Mammoth 100th Episode of What’s on Joe Mind is online

Holy…

Yeah, this is a big ‘un.  For our landmark 100th episode of What’s on Joe Mind, we wanted to pull out all the stops, but I don’t think any of us envisioned the result would be a close to five hour marathon of G.I. Joe talk!

All that being said, there is something here for everyone.  We talk to Bill and Craig from Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys about the Eagle Force Returns and Captain Action Kickstarter…and we break a special bit of news about them as well!

Along the way, we invite Cobra Commander himself to read from the mailbag, take listener calls, and break down all the latest (as of a month ago) news!

As always, find the latest episode at Podbean, and it’s also embedded below.  Show Notes are after the break.

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Five Ways JoeDeClassified has changed the landscape of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Over the past handful of years, quietly, but effectively, a small
group of devoted collectors have changed the very structure and
history of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Some of the shifts have
been small, and you don’t really notice them until you take a closer
look.

However, some of those shifts have been dramatic and seismic, taking
what had been established history over the past 30 years and turning
it completely sideways.

I wanted to take some time to make folks aware of JoeDeClassified,
encourage people to support them, and certainly to make them a
destination during your trip to JoeCon.  Click the continue reading link below for the full write up.

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Rank and File book to launch at JoeCon 2015

For a while, folks have been hoping for a reference guide focusing on G.I. Joe items in the modern era format.  At the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention, fans will be getting their wish!

James Kavanaugh, Jr, noted author of the RAHC Guide covering new sculpt figures has revealed that he plans to have books available for JoeCon in Springfield, and they will also be sold via a website afterwards.

A press release was posted over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook group along with some fantastic preview images.  If you’re going to JoeCon, make sure you search out his booth, and if not, keep an eye out for when they go on sale afterwards.  This is gonna be good!

The adventure has evolved in Rank & File – A Guide to Third Generation 4” G.I. Joe Action Figures!

After a brief hiatus in 2006 that allowed G.I. Joe to flourish in other areas, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today! Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

The Rank & File Guide v1 is the introductory volume of a series of guides that fully displays every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the 25th Anniversary and today, complete with every accessory and variation produced. Volume 1 begins with a introduction to G.I. Joe, discussing its 1964 origins all the way up to the Real American Hero line in its first two generations, and then fully explores the 25th Anniversary and Resolute series of 4″ action figures. Not only are the accessories shown, they have been carefully cataloged in an upcoming section to guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and play set released in the 4″ era has been documented and every easily removable piece has been individually photographed, ensuring collector completion.

This full color, 52 page resource manual beautifully illustrates the two series’ 275 action figures, 29 vehicles and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide. Each action figure has been carefully examined between its initial run and further re-releases to ensure that an accurate sample is clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

Whether you’re a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor; the Rank & File Guide is the definitive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles and play sets produced between 2007 to today. Let the Rank & File Guide serve as a reference for completion or a scrap book to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Some additional Convention details from GIJoeCon FAQ

Over the past few weeks, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has been posting updates to their FAQ to try and answer some fan questions.

A couple of responses have been posted that add some clarity to Convention activities.  First and foremost, there unfortunately will be no parachute drop this year, due to the convention locale and not being able to get a site together.

Parachute figures will be sold in the Club store starting Thursday night, with the hopes that there will be enough for everyone:

Q: Has the parachute drop been confirmed one way or the other yet?
A: Unfortunately, the venues we were trying to get for the drop did not work out. Therefore, there will not be a drop this year. However, you will be able to purchase the parachute figure starting on Thursday night and it will be very close for everyone to get a figure.

Now, the big question… how much money are we talking?  This response sheds considerable light on things.  The responder mentions $600 for all 3 3/4″ items and $200 for the 12″ items.  Looking at the price list for last year, the total was closer to $430 for all 3 3/4″ items:

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Now, who knows if the $600 includes any apparel, and the FAQ clarifies that this does include one large vehicle.  As an aside, the FAQ also makes reference to an “additional souvenir” as well…

Q: How much money should I bring to buy all of the 2015 convention exclusive souvenirs?
A: Costs have gone up because of the complexity of the deco on the items and air freight caused by the dock workers issues on the west coast. There is also an additional souvenir item this year and one that is a large vehicle. If you want to get one of everything you will need approximately $600 for the convention 3 3/4″ items and $200 for the 12″ items.

That is…  quite a jump in price.  But without knowing the specifics it’s hard to make a judgement.  We’ll all see in a little more than a week!

Deconstructing the Convention Set – Peril in Paradise

I’ve seen the sentiment in several places since the last figure reveal, and I share it myself.  In many cases, the G.I. Joe Convention set really shows itself once its displayed as a whole.  Individually, sometimes certain design elements don’t mesh, but once everything is shown together, the cohesiveness helps.

So does that hold true here?

It does, to a point.  But for my money, I don’t want figures that only look good as a group, I want great individual figures as well, so there needs to be some balance.  Click the Continue Reading link below to see what I think of this year’s boxed set.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3.0 Muskrat & Cobra Slice

The Figure Subscription Service has been pounding full steam ahead, and I’ve been working to get caught up on those reviews.

Today, check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page for my reviews of FSS 3.0 Muskrat and Slice!  Hope to get Vypra and Spearhead up shortly!

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Bang! Metalhead joins the G.I. Joe Con Iron Grenadiers

I’m pretty sure this is the figure most folks have been waiting for, and it’s a good one!

With the 2012 G.I. Joe Con Iron Grenadier team, the Collectors Club took care of Voltar and Darklon, two important Iron Grenadier characters, but had left Metalhead on the shelf. With this year’s iteration, they resolve that in spades.

An awesome brand new Boss Fight sculpted head and an interesting build of recent parts, Metalhead looks like a neat evolution of the classic ’91 version. The highlight is definitely the fantastic looking head sculpt, and the slightly crazed rocket specialist will fill a nice hole in collections everywhere.

Check out the image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com we’ve got one more reveal still to come!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club brings in Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker

After a few quiet days on the 4″ G.I. Joe front, we get another reveal today with Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker!

Stalker is one of my favorite characters and I’d been looking forward to seeing how he would be represented here, and honestly, he looks pretty damn great. Not many of the previous Tiger Force reveals have really knocked me out like this one does. A great new head sculpt, really good parts combination, from what I can tell. They used the Toys “R” Us formula, but in more traditional colors. I dig it. Really great job on this one Club, and it makes me even more optimistic to see Metalhead and General Mayhem still to come.

Check out the mirrored image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest reveals!

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G.I. Joe Convention Undertow Officer adds a twist to the Iron Grenadier corps

Well, I think it’s safe to say none of us saw this coming.  When the Convention set brochure revealed that we’d have an Undertow and an Undertow officer I think most folks assumed (myself included) that one would be the IG deco and one would be the 90’s deco.

Not so fast, my friends.

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed today the Undertow Officer, and she…  yes, you read that right… she is not quite who we expected.

Using the tooling from the dive suit Baroness (also the 25th Anniversary Scarlett) this female Undertow Officer puts a different spin on Destro’s troopers.  I like the idea of a female officer, I just wish there was a better recipe to pull from.  I wasn’t wild about the sculpting of the 25th Anniversary Scarlett 8 years ago, it’s certainly not a whole lot better now.

Check out GIJoeCon.com for the latest, and see the mirrored image below.

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What’s on Joe Mind Episode 99

Honestly, I was feeling okay, I was just tired. My favorite  team had just won the Super Bowl two nights before, but work was hectic and I hadn’t slept a whole lot in a few days, and felt like I really needed to get some rest. So when Gary and Mike offered to have Gary Head sit in for me…well, I agreed pretty quick.

This had happened a few times before. I was grateful that someone like Gary was willing to jump in at the last minute, especially because he’d asked me to be on the JDSO podcast a number of times, and I’d always found some lame excuse why I couldn’t. But the flip side of Gary filling in for me was that we rarely got a chance to record together. That seems especially hard hitting and unfortunate today.

I give Godsoe a lot of credit for sitting through this episode in editing and preparation, I’m sure I couldn’t have done it…I wouldn’t have been strong enough to listen to Goggles’ voice for three hours while deciding where to cut or adjust sound controls. It must have been difficult.

As we lead up to Episode 100, it seems appropriate that the penultimate marathon that brought us here features Gary “Goggles” Head in his last speaking role, and its a testament to his place in the G.I. Joe fandom that he got one last opportunity to voice his opinions before falling forever silent. Meanwhile, I struggle with the fact that I missed being with him on this night, I’m sure it would have been a memorable one.

You can listen to Episode 99 of What’s on Joe Mind, one that’s sure to live on for a long time, over on our Podbean page, or embedded below.

As always, the show notes are after the break.

Rest in Peace, Gary… as painful as it was, it felt good to hear your voice one last time.

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