Is now the right time for G.I. Joe “Shattered Glass”?

Anyone who follows the Transformers Collectors Club has heard about the “Shattered Glass” phenomenon by now.  Essentially it’s a “mirror universe” situation where the good guys are bad guys and vice versa.  Based loosely off of the “Mirror, Mirror” episode of Star Trek, it is a very interesting storyline idea, and seems to have worked somewhat effectively for Transformers.

The question is, does it work the same way (or could it work the same way) for G.I. Joe?

Brian Savage posed that very question during the Collectors Club round table at the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention, and to my great surprise, the majority of people in attendance raised their hands in favor of a Shattered Glass element to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club toy offerings. So where is this coming from?  For folks who haven’t been reading the G.I. Joe Collectors Club newsletter, in the very fun Adventure Team comic by Todd Pleasant and Rod Whigham (yes, that Rod Whigham) has shown the Adventurers passing through the Bermuda triangle, and into a parallel universe where Cobra is the leading governmental entity, and has recruited some G.I. Joe operatives to serve under them (most notably Flint, Lady Jaye, and Wild Bill).  So the question comes up, does this formula work for the toys?

My opinion?  No, no it doesn’t.  At least not right now.

The Collectors Club has been finding a very successful formula recently for their exclusives and convention offerings.  They have been able to walk that line between paying homage to the vintage elements, pulling from other mythologies (Extreme, Action Force, and Adventure Team) and adding some neat new things to create a great synergy between all of those.  This year’s Convention set was a primary example.  We got some cool ECO Force vintage figures, new style Outback and Clutch figures, and a cool zombie storyline all woven together to create some really fun toys.  What happens when Shattered Glass gets injected into that?

Pete Sinclair with the Collectors Club was quick to say that Transformers fans were negative about Shattered Glass at first, but seem to have come around…but Transformers also has a myriad of other mainstream toy lines to collect.  If Transformers fans don’t like Shattered Glass, they can always just buy retail (or third party for that matter).  If G.I. Joe fans don’t like Shattered Glass, and the Club is devoting significant resources to Shattered Glass, those G.I. Joe fans are simply out of luck.

I realize that Hasbro and the Collectors Club have done a number of updates and hundreds of new toys under the G.I. Joe banner over the past several years, but they are still just scratching the surface.  There are still many more different paths the brand could take.  I just don’t believe, at this point, that Shattered Glass is among them.

What are your thoughts?  If you feel strongly one way or another, I strongly suggest you contact the Collectors Club.  Get them on Twitter, on Facebook, or on their forums at GIJoeClub.com.  Share your concerns (if you have them). The vote at the Convention seemed pretty clear to my eyes that the Club was preparing to move forward on this.  If you have strong feelings, please express them.  The Club needs to know one way or the other.

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Some cool details about Con set design/production, courtesy of GIJCC

Along with the great information about FSS 3.0, the Collectors Club also showed us some great behind the scenes information about the design and execution of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention set.  Included in this presentation was several slides with deco work on the convention exclusive figures, and even some great original Hasbro concepts for figures like Outback and the Steel Brigade Zombie.

Check out some great images at the YoJoe Photo Gallery, but also some of my hackneyed smart phone shots below!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS 3.0 selections!

The big news of the G.I. Joe Convention has hit the web, and we now know the line up for the third rendition of the Figure Subscription Service!  Not only that, but the Collectors Club also let us know what the 2015 Incentive figure will be as well as information about another new incentive vehicle!

The list of FSS 3.0 figures is below, and a gallery of images will follow the list:

  1. Alpine v2 (Spy Troops) – Newly sculpted  Boss Fight Studios head!
  2. Bombstrike – Another new sculpted head by Boss Fight Studios
  3. Psyche Out – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  4. Repeater – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  5. Hit & Run (Concept Case) – I have nothing to say here.  Speechless (in a good way)!
  6. Musktrat – Vintage colors with a newly designed swamp skimmer by Boss Fight Studios!
  7. Spearhead – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  8. Big Ben – Newly sculpted head from Boss Fight Studios!
  9. Crimson Guard Immortal – New head, based on the concept case version
  10. Slice – New head sculpt from Boss Fight Studios
  11. Night Creeper Leader
  12. Vypra (!!!!)

So yeah… I’m pretty ecstatic about this line up.  It is really phenomenal.  Brian from the Collectors Club did say that all of these Night Force figures won’t necessarily be straight repaints, there will possibly be different gear or parts adjustments.

Also they mentioned they will be revisiting the 13th figure concept and making something more desirable for FSS 3.0 based on fan feedback.  So folks complaining about the 13th figure, time to put your money where your mouth is and subscribe!  Check out the images below for some artwork ideas about what they’re planning!

Now, if anyone follows my dio-story, they know both Hit & Run play a very central role in my story, so getting them both in the third FSS is absolutely spectacular to me.  I am floating above the keyboard here…  :)

G.I. Joe Convention 2014 Exclusive Round Up

First and foremost, I must apologize.  I know I’m typically right on top of this stuff, but I took some volunteer shifts with the Collectors Club this year, and as such, haven’t had as much time to report on what’s been revealed so far.

Pretty much what I stated in my post from yesterday morning has held true, including Clutch, the VTOL aircraft, and the Septic HISS.  The Collectors Club also surprised us by releasing a separate 4 x 4 Zombie Hunter VAMP, which had not been revealed in the program the night before.  So there were some very nice offerings this year, and at this point, my favorite extra is probably a mix between Clutch and the Steel Brigade pilot, who are both some really nice, modern builds, and I love that the pilot has some homage to the 2005 Steel Brigade Convention set.

Phil over at YoJoe has been doing an awesome job flooding the YoJoe Image Gallery with photos of the exclusives, so check out the photos over on YoJoe.com for the latest info!

G.I. Joe Con 2014 Attendee Exclusive ECO Striker and Repulsor’s head sculpt

Yes, I realize this is likely old news, but I wanted to get it out there anyway.  Many folks were wondering what head sculpt would be underneath Repulsor’s helmet, and it looks like the answer is 25th Anniversary Red Star!  With the black hair I think the head works more than well enough for a unique character.

Also revealed is the Attendee Exclusive ECO Striker, which awesomely uses the G.I. Joe: Retaliation AWE Striker tooling.  I’m thrilled about this!  Yes, it’s still the AWE Striker, but at least it’s got some fresher parts than the standard release AWE Striker we’ve gotten countless times over the years, and the large launcher on top much better resembles the water squirter from back in the day.

Check out the AWE Striker below.

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2014 G.I. Joe Convention Comic reveals hints at exclusive details

As usual, by examining the comic book/program that came with the boxed sets last night, you can get a decent idea of what the exclusive items might be once revealed tonight.

I’ve included some small images from the comic, and a run down of what we can probably expect.

Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL

No real idea about the pilot himself, but a quick panel from the comic shows the Pursuit of Cobra Ghost Hawk, which is definitely a VTOL aircraft, so that would seem to answer that question.  I wonder if it’s color scheme will be based off the Steel Brigade Sky Hawk from 2005?

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Cobra Septic Tank MK II

Images from the comic show a DTC HISS!  That is a pretty pleasant surprise, I suspect.  We haven’t seen this vehicle since it was used in the DTC line, and it was a surprise to me to see that the Club may have used it for this convention set.

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G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2 Pack

Near the end of the comic, Clutch and an unnamed driver of an ECO Warrior themed Ninja Combat Cruiser appear!  We see no mention of the Combat Cruiser itself, but we do see Clutch and a small hint of a driver, who almost looks to be wearing a knit cap?  Perhaps these are the two “Rescue Ops” members?

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Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack

I think it’s safe to assume these are based off the concept case figures, and they are shown throughout the comic as well.

Now, neither the Kre-O set nor Night Force Crazylegs were shown in the comic (unless that’s Crazylegs driving the jeep with Clutch, considering the PoC version had that knit cap underneath his helmet) but I think we can all assume what we’re getting there.

It’s still unknown to me whether or not Crazylegs is indeed the “Parachute” figure.  It certainly seems likely, but the Club did not explicitly state that in the program.  They did mention that he’s a “Paratrooper” so that really seems to lead that direction, though.  Something tells me ole Crazylegs might be the sleeper hit this year.  Check out the full gallery of images below.

Convention Exclusive reveals from JoeCon 2014

So the Club comic has been frantically grabbed by the rabid fanboys down here in Dallas, so there are some added details about the Convention Exclusives we can hope to see this year!

According to the Convention program, we will be getting:

  • Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL (LE800)
  • Cobra Septic HISS Tank mk II (DTC HISS repaint by the looks of the comic art) (LE 800)
  • G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2-Pack (no idea, and no clear insight based on internal comic art) (LE 700)
  • Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack (LE 1,000)
  • Kre-O Zombie Initiative 7 Pack (LE 600)
  • Night Force Para Trooper Crazy Legs (LE 500)

Carded Cross Country and the HAVOC MK II should also be available in limited numbers at the Con.  The attendee is exclusive is a great repaint of the Retaliation AWE Striker in ECO Striker form!

 

2014 G.I. Joe Convention INCOOOMING!

That’s right, Joe fans!  Starting tomorrow news and intel from the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention in Dallas, TX will start flying in.  Tomorrow evening, around 8:30pm, Golden Ticket holders will be able to pick up their boxed sets, and contained within those boxed sets will be a convention comic with a price list for other exclusives expected at the show.

Once 8:45 – 9:00pm hits, expect the news to strike hard and fast and the rest of the convention exclusives will be revealed!

Then throughout the weekend, images, news, and details of this year’s JoeCon will start spreading.  Keep it posted here and at YoJoe.com for the latest word.  Yes, I know Hasbro won’t be in attendance, but there should be plenty of other toy geekery, including hopefully some news from Boss Fight Studios, and word on the third round of the Figure Subscription Service!  For all the details, check out the links below:

Yo Joe and I’ll seeya in NOLA! Dallas!

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Playing catch up with the G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 2.0 reviews

I know my reviews have fallen somewhat behind, mostly because I’m devoting my time to the Darkness Falls Dio-Story, but I have officially caught up with my FSS 2.0 reviews!

Today, you can find ALL FIVE remaining figure reviews posted to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review page, and also hit up the links below.

  1. Keel Haul
  2. Bombardier
  3. Big Bear
  4. Dragonsky
  5. Grand Slam

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What’s on Joe Mind – Episode 90!

It’s been a bit of a break since we posted our last episode, and it seems like the world of G.I. Joe has turned inside out and backwards since then.  Excitement about Toy Fair blitzed the online community, only to be defused by the rumor that Hasbro will not be in attendance at JoeCon, and an underlying uncertainty about the future of our favorite brand.  We also had a chat with none other than BJ Ward, the voice of Scarlett from the Sunbow animated series!

Well, to celebrate the sure fire collapse of all toy related patriotism, Gary took a strike from the show and is absent from Episode 90.  Actually, Chuck is, too, but we figured that was more due to laziness.

However, Mike and Justin called in the reserves as Dave from Toy World Order and the immortal Erik Arana from Boss Fight Studio joined us on the program!  Check out the latest episode on Podbean or embedded below, and hit up the Show Notes after the jump.

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