G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary – What it is and where it comes from

So throughout the whirlwind of reveals at Toy Fair today, it’s been a bit tough to get everything sorted out and really figure out what these new items represent and what the original genesis or inspiration of these items was.  Interestingly, a lot of these things come from fan-centric sources, including concept cases and short ship Pursuit of Cobra offerings.

The full low down is after the jump, with in depth descriptions of each 2 or 3 pack as well as the source figures and where the inspiration might have come from.

Hopefully this will shed a little bit of light on this particular situation:

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club finishes off their E.C.O. Force with a Clean Sweep

Collectors have been pretty consistent with their praise for the ECO Force Flint and Ozone reveals from the upcoming 2014 Convention Set, and now the Collectors Club has finished off the ECO Force trifecta with none other than Clean Sweep!

They’re pulling an “Ozone” and only giving us a masked image at the moment, but I’ll be darned if that’s not looking pretty friggen sweet all on its own!  He’s got a great new mask (and apparently a new dome underneath it) and I am loving his weapon allotment.  Very interesting choices and they fit his MOS pretty nicely.  The computer-integrated case is an awesome touch.

Check him out at GIJoeCon.com and mirrored below.


Check your Wal-Mart Party section for some cool retro G.I. Joe cups

This has come as a surprise to me, but notpicard has reported in the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook that he stumbled across a G.I. Joe themed party cup in his local Wal-Mart party section.  Using some classic themed art work (though the art itself is from the more recent 25th Anniversary) it’s a large plastic cup that proudly broadcasts your love for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Check out the image mirrored below and go check your Wally Worlds!


G.I. Joe Collectors Club shows some beard power! Ozone’s head revealed…

Okay, I’ll admit it… I fell for it.

Based on the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Tweet from earlier today I thought we’d be seeing a  Toxo Zombie today, but turns out instead of a full figure reveal, we just got a helmet removal.

Hop on over to GIJoeCon.com to witness some full blown Ozone beard power!  It’s impressive.


G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2014 JoeCon Joe Colton!

Fans have been wondering exactly how the G.I. Joe Collectors Club was going to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe with their 2014 Convention Exclusive Joe Colton.

As it turns out, it’s less of an homage to his 50 year birthday, and more a direct homage to his first appearance in the Marvel Comics way back when.  As an unabashed Real American Hero and Marvel Comics fan, I have zero problems with this.

I can see some of the 12″ fans finding some issues with it, but I am digging it.  I would imagine they had to retool the head to fit the neck ball a bit better, and they made some changes to the coat as well, by the looks of things.

As a reminder, this figure will be available with a display stand and photo backdrop in the 12″ Convention Set.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has mentioned that he will be available separately as well, though not with the same display stand and backdrop.  Check out GIJoeCon.com for the full details, and the image is mirrored below (along with the comic reference sent out by GIJoeCon on Twitter).

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The G.I. Joe Collectors Club answers the Toxo Viper question…

…and yes, it’s Version 2!

Over on GIJoeCon.com the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the long-awaited Toxo-Viper from the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention set, and it… is…(to borrow a friend’s phrase) GLORIOUS.

Featuring a brand new removable helmet and some fantastic Pursuit of Cobra/30th Anniversary parts, this figure is simply spectacular.  Great colors, awesome helmet design…  Toxo perfection.  He’ll look awesome next to the FSS Cesspool, but now we need some Sludge Vipers!

Check out GIJoeCon.com for the details and the image is mirrored below.


Another GIJoe Convention reveal today… could it be the Toxo Viper?!

So as we’ve come to expect the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Tweeted a clue to today’s reveal, and it is as follows:

So considering the Toxo-Viper’s nickname as the “Leaky Suit Brigade” and the fact that the filecard reads:

“Needless to say, being a Toxo-Viper is not something a Cobra Trooper aspires to be.  In fact, the assignment is meted out as punishment for major offenses.”

…says to me that today we might just get our first look at the Cobra Toxo-Viper.  Will it be based on Version 1 or Version 2?  It almost seems, with such a focus on the Eco Warriors, that Version 2 makes more sense.  But I suspect that Version 1 is probably more in demand.

I think from purely a playability perspective I’d prefer Version 2.  I’d be too worried that Version 1 would be a Hazard Viper repaint, and while that’s a neat enough figure, it’s not poseable at all and doesn’t have a whole lot of “fun factor”.  Seeing as how I’m currently frantically rewriting my dio-story to include some elements of this Convention Set, I’d prefer having Cobra Troopers that are well articulated, playable, and fun.  But we’ll see what happens!

Keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com!


The G.I. Joe Collectors Club presents… 2014 Convention Exclusive OZONE!

Another notch in the E.C.O. Force belt was revealed today by the G.I. Joe Collectors Club!  Along with the previously revealed Flint, today we get my personal childhood favorite ECO Warriors character, Ozone.

Unfortunately they elected to only show a helmeted image for now, as I’m really dying to see what his head sculpt looks like, but the parts choice is relatively solid.  Color matching is pretty much dead on.

He looks to be using RoC Flash/Resolute Zartan arms, which is great, and PoC Snake Eyes legs, which is… not so great.  Sure the lower legs show off a bit of an armored look, and perhaps I just don’t like them because they were attached to one of my least favorite figures in the PoC era.  Tucked underneath there appears to be the torso from Retaliation “Ninja Duel” Snake Eyes as well. Whatever the case, the entire figure ends up looking really nice and really captures the original’s spirit well.  That Retaliation Cobra Trooper webgear sets it off nicely, too.

Check out the figure at GIJoeCon.com and see the image mirrored below.


G.I. Joe Collectors Club hints that we could see a “Zombie Hunter” today…

Yesterday the reveal of the 12″ uniform set left some folks excited, especially thinking about how that could translate to a 4″ Joe Colton figure, but today it looks like we’re back to the 4″ set whole hog, as the G.I. Joe Con Twitter account posted the following:

Yes, indeed, it looks like we might see another Zombie Hunter today!  Will it be TJbang or Outback?  Keep your eyes squarely on GIJoeCon.com to find out!


G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals JoeCon 2014 Steel Brigade Commander

True to their word, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed their latest 2014 G.I. Joe Convention exclusive, and it is the Steel Brigade Commander!  As folks have suspected, it is based on the concept case version of the Gold Head Steel Brigade figure.

While the head looks a little bit more yellow than gold in the image, I would suspect the final version ends up being more gold than what we see here.  Regardless, it’s good to see another figure, and considering this is now two figures with no new tooling, I suspect things will really start ramping up with the next few reveals.

Check out GIJoeCon.com and see the image mirrored below.


Also take a peek at the comparison image below, with the Concept Case version and the Photoshop mock up of the convention version.