I know they’re not the most exciting subject matter because they’re essentially re-releases of past figures, but for the sake of thoroughness, I wanted to cover it all.
Check out my 50th Anniversary Review Page, or click the links below.
Every once in a while I like to do a little “Round Up” of what’s currently available through Amazon.com. This admittedly serves a couple of purposes, as I am an Amazon affiliate and any purchases going through my banner ads help provide review material for the website. Check out some of the G.I. Joe material available through Amazon currently:
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Night Viper
G.I. Joe: Silent Interlude 30th Anniversary Special Edition
G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection (Volume 5)
Other Complete Collection Volumes
G.I. Joe Complete “Sunbow” Series
G.I. Joe: Resolute on DVD
I apologize, I’ve been away with family the past few days, so I haven’t been able to give much advanced notice, but for folks in the New Jersey or Philadelphia area, you may want to consider swinging by the New Jersey Collectors Con (NJCC) today!
There are many great door prizes as well as special guests Aaron Archer, Mark Bellomo, and Boss Fight Studios! Rumor has it the folks from Boss Fight may even be showing off something new and interesting today. I was able to attend this show earlier this year and it was a ton of fun! I recommend anyone in the area (or even outside the area…it was a 6 hour drive for me) check it out. A great sales floor, some great guests, and a very well run show.
Check out the full details at their Facebook page and check out an image of Kevin Watts terrific custom Night Viper HISS Tank which is one of the door prizes.
Anyone who is in attendance and sees what Boss Fight Studios is showing off, please report back, I’d love to hear more about it.
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2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
The G.I. Joe team has taken the Cobra temple, but there are still snakes in the grass, and Operation: Eclipse is still thoroughly under way. Desperate to get a leg up, the Joes send a team into Cobra’s Research and Development sector, but get more than they bargained for!
Check out the Darkness Falls section for the latest episode, or click the link below.
After showcasing the artwork for the upcoming Transformers Collectors Club Marissa Faireborn w/ Afterburn yesterday, the Club has now revealed an actual Photoshop mock up of the figure and vehicle.
As we all expected, they’ve used G.I. Joe parts to assemble the Earth Defense Command pilot, using Cover Girl’s head, Resolute Scarlett torso, with Rise of Cobra Scarlett arms and legs. Afterburn is a repainted G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wheelblaster motorcycle.
I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sold on the whole concept of this combined universe experiment yet, especially because it’s firmly rooted in the Transformers future continuity (and so doesn’t necessarily “play nice” with the Real American Hero universe) but I gotta say the formula for the figure itself is pretty darn nice. A great combination of relatively modern, and nicely articulated parts, and I’m really digging the color scheme.
It’s certainly an interesting experiment, and time will tell how far the Transformers Collectors Club dives into this human element. It could provide some really great complimentary action figures to go with your G.I. Joe universe as well. I’ll certainly be watching.
Check out the Photoshop mock up below, and if you’re interested, considering joining up with the Transformers Collectors Club. Whether or not this figure will be available to G.I. Joe Collectors Club members still remains to be seen. I think it would behoove the Club to do so, because I’m certain they’d get some sales from Joe Club members, including some folks who wouldn’t necessarily want to pony up the cash to be a member PLUS the cash for this figure. There are definitely some cross-sell opportunities if the Club plays their cards right.
As promised, the Transformers Collectors Club did indeed reveal information about a potential link between G.I. Joe and Transformers, and in what comes as a great surprise (to me at least) they’re using a 4″ figure as a template for this item!
The Transformers Collectors Club has officially announced Marissa Fairborne as a Club exclusive figure for 2015! Fans of the Transformers mythology may know that Marissa Fairborne was a member of the Earth Defense Command in the Generation 1 Animated Series, and was none other than Flint and Lady Jaye’s daughter! She apparently is coming with a repainted Retaliation motorcycle, labeled as “Afterburn”.
This is a fantastic surprise to me, and I’m pretty excited to see the final product. The artwork (by the terrific Robert Atkins and Jesse Wittenrich) has been released today, with actual product images coming tomorrow.
For the full details on Marissa Faireborn, check out her TFWiki Page.
You can check out the full press release and art below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Transformers Collectors’ Club brings the Humans!
Fort Worth, TX – August 14th, 2014 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Club, is excited to announce their first ever 3 ¾ inch
human figure from the Transformers mythos… Marissa Faireborn!
Fans of the Transformers franchise will recognize Marissa as the Earth Defense
Command (EDC) pilot from season 3 of the original Transformers cartoon. What G.I. Joe fans will recognize is the name, “Faireborn”. As Season 3 of the Transformers series took place a couple decades AFTER G.I. Joe, this crossover character was in fact, as intended by
Story Editor Flint Dille who worked on both Transformers and G.I Joe, the daughter of G.I. Joe members Flint and Lady Jaye!
In addition to this great action figure offering, Marissa will also be riding in to action with her Autobot ally, Afterburner! Both will be revealed tomorrow on the Transformers Collectors’ Club Facebook page. However, in the meantime we are thrilled to present the art for Marissa Faireborn w/ Afterburner by Robert Q. Atkins and Jesse
This figure, along with the motorcycle accessory, will be available for order through the Transformers Collectors’ Club early Spring 2015. For more information on the exclusive
figure offerings of the TCC, including Lio Convoy, Nova Prime and the TFSS 3.0, please visit Transformersclub.com.
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In a strange marketing move by Hasbro, they have allowed a Korean video game producer “Neople” to license their Storm Shadow character for use in an online game called Cyphers. One look at the video announcement shows that it’s Storm Shadow from the film universe, which makes sense considering what a superstar Lee Byung-Hun is in his native country. That’s obviously what drove the licensing arrangement to begin with, though it does seem strange to see that single character allowed for use.
From what I can tell, Cyphers does not have an English translated version, so this will be fun mostly for Korean game players, but I thought it was a pretty interesting news tidbit regardless.
Check out the promo video below, and you can check out the website for the video game right here.
* Only 2 days left – Buy one, get one free comic book sale! *
GI JOE COMIC BOOKS SALE – BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE!
We’ve extended our GI JOE comic book sale for two more days to give us
time to get a reminder email out to you. Just two days left to
participate in our buy one, get one free sale on all GI JOE books and
For each GI JOE book or comic you buy you can take an additional book or
comic of equal or lesser value free. All GI JOE-themed books and comics
apply to this promotion including any which may be marked with a sale
Here’s how to place your order:
Just put all of the items that you want into your shopping cart then
submit your order per usual. Please note that your shopping cart and order
confirmation will not show the discounted pricing.
Upon receipt of your order we’ll send out an updated order confirmation which
will have the pricing adjusted for your free comic books.
Be sure to check out all of our sections under the main menu heading:
GI JOE – Comic Books
We also have more GI JOE books under:
GI JOE – Other Collectibles / Books & Publications
* Regular shipping charges still apply to your entire order.
GI JOE 12″ ACTION FIGURES
Recently added to the web site is a collection of nearly 100 GI JOE 12″
(1:6 scale) action figures from the Classic Collection, Timeless
Collection, and several other series. Lots of mission gear sets in this
lot as well. Take a look!
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Throughout the long history of the GeneralsJoes Dio-Story universe there has been a rivalry and conflict between Hit & Run and Interrogator. Each side has had their small victories, and eventually it all has to come to a head. With Vypra taken captive by the sinister Cobra Interrogator, Hit & Run makes one last ditch effort to save her and resolve this conflict once and for all…
…but who will stand victorious?
Darkness Falls: Episode 19. Hit & Run vs. Interrogator. And still only halfway through this final adventure! Check the Darkness Falls section, or click the link below.
When the Transformers Club mentioned on Twitter that they were going to reveal an exclusive item that would “send shockwaves across fandoms” I think we all assumed that it would be some sort of G.I. Joe/Transformers offering. Well, that certainly seems to be the case, as the Transformers Collectors Club posted the following on their website:
Our second Club exclusive will be revealed on Thursday, August 14th. This figure is like nothing the TCC has ever offered before and next Thursday can’t get here soon enough! This is not your average Joe’s kind of exclusive though, as it will reach fans from more than one franchise! Who is this mystery second exclusive? Stay tuned and while you wait, if you are not a TCC member YET, head on over to the Club store and purchase your membership TODAY! Don’t wait…Join Now
“Not your average Joe’s kind of exclusive”? Heh.
Anyway, they are apparently going to officially announce this exciting new item next Thursday, August 14th, so by the sounds of it, both Transformers and G.I. Joe fans should be anticipating something new and exciting to come to the Transformers Collectors Club in 2015.
EDIT – Okay, time to really cue up the speculation. Thanks to a Russell, a member of the Facebook G.I. Joe Discussion group, there is yet another post on the August 5th reveal of the Transformers Collectors Club site that says the following:
Also, in addition to offering the TFSS 3.0 (more details on that soon), members will have the option to purchase not one, but TWO additional MEMBER ONLY exclusive figures! One will be a companion piece to LIO CONVOY, and the other… well, the other is like nothing we have done before and will rattle more than just the Transformers fandom!
Okay… it will “rattle” more than just the Transformers fandom? Certainly seems like this may be a dead give away. Powerglide A-10 in Cobra blue perhaps? That certainly seems the most likely candidate.
Now this could be the upcoming Legends scale version, or could it even be the Ultra version from several years ago? Hmmm… either one could be interesting, though the Voyager could be especially impressive (and expensive)!
Big thanks to fellow WOJM cohost and Youtube reviewer chuckdawg1999 for the heads up.