Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from GeneralsJoes

From everyone here at GeneralsJoes I just want to wish you all a very happy holiday season.  Whatever you celebrate, I hope you have some time to rest, reflect, and spend quality time with the people you love.

Stay safe and happy holidays!

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Looking forward to 2013… Happy New Years from GeneralsJoes!

So, 2012 was obviously a strange year for G.I. Joe.  I’ve never seen a year be so eventful and uneventful all at the same time.  There was a constant stream of news, information, and chewy nuggets of discussion, but at the end of the day (year?) there was really little change in the status quo, or some might argue a negative change in status quo.  How is that even possible?

So, anyway…  2013 is the next year standing before us, and I think we’re all hoping it ends up better than the last, at least from a G.I. Joe perspective.  With some fantastic product revealed at last year’s JoeCon, with Toy Fair only a couple of short months away, with the apparently successful Figure Subscription Service experiment, and with the brand branching out with third party companies like Hot Toys, things are certainly looking more positive.

While G.I. Joe news was a roller coaster this year, the dedication, interaction, and support that I receive from the online G.I. Joe community has done nothing but grown stronger, and I thank you all for visiting the site, supporting the site, and interacting with me here and on Twitter.  The Joe community is awesome, and I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to interact with so many of you.

Thanks for a great 2012, and here’s looking ahead to an even better 2013.  Happy New Year.

Happy Holidays from GeneralsJoes!

To toy fans, this can be a great time of the year, filled with memories of getting your favorite toys as a kid, and looking for just any excuse to buy other toys for yourselves, your kids, or those less fortunate than ourselves.  To those perhaps less materialistic than others, this is a time of celebration, family, reflection, and looking forward to the future.

For some lucky folks, you can do both.

As GeneralsJoes has evolved over the past several years, I consider myself exceptionally lucky.  Between the site, the podcast, and the interaction via social media, I’m very happy to be able to interact and communicate with all of the G.I. Joe fans out there.  As we look forward to what seems to be an exciting 2013, I’m very happy that I’ve been able to share this piece of my life with everyone, and continue to feel humbled from the response and comments I get from readers.

I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Holiday season, and I cannot thank you all enough for your time and support of GeneralsJoes.com.  Here’s to many more!

It’s Toys for Tots season, and the geek community comes through!

If you’re reading this site, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time buying and/or playing with toys throughout your life.  If you’re anything like me, the Christmas season was a terrific time of year, as that generally meant new toys under the Christmas tree.

For too many kids out there, this isn’t a reality.  But we can all help make it a reality.  One of the greatest things that came out of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast, in my opinion, was that Greg, Gary, and myself each ended up donating 30 toys to Toys for Tots last year, which hopefully made many children’s Christmas just a bit happier.  Well, there are folks out there who don’t just do stuff like that once, they do it every year.

Over at Geeks for Tots, they specialize in encouraging the online community to donate to Toys for Tots.  If you donate, take a picture of you making your donation and send it to them, and you’ll be entered to win one of many terrific prizes.  They’ve built a great foundation of sponsors, who provide terrific prizes, so why not take a few moments out of your day and try your luck?  Make sure you’re following Geeks for Tots on Twitter as well for the latest news on their program.

Along with Geeks for Tots, over on Infinite Hollywood Newton Gimmick takes a similar approach.  If you take a photo of yourself donating a toy to Toys for Tots, Infinite Hollywood will match that donation.  Full details are on Infinite Hollywood, and you can follow Newton Gimmick on Twitter.

And yes, you can double dip.  Take a photo of yourself donating, then send it to both Geeks for Tots and Infinite Hollywood, and you’ll double your donation and have a chance to win a great prize.  What are you waiting for?

The Evolution of a Toy Room – Part Three

The best laid plans…

It’s been a while since I posted an update on this project, mostly because life has been really busy.  We had the whole G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie change fiasco, which prompted a lot of podcast recordings, which then spiraled into preparation for JoeCon as well as preparing to move.  As I write this, I am currently in the new house, however the toy room is still in its infancy.

I’m approaching Part Three with the perspective that sometimes things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes roadblocks get thrown in your way (no pun intended) but it is important to look on the bright side of things and not get upset over the little speed bumps that come your way.  As we got closer and closer to the house finishing construction, it became evident that the final result of my toy room wasn’t going to match what I had pictured in my head.  The real issue was how could I adapt to the changes that were coming.

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Much more G.I. Joe Convention wrap up coverage coming… stay tuned!

Just figured I’d throw a quick post up…  I have a TON more stuff to come to wrap up my Convention coverage, such as photos of the awesome diorama, a run down of the names of each of the concept figures shown, updates from the What’s on Joe Mind interview, and just some more little news and details about the show in general.  Many folks know this already, but for folks who don’t, I basically flew back into town yesterday and immediately began moving into a new house.  We don’t even have internet yet, and I will be quite busy unpacking for the next day or two.  So trust me, more stuff IS coming, it just might be another 24 – 48 hours.  When I’m not unpacking I’ll be formatting posts, the SuperPage and getting my review station set back up.

I’m hoping I might be able to get something done tonight, but we will have to see.

Thanks very much for your patience, I hope you enjoyed the coverage of the show so far… MORE IS COMING!

The Evolution of a Toy Room – Part Two

It seems like a long time since I wrote part one, and that’s probably because it has been.  Lots has happened since then, in both my personal life and my G.I. Joe life.  Our current house is pretty much out of our possession with my garage totally cleared out of any review equipment, and nearly every single G.I. Joe toy I own locked up firmly in storage.

This has led to an interesting dichotomy in my life as I try to continue G.I. Joe related motivations while juggling work, finishing my bachelor’s degree, and deal with living with my in-laws for the next six weeks.  Hit the jump to see how I’m trying to keep myself sane.

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The Evolution of a Toy Room – Part One

Starting today I’m going to be doing a little feature documenting the construction of my new toy room that’s happening along with the construction of my new house, scheduled to be complete this June.

Some posts will be more about my own history, some posts will just be a look at some images.

I’m not sure exactly where I’m going with this, but I figured I’d take this opportunity to try and do something interesting and document the process of my toy room coming together.  Take it or leave it.  Check out Part 1 after the jump.

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Happy Fourth of July from GeneralsJoes

I hope you and your families have a happy and safe Independence Day, and let’s not forget those who have, and are currently laying their lives on the line to provide that Independence to us.

Enjoy your barbecue, your fireworks, or your day off, but most importantly don’t take advantage of those freedoms we all hold dear.  Lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into granting them to us.

Happy Fourth!

Updates coming tonight

Just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be getting some content up tonight.  While I’ve had fun and made some great connections on my trip to KC, I’ve been way too busy for web stuff.

That should change tonight as sessions wrap early and I get ready for my return flight home.

Thanks for sticking with me.