Well, JoeCon officially begins tomorrow night, but thanks to some “Golden Ticket” members and a few enterprising Joefans, we now have some information about the 2011 JoeCon Exclusives! Tonight folks were allowed to grab some of their items, and also got a peek at the Club Comic, which showcased many of the characters we’ll be seeing in the convention set this year.
So…for one of the very few years since 2003 I will not be a JoeCon in Orlando this year. The primary reason for this was initially because I was traveling out of town for work next week, but now as it turns out, my daughter Allison will be having surgery on Friday. This was initially scheduled for February, but various reschedulings have taken place, and now she’s slotted in for a Friday appointment.
The procedure would be minor in most cases, but on an 18 month old, it is not quite so minor, and so, for obvious reasons, that is where my main focus will be for Friday and for a chunk of the weekend. If I have the opportunity, I will certainly provide coverage and insight, and will most likely do some evening recaps, but I just wanted to let folks know ahead of time what was up.
I am extremely fired up to see what Hasbro has to offer, and I’m just as excited to bring coverage to my readers as I ever have been, but real life may intercede this weekend, and I appreciate everyone realizing this, and understanding that any lack of at-the-second coverage this weekend is not a result of any personal opinions with the brand.
Even if those bastards did kill G.I. Joe: Renegades.
In a few short days, the attention of the Joe fandom will be focused on the Mouse’s Kingdom for the annual Collectors’ Convention. For some, this is a yearly pilgrimage. For, what seems of many, this will be the first of several conventions to come. Regardless, once again, welcome to the best four days on the calendar.
Time must be getting close, because we’re getting more JoeCon 2011 news by the day…and more constant reminders that I can’t make it this year… bah.
Just because I’m wallowing in my own misery doesn’t mean you readers can’t appreciate the coverage and intel coming down the pipe! Pete over at the G.I. Joe Collectors Club let us know that Hasbro has produced a TV ad that they plan to air in advance of JoeCon, and it has been posted to YouTube.
Check it out below!
Yes, I’m grumpy and irritated about not being able to attend, but many of my readers will probably like it better that way, because I can often provide deeper, better coverage from the comfort of my office chair. You can bet that even if GeneralsJoes isn’t there in person, I will be there in spirit, and bringing the latest news, intel, and unwanted opinions to the site.
GIJoeCon.com has updated its page with a PDF of the full schedule of events for the upcoming JoeCon! Check it out right here.
Of note are the following round tables:
Friday, April 1st
12:30pm – G.I. Joe: Renegades Panel
Saturday, April 2nd
10:00am – 10:50am – G.I. Joe Comic Universe
11:00am – 11:50am – G.I. Joe Sneak Peek by Hasbro
12:00pm – 12:50pm – Voicing G.I. Joe
3:00pm – 3:50pm – G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Round Table
Sunday, April 3rd
11:00am – 11:50am – Voicing G.I. Joe
12:00pm – 12:50pm – G.I. Joe Re-Designed, Re-Energized, and Re-Armed – 1990 – 1994
1:00pm – 1:50pm – Treasures from the Hasbro archives
This isn’t all, trust me! There is a ton of other stuff going on, this is just some of the highlights. I’m officially excited to see the news come and depressed that I won’t be there to get it. Maybe next year.
Being on the road for most of the day, I didn’t really get a chance to talk about the two big news stories that the Collectors’ Club dropped today in regards to the upcoming G.I. Joe convention at the end of the month.
Big story #1 – Voice actress Morgan Lofting, better known as The Baroness will be appearing in Orlando as a guest of the Collectors’ Club! Very cool. By far one of the most distinctive voices in the original Sunbow cartoon, this is a great coup by the GIJCC and she should make for some very interesting discussion.
Big story #2 – Rare toy alert! Apparently the Collectors’ Club incentive figure for 2011 will give fans an even bigger incentive to attend the Convention. A very limited run of 600 Dial Tone figures will be available at JoeCon MINT ON CARD. Normally sold in a sealed baggie as part of the Club’s promotion, some select figures will be carded and for sale at JoeCon. Attendees will also have the chance to get these signed by Dial Tone’s voice actor Hank Garrett.
Two very cool bits of news. If you want to read the full press releases, click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below.
Over on the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Facebook page, a quick image of the upcoming JoeCon exclusive Claymore figure was revealed! And it rocks. I love the character as it is, and they have provided a really, really cool update. I especially love the Special Forces emblem on his chest featuring “De Oppresso Liber” (to free the oppressed).
Great news coming in from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club! Registration for the 2011 Convention in Orlando, Florida is now live! Not only can you now register, but long gone are the days of fighting the fax lines, starting this year, registration can be accomplished through a new online interface.
Great news! The convention set looks fantastic, Orlando is a terrific location, so what the heck are you waiting for? Register now!
It’s a Merry Christmas for G.I. Joe fans, as the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has announced today that they will be posting images from the full convention set all week next week. The full text of the email can be seen below:
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!
After listening to some concerns about starting registration just before Christmas we have decided to hold off until the first week in January.
However, we have a Christmas present for you! Next week we will post ALL of the convention set photos for Mission Brazil II and Drive into Danger!
Watch the new convention site at GIJoeCon.con for updates all next week starting Monday!
PS. Our offices will be closed December 24 and 31.”
Excellent!I’ve been looking forward to seeing some pics, and finding out we’re seeing all the figures for the regular set throughout one week is awesome news. Can’t wait.As always, for full details, keep checking GIJoeCon.com.