Mammoth 100th Episode of What’s on Joe Mind is online

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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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Top 10 Moments from the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention

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Year after year it feels like the G.I. Joe Convention becomes less about toys and more about friends and community, and this year was no different. Heck, I spent 36 hours crammed in a car with other people as part of the weekend festivities!

Looking back on the weekend, there are 10 key moments that I feel really captured JoeCon 2015 for me.

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Video from the G.I. JoeCon 2015 Action Force vs. the Red Shadows Panel

Dave and Devall over on Toy World Order were all over the place at JoeCon 2015, and they brought their video camera!

Every year, the Palitoy Action Force/Red Shadows panel from Dave Tree is one of my favorite panels of the entire weekend.  This past weekend was no different.  Toy World Order was in the house and captured the whole thing on video!

Any fan of foreign G.I. Joe action figures needs to watch this.  Truly great stuff and very educational, even for long time collectors.  Dave and Chris have a passion for that area of G.I. Joe collecting and it truly shows.  Check out the video below and keep watching Toy World Order for more videos from JoeCon 2015.

GIJoeCon.com – Images from the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention

While I was trekking across the country, the folks at GIJoeCon.com were busy getting photos uploaded for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention.

While I tried my hardest to get pictures posted of Hasbro reveals, etc…  I didn’t have a whole lot of time to get images of the contests or the scores of fantastic cosplayers throughout the weekend.

Thankfully, GIJoeCon.com picked up my slack.  Check out their great photo album on GIJoeCon.com!

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Pictures from the Hasbro display cases – G.I. Joe Convention 2015

I know most of this has been explored in depth, but I wanted to be sure to get my own images taken and uploaded just to complement what’s already there and to potentially reveal any little details that may have been otherwise overlooked.

I’m just doing an image dump today, but as always I’ll go back and prepare a “SuperPage” outlining what to expect in full detail.

Check out the image dump below.

G.I. Joe and Transformers “Crossover” Figures announced and revealed

Along with the Figure Subscription Service news and the info about the upcoming 2016 Membership figures, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club also provided more information about upcoming “Crossover” exclusives.

They revealed a look at Stealth BAT and Old Snake as well as in hand samples for Marissa Fairborne and Afterburn.  The Club also mentioned they hope to have Fairborne/Afterburn for sale at Botcon, and they would have an allotment available to both the G.I. Joe and Transformers Collectors Clubs!

Check out images from the slideshow as well as some images of the in hand samples below.

Boss Fight Studio kicks off G.I. Joe Con 2015 with a bang

For the first day of JoeCon, Hasbro kept their cards understandably close to their vest pending their panel tomorrow, but independent toy company Boss Fight Studio set up their booth with a wealth of great looks at upcoming products they’re involved in.

Vitruvian HACKS

Boss Fight Studio’s first foray into their own toyline is in the midst of the pre-production process in China after a whirlwind Kickstarter, but they brought some amazing looking samples to their booth that are completely mind blowing, including a first look at the Skeleton!

Marauder Task Force

Along with Virtuvian HACKS Boss Fight Studio brought some of the early Marauder Task Force which they helped design and sculpt.

The Marauder Task Force figures look absolutely amazing, with high articulation and tons of customizable parts and pieces!

Eagle Force/Captain Action

Working alongside Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys, Boss Fight Studios helped design Eagle Force figures for a thrilling upcoming Kickstarter.  For the first time ever, some of the below designs are being shown off.  Fireball is a brand new reveal at JoeCon, and the 3D sculpts and inputs are just fantastic.

News from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club roundtable – FSS 4.0 and PYTHONA!

It was a whirlwind 60 minute panel this afternoon as the G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed their assortment for FSS 4.0 as well as the 2016 Club Exclusive figure and vehicle/figure assortment.

Because of some confusion last time with artwork being misinterpreted as final figures, they did not reveal any artwork or mock ups, just the list of names.  The lineup is as follows:

  1. Barricade
  2. Billy (Cobra Commander’s son)
  3. Bullhorn
  4. Interrogator
  5. Law & Order
  6. Cobra Inferno B.A.T.
  7. Nunchuk
  8. Night Creeper (Ice Ninja)
  9. Pathfinder
  10. Jammer (Z-Force Communications)
  11. Tiger Force Sneak Peek (UK Repaint)
  12. Tiger Force Outback (UK Repaint)

Items of note are that Billy will be the adult version, and not the child, Law & Order will be based on their classic color scheme, the Inferno B.A.T. will be based on the v1 look (expect some translucent red).  Night Creeper is based on the ’98 repaint, while Jammer will be using the Convention exclusive Stalker head sculpt.

Tiger Force Outback will have a newly sculpted head as well as the UK deco while Sneak Peek was promised a newly tooled accessory!  The periscope, perhaps?

Along with the fourth FSS, the Collectors Club announced their 2016 Club Incentive offerings, including PYTHONA!!  A shocking development for sure, and one that had the fans standing in their seats.

Along with Pythona, the Club announced a Heartwrencher with 4-WD vehicle as their vehicle/figure incentive, too.  Heartwrencher was a Dreadnok created in the Devils Due universe who has never had her own action figure made before.

All in all, this sounds like an exceptionally solid line up for the fourth FSS and finally getting a Pythona figure as the incentive?  Truly astounding.  Kudos to the Club for ponying up and getting it done!

High Res Press Images from Hasbro for JoeCon Reveals

Hasbro’s PR partner has just made available the high res images and details for the product revealed today at JoeCon 2015!

SDCC EXCLUSIVES (Available: July 2015)
G.I. JOE CRIMSON STRIKE: Available in the Hasbro Toy Shop booth at San Diego Comic-Con. Features the Cobra Scythe jet and the G.I. Joe Chimera. Includes Grunt, Ralph “Steeler” Pulaski, A.V.A.C. & Alley Viper Office figures. Approximate Retail Price: $99.99.
G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL: Available from Toys “R” Us at the Entertainment Earth booth at San Diego Comic-Con. Features the F.O.E. Striker and the Cobra Basilisk. Includes Night Fox, Philip “Chuckles” Provost, Elite Horseman and Cobra Air Trooper. Approximate Retail Price: $59.99
TOYS “R” US EXCLUSIVES (Available: August 2015)
G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL: Features the F.O. E. Striker and the Cobra Basilisk. Includes Philip “Chuckles” Provost and the Elite Horseman. Approximate Retail Price: $49.99
G.I. JOE SILENT STRIKE: Features the G.I. Joe Skystriker taking on the H.I.S.S. Tank. Includes Brad “Ace” Armbruster, Sightline, H.I.S.S. Gunner and Driver, filecards and accessories. Approximate Retail Price: $59.99
G.I. JOE OUTNUMBERED TEAM PACKS (Approximate Retail Price: $19.99)
Chase for the MASS Device: Includes Conrad” Duke” Hauser, Cobra Commander, Cobra C.L.A.W.S. Trooper, filecards and accessories
Sneak Attack: Includes Bazooka, Firefly, Specialist Dusty, filecards and accessories
Vanishing Act: Includes Torpedo, Hit & Run, Zartan and accessories
Rock Rampage: Includes Alpine, Rock Viper, Cobra Shock Trooper, filecards and accessories
G.I. JOE VERSUS 2-PACKS (Approximate Retail Price: $14.99)
Marine Devastation: Includes Gung-Ho vs. Cobra Shadow Guard with filecards and accessories
Hunt For Cobra Commander: Includes Shipwreck vs. Cobra Commander with filecards and accessories
Classic Clash: Includes Spirit Iron-Knife vs. Storm Shadow with filecards and accessories
Troop Build-Up: Includes Steel Brigade vs. Iron Grenadier with filecards and accessories
Swamp Steam: Includes Blowtorch vs. Croc Master with filecards and accessories

Hasbro G.I. Joe Panel Recap

Fresh off the Hasbro panel at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention, we have official announcements of upcoming Toys “R” Us and San Diego ComicCon product for the year!

High level – this is all 3 3/4″ – 4″ product, exclusively at Toys “R” Us and through the same TRU ComicCon platform as last year, though the SDCC Exclusives will not be coming to brick & mortar at this point.

Click the continue reading link below for the details, and I’ll be getting pictures from the actual Hasbro displays as soon as humanly possible.

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