G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals box design for 2015 Convention Set

Sometimes I miss the years where we got actual artwork…  but the tiger print does look neat.  First revealed on the GIJoeCon Facebook Page, check out the image mirrored below.

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Hot Toys Mark VII Stealth Iron Man

It amazes me at just how deep down the Iron Man rabbit hole Hot Toys manages to go, and I imagine they find folks only too eager to drop down there with them. Those high end collectors bank rolling full “Halls of Armor” with $200+ 1:6 scale figures are a community of folks I’m sure I’ll never mix with, but I can’t argue how gorgeous the toys are.

The Mark VII Stealth Iron Man is from the first Avengers film and looks striking in this new dark paint scheme. Check out the newly revealed images below. Pre-Order information sure to follow.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Hawkeye Pre-Order is LIVE

Don’t miss the boat! The first Avengers Hawkeye sold out quick and now goes for some insane amount on the secondary market. This update looks absolutely amazing and is up for pre-order on Sideshow Collectibles’ website NOW.

Check out the link below and go get ‘im! I know I will…

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Carded image of G.I. Joe Collectors Club Arctic Dr. Mindbender

Expected to be available at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention, the Collectors Club has revealed the first image of Arctic Dr. Mindbender on a classic themed card. Looks pretty great, I gotta say.

Check out the image below, or over on Facebook.com

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Boss Fight Studio reveals 2015 G.I. Joe Convention Plans

Over on the Boss Fight Studio Facebook Page, the folks from BFS talk a bit about what to expect at their booth at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention in Springfield, IL…and it sounds like there will be some exciting stuff to look forward to.

According to Boss Fight Studio, we’ll be seeing Virtuvian HACKS and Marauder Task Force figures on display (not for purchase), the first images of some upcoming Eagle Force product (Kickstarter incoming), and… for the first time ever… the Skeleton!

Check out the update below, and over on Facebook.

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PHEW!! Joe Con is right around the corner! Boss Fight is honored once again to have served as the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club weapon of choice in bringing new characters and sculpts to the modern era. Working with the Club’s concepts and ideas, BFS was happy to help bring five figures to the 2015 line up. The Club/BFS team worked on all the builds and designs together to bring you the best figures possible. Tiger Force Stalker, General Mayhem, Iron Anvil, & Metal Head from the exclusive Convention Set and Arctic Dr. Mindbender from the Club Membership exclusive.

So if your asking yourself “What am I doing April 9th – 12th?” The answer is that you’re coming to Joe Con in Springfield Illinois! Amongst the celebration of all things GI Joe…we’ll be there talking about toy design and showing off our upcoming Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. line. Come see the Marauder Task Force figures (From Marauder “Gun-Runners”), Original Sculpts, V-H.A.C.K.S. series 2, and the debut of Eagle Force! We’ll also be doing sketches and selling T-Shirts and Buttons.

Also for the first time ever…

Meet.
The.
SKELETON!!!

IDW Publishing to appear at Emerald City ComicCon this weekend

IDW-Publishing-LogoThis weekend marks another annual ECCC, which is consistently emerging as one of the go-to Conventions in the country, and IDW Publishing will be in attendance.

In pouring over their list of guests and panels, there is nothing specifically G.I. Joe related, however when you consider solicitations for this year are showing a drastically reduced footprint of G.I. Joe titles, it certainly seems like a topic that will, and should, be discussed.

I did reach out to Editor in Chief Chris Ryall about G.I. Joe, and while he had no public comment, he did assure me that there are plans in place for G.I. Joe going forward.

IDW will be partaking in a couple of different panels that may hopefully shed some light on that G.I. Joe situation:

Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)

IDW: 2015 and Beyond—IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah Gaydos, Erik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!

Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed Comics—Transformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars).

You can read the full press release after the break.

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G.I. Joe Convention Metalhead digital head sculpt

As the wait for G.I. Joe Convention registration hits a tipping point, the G.I. Joe Convention Facebook Page has posted a new image of the head sculpt for the upcoming Metalhead!

As one might expect from Boss Fight Studios, the head is really fantastic.  Lots of detail, and I love the sculpted crosshairs in the goggles.  Great, great stuff.  Check out the image below and brace yourself for registration.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Hawkeye by Hot Toys really hits the mark

Hot Toys first came on my radar during the first Avengers film and I was blown away by the first Hawkeye they developed. It was one of the finest action figures I’d seen, but I felt the price tag was just way out of reach.

Here we are a couple of years later, and an ongoing dry spell for G.I. Joe, and suddenly perhaps I can find a way to afford this… I certainly hope so, Jeremy Renner just seems to be calling to me.

Hot Toys has revealed their impressive outing for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and considering the first version of this character now fetches around six hundred bucks on the secondary market, I’ll have to be satisfied with this one as a member of my Avengers team.

I think I can learn to live with it. Check out a small gallery of images below, and be ready for an incoming pre-order!

GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3.0 Hit & Run and Alpine

It feels like it’s been a long road to get to this point, but a few days ago, I finally got the Figure Subscription Service Hit & Run in my hot little hands! A figure first uncovered during the Concept Case reveal now almost three years ago. It’s gone through many changes and different iterations since then, but I’m happy to say most of the great things about that figure remain intact.

Not all, but most.

Check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club review page or click the links below to read my thoughts on both Hit & Run and Alpine! You might be surprised which one gets a higher rank.

  1. Hit & Run
  2. Alpine

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Be ready – G.I. Joe Convention Registration is happening today

We were told it would be either yesterday or today that we should expect registration to be available for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention.  Well, looks like today is the day.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club sent out an e-mail update overnight:

Hello everyone,

As we prepare for tomorrow’s registration.  Just a few additional notes:

Please note that there are NO non-member options this year (even though it’s in the brochure, the backup solution won’t support this).   Everyone will have to be a member of the Club in order to register for the Attending or Non-Attending packages.  Exhibitors, you will only need to be a member to register for packages.  Booths and Tables do not require a membership.  If you are not a member, you will be able to join at the same time. 

There will be 2 different sites.  One will be for the Registered Packages.  The other will be just for the Exhibitors to register for their booths.  Exhibitors, if you want convention packages as well, you will need to use both sites.  For the booths and tables, there are no worries as we have enough space to accommodate everyone that needs an Exhibitor package.  The Exhibitor site may not come up at the same time as the Registered Attendee site. 

Please ensure that you go slowly and pick the correct items. The only way we will be able to make changes for you is to cancel your registration and let you start over.  This is a limitation of the software.  Again, the software will let you break every rule as there is no way for it to limit anything.  However, as stated yesterday and earlier today, we will be reviewing every registration before we approve it.  Tomorrow’s instructions will tell you how you can tell if you have been approved as there is no way to send you an approval email.  There is no need to call or email us until after Friday if you have not seen your registration approved.  You will be able to tell this by logging back in.  This system will take us longer than normal to check so for tomorrow’s registrations it may take as long as 3+ days to review them all.

Attending registration will only be available for 5 days.  It will be turned off on Sunday night around 7pm Central Time. 

Non attending:  We will get to you next week.  We are holding back an allotment of boxed sets and some loose sets for you as well so there will be some available.  Please note that most of these items are allocated to the attending members.   If there is anything left after the convention, it will go in the club store.  Because of the dock workers slow down and the back-up in China, we will not ship the non-attending sets to you until June.

Again from yesterday:

Unfortunately the backup solution doesn’t have total flexibility to edit registration mistakes as it is half computer and half manual.  Therefore, please read the brochure again.  Go slowly during the registration process, and please DON”T pick the wrong items that are not allowed per the brochure.  We will review and approve or disapprove each registration.  The only option we have for errors is to delete the registration and let you start over, which could cause a supply issue if someone else gets the item before you re-register.

Just a quick note on some of the rules:
Golden Ticket packages can only have 1 GT Aide with them.
Golden Ticket packages can order the other boxed sets as well if they want more than one boxed set.
American Hero and/or General’s packages can have up to 4 aides.
For the 3 3/4″ loose sets, you are only allowed one loose figure set per boxed set.
Don’t pick the Thursday Class and the Thursday Walking Tour as you can’t be in 2 paces at the same time.
Please make sure you put in the proper field (on the registration) all of the package holder’s name(s) and which package they are assigned to.
The software doesn’t know any of these rules, so it’s up to you to follow them (as we do know the rules).

Thanks for your patience and we apologize for any issues the delay has caused you. 

Brian