Fight Studio have been revealing some more great sneak peeks and hints for their upcoming Kickstarter campaign.  Fans who are feeding for new 4″ toys to sink their teeth into should have their opportunity shortly as the toy makers promise a revolutionary new toy system with great design, articulation, and never before seen customization options.

I think as G.I. Joe fans we are all very familiar with the work from Boss Fight Studio on our precious G.I. Joe brand, and in fact we’re still seeing the fruits of their tireless labor with many of the upcoming 50th Anniversary releases.

Now, as the Kickstarter is on the verge of launching, we’re all anticipating some fantastic new action figures focused around Greek Mythology, a concept that many toy collectors have been waiting for all their lives.  It certainly seems as though Boss Fight is doing them proud!

As someone who has known the Boss Fight Studio folks for a very long time, and helped them develop their website, I’ve been able to get a little bit of a behind the scenes look at the process, and I feel no hesitation in saying that toy fans should be eating this stuff up.  These figures could potentially redefine the notion of “highly articulated” in the 4″ scale.  Just like our favorite G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures totally turned the idea of articulation on its ear, Boss Fight Studio stands poised to do the same thing again.  As part of the concept process, I’ve also seen some upcoming work, and please trust me when I say that all of us have a lot of exciting stuff to look forward to.

While Assortment 1 is clearly focused on great offerings from the realm of Greek Mythology, there is much more planned in the future, and they are not afraid to jump into the science fiction world, too.  In fact, the third assortment will feature a fantastic robotic trooper that I think will appeal to many of us.  As one might expect, this great looking android promises a level of customization and articulation that all G.I. Joe fans expect, and is sure to come with a bevy of awesome science fiction accessories as well.  So when this Kickstarter launches, try not to just think of the amazing things that they’re doing with Greek Mythology, but think forward, and imagine what these design skills that we’ve seen on mostly normal bodies wearing historic armor could do with all of the limits removed and with only your imagination as the guide.  I get goose bumps just thinking about it!

I hope you’ll all join me as we wait for this exciting Kickstarter campaign and consider pledging to support the awesome work they’ve done, the great stuff they’re doing, and the mind-blowing assortments that are still to come!

Big Bad Toy Store Pre-Orders for “Shared Exclusive” 50th Anniversary G.I. Joe!

Well that’s a bit of news, huh?  Apparently the upcoming G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary assortment is now a “shared exclusive”!  Big Bad Toy Store has launched pre-orders for the upcoming figure and vehicle assortment celebrating five decades of being the worlds best action figure toy line.  The pre-order announcement also features new box art not previously revealed!

Check out the images below, and the full Pre-Order announcement follows that.

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BBTS SHARED EXCLUSIVE GI JOE 50TH ANNIVERSARY FIGURE TWO-PACKS
The first of the new 50th Anniversary listings is the Figure Two-Packs. This wave includes Night Marksmen (Low-Light Vs. Night Viper) and Heated Battle (Blowtorch Vs. H.E.A.T. Viper), and they are available at $29.99 for the Set of two Two-Packs, or $16.99 for each Two-Pack singly.
BBTS SHARED EXCLUSIVE GI JOE 50TH ANNIVERSARY FIGURE THREE-PACKS
This wave of Three-Packs is titled Outnumbered and includes The Vipers Pit (Cobra Trooper, Cobra Viper, Beach Head) and The Eagles Edge (Destro, Leatherneck, Hawk). They are priced at $22.99 each, or at $39.99 for the Set of two Three-Packs.
BBTS SHARED EXCLUSIVE GI JOE 50TH ANNIVERSARY DANGER AT THE DOCKS SET
The first of two vehicle packs is the Danger at the Docks Set, which includes the GI Joe VAMP MK II with Flint Versus Cobra Eel with Night Landing Craft. This Set is listed at $29.99.
BBTS SHARED EXCLUSIVE GI JOE 50TH ANNIVERSARY BATTLE BELOW ZERO SET
We also have the Battle Below Zero Set listed. It includes Cobra Wolf with Ice Viper Versus Arctic Sky Hawk with Arctic Snake Eyes, and is priced at $39.99.

Curiously, they only seem to be offering the “Troop Builder” oriented 2 Packs at this point, with HEAT Viper and Night Viper.  Does “Wave 1” really just include two different 2 Packs?  Time will tell, I guess, though I guess the Arctic 2 Pack and Lady Jaye/Baroness 2 Pack could just be “Wave 2”.

The G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Pre-Order section can be viewed at the link below:

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Rest in Peace, Don Levine

The word came out a few days ago that Don Levine had passed away at the age of 86 from cancer.  Along with a few other peers, Mr. Levine helped develop the very first G.I. Joe figure model in the 1960s and was not only one of the father’s of G.I. Joe, but one of the fathers of action figures as a whole.  With G.I. Joe being the first “action figure” in toy history, Mr. Levine obviously has played a monumental role in the childhood of every single person reading this page.

Mr. Levine’s contributions to the pop culture landscape will forever be remembered, and my deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Darkness Falls – Episode 07 The Battle Begins!

Family events took me away from my computer most of the day yesterday, so I didn’t get a chance to get a Darkness Falls update posted, but I’ve had some time this morning, so here is Episode 7!

As the G.I. Joe team moves closer to the Cobra Temple, the evil snakes make their first big move.  Blood will be shed!  Check it out in the Darkness Falls section, or the link below.

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Take a moment on Memorial Day

As many of us enjoy a three day weekend, spending time with family, please take a moment (or more) to remember the reason for the day.  Remember those who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have, and think about those they’ve left behind.

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Roll Out Roll Call 2014 Dates Announced!

European G.I. Joe fans, or just G.I. Joe fans that love good company and great toys, Dave Tree has announced that the 2014 Roll Out Roll Call Show will be happening October 11th and 12th, 2014 at the Jury’s Inn in Southampton!

Fifty years of G.I. Joe and thirty years of Transformers will be the focus of the celebration as fans from all over the world descend on the United Kingdom.

Check out the banner below and stay tuned, as GeneralsJoes will be sure to keep everyone in the loop on events and happenings!  Also make sure you hit up Roll Out Roll Call on Facebook and “Like” their page to stay in the loop as well.

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Larger images of the color mock ups for Marauder “Task Force” Julie and Logan

Last week, the folks from Marauder posted some fantastic color mock up images from their Logan and Julie “stretch goal” figures, remarking that they should be pretty close to what the final samples look like.

Well, the illustrator of those images, Stephan reached out to me with larger versions of the two mock ups!  Check them out below, and be sure to hit up Fundafull if you want to keep the pre-order spirit alive for the Marauder Task Force!

Zica Toys reveals digital image for 80s G.I. Joe inspired Captain Action

Over the past several months, Zica Toys has been releasing many vintage themed action figures, with the Six Million Dollar Man toys getting the most mainstream attention (that I’ve seen).

A while ago, I had reported that they had obtained the license for Captain Action, and had said they would be producing vintage style figures, in the same vein as the old school G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toys.  Well, obviously this caught my eye, and many other eyes as well.

For the first time, over on their Facebook page, Zica Toys has revealed a digital image of this upcoming Captain Action figure, which does look reminiscent of the G.I. Joe figures of old, though the waist joint certainly doesn’t quite look the same.  Also, there is no familiar “Swivel Arm Battle Grip”, however, there is a swivel above the bicep/tricep according to Zica Toys.  The figure will also apparently have double jointed knees and elbows, though.  Check out the digital image below, and be sure to keep watching the Zica Toys Facebook Page for any updates!

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eBay hackers gain access to user accounts – change those passwords!

It’s been all over the web, so I figure most of my readers are aware of it already, but Jack passed it along to me, so I figured I’d spread the word as well.  If you have an eBay account, you’ll want to change those passwords.  Their security systems were apparently illegally accessed within the past week or two, and the depth of the infiltration is currently unknown.

Of course, the process for changing your password isn’t real simple either.  Check out CNet.com for a nice tutorial on how to do just that.

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