JoeCon 2010 – Where the news at?

I know for it being a JoeCon weekend, GeneralsJoes has been noticably silent, but trust me that’s only because it’s been a very busy few days.  When not taking tours and volunteering for the club, I’m being dragged to restaurants and bars and forced to consume various amounts of food and liquids that are totally alien to me.  Trust me, after one of those sessions, you don’t want to see me typing.

Anyway…  news has been pretty quiet to date.  There’s not a whole lot more to report.  I’ve got photos of the showroom preparing to upload, but most of it is what we’ve seen before.

However…  Hasbro is kicking off their seminar tomorrow, and it promises to be full of new information about G.I. Joe: Renegades, other 2011 plans, and there should be some new product to check out as well.

Eagle eyed picture watchers have hopefully located a new Spirit figure in various diorama pictures already.  But if not…

Looks like he’s a combination of other parts, but a pretty awesome combination.  I promise more good stuff is coming, it just hasn’t hit yet.

JoeCon Exclusives list revealed!

Back over at JoeCustoms once again, Kamakura has posted a spoiler-tagged post revealing what the listings are for the JoeCon2010 exclusives!

I’m going to put the list after the “read the rest of this entry” link below to avoid spoiling anyone…  prices are included for folks as well!

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JoeCon Z-Force Silver Mirage – Now with Images!

JoeCustoms forum member Kamakura has gotten his mitts on the Convention freebies already, and posted some nice images in this thread, which I’ve mirrored below.  Of most interest are the images of the absolutely kick-ass Z-Force Silver Mirage, and Interrogator without his helmet!

Folks hoping for some big mystery reveal might be a bit disappointed…the head looks fairly generic, though it does slightly resemble a 12″ figure.  Anyway, check out the images below.  This is just the tip of the iceberg as JoeCon weekend has officially begun!

It should be noted that the Lt. Stone figure there is a customized “Convention Exclusive” figure that Kamakura has produced.  Pretty sweet, eh?

Big thanks to Stealth Viper from JoeCanuck for the heads up!

Z-Force Silver Mirage motorcycle is the Convention Attendee Freebie!

As feet are starting to hit the ground in Providence, early reports from the Twitter feed of TNI and the Coil Club are reporting that the Convention Attendee freebie item this year is a green “Z-Force” Silver Mirage motorcycle!

The Silver Mirage was initially retooled for a 25th Anniversary release with Chuckles, but was cancelled.  Chuckles got moved onto the Attack on Cobra Island 7-Pack, and apparently the Silver Mirage is now a new ride for Z-Force.  This is very cool news to me.  While no images have surfaced as of yet, the news itself is good.

Keep your eyes on GeneralsJoes, I’ll be hitting Providence myself tomorrow and will try and get as much intel and images out as humanly possible.

JoeCon Coverage – What can you expect?

Well, I leave for Providence in…  about 16 hours.  The plan, as always, is to cover the convention as heavily as I possibly can.  I may not always get the first news, but I will try my damnedest to get the best quality pictures I can, and try to get as much pure information as I can.

As an FYI, I am officially covering the Convention as a representative of YoJoe, so that images will initially be posted in their Convention Galleries, but they will also be mirrored here, and I will endeavor to interface with the GeneralsJoes readers as much as I can.

Hopefully everyone else is looking forward to Convention weekend as much as I am!  See you all from Providence!

Molten Monkey International Debuting New Original Toy License at Joe Con 2010

Molten Monkey International LLC is proud to announce a line of action figures, vehicles, and playsets based on characters from an all-new original story. MMI has been working with distinguished toy designers Ron Rudat and Guy Cassaday to bring action figures back to their roots. Some of their amazing designs will be on display at the Molten Monkey booth. Guy Cassaday will be in attendance at the MMI booth to sign autographs and discuss anything related to the new toy line, his history with GI Joe, and his work with Tonka. Ron Rudat will also be present at the show as a special guest of Master Collector and Joe Con 2010.

Guy Cassaday
Guy Cassaday’s extensive and diverse career in product design and illustration has contributed to some of the most significant American toy concepts in the last three decades including the redesign of the iconic Tonka Mighty Dump Truck. His career at Tonka led to the design of other construction vehicles, bringing to life his love of vehicle design. A brief stint at Playskool in Chicago led Guy to Hasbro, Inc. where he excelled as the premier GI Joe vehicle designer known for large vehicles such as the Mobile Command Center, Persuader, Sky Storm, Conquest and Rolling Thunder. In 1997, Guy launched Cassaday Design, Inc. and branched off into general consumer product design while keeping his hand in the toy industry.

Ron Rudat
Ron Rudat started working for Hasbro Toy Company in 1971 as an illustrator, eventually working his way up to Senior Designer in his 28 year tenure. Starting in 1980, Ron was responsible for figure designs of the Real American Hero toy line continuing through the 1987 assortment. In addition, he designed accessories, vehicles, weapons, and many of the logos including the infamous Cobra logo. He now runs and owns Bright Ideas! Design, Inc. doing freelance for such companies as Hasbro, Mattel, Toybiz, among others. He and his son, Tristan Rudat, have also been working on a documentary telling the story of the artists and designers responsible for bringing GIJOE to life.

Don’t forget to stop by the Molten Monkey International booth at Joe Con 2010 in April, in Providence, Rhode Island. Hope to see you all there!

Your yearly obligatory “What to expect at the Con” article…

Aloha fellow travelers, Gary here again. The countdown has begun…..well, for most of us, we’ve been counting down for months, but now the wait is less than 3 days. For me, this is my 8th con. Wow….I can’t believe I have been to 8 of these. So much fun, but more importantly, so many memories. If you are among the lucky handful of con-goers, you are using these next couple of days to pack, get caught up with work and finalizing travel plans. For the first time con-goers, I am sure you are FULL of questions. It is almost a yearly task to write up an article or post of what and whatnot to expect while you are at the con. This year is no exception…..
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A JoeCon Surprise – Paradrop Flint figure available to attendees!

Coming somewhat out of left field just a week before the Convention, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club sends the following email with a picture!

“This year, Hasbro is sponsoring a private parachute drop for school kids to help promote the convention locally.

Since Hasbro knew that the venue was not accessible to attendees, they wanted to make sure you were a part of this great event by giving you one of the limited edition Flint figures that will be used at the drop.

These will be handed out to everyone with a convention badge who attends either of the two presentations given by Alan Hassenfeld on Friday morning in the Narragansett Ballroom at the Westin.

The first presentation will be at 8:30am and the second one will be at 11:30am. No seating will be allowed after 9:00am and 12:00pm.

The first Hasbro tour group’s presentation will be after their Hasbro tour while the second Hasbro tour group’s presentation will be before their tour.  Don’t be late! No seating will be allowed after 9:00am and 12:00pm.  Figures will be distributed at the conclusion of Mr. Hassenfeld’s presentation are are allocated one per attendee. Thanks to all of the fans who sent in questions for this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Here is “Paradrop” Flint!

See you in RI! – Brian”

GIJoeCon 2010 Convention Set Video Online

Not content to merely post images of the new figures in the 2010 G.I. Joe Collectors Convention set, the Club has also posted a terrific video to their Facebook page featuring very nice 360 degree glimpses at the figures in the set.  I’m loving these things more and more every time I see them.  Even Flint, which I was kind of questioning with the random, somewhat splotchy camouflage pattern is now looking a lot better.  Great work on this one, for sure.  Check out the mirrored video below…

Be sure to Become a Fan of them on Facebook to see more great updates, and I’ll see you in Providence!

Box Art revealed for 2010 Vacation in the Shadows Convention Set

Now that the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has revealed all of the figures themselves for the upcoming 2010 GI Joe Con, they’ve moved on to the artwork!  Tonight they revealed the very nice looking display box for the “Vacation in the Shadows” 2010 convention set.

You can check it out right here, or mirrored below.

Hmmm…I wonder what that is in the background there?  Almost looks like a bunker or something…is that a clue to one of the convention exclusives?  I suppose time will tell…