ComicCon Exclusive Desert Duel Box Art is revealed…and impressive!

This must be the night for sneak SDCC reveals, as overseas auction site TaoBao has revealed our first look at the packaging for the ComicCon exclusive “Desert Duel” G.I. Joe boxed set.

The Desert Duel set features Chuckles and the FOE Striker vs. Cobra Elite Horseman and the Cobra Basilisk, with two bonus figures, the Cobra Air Trooper, and Night Fox.  The box is fantastic with a bullet-riddled sleeve and really nice looking diorama shot on the back (as well as the great artwork that was originally revealed at the 2015 JoeCon).

It’s very impressive presentation.  Big thanks to Chris over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook Group for the heads up!

A new batch of eBay auctions sheds some light on upcoming G.I. Joe product

EDIT – Added images of the G.I. Joe HISS tank the CHIMERA.

I was a bit lax on reporting the first burst of overseas eBay auctions that appeared on the scene a couple of weeks ago, but this time I wanted to try and at least stay a little on top of it, mostly because this offers us our first real in hand look at some of these figures.  They are currently found on eBay, but as with all pre-production items, caveat emptor.

Keep in mind, deco’s will be changing (no the final Storm Shadow is not going to be missing his gray camouflage) but this is still a nice look at some of this upcoming product.

And I’ve learned a couple things here.

1 – The Cobra Basilisk looks a LOT cooler than I initially anticipated. That slight paint brush “wear and tear” look on the surface adds a ton of great dimensions to that vehicle. I surprised myself with how much difference that made in my mind. It shifted this item straight from “somewhat dull Snowcat repaint” to a new and interesting looking Cobra take on that vehicle. It’s pretty nice.

2 – I still love the Cobra Elite Horseman. I first fell in love with this figure during the Pursuit of Cobra/30th Anniversary line, when he was in red, and he looks pretty darn nice here in blue as well.

3 – Initial samples of Chuckles were missing the floral deco, which had some fans worried. Well, worry no more, they’re back here. Not only are they back here, but this could cause those non-floral deco versions sold a couple of weeks ago to get a little more desirable…

4 – I believe these are our first looks at Gung Ho and Storm Shadow, two of the few truly “new” tooled figures we’re getting. Both look nice, but Gung Ho, of course, truly shines. Looking forward to getting this one in hand, I just hope from a plastic material perspective he feels a bit more solid than Destro from the 50th Anniversary.

5 – Steeler looks awesome. Both Steeler and Grunt seem like they’re pulling from the Pursuit of Cobra line of design, where figures like Kickstart and Double Clutch had this flat green look. I love it, and it’s neat to see that we now have three of the Original 13 (Steeler, Grunt, and Clutch) in this somewhat modernized look. Heck, we could throw PoC Snake Eyes and 30th Anniversary Stalker in that boat as well. Building a nice little modern team of the original guys.

I still haven’t quite decided how this line should be “branded”. I’m sure they’re using the same format as the 50th Anniversary line last year, but for obvious reasons, these can’t be considered 50th Anniversary figures. I’ve gotta work this out in my head.

Check out the images below, the fact that we’re getting new G.I. Joe items at retail is starting to feel like more of a reality…

Also, there are two different Air Vipers in the gallery.  I believe that one of them on the auction pages is the original, and the one with the colors on the vest is from the upcoming release…

G.I. Joe Collectors Club kicks off FSS 4 Subscriptions with a pair of reveals!

They told us last week that the FSS 4 subscription period would open this week, and indeed they’ve kicked it off today with a pair of brand new FSS reveals!

Barricade and Jammer have been shown so far, and already begin what looks to be a very interesting and eclectic roster for the fourth Figure Subscription Service. Straight from Battle Corps, Barricade is sporting his gold and blue armor, with Jammer’s Z-Force look fitting in nicely with Quarrel from the first FSS.

I’m eager to see what else is up their sleeves! Keep watching GIJoeClub.com, and I’ll post the e-mail below.

We are now taking subscriptions for the next GIJCC Figure Subscription Service!  Release 4.0 is going to be a fantastic addition to your collection. You are an active member of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club you can subscribe now through Tuesday, June 9th.

Mock-up images will be released today through the end of the subscription period. All images will be uploaded at GIJoeClub.com before the period ends.

Please note that these are photoshop mock-ups and the final product may vary.   Also note that the colors are approximate as everyone’s computer screen has a different look/calibration.

The cost of the 12 figure subscription service is $324 (+ shipping for 6 shipments). You can pay all at once or in three installments of $108 (billed to your credit card). When you subscribe and choose pay by Installment, you will be billed for the first two month’s shipments. Then sometime during the second month of shipping (estimated to be November/December), you will be billed for the 3rd and 4th months’ shipments and sometime during the 4th month of shipping (estimated to be January/February) you will be billed for the final 2 months’ shipments.

Please note that for the installment payment option, there is a $5 service charge per billing while the pay in full option has one $5 service charge.  Please also note that for installment buyers, there is an additional charge each time a billing is attempted if your card is not approved. If your card has been declined and we have to rebill, we will only be able to retry your billing three (3) times before your subscription is cancelled. Each retry has an additional fee added to your total charge (please see the Terms and Conditions.)

This Figure Subscription Service is a “build to order process” so you can order as many as you like, until the order period closes. At that time, we will not process anymore subscriptions and we may/may not have additional figures in the club store at a higher per figure price.  Final figures colors/names/accessories may vary from the above descriptions and pictures.

Thanks for your support!

Brian

Rank and File G.I. Joe Reference Guide is now for sale online!

The time is finally here and the Rank & File Guide Vol. 1 is now available as a stand alone option. Vol. 1 is $20 plus shipping (U.S. or International). Domestic default shipping is Media Rate and International shipping default is First-Class Mail International. Email rahcguide@gmail.com for special instructions and additional rates may apply. The R.A.H.C. Guide is also still available and combo rates are available for both guides.

Visit: www.rahcguide.com to place your order today.

Order now, supplies are severely limited and supplies have been moving fast!

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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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