G.I. Joe fans – JoeLanta is this weekend, March 13 – 15th

For G.I. Joe fans down South, this coming weekend features the 2015 edition of JoeLanta, the Great Atlanta Toy Convention!

Larry Hama will be in attendance to sign books and do a panel on his Silent Interlude book, and there’s always a heavy G.I. Joe presence.

Check out all the info on JoeLanta.org.

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Daredevil Netflix series announces six more cast members

We’re just a month shy of Daredevil’s debut on the Netflix streaming service, and we’re still getting notifications of additions to the already impressive cast.

According to Marvel.com, we have a whopping six more characters to look forward to:

From the comics, Rob Morgan (“Person of Interest,” “Believe”) will play Turk Barrett, a smalltime criminal in Hell’s Kitchen, while Matt Gerald (“Avatar,” “Dexter”) will play Melvin Potter, a machinist caught between a rock and a hard place.

Siding with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) are Peter Shinkoda (“Falling Skies,” “Hawaii 5-0”) as Nobu, a Japanese businessman with an agenda all his own; Wai Ching Ho (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Blue Bloods”) as Madame Gao, a powerful woman running her own trade; and Nikolai Nikolaeff (“Camp,” “Sea Patrol”) and Gideon Emery (“Grimm,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”) as Vladimir and Anatoly, two Russian brothers looking to forge new names for themselves in America.

The most notable name here is probably Melvin Potter, who is better known to Marvel Comics fans as Gladiator, one of Daredevil’s early villains.  All previews so far have been decidedly low on costumes and low on the typical comic themes… will this change that perhaps, or continue along the SHIELD route?

We know, thanks to this EW article that Daredevil will be sporting his familiar red costume at some point in Season 1, one must wonder if he’ll be dodging wrist-mounted buzz saws while he’s doing it.

We’ll find out soon enough!

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BREAKING – Cobra Commander receives the key to the city of Springfield…

Ever since the Convention location this year was announced as Springfield, G.I. Joe fans everywhere grew wary of Cobra’s involvement in our beloved annual tradition. After all, Cobra and Springfield have been tightly linked for many years, and while which Springfield was “Cobra’s Springfield” has been in argument over the years, it certainly looks as though Illinois just might be a Cobra stronghold.

In a shocking development, the mayor of Springfield, IL has met directly with the nefarious Cobra leader and provided him a key to the city!

Check out the full details and press release below.

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Cobra Commander, leader of Cobra, visits Springfield to receive key to the city
All in anticipation of the official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention taking place April 9-12

Springfield, IL – Cobra Commander, leader of the organization known as Cobra, recently visited Springfield to receive the key to the city from Mayor J. Michael Houston. In an eloquent and moving speech, the cobalt-clad commander-in-chief detailed Cobra’s vision of the future and its goals to bring about a better tomorrow for all those who support their cause. Said Cobra Commander “Springfielders near and far, I accept your Mayor’s generous gift. And let it be known that I too bring a gift for every man, woman and child of this city that is so near and dear to my heart; an invitation to join with me. Join Cobra!”

The Commander’s visit is but a forerunner for more things Cobra coming next month. The second week of April will see swarms of G.I. Joe and Cobra fans – some wearing blue uniforms with crimson cobra-shaped emblems – descend on the Prairie Capital Convention Center for the official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, G.I. JoeCon, being held from April 9 – April 12. Those attending the festivities can participate in various activities including autograph sessions with G.I. Joe voice actors, panels and seminars with Hasbro, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club, and many of the other special guests, a G.I. Joe parachute drop as well as entry to the largest G.I. Joe centric showroom in the world featuring thousands of G.I. Joe toys and custom G.I Joe vehicles. The weekend is filled with everything G.I.Joe and is sure to be a great, fun time for kids and adults alike!

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 4 & under are free). Hours are Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Early Bird admittance is available on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The cost is $60. More information, including weekend registration packages for G.I. JoeCon 2015, can be found here www.gijoecon.com/il2015/

*Note – An EXCLUSIVE look at Cobra Commander’s visit to Springfield visit will be released on the GI Joe Collectors’ Club youtube channel on 3/12/2015 www.youtube.com/user/vidmystery.

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Deconstructing the Convention Set – Peril in Paradise

I’ve seen the sentiment in several places since the last figure reveal, and I share it myself.  In many cases, the G.I. Joe Convention set really shows itself once its displayed as a whole.  Individually, sometimes certain design elements don’t mesh, but once everything is shown together, the cohesiveness helps.

So does that hold true here?

It does, to a point.  But for my money, I don’t want figures that only look good as a group, I want great individual figures as well, so there needs to be some balance.  Click the Continue Reading link below to see what I think of this year’s boxed set.

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