Every year the guys from What’s on Joe Mind release a special edition podcast to talk about the G.I. Joe convention, coinciding with the actual convention announcement. This year was no different.
Joining us on this show are three G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe Collectors Club, and G.I. Joe Convention experts, Barry, Dave, and Todd from the Regular Joes Podcast! Between all of us, there’s 60 years of JoeCon experience! We had a great discussion during this episode, talking about old school JoeCon memories, the whole 12″ vs. 3 3/4″ rivalry and a bunch of other great informative topics. We absolutely loved having them on, and if you like what you hear on this show, absolutely check out the Regular Joes Podcast. Hit Podbean or listen to the embedded player below, and the show notes will be after the jump.
A very pleasant Monday surprise today as the email arrived from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club officially announcing the date and location of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first action figure in history!
Check out the full email below:
GI Joe’s 50th Birthday will be celebrated April 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
You can make your hotel reservations now by going to GIJoeCon.com. The room rate is $142 and they will require a one night’s deposit with your reservation. Don’t wait until the rooms are all gone!
This will be a grand celebration of the world’s first action figure! More details will be available in the coming weeks at GIJoeCon.com. Soon we will start posting the convention set details and we hope to have registration up by Thanksgiving (we are currently in the middle of a total re-write of the registration system to serve you better).
See you in Dallas!
I don’t know about the rest of you yahoo’s, but I’ll be there! Check out GIJoeCon.com to book your hotel!
At San Diego ComicCon this past summer there was some bruhaha in regards to the new G.I. Joe concept (whatever that might be) getting a debut at Toy Fair 2014. There were also some scattered rumors that we might even get a hint of something at NYCC, but according to reports there is…well… nothing to report.
This does come as somewhat of a disappointment, I think mostly because folks were at least perhaps expecting some Kre-O news, but alas, nothing to show there either.
On a positive note, from the sounds of it, there will be a presence at Toy Fair 2014, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel…that light is just a few months away.
For folks who weren’t able to get their hands on the 2013 ComicCon exclusive G.I. Joe and Transformers “The Epic Conclusion” there is another opportunity that has just been announced! The G.I. Joe Collectors Club and Transformers Collectors Club have been allocated a limited number of these exclusive sets!
Rather than do a “First Come First Served” chaotic sales event, the Club will be offering a “lottery” to Club members to win an opportunity to purchase these limited edition sets. All of the information is contained in the e-mail they sent out to club members. I have reprinted that email below:
There is some very exciting news!
We have been allocated a very limited number of the 2013 Comic Con GI Joe and Transformers “The Epic Conclusion” Vehicle/Figure sets from Hasbro. We are offering this set to our club members, both Transformer and GI Joe, but in order to be fair to everyone due to the limited number we received, we have decided to have a lottery drawing for the opportunity to purchase this set. If you want to be included in this lottery drawing, you must send an email toLottery@FunPubinc.comONLY. Send only one email with “LOTTERY” as the subject.
Please do not contact our office or email any other email addresses regarding the lottery. Multiple emails will void your entry. These items are limited to 1 item per membership if you are selected in the lottery drawing. You must be a current active member to participate. The email that you send does not guarantee that you will get an item; this just includes you in the lottery drawing. The price on this item is $150+shipping. The cutoff for sending your email will be Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9am central time. We will not accept any emails after this time. Once the names have been drawn from the emails received, you will be contacted by email and given further instructions on how the order will be processed.
Again, please DO NOT contact our office for any reason regarding this lottery drawing! Thank you and good luck!
So good news for Club members! Send your email in now and get your chance to own this exclusive ComicCon item! You can check out the GeneralsJoes review of that item right here.
Take this with a boulder-sized grain of salt, as this is unconfirmed information, but over on Fighting 118th, Duffman spoke with a Hasbro representative at San Diego ComicCon (who wasn’t Derryl DePriest, and that rep acknowledged some possible plans for 2014 over on the G.I. Joe side of the house.
2014 figures will sport a 50th Anniversary Logo on the packaging
Discussions have taken place to possibly have the figure line to be exclusively at Target
Kreo will continue to be a Toys R Us exclusive
G.I.Joe 3 plans have started and will be supported by a figure line
This is certainly more information than was revealed to several previous interviews throughout ComicCon weekend, and gives Joe fans a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel, if the news is accurate. Kudos to Fighting 118th for digging this information out, now the long wait for Toy Fair 2014 begins…
Keep in mind, too, though, that there are numerous “Hasbro reps” that are roaming around ComicCon, and they don’t all have intimate knowledge of all the brands, and their information may not be the most current…so again, your mileage may vary.
We are neck deep in ComicCon now, and G.I. Joe news has been somewhat sporadic, but it’s certainly been there. I’ve seen some folks throughout the Internet questioning where all the news is and what’s going on with our favorite brand.
The answer appears to be “not much”. But I’ll recap what we know from each segment. Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check the details from this year’s show.
Over on Toy News International, Pixel Dan interviewed Derryl DePriest from Hasbro and spoke about 2014 and what potential plans are for G.I. Joe throughout next year. Mr. DePriest was quick to temper too much talk about the future, preferring to focus on G.I. Joe: Retaliation and their present assortments, which does make sense considering the DVD releases are hitting in a scant couple of weeks.
However, Derryl did open up just a bit on some possible happenings in 2014, and confirmed that Kre-O would be continuing through Toys “R” Us into next year. Along with that, he also mentioned that there might be some G.I. Joe related “surprises” at Toy Fair 2014, which indicates there is some sort of product plan for the coming year. Check out the video interview below.
Now, what’s interesting to me was that Derryl specifically mentioned Toy Fair 2014 as a possible source of “surprises”, which clearly says that product is planned for next year, but probably not until later in the year. If these items aren’t even being revealed until February, seems to me that chances are good we won’t see that product until summer at the earliest. That’s kind of a double-edged sword. On the positive side, it does show that Hasbro is still actively making plans for the G.I. Joe brand, even without a movie to support it. On the negative side that does seem to support some ideas that G.I. Joe at mass retail is on… well… I think we all know what the “h word” means by now, right?
I’m not trying to instigate some kind of “doom and gloom” scenario, though. Truth is, over the next 4 – 6 weeks we should be getting quite a few cool new figures, and the FSS 2.0 should be striking near the end of the year as well, so there will be G.I. Joe product to buy and seek out. Let’s face it, too, it’s not like we haven’t been through this before. Heck, there was the big brouhaha over the Rise of Cobra transition to the Pursuit of Cobra, and the figures that came out of that transition were some of the best toys we’ve seen in decades.
Regardless of the final outcome, it will be an interesting few months, but as G.I. Joe fans, I think we’re used to that by now. But I think we also know that G.I. Joe is a resilient brand. Not many other brands would have survived the constant re-inventions that we have over the past several years and the fact that as a brand G.I. Joe remains on the radar and viable is a testament to its core concepts and to the devotion of the design teams involved in its production. Hopefully that level of skill and enthusiasm is still behind the line and we can look forward to more great product still to come.
As we’re all in the midst of our San Diego ComicCon frenzy, over at GeneralsJoes I’ve posted reviews for the 2013 SDCC G.I. Joe & Transformers exclusive set! These reviews are all broken down into several separate reviews in order to properly cover all of the different elements of the set.
“Never before seen KRE-O STAR TREK, KRE-O TRANSFORMERS and KRE-O G.I. JOE building sets will also be on display in the Hasbro booth. Fans won’t want to miss these new reveals including the U.S.S. VENGEANCE ship from the hit movie, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS from Paramount Pictures, directed by J.J. Abrams, which lands on shelves this fall. “
Wait… “Never before seen KRE-O G.I. JOE”? Excellent…
It remains to be seen exactly what this means and what sort of reveals we can expect, but between Sideshow Collectibles and KRE-O, ComicCon is looking like it might provide some G.I. Joe toy-related spark after all.
As many folks might have seen, early samples of the 2013 ComicCon G.I. Joe and Transformers exclusive have started shipping out to lucky collectors throughout the United States. Well, over on the 788th Armored Divisionwe have our first full-fledged review. That was fast!
It’s a great review, going in depth into each element of the set with some great images and details throughout. Good stuff by Kevin, the owner at the 788th Armored Division. Check out the review right here.