IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for December, 2014

We’re back to three ongoing G.I. Joe themed titles during the month and all is right with the world. IDW Publishing has also released their solicitations for December, 2014, and you can check out the covers and short descriptions below. I am absolutely in love with that Gallant G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209 cover. It’s a beaut!

Click the “Continue Reading” link to check out the full solicitation list.

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Transformers Collectors Club officially reveals FSS 3.0 Serpent O.R.

While most (if not all) of us saw the Serpent O.R. reveal from Botcon a few months ago, yesterday, the TFCC made it even more official and released the images of their upcoming FSS 3.0 entry for Serpent O.R. Based on the character from the Devils Due G.I. Joe vs. Transformers: The Art of War limited series, this figure looks pretty nice! It will be very interesting to see how his story intertwines with Marissa Fairborne. IDW writer Jim Sorenson recently revealed on Facebook that he was writing the bio’s for each figure, so there is certain to be some interesting back story here.

Check out the figure below, and make sure to check out TransformersClub.com to join FSS 3.0, time is running out!

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Entertainment Earth Daily Special – Transformers Generations

I know the G.I. Joe fandom and the Transformers fandom have a lot of cross over appeal, so I figured I would mention that today only, Entertainment Earth is having a great sale on Transformers: Generations figures!

Check out their Daily Deal right here, and check out the full range of Transformers toys while you’re at it.

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Addendum posted to Revoltech “Revolmini” Solid Snake review

I posted my review of the recently released Revoltech “Revolmini” Solid Snake a couple of weeks ago, but admittedly I wasn’t really sure exactly what the curiously shaped white object that came with the figure was.

Well, within moments of posting the review, I was thoroughly educated, and I’ve posted some new images and details in the Revolmini Review.

Essentially you can take off Solid Snake’s face and use the tool to change his eyes.

Yes, you read that right.  You can take off Solid Snake’s face.  Totally not creepy.

Actually, yeah, it’s pretty creepy.  Check out the review right here, but don’t look too long at Snake’s faceless husk, it’ll haunt your dreams.

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Photoshop mock up of TFCC Exclusive Marissa Faireborn with Afterburn

After showcasing the artwork for the upcoming Transformers Collectors Club Marissa Faireborn w/ Afterburn yesterday, the Club has now revealed an actual Photoshop mock up of the figure and vehicle.

As we all expected, they’ve used G.I. Joe parts to assemble the Earth Defense Command pilot, using Cover Girl’s headResolute Scarlett torso, with Rise of Cobra Scarlett arms and legs. Afterburn is a repainted G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wheelblaster motorcycle.

I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sold on the whole concept of this combined universe experiment yet, especially because it’s firmly rooted in the Transformers future continuity (and so doesn’t necessarily “play nice” with the Real American Hero universe) but I gotta say the formula for the figure itself is pretty darn nice. A great combination of relatively modern, and nicely articulated parts, and I’m really digging the color scheme.

It’s certainly an interesting experiment, and time will tell how far the Transformers Collectors Club dives into this human element. It could provide some really great complimentary action figures to go with your G.I. Joe universe as well. I’ll certainly be watching.

Check out the Photoshop mock up below, and if you’re interested, considering joining up with the Transformers Collectors Club. Whether or not this figure will be available to G.I. Joe Collectors Club members still remains to be seen. I think it would behoove the Club to do so, because I’m certain they’d get some sales from Joe Club members, including some folks who wouldn’t necessarily want to pony up the cash to be a member PLUS the cash for this figure. There are definitely some cross-sell opportunities if the Club plays their cards right.

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Transformers Collectors Club announces Club Exclusive Marissa Faireborn and Afterburn

As promised, the Transformers Collectors Club did indeed reveal information about a potential link between G.I. Joe and Transformers, and in what comes as a great surprise (to me at least) they’re using a 4″ figure as a template for this item!

The Transformers Collectors Club has officially announced Marissa Fairborne as a Club exclusive figure for 2015! Fans of the Transformers mythology may know that Marissa Fairborne was a member of the Earth Defense Command in the Generation 1 Animated Series, and was none other than Flint and Lady Jaye’s daughter! She apparently is coming with a repainted Retaliation motorcycle, labeled as “Afterburn”.

This is a fantastic surprise to me, and I’m pretty excited to see the final product. The artwork (by the terrific Robert Atkins and Jesse Wittenrich) has been released today, with actual product images coming tomorrow.

For the full details on Marissa Faireborn, check out her TFWiki Page.

You can check out the full press release and art below:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Transformers Collectors’ Club brings the Humans!

Fort Worth, TX – August 14th, 2014 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Club, is excited to announce their first ever 3 ¾ inch
human figure from the Transformers mythos… Marissa Faireborn!

Fans of the Transformers franchise will recognize Marissa as the Earth Defense

 Command (EDC) pilot from season 3 of the original Transformers cartoon. What G.I. Joe fans will recognize is the name, “Faireborn”. As Season 3 of the Transformers series took place a couple decades AFTER G.I. Joe, this crossover character was in fact, as intended by
Story Editor Flint Dille who worked on both Transformers and G.I Joe, the daughter of G.I. Joe members Flint and Lady Jaye!

In addition to this great action figure offering, Marissa will also be riding in to action with her Autobot ally, Afterburner! Both will be revealed tomorrow on the Transformers Collectors’ Club Facebook page. However, in the meantime we are thrilled to present the art for Marissa Faireborn w/ Afterburner by Robert Q. Atkins and Jesse
Wittenrich.

This figure, along with the motorcycle accessory, will be available for order through the Transformers Collectors’ Club early Spring 2015. For more information on the exclusive
figure offerings of the TCC, including Lio Convoy, Nova Prime and the TFSS 3.0, please visit Transformersclub.com.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the
Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to
delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE,  MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The
online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

About Fun Publications, Inc.

For nearly 20 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through
different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large
audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com,
GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) 2014 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Transformers Club Exclusive with a G.I. Joe theme confirmed for reveal Thursday 8/14

When the Transformers Club mentioned on Twitter that they were going to reveal an exclusive item that would “send shockwaves across fandoms” I think we all assumed that it would be some sort of G.I. Joe/Transformers offering. Well, that certainly seems to be the case, as the Transformers Collectors Club posted the following on their website:

Our second Club exclusive will be revealed on Thursday, August 14th. This figure is like nothing the TCC has ever offered before and next Thursday can’t get here soon enough! This is not your average Joe’s kind of exclusive though, as it will reach fans from more than one franchise! Who is this mystery second exclusive? Stay tuned and while you wait, if you are not a TCC member YET, head on over to the Club store and purchase your membership TODAY! Don’t wait…Join Now

“Not your average Joe’s kind of exclusive”? Heh.

Anyway, they are apparently going to officially announce this exciting new item next Thursday, August 14th, so by the sounds of it, both Transformers and G.I. Joe fans should be anticipating something new and exciting to come to the Transformers Collectors Club in 2015.

Speculation GO.

EDIT – Okay, time to really cue up the speculation.  Thanks to a Russell, a member of the Facebook G.I. Joe Discussion group, there is yet another post on the August 5th reveal of the Transformers Collectors Club site that says the following:

Also, in addition to offering the TFSS 3.0 (more details on that soon), members will have the option to purchase not one, but TWO additional MEMBER ONLY exclusive figures! One will be a companion piece to LIO CONVOY, and the other… well, the other is like nothing we have done before and will rattle more than just the Transformers fandom!

Okay…  it will “rattle” more than just the Transformers fandom?  Certainly seems like this may be a dead give away.  Powerglide A-10 in Cobra blue perhaps?  That certainly seems the most likely candidate.

Now this could be the upcoming Legends scale version, or could it even be the Ultra version from several years ago?  Hmmm… either one could be interesting, though the Voyager could be especially impressive (and expensive)!

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Big thanks to fellow WOJM cohost and Youtube reviewer chuckdawg1999 for the heads up.

Marauder “Task Force” First Shot Tooling Samples

Some exciting updates from the world of the Marauder “Gun Runners” Task Force! It doesn’t seem like too long ago that we were all fired up for the Task Force Kickstarter, sending it to a raging success, and now we get our first images of “First Shot” tooling samples courtesy of the Marauder Facebook Page.

Gotta tell you, these things look sharp. Great articulation, lots of detail, and already capable of some impressive poses.

If you missed out on the Kickstarter, don’t worry, these should be available directly in the Marauder “Gun Runner” Store, but I for one can’t wait to get it in my mailbox!  Let’s not forget to throw a bunch of credit to Boss Fight Studio for crafting such a fantastic looking figure.  Great design and sculpting by the folks over there!

Check out the images below, and keep checking Marauder on Facebook for the latest updates.

Is there a G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover on the horizon from Fun Publications?

Okay, maybe I’m looking too deeply into this, but just yesterday the official Transformers Collectors Club Tweeted the following:

Okay, first and foremost, when talking about Transformers, the word “Shockwaves” always brings a little twinkle to my eye, simply because he’s one of my favorite characters in Transformers lore. Another little curiosity, though was the word “fandoms”. Note the plural. Then as if those weren’t enough clues, guess who Retweeted that Tweet? Yeah, you guessed it, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club:

Considering the “reveal” is mentioned by the Transformers side of the Collectors Club, it would seem evident that this is a Transformers item with potential G.I. Joe connections. Will this lead to more mixing of the two universes going forward? That will be interesting to see.

Kudos to the Club(s) for at least keeping things somewhat interesting in a slow news cycle for the G.I. Joe side of the house.

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Metal Gear Solid fans – Revoltech Micro Solid Snake now in stock at BBTS!

It doesn’t seem like a stretch that Metal Gear and G.I. Joe go together like chocolate and peanut butter. They both involve covert military operatives, future-infused technology, and a healthy dose of crazed personalities with pseudo-supernatural abilities. I’ve often said the perfect G.I. Joe video game for me would be one strongly influenced by Metal Gear.

I’ve seen countless Sold Snake customs throughout the years, and as the great parts library has grown and evolved, those customs have gotten better and better. But perhaps we’re finally at a place where we can own a (relatively) G.I. Joe scale Solid Snake without customizing?!

Revoltech has just released a “Micro” Solid Snake figure, which stands a hair over 4″ tall. That means it’s not quite 100% within G.I. Joe scale, but I believe it works well enough for most collectors and display folks. You can find it at Big Bad Toy Store in stock now!

YouTube Toy Review Pharaoh Black has posted a pretty comprehensive review of the figure, including some nice size comparisons. Check out the review below as well. I’ve just ordered one myself, expect a full review shortly!

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