NEW YOJOE! PRO Collection Management Subscription Service

YOJOE.COM ANNOUNCES NEW YOJOE! PRO COLLECTION MANAGEMENT SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

ST. LOUIS, MO. – April 08, 2015 – The premier G.I.Joe information and fan site for nearly two decades, YoJoe has been leading the charge in the G.I.Joe collectors’ community with innovative solutions for tracking and managing collections. Big or small, vintage or modern, YoJoe is the single source for up-to-date news and the most comprehensive G.I.Joe collection database on the internet.

For the past two years, the YoJoe team has been hard at work developing an all-new way to manage your collection with our YoJoe Pro Collection Management System. Offering collectors the ability to track items in their collection, document prices paid on items, upload collection photos, create a personalized Have/Want Checklists, and even buy, sell or trade directly thought the YoJoe Pro platform.

We are excited to announce that after an extended Beta Testing period, YoJoe Pro is now available to the entire G.I.Joe collecting community as a monthly subscription service. Every collector is invited to come and join in with a FREE 30-day trial of YoJoe Pro.

The pricing for YoJoe Pro fits every collector’s budget and need. You can subscribe for $3.00/month, $30/year or $55/for two years.
Membership has its benefits! Be one of the first 50 to pre-enroll for two years and receive a YoJoe-exclusive print of the iconic USS Flagg Aircraft Carrier artwork.

YoJoe creates so many different ways for collectors to interact within the hobby and G.I.Joe community – from social media to the database and forums, event coverage, editorials and so much more. We are very proud to bring our latest technologies to the community and we are excited about doing so much more.

Please join us as we continue to deliver all new and exciting ways to collect G.I.Joe. YoJoe.com is made for collectors, by collectors and we are counting on your support.

Thank you and Yo Joe!

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Toys “R” Us Flagship store in Times Square to close in 2016

It’s a sad day for toy fans everywhere. According to HISSTank.com (via the Commercial Observer) the Times Square Toys “R” Us location is likely to decline renewing their lease for the store, although they are likely to get some other retail space nearby.

I’ve gone out of my way to visit this store every single time I’ve been to the city (which was for about 7 straight years for various Toy Fair events) and I’m very sad to hear of its closing. It wasn’t some “toy mecca” of new product or the latest and greatest toys, but it was a statement of the impact of toy stores on all of us, young and old. With a Ferris Wheel, a lifesized Barbie Dreamhouse, a looming dinosaur, and an environment of out of this world fun, it was a fantastic place to visit, even if it rarely had the newest G.I. Joe toys I was looking for.

I had always promised that I’d bring my daughters to it one day, and I’m sad that this is likely never to come to pass, it’s an experience I’m certain they would have enjoyed, even if their favorite Frozen toys weren’t in stock and ready to buy.

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GeneralsJoes – The shape of things to come

I think it’s safe to say that most of you reading this site are like me, and are kids of the 80s, and self proclaimed “geeks”. The world we live in today is almost a haven for geekdom, with blockbuster movies based on our favorite comic books, the Star Wars universe continuing in theaters and on television screens, and with pop culture almost becoming synonomous with all of the things we love.

And I love talking about those things.

Heck, I could start a whole new site to talk about the new upcoming Daredevil Netflix series! :)

So, you may see some of this stuff start being interspersed among my regular G.I. Joe news. I will endeavor to not water down anything that I discuss in regards to G.I. Joe, but I feel like I need an outlet to talk about these other things, and frankly, I think the site needs to talk about some of these other things to continue its growth. G.I. Joe is still my first love, of course, but it’s not my only love.

Stay tuned.

Amazon.com starts rolling out the discounts

I’ve made no secret that I try to promote some Amazon sales through my site to not just bring to light some good deals, but also because as an Amazon Affiliate, purchases made through my affiliate link help support the website.

I try to keep the shilling to a minimum, but with Black Friday/Cyber Monday coming up, I figured this might be a good time to showcase some deals.

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Merger talks between Hasbro and DreamWorks Animation cooled off?

A few short days after initial reports hinted at a potential merger between Hasbro and DreamWorks animation, the latest word is that those talks have come to an end. According to the New York Times, a dip in stock prices and internal pressure from Disney may have contributed to the deal falling apart.

It’s not especially surprising giving Hasbro’s deep relationship with the Mouse, being the primary licensor for many of their action figure brands, not to mention just recently sweeping the princess license away from Mattel. Disney is a very powerful voice in the industry and not one you want to be on the wrong side of.

It’s tough to say exactly what the combined forces of Hasbro and DreamWorks might have meant for the G.I. Joe brand, and now it appears we’ll never find out. Get more details at the New York Times.

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Best wishes to all of our Veterans

It seems like we shouldn’t need a reason to remember those brave men and women who have fought for our country, but please take a moment today to pay your respects and remember those same people. Being in the G.I. Joe community we are all especially aware of the sacrifices made to protect our freedom. Let’s not forget.

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Unicef Releases powerful video – A Vaccine for Violence

The G.I. Joe connection here may be tenuous, but the message is a good one. Unicef UK reached out to me to help spread the word about their new “Violence Vaccine” initiative, and a video they produced to get the word out about it, and if an organization like Unicef asks me to share something, I’m going to try and do it.

At one point in the short film, a child poses his G.I. Joe figure as a method of defense against potential violence, which impacts children across the world far more than any of us would like to believe or realize. Please check out the video below and the Press Release to go along with it.

Check out the Press Release below.

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GeneralsJoes Dio-Story Sections Rearranged

I’ve now been on this WordPress platform for nearly five years, and meanwhile the Dio-Story and Review sections have kind of been tagging along in static pages, not nearly as integrated with the rest of the site as I’d like them to be.

Well, the Reviews are still pending some integration within the YoJoe framework, but the Dio-Stories are now part of my GeneralsJoes WordPress Content Management System.

What does that mean for the reader?  Honestly, not a whole lot.  The pages have been slightly reformatted, with some cosmetic navigation differences, but the essence of the stories are the same.

The Drop Down Menu above has been re-coded to reflect the change, so if it’s been a while since you’ve checked out the dio-stories, you may want to consider diving back in.

And as some might suspect, the reasons for doing this are not just to help the current configuration, but also to prepare for new content, so consider this a confirmation that my latest Dio-Story “Darkness Falls” will indeed launch this year.

My current vision is to try and have it rolling by summer, and perhaps even earlier, if everything falls into place.  In a perfect world, I’d start the ball rolling at JoeCon, but realizing that event grows nearer every day and I still have a lot of work to do, I’m not sure that’s reasonable.

I’ll try to keep everyone in the loop as progress is made, but meanwhile, hit up the GeneralsJoes Dio-Story section to play some catch up, and check out the Miscellaneous Dio-Story section as well, where I’ve collected a number of smaller stories I’ve done throughout the years.

Also, don’t forget about Self Modifier’s fantastic G.I. Joe vs. Transformers Dio-Story which is a must read for Joe fans and Transformers fans alike!  Thanks as always for all of your support, I know this has been a long time coming, I really hope it’s worth the wait.

I really want to thank Mike and his work on the fantastic WordPress “WebComic” Plug in…it’s an awesome plug in right out of the box, and he’s offered some really great support along the way, too.  If you’re looking for a nice, quick way to host webcomics on a WordPress platform, you should definitely check it out.

Huge thanks, too, to Brad for his assistance in getting things polished up and ready for launch.  I owe ya one!