Location and Dates for 2016 G.I. Joe Convention Announced!

A pleasantly surprising announcement from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club today as we have the dates and location for the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention!

We’re back to summer dates next year with June 16th – 19th and the location is Loveland, Colorado, just north of Denver.  Great news, and the lead up to the annual JoeCon is always one of my favorite times of year.  Check out the email with full details below and keep watching for more information coming about the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention!

The 2016 G.I. Joe Collectors’ convention to be held June 16-19
 in the beautiful city of Loveland, Colorado

Fort Worth, TX – October 6, 2015 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention G.I.JoeCon, announced today that next year’s amazing convention will take place at the Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel June 16 through June 19 in Loveland Colorado, just north of Denver. Fans once again will come together from across the world to celebrate another exciting year of all things G.I. Joe at this fantastic event! You can make your hotel reservations now via GIJoeCon.com.

In the coming weeks, G.I. Joe fans will be able to register for G.I.JoeCon 2016 through the GIJoeCon.com online registration system. Fans and collectors who register for G.I.JoeCon as either a Real American Hero or General package holder will receive an exclusive convention box set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Saturday night Casino Night and Awards Party. Finally, American Hero or General package attendees will also receive a special bonus G.I. Joe item to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.

For all the information regarding the G.I.JoeCon show activities, hotel updates and the exclusive figure offerings, stay tuned to GIJoeCon.com

Surprises in store at Roll Out Roll Call 2015?

We are less than a week from the UK’s biggest and best G.I. Joe/Transformers Convention, Roll Out Roll Call, in Southampton!  Attendees have come to expect a fantastic show with lots of great dealers, great insight from special guests and lots more.

Well, this year, things might be getting even MORE interesting.

Fun Publications’ own Pete Sinclair will be in attendance at Roll Out Roll Call this year, and will be hosting panels to talk about what’s coming up for the Transformers AND G.I. Joe Collectors Clubs!  Time will tell if there will be any special news or reveals from the show, but it seems to be they wouldn’t be doing panels if they didn’t have some fun new stuff to talk about.

If you live anywhere near Southampton, UK, this could be a very unique opportunity to come to a show and soak up this fun hobby and enjoy the company of a GREAT crew of diehard G.I. Joe (and Transformers, and Masters of the Universe, etc…) fans.  Everything I hear about the show is good.

Check out all the details at All The Cool Stuff or on Facebook and I’ve mirrored some info below as well.  This should be another great show!

So on top of the amazing exclusives that were available for pre-order atRoll Out Roll Call, The UK Transformers, G.I. Joe & Action Force Show, the Transformers Collectors’ Club (Official) and G.I. Joe Collectors’ Clubhave a few special surprises AND PRODUCT REVEALS in store.

Saturday, Transformers Collectors’ Club Panel at 16:00

Join Pete Sinclair from the Transformers Collectors’ Club as he gives you an insight into the Club, offers up NEW PRODUCT REVEALS and discusses the 2016 official Collectors’ Convention, BotCon.

Sunday, Transformers & G.I. Joe Collectors’ Clubs Q&A Panel at 15:00

Once again join Pete Sinclair from Fun Publications who will field your questions relating to both Collectors’ Clubs, with A SPECIAL FIRST LOOK AT UPCOMING ITEMS for the G.I. Collectors’ Club.


The Full Force Podcast Series 2 – Episode 3 is online!

Our good buddies from across the pond have posted their latest podcast, and it sounds like a good one!  With Roll Out Roll Call 2015 right around the corner, they cover some good stuff with the upcoming show and open up the ole vault.

Check it out over on the What’s on Joe Mind Podbean page, or embedded below.

With Roll Out Roll Call just around the corner, the boys discuss the finer points of the show in what is definitely one of the sexist episodes we’ve ever produced….not the sexiest!! It what should be some very simple news segments, Dave, Eddie and Chris get deep and meaningful in discussions that will amaze and shock….not really….just bigging it up!! We look at Raginspoon’s upcoming exclusives for the con and delve into the same characters from those exclusives in the figure review and from the vault. We top it off with the most ridiculous ‘what we got in’ section as Chris barrel-rolls into, what can only be described as, a plastic crack addiction!! So, join the boys with the toys as they put up ‘no girls allowed’ signs for the latest episode of the…….FULL FORCE!!!


GIJCC Lost Talkers now available in the store for immediate shipping!

Hey, all you 12″ fans, remember how mad you were when Hasbro wasn’t celebrating the 50th Anniversary?  Well the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has just received the 12″ Lost Talkers!  Immaculately recreated from the vintage designs with great new talking ability they are in the store and ready to ship now!  Check out the YouTube video below with the press release following.

At long last, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club is producing the last two figures in the very popular “LOST TALKER” series that started with the G.I. JOE “LOST TALKER” ACTION SOLDIER and the G.I. JOE “LOST TALKER” ACTION MARINE a few years back! These figures are not “lost” because they were never produced, rather because they feature two voice phrases that were recorded back in the 1960s but not included on the original figures released in 1967.

These NEW Club figures have been meticulously reproduced, featuring boxes and uniforms that stay true to the original but are made with today’s best digital production tools. Hear the original “voice of G.I. Joe” as never before as the ORIGINAL recordings are presented with a modern electronic voice box and crystal clear clarity! Many collectors have original talking figures from the vintage G.I. Joe line, but none of them sound like this!  Rediscover the magic of your own G.I. Joe figure announcing his service branch and that he is “reporting for duty” along with 7 other phrases – PLUS – two phrases that were thought “lost” to the vaults of time. These figures feature the ORIGINAL recordings you recall from your childhood and two that were NEVER used until NOW!

Order your G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club exclusive LOST TALKER ACTION SAILOR and LOST TALKER ACTION PILOT today! For a preview of the figures, check out the video here.



Comic Book Resources talks to Larry Hama about COBRA World Order

The latest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero moved us only incrementally closer to the new COBRA World Order, but by the looks of it, things are going to start heating up real soon.

Comic Book Resources spoke with writer Larry Hama about the upcoming COBRA World Order storyline and debuted some tantalizing new preview pages.  Check out the article right here, and take a peek at the mirrored preview pages below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews 50th Anniversary Sneak Attack 3-Pack

I actually posted these reviews a while ago, but stupid me forgot to announce the reviews out on the main page.

Check out my 50th Anniversary Review Page or the direct links below:

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Roll Out Roll Call 2015 – Last Chance to Pre-Order Exclusives!


Today Is The Last Day To Pre-Order & Guarantee Your Transformers & G.I. Joe Roll Out Roll Call Exclusives!!!

Weekend Pass Holders can guarantee their exclusives pre-ordering by the 17th of September.

If you have purchased a Weekend Pass to Roll Out Roll Call, The UK Transformers, G.I. Joe & Action Force Show you will be able to pre-order the following exclusives whilst stocks last.

Pre-order by the 17th of September 2015 to guarantee for pick up at Roll Out Roll Call.

Please note this list is for guaranteed pre-paid pre-order only, and not necessarily representative of products that will be available for purchase at the show. If you are interested in any of these items, pre-order is strongly recommended.

Some products are limited, once quantities have sold through, that is it, they are gone.
Transformers Pre-Orders:
2015 Transformers Club Exclusive Lio Convoy (1 pc) £30
2015 Transformers Club Exclusive Nova Prime TM (1 pc) £48
2014 Transformers Club Exclusive Polybagged Rampage (1 pc) £27
2014 Transformers Club Exclusive Trans-mutate (1 pc) £45
2013 Transformers Club Exclusive Polybagged Depthcharge (1 pc) £12
2015 BotCon Exclusive “Cybertron: Most Wanted” Five Figure Boxed Set £317
2015 BotCon Exclusive Waruder (each, 4 different) £32
2015 BotCon Exclusive Diaclone Explorers (Burn Out & Life-Ticket) 2 pack £60
2015 BotCon Exclusive Generations 2 (General Prime and Sgt Hound) 2 pack £65
2015 BotCon Exclusive KRE-O Earth’s Most Wanted 6 pack £22
2014 BotCon Exclusive KRE-O Anniversary set 6-pack £22
2014 Transformers Game Figure Subscription Service Figure Rewind 1 pc £37
2014 Transformers Figure Subscription Service Figure Chromedome 1 pc £65
2014 Transformers Figure Subscription Service Figure Treadshot 1 pc £47
2014 Transformers Figure Subscription Service Figure Thrustinator 1 pc £60
2014 Transformers Figure Subscription Service Figure Fisitron 1 pc £47
Crossover sets:
2015 Transformers Club/G.I. Joe Club Crossover Exclusive MARISSA FAIREBORN & AFTERBREAKER (1 pc) £38
2015 Transformers Club/G.I. Joe Club Crossover Exclusive OLD SNAKE & STEALTH B.A.T.s (1 pc) £65
G.I. Joe: 
2015 3 3/4 GIJoe Con Exclusive Tiger Force Vs Iron Grenadiers Convention Set (1 pc) £300
2015 12″ GIJoeCon The Adventures of G.I. Joe Test Pilot featuring Fantastic Freefall and Descent Into Darkness Convention Set (1 pc) £270
2014 33/4 GIJoeCon Zombie Initiative Convention Set (1 pc) £215
2015 Polybag 3 3/4″ Club Exclusive “Arctic: Dr Mindbender Figure (1 pc) £25
2015 3 3/4″ Carded Club Exclusive Dr. Mindbender (1 pc) £30
2015 G.I. Joe Club Exclusive COBRA WAVE CRUSHER with COBRA SUB VIPER (1 pc) £35
2015 12″ Club Exclusive Doctor Isotope: the Radioactive Menace (Glow in the Dark) Figure w/ Accessory set (1 pc) £55
2014 3 3/4 G.I. Joe H.A.V.O.C.(Heavy Assault Vehicle Ordnance Carrier) MK-II (1 pc) £35
2013 12″ Club Exclusive Comrade of Action Figure (1 pc) £30
2015 3 3/4 Club Exclusive FSS G.I. JOE Cobra Supreme Ninja Master: Night Creeper Leader Figure (1 pc) £33
2015 3 3/4 Club Exclusive FSS G.I. JOE Alpine Figure (1 pc) £33
2015 3 3/4 Club Exclusive FSS G.I. JOE Hit & Run Figure (1 pc) £33
2015 3 3/4 Club Exclusive FSS G.I. JOE Vypra Figure (1 pc) £33
2015 3 3/4 Club Exclusive FSS G.I. JOE Spearhead Figure (1 pc) £33
To order your weekend ticket and pre-order your exclusives, click here: http://www.allthecoolstuff.co.uk/ROLL-OUT-ROLL-CALL-The-UK-Transformers–GI-Joe-Convention/Exclusives__c-p-0-0-241-185.aspx
You can now also book your discounted hotel room at Jurys Inn Southampton too!!!

Book online or call direct and use the promo code of “TOY” for special rate of £60 B&B for single occupancy per night and £70 B&B for double occupancy per night. All bookings include COMPLIMENTARY WiFi!!!

Code valid for Thursday 1st – Monday 5th October, so sharing with a friend works out at £35 each per night with full breakfast and WiFi.

You can find out lots more through our YouTube, Facebook or Twitter channels, if you have any questions, feel free to ask us:

G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Firefly

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I believe I may have specifically stated in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Ultimate Firefly review that Hasbro could never produce another Firefly and I’d be happy.  While that might hold true, I can’t argue with the greatness of this Firefly update, and I’m glad that Hasbro elected to ignore my previous statement in that other review.

Granted, this figure pretty much is Ultimate Firefly with some minor additions, but those minor additions make a huge difference and make for a figure that is really cool, even though it’s 95% repaint.

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First of all, it helps that the figure they repainted was an excellent one.  Ultimate Firefly is widely regarded as one of the nicest figures Hasbro has produced, from the excellent sculpting and great articulation throughout.  Somehow Hasbro took the existing figure (which was already terrific) and made some minor additions to it that took it even further.

Great elbow articulation and added wrist motion are both awesome pieces of the existing Firefly mold, which allow him to hold weapons really nicely and achieve some impressive poses.  The sculpting in the figure is stellar, with the layered commando turtleneck and shirt, all pretty basic looks, but done so well on these figures.  The legs are where this Firefly seems a bit more evolved, however.  Rather than the Lifeline parts, we have what appears to be a new holster and knife sheath on the right leg and new pouches on the left. These small changes make a big difference, and I really like what they add to the figure.

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Looking at the paint scheme, it seems like Hasbro was almost trying to emulate the o-ring Firefly from 2005 without the red, which is essentially just his familiar camouflage pattern in reverse.  If I had any complaints about the Ultimate Firefly it would have been that his camouflage was too light, and the figure looks more gray than camouflage.  That’s not an issue here, where the camo is much more clearly defined by color, and it’s a really nice urban look.  He looks darker and more deeply camouflage, which is cool, even if he doesn’t directly match his original ’84 rendition.

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I have seen some images where Firefly’s lower limbs look dramatically different colors than his upper limbs, but I have to say the difference isn’t that striking in person.  I wouldn’t have even noticed it if others hadn’t pointed it out.  There is a bit of sloppiness to the camouflage paint, missing some of the crispness of some lines and making the camouflage pattern look somewhat imperfect.  Not a huge deal, but something worth mentioning.  Also, my figure has a significant paint flaw near the eye holes of the mask which shows a big blotch of flesh colored paint.  Another paint related QC issue that bears mentioning.  By and large, this second iteration of 50th Anniversary figures has considerably better QC than last year’s did, but there have been some rampaint paint issues that do bear mentioning.


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Hasbro didn’t just stop with some additions on the figure itself, though, they added some terrific new accessories, too.  Firefly comes with what appears to be a brand new silenced sub machine gun and saboteur themed backpack (with a great knife sheath on it).  He’s got his familiar webgear, with the bombs glued on as they were with the Collectors Club Wreckage figure.  The backpack is really nicely detailed with intricate paint apps on the newly sculpted piece of equipment.  He also comes with the two knives for the sheaths, the same two mines that the Pursuit of Cobra version came with (one of which fits on the backpack).   There’s a pistol for his new holster on the right leg, too, the same pistol that’s come with many different figures at this point.

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I didn’t think it could get much better than Ultimate Firefly, and in truth, since this figure is just sort of an evolution of that one, it still hasn’t.  But as someone who isn’t so connected to the aesthetics of vintage characters, this new paint scheme is a nice look for the character, even if just a reversal of his original colors.  Even with a bit of sloppiness on the camouflage blobs and facemask, the figure looks good, and I really love the new additions.

G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Dusty

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First and foremost, I have to admit that it’s not often that I see a desert trooper decked out in blue and white camouflage.

That being said, that is really my only complaint about this figure, I find myself strangely loving almost every other single part of it.  It certainly helps that the base figure is one of my favorite G.I. Joe action figures of all time, the Pursuit of Cobra Jungle Duke.  I’ve loved that figure since the first time I ever set fingers on it, and this version of Dusty mimics it in all the best ways, and in fact, some might say improves on it with updated arms that include expanded wrist articulation, while maintaining the same range of motion.

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For some reason I just love that combination of reactive armor and baggier jungle ops combat pants, and it helps that the articulation of the figure is spectacular.  Elbows and knees both have great range of motion, and simply by adding Dusty’s head on there, you can establish a whole new character.  No, it doesn’t make much sense to have Dusty in blue and white, but I’ve been pretty vocal in the past that I’m not huge on narrow-fit environmental operatives, so having a great character like Dusty available in color schemes beyond the traditional brown and tan of desert operations is totally cool with me.

Hasbro continues to do great with the “battle worn” Reactive Armor, showing streaks and worn metal throughout the torso in a pretty effective manor.  Dusty’s dark blue mixed with white/light blue camouflage does look a little strange and doesn’t fit much preconceived notions for me, but I find myself more than willing to overlook it because the figure is so good.

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I will say from a structure/plastic quality perspective, the right knee of my figure is exceptionally loose, which is a bummer.  I’m looking into buying a second, though, because I love the figure that much.  I have no idea if the loose knee is unique to mine, or if it’s a common theme.  Also, my Dusty had a nasty smudge of paint on his face, which I was able to scrape off, but it still didn’t look real good.

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Beyond those issues (which may be widespread QC related, or may just be specific to this particular figure) I love this figure a lot more than I ever envisioned.  Whether he’s fully equipped or just partially equipped, he is truly fantastic and a lot of fun to play with…errr… I mean display.


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Really, really great accessories here, too.  He’s got the helmet/goggles and collar with cape from his Pursuit of Cobra version, which layer on some great detail and character work to a desert operative who may find himself exposed in the wilderness for a long period of time.  He also comes with the two machine guns from the Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper, one of my favorite figures in recent memory, though I wish the weapons weren’t blue.  He can hold them fairly well, but not perfectly, especially the sniper rifle.

Dusty also comes with the great webgear from the PoC Duke figure, along with the pistol and machete.

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This figure is great.  Upon first glance I had no idea why they had chosen the paint scheme they did (and truthfully, I still don’t) but I can’t get over how much I love the figure formula underneath.  Sure, much of that credit should be given to previous sculptors and designers, but the choice to carry it forward was really good, and I’m surprised at how nicely it meshes with the PoC Dusty gear as well.  The result is a really great figure version of a good character that I’m happy to have in a non-desert specific paint scheme.

G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Bazooka

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One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to the way some folks have approached G.I. Joe is that everyone seems so hung up on re-doing vintage figures they don’t leave room for new concepts.  Hasbro, in my opinion, has been doing a good job, especially with this recent rendition of their 50th Anniversary line, to explore new ideas as well as revisiting some classic looks.

We got great versions of Gung Ho and Storm Shadow, but also a brand new character in Sightline, and a whole new team in the Wolf Squad.  It’s enough to satisfy two different camps.  With this “Sneak Attack” 3-Pack there are some new concepts brought to the table, though I’m not sure how successful they all are.

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Hasbro elected to put together a different parts formula for Bazooka rather than rely on his 25th Anniversary version, and from a sculpting perspective, I’m glad they did, though using the Retaliation Roadblock parts makes the character a lot larger and more muscular than he might otherwise be perceived to be.  The larger base figure also makes the head look pretty small sitting on top of those tall, broad shoulders.

Bazooka uses the torso and arms from Ultimate/Battle Kata Roadblock, but uses the legs from the Wave 1 Roadblock, which unfortunately has reduced knee articulation.  Of course, the original Bazooka did as well.  One nice thing about the use of the Roadblock Torso is that the split-torso joint is far enough down on the body so the entire “14” from his football jersey sits above it, which means no unsightly split in the middle of the numbers.  I like that aspect a lot.

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What has me scratching my head, just a bit, is the paint scheme.  Designers went outside the box a little bit with the paint apps here, going with a darker blue and very light blue camouflage scheme for reasons unknown.  Now, G.I. Joe in the past has certainly been known to use strange camouflage colors and patterns, so I don’t have any major issues with those decisions necessarily, but I do wish some reason had been used for it.  Bazooka’s super light (almost white) blue jersey with powder blue numbers doesn’t really resemble anything specifically (though at JoeCon, Mark Weber mentioned, tongue firmly in cheek, that perhaps this was Bazooka’s “away jersey”).  The colors here are somewhat bright, though not obnoxiously so, I just wish some reason was given for the eclectic choices.  His pants are blue and white camouflage, which might work for a water based operative or parajumper (in fact on one of my early customs, I used a blue and white “Cloud” type camouflage for a parajumper) but Bazooka is really neither.

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Again, though, this certainly wouldn’t be the first time a G.I. Joe figure was given a bright, odd color scheme, and it hasn’t bothered me terribly in the past.  I think the reason it gives me more pause now is that G.I. Joe in recent years has tried hard to make itself more grounded, and this feels like a departure from that, but not necessarily an unwelcome one.  Heck, I’m just glad to see a figure that isn’t meticulously tied back to how the figure looked 30 years ago.


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Bazooka comes with lots of his familiar gear, including his excellent backpack with four removable bazooka rounds, plus the bazooka that the rounds can actually fit into.  He has his trusty helmet with chin strap, and in case he fires all four rounds, he has a nice tactical shotgun as his backup weapon.  Not a ton of gear, but enough and it all works well for the character.

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Bazooka’s portrayal in the Sunbow animated series had always soured me on the character, but I’ve learned to appreciate what the cartoon writers were doing with all of these over-the-top characterizations of some of these guys.  He’ll never be a character that is central to my G.I. Joe mythology, and this update doesn’t blow me away.  I think it makes sense to get Bazooka out there in the same year as characters like Shipwreck, Alpine, Dusty, Gung Ho, and Spirit and it’s quite interesting to stand back and look at this collected group of vintage favorites and see how things have changed.