G.I. Joe Convention Theme Announced and first figure previews

Happy Friday!  Earlier this week the G.I. Joe Collectors Club promised the first reveals from the 2017 G.I. Joe Convention, and today they delivered!

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2017 G.I. Joe Convention theme includes BattleForce: 2000 and B.A.T.S.!

Interesting choices.  I’m all in for BF:2000, but do we really need more B.A.T.S.?  Ehhh… yeah.  Not sure about that, especially at convention set prices.  But we’ll wait for some figure previews to make final judgments.

Until then, the Collectors Club has revealed Battleforce: 2000 Maverick!

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Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest updates!

FORCE OF BATTLE 2000!

We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the G.I. JOE BF 2000 team with this untold
tale of the original team members from a recently declassified special mission.

The G.I. JOE BF 2000 team is the walking, breathing proving grounds for tomorrow’s battlefield technology today!
These highly trained specialists are entrusted with one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art prototype weapons. Their mission
is to field-test experimental equipment under battlefield conditions.

COBRA has developed a new laser weapon system so dangerous that it threatens the safety of the entire planet!
The G.I. JOE: BF 2000 team is called into action and must travel through the Pacific Northwest into British Columbia to dismantle the operation.
What they don’t know is that COBRA is ready for them with a battalion of their upgraded B.A.T. (Battle Android Troopers) guarding their base.
This G.I. JOE team will be fighting against insurmountable odds, and must pull their individual specialties together to battle these deadly threats.
Will the cold and calculated programming of the COBRA B.A.T. SQUAD LEADER be the end of this G.I. JOE team?

Meanwhile, on the 12″ side we have what looks like a combination Adventure Team/G.I. Joe Jungle Fighter collection!  Check out the first image below.

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Back in in the war G.I. Joe was a specialist serving as a Marine Jungle Fighter. During an undocumented mission in and undocumented area,
something went terribly wrong and they were being over run. As he was evacuating due to an impending air strike, he fell into some sort of ancient
buried temple that appeared to have something to do with the worship of snakes. Using his flamethrower for illumination, he realized that…
the snakes were still there! As he was fighting his way out through the snakes something caught his eye, a golden cobra shaped staff.
There was no time to get to it out. The airstrike was inbound and he had to evac!

For years this memory haunted Joe and led him to his current career in the Adventure Team as their Jungle Explorer.
Where was the old temple? Was that golden staff still there? Did it really happen, or was it just a hallucination?
He spent years researching and searching for this lost temple. Now he thinks he has finally found the answers!

This year’s 12” Convention Set is based on the vintage Marine Jungle Fighter and the Adventure Team, Jungle Survival accessory set.
It comes with: Painted Head Figure; Marine Jungle Uniform; Belt; Canteen and Cover; .45 and Holster; Boonie Hat; Vinyl Shoulder Radio;
Flame Thrower; Tall Brown Boots; M-16 Rifle; Machete and Scabbard and Dog tag; Flocked Head Figure; Jungle Survival Uniform;
Tall Black Boots; Belt with Canteen; two Snake Anti-Venom Pouches; Pith Helmet; Yellow Short Radio; First Aid Kit; Compass;
Machete and Scabbard; Tranquillizer Rifle; Equipment Storage Crate; Dog Tag and Golden Cobra Staff.

It also comes with a Mini-Comic with a surprise ending!

1000 Toys BAIT Storm Shadow revealed

During ComicCon over the weekend, 1000 Toys not only launched the pre-order for their upcoming 12″ Snake Eyes, but also debuted a first look at Storm Shadow as well!

And holy crap.  I LOVE that Storm Shadow.  It’s a completely unique take on the COBRA Ninja, with a fantastic looking robotic head sculpt and some insane looking articulation, yet still manages to have the look and feel of the classic character.

The more I look at these two figures, the more I feel like I need them in my Detolf display case, and the more I wonder how the heck I would possibly afford it.  Check out the images below and big thanks to Chris from The Full Force for the heads up!

BAIT x 1000 Toys Snake Eyes up for limited Pre-Order!

For what is sure to be a very limited time opportunity, the BAIT x 1000 Toys 12″ Snake Eyes figure is up for pre-order at nsurgo.com!  Due for release in conjunction for SDCC 2016 (so any time now, then?) this is expected to be very limited quantities.

Pre-Order it right here!

Action Man’s 50th Anniversary brings big things for British hero

Most G.I. Joe collectors are intimately familiar with the fact that across the pond, our Real American Hero (and the 12″ version that came before) were introduced under a slightly different moniker.

Action Man hit the ground running over in Europe back in the 60s and is celebrating his 50th Anniversary this year in a pretty huge way.

In Loveland, Colorado today at the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention, Dave Tree, reknowned Palitoy and Hasbro UK expert (as well as the mastermind behind UK G.I. Joe & Transformers convention Roll Out Roll Call), revealed some exciting plans for Action Man throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017.  He held a fantastic panel and has graciously allowed GeneralsJoes to display his panel slides RIGHT HERE.  This is awesome, and I’m honored that Dave is willing to let me do this, because there is some pretty exciting breaking news here.

In 2016, Action Man will be celebrating his 50th Anniversary with SIX new products, all 12″ action figures, very reminiscent of original figures from his original years of release.  Looking forward, there are TEN proposed products for 2017 in the UK as well.

Along with this, Action Man is poised to make his debut in comics with IDW Publishing, playing a large role in the upcoming Revolution story line.  Along with all of this, some pretty exciting news as Action Man will actually be launched into space!

This coming Sunday, June 19th, the Mercury 10 Action Man will be sent up to orbit as a celebration of his 50th Anniversary.  Dave Tree revealed all of this for the FIRST TIME at JoeCon today, and again, has kindly offered his slide deck to GeneralsJoes, which is mirrored below.

Regardless of whether or not your an American G.I. Joe fan or a European Action Man fan, the two brands have a ton of shared history and it’s pretty fantastic to see how Action Man’s 50th Anniversary is being celebrated.  Folks who love the vintage aesthetic and long for some new and exciting 12″ product be prepared, because some great stuff is no the horizon!

Huge thanks to Dave Tree again, and check out all of the mirrored images below.  If you like what you see here, please try and make plans to attend Roll Out Roll Call, one of the most exciting international toy conventions out there, and a sure fired source for one hell of a good time.

Full details revealed on the 1000 Toys 1:6 Scale Snake Eyes

Every day seems to bring a new nugget of news about the 1000 Toys and BAIT 12″ Snake Eyes action figure recently revealed at the Thailand Toy Expo.  Over on the 1000 Toys Facebook Page we see some great insight into the figure, including a whole storyline written for this updated version of our favorite ninja commando!

This will be our first collaboration project with BAIT, the North American premium retailer for the West Coast region.
Snake Eyes, the iconic ninja commando from the G.I. Joe series, will be the first product from G.I. Joe×TOA Heavy Industries!

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A project to resurrect an old-generation soldier using his DNA info has been requested to TOA Heavy Industries from the Arashikage Clan.
After a successful DNA restoration close to 80%, the soldier was then resurrected using the Synthetic Human body with the restored DNA info.
Even though the memory restoration was incomplete, the soldier became to successfully accomplish numerous covert missions on his own.

In the midst of a rescue mission for captured engineers, the soldier is ambushed by a mysterious white shadow…

I love that they’re actually building a backstory here, and it certainly seems as if Storm Shadow might be waiting in the wings as well.  I just got a lot more excited about this proposition.

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First image of the rumored 1000 Toys 1:6 Scale Snake Eyes revealed

Yesterday, thanks to Chris from The Full Force, I reported on a rumor that BAIT and 1000 Toys were working on a new 1:6 scale G.I. Joe product line.  Today the first image of what appears to be Snake Eyes has been revealed!

Over at the Full Force Facebook Page, the image has been posted (and I saw it just moments before Facebook follower Rhys shared it with me as well) and honestly…I think it looks pretty awesome.  I could see how some more military themed fans might not be wild about it, but I’m loving it.

Check out the mirrored image below, and check out more info at The Full Force Facebook Page!

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Is there a new 1:6 scale G.I. Joe high end collectible product in the pipeline?

First of all, props to Chris McLeod from the Full Force podcast for digging this out, but apparently we may have a new 1:6 scale G.I. Joe collectible product line on the horizon, but it’s not your typical look at the Real American Hero.

BAIT and 1000 Toys seem to be joining forces to work on a 1:6 scale designer toy line, and we may get a first look at it during the Thailand Toy Expo, which is about to kick off.

Early mention of this line apparently came nearly a month ago on the 1000 Toys Facebook Page, but perhaps nobody noticed (well, at least I didn’t!).

Just yesterday, Instagram user Tobari Yuta snapped an extreme close up and mentioned that it’s part of this line as well.

Details are soon to come from the sounds of it.  Granted, this won’t be your typical Sideshow or Hot Toys product, but it will be interesting to see what it ends up being.  It’s looking like the first figure is Snake Eyes.  Whether there are more to come remains to be seen.

Thanks again to Chris from the Full Force for passing this information along!

On the eve of G.I. Joe Club Registration – Club hits landmark numbers

Yes, I reported on Wednesday that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club would be accepting new members until the end of the day on March 16th, as they have every year.

However, they announced that this year they were expanding the deadline, and you now have until midnight TONIGHT to get your memberships in for 2016!  This will be the best way to get your hands on the 2016 incentive figures, Pythona or the 12″ Mike Power.

Apparently these two figures are in hot demand, as the Collectors Club announced today that they have reached a landmark number for memberships, their highest active member group ever.  Pretty exciting, and testament to the great looking exclusive figures that they’re giving away this year.

If you haven’t joined yet, you’ve got a small window of time, don’t lose out!  Hit up GIJoeClub.com and a hearty congrats to the Club on this great milestone.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club Mike Power reveal and FSS 4.0 status

While Toy Fair news was pretty sparse in the way of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe line, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club started this week off on the right foot with a nice look at the upcoming 12″ Mike Power “Atomic Man” as well as a report that FSS 4.0 would start arriving “in the next week or so”!

Great news for those of us who subscribed.  The image of Mike Power can be found on the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Facebook page, and you can read the FSS update via their Twitter page here.

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