Full Force Post-Convention Recap Episode

The 2017 G.I. Joe Convention is over and Chris from The Full Force Podcast has pulled together a panel of experts to talk about what was shown, what was seen and what exciting things happened during the week down in Disney.

Join Chris, Troy and IDW artist extraordinaire Adam Riches as they discuss the trials and tribulations of JoeCon 2017.  Check out The Full Force on Facebook, or just hit up the podbean page below.

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Joe DeClassified Exclusive Sightline vintage style figure details

Quite possibly the coolest item to come out of JoeCon 2017 was the vintage o-ring style Sightline which was available at the JoeDeClassified booth throughout the convention weekend.

They gave out the figure all weekend long and many fans were able to take advantage of the offer, but they still have a few hundred figures left over.  Naturally, many fans (especially those who couldn’t make it to Orlando) were wondering how they might get their hands on one of these fantastic looking figures.

JoeDeClassified has revealed the info!  Hop on over to the DeClassified Facebook Page to find the full details on how you can try and get your very own vintage style Sightline figure.  I think DeClass is handling this perfectly, finding a way to get this great action figure into the hands of kids, DeClass supporters and G.I. Joe fans everywhere as fairly as possible.

The full details can be found below.

The Much-Anticipated Sightline Post:

As mentioned previously, Joe Declassified has approximately 400 Sightline figures to give away. This was almost wholly unanticipated. We expected most if not all of the figures to be given away at Joe Con, and the intention of the figure WAS to be a Joe Con exclusive. Since that didn’t happen, we’ve been batting about solutions with a few primary goals in mind:

1. Get Sightline into the hands of as many kids as possible. Our mission is to promote the brand, and a huge part of this is to engage a new generation of collectors.

2. Distribute Sightline as fairly as possible. We realize that not everyone will be happy with our process no matter what we choose, but believe us when we say that we’re going to do our level best.

3. Solve the logistical hurdle. As the G.I. Joe community’s only not-for-profit, we’re not exactly rolling in cash. Mailing out 400 individual figures, even at the most conservative average of $4 each, would cost us $1600. That’s a price tag we cannot afford.

All that said, we have some priorities for distribution that need to be waded through before we begin to send out figures to the masses. Also, we have realities that you may not be aware of:

1. We cannot sell the figures. Our arrangement to use the Sightline name precludes us from selling them. Yes, having you “donate” directly for that purpose is still selling. We honor the spirit of our agreements, not just the letter. You may, of course, donate at any time, and in doing so support future projects, but it will have no impact on you receiving a Sightline figure or not.

2. We required financial backers in order to make this work. Some of them chipped in CONSIDERABLE amounts of money to make this project happen, and do not themselves have a figure.

SO…..our current distribution plan is:

1. We’ll be sending out a figure at our cost to the remaining backers who do not have a figure (9 of them).

2. We’ll be making a few available to our staff that participated in the planning process, who also have not yet received the figure they invested their effort into.

3. We will make figures available to Gary’s close friends. We know who they are.

4. We plan to make a SIGNIFICANT amount available at shows later this year – Assembly Required, Toy de Jour’s G.I. Joe day in Chicago, etc. This will allow us to hand many directly to children. Probably 1/2 the remaining figures will go out this way.

5. To those that have donated to Joe Declassified prior to 13 June 2017 – Many of you donated money over the last decade with no expectation of any direct return, so you will be eligible to receive a figure. We will contact YOU to determine if you wish to have a figure, but will need you to cover the shipping costs.

6. Contests! We’re going to run several contests, to ensure that anyone who doesn’t otherwise get a figure has a shot. Customs, art, writing, scavenger hunts, trivia, etc. If you’re not good at one thing, we want to find something you can participate and compete in. We do plan to deliberately aim several of these at children. Winning the contests will make you eligible to receive the figure, but you’ll need to cover shipping.

There are a couple ground rules to also be considered:

1. If you received a figure already, you are ineligible to receive another.

2. There is no “list” for you to get on. We appreciate the interest in this figure, but our inboxes have been flooded with PMs from fans asking for one and frankly, we won’t be taking these requests into consideration as we continue to distribute our remaining figures. We appreciate your support and are impressed with your dedication to G.I. Joe, but your level of fan-hood will not be a deciding factor.

3. This process will likely take us MONTHS. Patience will be a virtue. Each step of the way, we will need to re-assess costs, processes, quantity remaining, and account for production errors. Please remember, this is all volunteer labor done by guys with day jobs.

We also plan to auction off several items in the immediate future to directly benefit the Capua/Head family. We have Jason Sobol’s original Sightline art and Artist’s proof, the hand painted Sightline prototype, and 2 Alyosha customs of the Goggled One himself that were donated to us for this purpose.

We’ll keep you in the loop as we go!

Series 2 of Only Human G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover at Pete’s Robot Con

Last weekend, former Fun Publications employee Pete Sinclair held his first ever Transformers convention, Pete’s Robot Con.  As a part of the show, he revealed a slideshow featuring some pretty cool Transformers exclusives that unfortunately did not make it through the release process before Hasbro neglected to renew their license.

Other items revealed at the show include customs of three proposed additions to the G.I. Joe/Transformers figure line, pulled from the Only Human cartoon episodes.  These figures were set to include Springer and Ultra Magnus in human form (using some pretty cool G.I. Joe recipes, especially Ultra Magnus) as well as Victor Drath.

Check out some of the mirrored images below and thanks to HISSTank for the info.

50th Anniversary Test Shots on eBay reveal canceled G.I. Joe items?

A few days ago, a few auctions from notorious overseas test shot specialist viperkingdom revealed some before unseen test shot figures of what might have been for unreleased figure/vehicle sets from the 50th Anniversary line last year.

This is all rumor at the moment, but some of these designs match up with some revealed unused artwork that certainly match the 50th Anniversary style.

Thanks to HISSTank for the intel, and check out the auctions here and the images mirrored below.

G.I. Joe Convention BattleForce: 2000 Video Review Onslaught

Wow!  Once again, huge props to Chris McLeod from The Full Force who has come through HUGE upon returning from his whirlwind trip to JoeCon.  He was kind enough to send along video reviews for all of the rest of the JoeCon exclusives and they have all been posted to the GeneralsJoes YouTube Channel.

I couldn’t make JoeCon again this year, a fact that I was quite disappointed about, and Chris came through in a massive way.  Huge thanks to Chris from The Full Force and check out the embedded videos below.

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It’s that time – JoeCon 2017 is upon us!

Can it be here again already?  The annual gathering of G.I. Joe fans, this year down in Orlando, Florida is here again with the 2017 International G.I. Joe Collectors Convention!

Unfortunately I will not be in attendance this year due to some poorly scheduled previous family commitments, but that won’t stop me from laying down coverage as usual.  I’ve reached out to several “boots on the ground” in Florida who will be helping throw some intel our way so we can all stay informed together.

As usual, Wednesday night is Golden Ticket pick up night, which means a bunch of folks will be getting their boxed set tonight, which includes the convention comic!  Typically within the convention comic will be a list of the show exclusives and those same show exclusives normally appear in the pages of the comic as well, so by the end of the evening we should at least have an idea what to expect for Convention exclusives.

This is always a very fun time as a G.I. Joe fan, and I’m upset that I won’t be in the middle of it, but I will be enjoying it vicariously through all of my good friends down there.

Buckle up, hopefully some fun stuff to come over the next several days!

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Rank & File Volume 3 is ON THE WAY!

Good friend of GeneralsJoes and noted author James Kavanaugh, Jr. has nearly completed work on the third volume of his impressive Rank & File guide to G.I. Joe modern era figures!  JoeCon is nearly upon us, and so will the latest Rank & File and you’re guaranteed to find something to love here.  Check out the press release and full details below.

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The adventure continues to evolve 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 also introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

The Rank & File guide volume 3 displays every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the Celebrating 30 Years of A Real American Hero / Renegades, Retaliation,50, and Basic G.I. Joe Asst. series, complete with every accessory and variation produced.   Not only are the accessories shown, they were carefully cataloged in an upcoming volume that will guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and playset released in the 4″ era is documented and every easily removable piece is shown individually photographed —ensuring collector completion.

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This full color, forty-eight page resource manual beautifully illustrates the four series’ 148 action figures, twenty-two 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 was carefully examined between its initial run and any further re-releases to ensure accurate samples are clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

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Whether you are a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor, the Rank & File series is the decisive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles, and playsets produced from 2007 to today.    Let the Rank & File guides serve as a reference for completion or a scrapbook to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero.

Basic Information

The MSRP for The Rank & File guide Volume 3 is $20 and available at www.rahcguide.com.  Buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs.  If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. guides before, the process will be very similar.   This guide was self-published and produced in quantities reflecting previous sales so do not hesitate in ordering if owning a guide is a priority.

You may join the mailing list at: rahc.guide@gmail.com and like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RAHCGuide to get the latest updates between press releases.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club finishes strong with FSS 6 Reveals

I’ll admit… I was feeling pretty lukewarm about the majority of the FSS 6 reveals, with the first half of the figures shown feeling somewhat lackluster.

But over the past week or so, the Collectors Club has shown the back half of the latest Figure Subscription Service and things have taken a decided turn for the better.  While not all home runs, there has been a distinct upward trend which is nice to see.

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We all know who this guy is, and why he must not be named…interesting choice for the head sculpt and I do like the armored torso, though the scarf looks a little sketchy.  It will likely look better in production, but this one isn’t wowing me.

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Okay, this one is a head scratcher.  I’m not entirely sure why Windmill was tops of anyone’s list for an FSS figure anyway, but especially not the Funskool deco version.  I’m not crazy about the parts here and the dated 25th Anniversary vest leaves me cold.  The dual purpose head sculpt for BattleForce: 2000 and Windmill makes a certain amount of sense, but again, I can think of several characters that needed revisiting before this guy.

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Now Rampart looks pretty great.  The Collectors Club is further developing the 1990 roster nicely, and I’m glad to see this guy here.  I will not rest until Captain Grid-Iron shows up though. #GridIronForLife

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Ehh…  I dunno.  I love the classic WORMS, it’s one of my all time favorite COBRA vehicle drivers, but the modern officer style jacket just seems broad and bloated.  I get what they were going for here, but not real wild about the final execution.

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Excellent.  More love for new Devil’s Due characters is always good.  Yes, I realize she’s not really a new character, she’s just Oktober Guard’s Daina in a new outfit, but it’s still a nice looking figure, and I dig the parts choices.  It’s a shame there wasn’t a way to include her unique hat, but I still think the figure as a whole looks pretty great.

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Yes.  Yes.  YES.  I’m pretty sure I’ve put The Plague down on my convention survey nearly every year since they first debuted, and Guillotine is a fantastic place to start.  I’m desperately hoping this is an indication of more Plague members still to come and if so, this is a heck of a nice start.  Great looking figure and a nice way to round off the FSS reveals.

And in case you missed it, the Club also threw a new vest and scarf on Cross Hair, which I am fully in support of:

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So… FSS 6.0 ends up strong, though I’m still not sure I can justify the expense.  With shipping we’re talking around $450 which is far from pocket change, especially as newly tooled parts continue to be reduced.  Many of the figures shown here lack that “collector” mentality of extra paint decos or new parts which were used as justifications for higher prices in the past.  Yes, I realize that everything costs, and producing these things aren’t cheap, but seeing costs increase while our bang for the buck decreases doesn’t leave the best taste in my mouth.

That being said, if you like what you see, more power to you, hit up the Figure Subscription Service page to buy ’em up!  Then let me know if you want to sell your Guillotine afterwards…  ;)

G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 6.0 Reveal Roundup

So I’ve fallen a bit behind on the FSS 6.0 reveals and the Club has kept pushing them out fast and furious.  Along with Sub Zero, we’ve now seen the following:

Night Stalker Commander

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Based off of the Collectors’ Club’s own 2007 Night Stalker Commander from that year’s Convention Set, it’s a repaint and slight rebuild of their female COBRA Trooper.

Hardtop

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Using Tollbooth’s head and a nice mix of somewhat recent parts (at least from the waist up, though honestly, those later generation Zap legs ain’t half bad).  This is one of the better reveals so far!

Crosshair

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I always love seeing some of the new blood from the 2002 – 2005 era getting some plastic love, but this one isn’t real pretty.  That vest is too small and rides way too high.  I can think of several alternatives that would have worked better.  And what’s up with the black collar?

Skip

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Yay, Z-Force!  Any excuse to get some cool Z-Force figures are good ones, and Skip looks pretty sharp.  I would have loved a head that allowed for a removable beret, but this is cool, too.

Dojo

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The colors match up, and he’ll look really good next to TJBang.  I don’t really get the use of the Storm Shadow torso underneath the webgear, and it feels like there’s a little too much going on there.  I can think of a few different purposes for that wacky head sculpt, too…

So far we’re halfway through the reveals for the latest Figure Subscription Service… a pretty eclectic group of characters this time around, that’s for sure.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club surprises with FSS 6.0 Announcement

Leave it to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club to leave the Joe community with a pleasant surprise right before the weekend!

They have officially announced their sixth edition of the Figure Subscription Service, and they’ve announced every figure as well, even going as far as to show a surprise preview of Sub-Zero!

Check out the full details below.

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Figure Previews will start today!


We are very excited to offer the sixth limited edition GIJCC Figure Subscription Service. This assortment contains a variety of fan requested characters from all eras of the 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series. It includes classic 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, international, and many never previously released characters to add to your modern era action figure collection. Upon successful completion, you will also receive a BONUS mystery 13th carded action figure with the last shipment.

Each single carded action figure features the highly articulated modern era sculpts with weapons and accessories for them to accomplish any mission!


Here is the list of the twelve upcoming previews for this amazing line-up in random order:

G.I. JOE WINTER OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Code Name: MARK “SUB-ZERO” HABERSHAW
(Inspired by the 1990 action figure!)
Includes: removable hooded coat, harness, pistol, snow shoes,
machine gun with bi-pod, tranquilizer rifle, dart cartridges x 2,
backpack, mortar with bi-pod, and figure stand.

COBRA NIGHT STALKER COMMANDER
Code Name: COBRA OFFICER
(Inspired by the 2007 GIJoeCon action figure!)
Includes: removable helmet, harness, sub machine gun,
suppressed pistol, knife, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE SPACE VEHICLE LAUNCH OPERATOR
Code Name: HARDTOP
(Inspired by the 1987 action figure!)
Includes: removable harness, pistol, wrench, tool case,
and figure stand.

G.I. JOE DESIGNATED MARKSMAN
Code Name: CROSS HAIR
(Inspired by the 2003 action figure!)
Includes: removable boonie hat, goggles, tactical vest, revolver,
knife, buildable sniper rifle with attachments,
sniper rifle case, and figure stand.

SPECIAL ACTION FORCE OFFICER
Code Name: CAPTAIN SKIP
(Inspired by the 1983 International action figure!)
Includes: removable harness, sub machine gun, zip line handle,
Union Jack flag with flag pole, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE NINJA COMMANDO
Code Name: DOJO
(Inspired by the 1992 Ninja Force action figure!)
Features NEW head sculpt. Includes: removable ninja vest & sash,
Kusarigama, crescent sword, katana sword, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE STEALTH FIGHTER PILOT
Code Name: JONAS “#########” JEFFRIES
(Inspired by the 1988 action figure!)
Features NEW cloth scarf. Includes: removable scarf, goggles,
jacket, pistol, sub machine gun, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE HELICOPTER PILOT
Code Name: WINDMILL
(Inspired by the 2004 India release!)
Includes: removable jacket, pistol, heli-backpack with control sticks,
and figure stand.

G.I. JOE SHORELINE DEFENDER
Code Name: RAMPART
(Inspired by the 1987 action figure!)
Includes: removable harness, goggles, assault rifle,
rocket launcher, XM307 weapon with tri-pod,
and figure stand.

COBRA ARTILLERY COMMANDER
Code Name: COBRA W.O.R.M.S. OFFICER
(Inspired by the 1987 Cobra vehicle driver!)
Features NEW cloth ascot. Includes: removable helmet, jacket, ascot,
pistol, computer pad, explosive projectile, and figure stand.

G.I. JOE COVERT OPERATIONS
Code Name: VORONA
(Inspired by former Oktober Guard comic book character!)
Includes: removable harness, knives x 2, pistol, assault rifle,
sub machine gun, backpack, and figure stand.

COBRA EEL COMMANDER
Code Name: GUILLOTINE
(Inspired by the 2006 action figure!)
Features NEW head sculpt. Includes: removable scuba mask,
harness, belt, pistol with silencer, knife, assault rifles x 2,
skull sword, scuba backpack, and figure stand.

NOTE: These modern era club exclusive action figures will not be exact replicas of their vintage counterparts.All images are Photoshop mock-up representations, final product, accessories and/or colors may vary!

The cost of the 12-figure subscription service is $375 (+ shipping for 6 shipments). You can pay all at once or in three installments of $125 (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 you will be billed for the 3rd and 4th months’ shipments and sometime during the 4th month of shipping you will be billed for the final 2 months’ shipments.

Please note that for the installment payment option there is a $6 service charge per billing while the pay in full option has one $6 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 any more 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.

Order now from the 2017 Figure Subscription Service 6.0 website

You can subscribe now through the June 2nd, 2017 deadline!