G.I. Joe Convention Schedule Posted

As we get closer to JoeCon, the Club is throwing out all the stops.  Along with a FAQ update, the Convention Schedule got posted today as well.

You can check it out right here.

As with every year, there are some key panels to watch for:

Friday

  • 1:00pm – 1:50pm: GIJCC Magazine and Comic Q & A

Saturday

  • 10:00am – 10:50am: Introducing the Special Action Force and Red Shadows
  • 11:00am – 11:50am: Hasbro Round Table, promising San Diego ComicCon reveal and Toys “R” Us Exclusive Fall Release!
  • 1:00pm – 1:50pm: The Art of G.I. Joe with Adam Riches and Robert Atkins
  • 2:00pm – 2:50pm: Kindle Worlds panel featuring yours truly, Troy Osgood, and Bill Nedrow as we talk about our experience publishing to Amazon’s Kindle Worlds
  • 3:00pm – 3:50pm: GIJoe Collectors Club roundtable

Sunday

  • 10:00am – 10:50am: JoeDeClassified Panel
  • 11:00am – 11:50am: What’s on Joe Mind Live from JoeCon
  • 1:00pm – 1:50pm: Joe Costuming

There are obviously a wealth of other terrific panels from Kirk Bozigian, the voice actors, and many more.  Definitely check out the schedule and figure out where you want to be and when!

 

Some additional Convention details from GIJoeCon FAQ

Over the past few weeks, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has been posting updates to their FAQ to try and answer some fan questions.

A couple of responses have been posted that add some clarity to Convention activities.  First and foremost, there unfortunately will be no parachute drop this year, due to the convention locale and not being able to get a site together.

Parachute figures will be sold in the Club store starting Thursday night, with the hopes that there will be enough for everyone:

Q: Has the parachute drop been confirmed one way or the other yet?
A: Unfortunately, the venues we were trying to get for the drop did not work out. Therefore, there will not be a drop this year. However, you will be able to purchase the parachute figure starting on Thursday night and it will be very close for everyone to get a figure.

Now, the big question… how much money are we talking?  This response sheds considerable light on things.  The responder mentions $600 for all 3 3/4″ items and $200 for the 12″ items.  Looking at the price list for last year, the total was closer to $430 for all 3 3/4″ items:

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Now, who knows if the $600 includes any apparel, and the FAQ clarifies that this does include one large vehicle.  As an aside, the FAQ also makes reference to an “additional souvenir” as well…

Q: How much money should I bring to buy all of the 2015 convention exclusive souvenirs?
A: Costs have gone up because of the complexity of the deco on the items and air freight caused by the dock workers issues on the west coast. There is also an additional souvenir item this year and one that is a large vehicle. If you want to get one of everything you will need approximately $600 for the convention 3 3/4″ items and $200 for the 12″ items.

That is…  quite a jump in price.  But without knowing the specifics it’s hard to make a judgement.  We’ll all see in a little more than a week!

Latest update from Boss Fight Studio on Vitruvian HACKS

So the Chinese New Year celebration has come and gone, and folks were curious about the status of the Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter items…  well, Boss Fight Studio has chimed in, and released a great new image to boot.

Greetings Boss Fighters!
It’s been a while since our last update and we do so apologize for that. Rest assured that our lack of communication has given us time to further our goal of getting quality product into your hands. As some of you know, Marauder’s Gun Runners and their Marauder Task Force line of figures experienced some production issues. Boss Fight has been on the front line working with them to fix the issue. Why is this important to Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. and our fantastic Kickstarter backers? Well, the same factory is being used for both the Marauder Task Force and H.A.C.K.S. figures. We felt it was in everyone’s best interest to pause our production on the V-H.A.C.K.S. Series 1 until all issues had been resolved. Now that we feel confident that these issues have been sorted out and solutions have been found, we are ready to pull the ripcord and plunge into the night. In about two weeks, two of our merry band will be traveling to the factories in China to kick off production. After their return, we will have a more solid delivery date for the figures. Now that things seem to have smoothed out at the factory, for both Marauder and ourselves, we hope to have the product to the Kickstarter backers some time this summer. For those of you that missed the initial KIckstarter (or just need more figures then you originally bought), do not fret. We will begin selling the remainder of the product in waves shortly after all of the backers have their figures in hand. Once again, we apologize for the delay, but we are committed to bringing you all the quality and high standards that we ourselves expect from a collectable toy line. We’re all very excited to not only get Series 1 into your hands, but also into our own. Until then, here are some new images of the final painted prototypes complete with shield artwork. This is the first time nearly the entire line can be seen together as a whole. SO the All-Ins will be receiving each and every one of these, plus the Ghosts of the Battlefield 2-pack, sixteen blanks, seven accessory packs, and four skeletons! Hopefully the thoughts of glorious Greek battles that will play out in your living rooms and upon your shelves will hold you over until we can get Series 1 shipped to your doors.
-Boss FIGHT!!!

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G.I. Joe Convention 2015 NON-attending Registration is LIVE

For Homefront Heroes and folks who cannot attend JoeCon 2015 next week (holy crap next week??) NON-attending registration is now live!

Click the Registration link to go get it!

Hello everyone,

Non-Attending Registration for GIJoeCon 2015 is now live!

Please read these rules:

1. You will need to be an active member of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club to register.  You can join at the same time.

2. This alternate registration system does not have the help or rule control our regular system does. Therefore, you will need to go slowly and make sure you follow the rules for what packages are allowed.  Once the registration is placed we cannot edit it.  We can only delete it which will cause you to have to re-register correctly and you may lose the items in your order.

3. Each order will be reviewed and approved.  You can tell if it is approved by logging back in, go to My Account, view your Order History and look in the shipping column.  If it says Not Shipped, it has not been approved yet.  If it has a ship date, it has been approved.  This can take up to 3+ days due to the volume.  Registration for Non-Attending will close on Thursday at approximately 5pm Central Time.

After the convention, we will mark them not shipped so that when they do come in, and are shipped to you, the ship date will be correct.

Due to all of the congestion in China and the west coast shipping terminals, we estimate that these will ship to you in June.   If the time frame improves, we will let you know. 

4.  For the 3 3/4″ loose sets, you are only allowed one loose figure set per 3 3/4” boxed set.  If you pick more sets than you chose for boxed sets, we will delete your registration.   Once these run out we will remove them from the software so if you don’t see them in the system, they are sold out.
5.  If you have an attending registration and didn’t get the loose set, you CANNOT order a non-attending loose set.  If this occurs, we will cancel the order.
6.  An admin fee is added to each order’s shipping cost in the amount of $7.
Please go to GIJoeCon.com to register for Non-Attending Sets. Click the registration button.  You may order more than one set. 

Thanks for your patience and support!

Brian

Exclusive Jem/Cold Slither cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212 at JoeCon!

IDW Publishing is teaming up with Toy Federation & Plastic Empire to produce a JoeCon 2015 exclusive cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212 featuring Cold Slither and Jem and the Holograms.

It’s a really fun idea and a great looking cover for IDW’s retro G.I. Joe title.  Thanks to Plastic Empire on Twitter for the reveal!

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Another rave review for Netflix’s Daredevil

High praise coming from Televised Revolution, who reports that not only is Daredevil the best super hero themed television series they’ve seen, but it is also the best streaming service television series they’ve ever seen.

Hyperbole? I don’t know, but the person who wrote the review has, at least, seen the first episode, and I haven’t. They don’t come across as a raving comic fanboy or anything either, so it certainly appears to be a legitimate statement of Daredevil’s excellence.

Check out Televised Revolution for the full review and as for the rest of us, we’ll all find out starting April 10th!

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Metal Gear Solid film gets a writer

It’s tough to imagine Metal Gear Solid as a film really evolving beyond the video game, because the video game universe itself is so cinematic. Really beyond pluggin in actual actors to CGI, how can they make the video game any more of a film than it already is?

That being said, the Metal Gear world remains one of my all time favorite video game universes, and I won’t lie, the prospect of a big budget film gets me a bit amped up, even if I can’t quite conceive of how it would improve what already exists.

As a film project, Metal Gear Solid has been in limbo for a long time, but Sony appears to have found a writer in the form of Jay Basu. He doesn’t have a long and established resume as of yet, but seems to be in demand by Hollywood.

The film is being produced by Avi and Ari Arad, so there appears to be some substance to this. We’ll see how it all pans out.

Check out ComicBook.com for the full details.

 

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Powerglide

Damn you, Combiner Wars!

When it comes to Transformers, the Deluxe scale figures are my sweet spot. I buy Voyager from time to time, though they’re getting expensive. I only buy Leader very rarely… Deluxes are really what interests me. Complex and interesting enough to be fun, but not outrageously expensive. The Legends figures always seemed far too simplified and uninteresting.

Then there were the Combiner Wars.

Click the Continue Reading link below for the full review.

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Mark Hamill returns to his role as Trickster on The Flash tonight!

I still remember how excited I was when The Flash hit CBS back in the
day. Fresh off of Burton’s landscape-changing Batman film, super
heroes were briefly in vogue again, and backed up by the Danny Elfman
theme, lightning scorching through the logo, and an actual real life
Flash costume, Thursday nights on CBS were my bag. I was in high
school, and could barely sit still through afternoon Physics class
waiting for that nightly installment.

When the Trickster appeared, it was a big deal. I can see myself
excitedly cutting out the TV Guide article that revealed his costume
for the first time and taping it into my big shabby red photo book,
joining the newspaper clippings for the Batman film and the Sunday
comics that weren’t permanently hosted on the Internet back in the
early 90s.

I don’t get quite so child-like with my giddiness these days, but
I’ll admit, Hamill revisiting his role as the Trickster is a great
move by these new Flash showrunners in a first season that continues
to do so much right. No, not everything right, but they’re doing a
damn good job.

Check out the preview for tonight’s The Flash courtesy of USA Today

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Previews for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #7 and Real American Hero #212

A busy G.I. Joe day at the comic shops tomorrow with two issues hitting.  The seventh issue of the mainstream G.I. Joe title lands as well as the next stage in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero mythology.  Exciting issues for fans both new and old.  Check out the previews below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212—The Death of Snake Eyes: Part 1

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

G.I. JOE faces a force unlike anything they’ve ever encountered before… and the only way to control it is by reviving Serpentor, the Cobra Emperor himself! But bringing him backs sets into motion drastic events that lead to the death of the original Ninja Commando! The Death of Snake Eyes begins here in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • G.I. JOE’S GREATEST VILLAIN RETURNS!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. Joe #7

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE! Entrenched in a war-torn Eastern European nation, the G.I. JOE team collides with separatists, ex-teammates, locals, and COBRA. Politics collides with boots on the ground in one of the most unforgettable G.I. JOE epics of all time!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War) and Steve Kurth (Ultimate Iron Man, AvX Consequences) continue their redefining run!
  • Hard-hitting, real-world intrigue!