As I was driving down to New Jersey this weekend, my phone started buzzing, indicating some serious social media activity going on. Obviously waiting until I was in a safe place to stop, I checked out what all the hub bub was about and discovered that indeed, big G.I. Joe news had broken on the weekend, and it was a weekend that I wasn’t going to be near a computer.
So along with the last two figures of FSS 2.0 (two excellent figures, which have been unfortunately overshadowed by the drama surrounding figure #13) lucky recipients also got their hands on the mysterious “thirteenth figure”. And like every other G.I. Joe fan on the Internet, I will push aside Dragonsky and Big Bear, and focus my crosshairs on #13. However, I will do so after the jump so as not to reveal any spoilers.
As someone who focuses much of his convention attendance on where I can cover the most news, it’s not often that I attend a Con just for the sake of going. When my buddies at Boss Fight Studio mentioned they were heading down to New Jersey this past weekend and wondered if I wanted to join them, I decided to leave my official “news coverage” hat at home and just go for the heck of it.
Of course, Boss Fight would go on to make some big announcements during the Sunday show, but I was happy to just hang around and have fun. And as someone who tends to be pretty selective about what shows I go to, I’m happy to say NJCC was absolutely worth the trip. Read below for the full run down.
I know I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, but I thought it deserved a mention. Over on GIJoeCon.com and the G.I. Joe Con Facebook page, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the G.I. Joe Challenge Coin that will be available at the 2014 JoeCon in Dallas.
Also, another accessory for the 12″ set was shown, too, in the form of a great looking map and map case. According to the GIJoe Con Facebook page it may be a map of Spy Island, but folks have also drawn some parallels to Cobra Island. Another possible link between the 12″ and Real American Hero universes? Hmmm…
Check out the mirrored images below.
Many folks have seen that the main G.I. Joe title from IDW Publishing has been noticeably absent from recent solicitation lists, and the rumors were circling that the book might be going the way of “Cobra” and “Special Missions”.
I reached out to Chris Ryall, Editor in Chief at IDW Publishing, and received the following reply:
“…the main title and Cobra are taking a small break. But will be back in a big way with a new team for THE FALL OF G.I. JOE. Coming, of course, this fall.”
So, this is pretty cool news. Not only does this indicate that the main G.I. Joe title is going to be returning, but we’re going to be getting another Cobra book as well at some point this fall.
Meanwhile throughout the summer we can focus on A Real American Hero and Transformers and G.I. Joe. I’m very glad to hear this. Fred Van Lente’s work on the main title had been pretty fun, and Allor’s two follow ups so far were no exception to that either… so I’m looking forward to seeing where things pick up this fall. Mr. Ryall also mentioned that they would be discussing this in more depth soon, so expect more information to come.
Big thanks to him for his response! For G.I. Joe comics fans, I would also encourage you to visit IDWPublishing.com and share the G.I. Joe comic love. Make sure you get some letters in there for Postbox: The Pit while you’re at it.
Just because he’s awesome, GeneralsJoes Twitter buddy Twitziller has sent along a great “Identification Card” for the third series of G.I. Joe Kre-O mini figures.
Love this, and big thanks to him for putting it together. Click on it to enlarge.
EDIT – Twitter Homie Dan Uthman located Atomic Man, so now we’ve got the last blind bag code!
EDIT – Twitter friend Dan Uthman has found Atomic Man, so now we are fully stocked on blind bag codes! Check ‘em out below.
Most of them, anyway… and yes, since we have blind bag codes, that also means that Wave 3 has been found at retail!
WestKoastKobra at HissTank.com reports that his local Toys “R” Us has stocked the third wave of mini figures (minus Atomic Man, unfortunately), and he scooped them all up, and has graciously laid down the blind bag codes for us!
33501 53 Andrew “Footloose” Meyers
33501 54 Lady Jaye
33501 44 Nunchuk
33501 52 Flight Jet Trooper
33501 03 Polar Assault Eel
33501 05 Tom “Torch” Winken
33501 66 Scrap Iron
33501 51 Carl “Doc” Greer
33501 43 Night Creeper
33501 04 Crimson Guard Tomax
33501 86 Low Light
33501 50 Atomic Man
The numbers in bold are the unique numbers to look for on the blind bags. This information will also be put in my Kre-O SuperPage as well. Interesting to note that the “Snow Serpent” is now the “Polar Assault Eel”. Makes sense, because the classic file cards mentioned that Snow Serpents were arctic trained Eels, but I can only imagine it was a trademark thing.
He also snagged the Outpost Defender set.
I will fully admit I didn’t realize just how badly I was feeding for some new Kre-O’s until I saw this thread. NOW I WANT ‘EM!
Big thanks to Todd from Magnum 6 Delta for the information! Check out some of the images from WestKoastKobra below.
Free Comic Day is fast approaching, and Comics Alliance took some time to talk to IDW Editor John Barber and writer Tom Scioli about the upcoming new ongoing Transformers and G.I. Joe title.
Interspersed throughout the interview are some pretty neat looking preview pages of the upcoming title, with lots of great detail about the process both Barber and Scioli are using in sketching out their plan for the book.
It’s a great read, you should check it out over at Comics Alliance.
The Boss Fight Studio folks have already become household names, simply by the nature of their fantastic design work for some of our favorite Hasbro properties, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’ve been out in the community and engaging with fans throughout social media.
They’ve slowly been building up momentum over the past couple of months, releasing some small teasers and little tidbits of information about what they might be working on, and now their new platform for communication is online.
BossFightStudio.com launched this morning, with a chance to sign up for their newsletter, and some great art banners revealing some new stuff that they’ve got in their back pocket. No huge product revelations yet, but you have to think that’s coming soon.
Go hit up BossFightStudio.com and don’t forget to get them on Facebook and Twitter as well, to keep up to date on all of the great happenings!
There is a Kickstarter campaign soon to launch, and hopefully many of us can come together and support this exciting endeavor.
Go Boss Fight!
First and foremost, huge props to everyone in the online community who has supported the Kickstarter project Ghost Source Zero! This fun looking independent film by Marvel G.I. Joe scribe Larry Hama and Mark Cheng hit its funding goal a few days ago, but the more support they get, the more great stuff they can do.
There are 13 hours left in the campaign, so there is still time to lend them a helping financial hand. Check out the Kickstarter Page, and see the first pilot episode below!
I’m just going to leave this right here…
If you want to get caught up, don’t forget to check out the GeneralsJoes Dio-Story Page and see what leads up to this point!