It’s Toys for Tots season, and the geek community comes through!

If you’re reading this site, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time buying and/or playing with toys throughout your life.  If you’re anything like me, the Christmas season was a terrific time of year, as that generally meant new toys under the Christmas tree.

For too many kids out there, this isn’t a reality.  But we can all help make it a reality.  One of the greatest things that came out of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast, in my opinion, was that Greg, Gary, and myself each ended up donating 30 toys to Toys for Tots last year, which hopefully made many children’s Christmas just a bit happier.  Well, there are folks out there who don’t just do stuff like that once, they do it every year.

Over at Geeks for Tots, they specialize in encouraging the online community to donate to Toys for Tots.  If you donate, take a picture of you making your donation and send it to them, and you’ll be entered to win one of many terrific prizes.  They’ve built a great foundation of sponsors, who provide terrific prizes, so why not take a few moments out of your day and try your luck?  Make sure you’re following Geeks for Tots on Twitter as well for the latest news on their program.

Along with Geeks for Tots, over on Infinite Hollywood Newton Gimmick takes a similar approach.  If you take a photo of yourself donating a toy to Toys for Tots, Infinite Hollywood will match that donation.  Full details are on Infinite Hollywood, and you can follow Newton Gimmick on Twitter.

And yes, you can double dip.  Take a photo of yourself donating, then send it to both Geeks for Tots and Infinite Hollywood, and you’ll double your donation and have a chance to win a great prize.  What are you waiting for?

Happy Thanksgiving from GeneralsJoes

Just wanted to take a few moments this morning to give a big thank you to all of my readers, my sponsors, and people who take valuable time out of their day to drop me a line and let me know they appreciate the site.

This website has been a labor of love for many, many years, and it makes me very grateful that people enjoy what I do as traffic continues to improve, even during a year where very little G.I. Joe news occurred.

Looking forward to 2013 I cannot wait to see what comes from the G.I. Joe brand, and I greatly look forward to sharing it with you all.  I hope many of you have lots to be thankful for (in the toy world and in your “other lives” as well).

As you eat your fill of turkey and stuffing today, take a few moments to remember those folks who have given up their holiday and in many cases their lives so we can take this day and celebrate it with people we love.  Enjoy it, and if you’re mentally preparing yourself for Black Friday shopping, you’re a braver man (and woman) than I.

Happy Thanksgiving, folks.

Thank you to all who have, and who continue to serve

Whether spending the actual Veterans Day remembering yesterday, or whether you’re taking a day today to think about the men and women who have served our country, the important thing is that you take a moment to remember folks who have given their time and their lives to defend our country and preserve our freedom.

Less than a week after an election that has elicited such an antagonistic response throughout the United States, hopefully any anger or conflict has been replaced, if temporarily, with remembrance for the most important part of that day.  The fact that we, as a democracy, are permitted to make our voices heard, no matter what that voice might say is a true credit to the men and women who have fought (and died) to give us that  voice.

To all those who serve and who has served…  a sincere thank you.

Ask and ye shall receive… GeneralsJoes readers come through!

Wow…to say I was pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of help today would be an understatement.  This morning I asked for an Excel guru to assist me in combing through the write in votes for the Concept Case survey, and I was inundated with offers!  Emails, comments, Twitter, PM’s on other forums…a ton of offers to help, and I cannot thank everyone enough for their assistance.

Ultimately, a couple guys pitched in and provided a TON of help filtering out garbage data and compiling some very interesting results.

I need to spend some more time filtering and sorting, but this was a HUGE help, and I should hopefully be able to post the final tallies alongside Round Two of the Concept Case survey on Monday.

Big props to everyone who offered to help today.  I truly appreciate the time it took and the generous offers everyone sent my way.

The Evolution of a Toy Room – Part Three

The best laid plans…

It’s been a while since I posted an update on this project, mostly because life has been really busy.  We had the whole G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie change fiasco, which prompted a lot of podcast recordings, which then spiraled into preparation for JoeCon as well as preparing to move.  As I write this, I am currently in the new house, however the toy room is still in its infancy.

I’m approaching Part Three with the perspective that sometimes things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes roadblocks get thrown in your way (no pun intended) but it is important to look on the bright side of things and not get upset over the little speed bumps that come your way.  As we got closer and closer to the house finishing construction, it became evident that the final result of my toy room wasn’t going to match what I had pictured in my head.  The real issue was how could I adapt to the changes that were coming.

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Much more G.I. Joe Convention wrap up coverage coming… stay tuned!

Just figured I’d throw a quick post up…  I have a TON more stuff to come to wrap up my Convention coverage, such as photos of the awesome diorama, a run down of the names of each of the concept figures shown, updates from the What’s on Joe Mind interview, and just some more little news and details about the show in general.  Many folks know this already, but for folks who don’t, I basically flew back into town yesterday and immediately began moving into a new house.  We don’t even have internet yet, and I will be quite busy unpacking for the next day or two.  So trust me, more stuff IS coming, it just might be another 24 – 48 hours.  When I’m not unpacking I’ll be formatting posts, the SuperPage and getting my review station set back up.

I’m hoping I might be able to get something done tonight, but we will have to see.

Thanks very much for your patience, I hope you enjoyed the coverage of the show so far… MORE IS COMING!

JoeBattleLines gets back in the saddle with Marauder Wave 6 Review!

Speaking as someone who has known Fred for a very long time, I’ll say that his reviews, posts, and overall G.I. Joe content has been missed over the past several years.  Thankfully, it looks like Fred (AKA LeonardoTDragon) is tossing his hat back into the ring and working to get content roaring back to JoeBattleLines.

For a long time JBL has been a mainstay of the G.I. Joe community and I’m proud to say I used that platform to express my love for Sigma 6 back in the Sigma 6 Central days.  I’m thrilled to see Fred bringing some more new reviews to the table, and you should be, too.

Check out his update post where he talks about his Joe life a little bit more, and make sure you scope out his Marauder Wave 6 review as well.  Good stuff all around.

Welcome back, Fred, we missed you, you old coot.

YoJoe.com adds vehicle archive to the new database system

For folks who were jumping for joy over the migration of the Action Figure archive to the new, slick database system on YoJoe.com, today brings further reason for happiness.  The massive vehicle archive has now been revamped in the same away!

Featuring much better page organization, quicker searching and sorting, the updated vehicle archive will totally redefine the way you organize and look up your G.I. Joe vehicles.

Check it all out in it’s new improved glory right here.

Never Forget – A Safe and Peaceful Memorial Day from GeneralsJoes

We can get so wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of our fake army men, that we can often forget what the real men and women who put on that uniform go through on a daily basis and that way too many of them never return to their homes or families.

Not only on this day, but every day, it’s important to remember those people and to honor them for their sacrifices.

Hopefully we can one day live in a world where we can “recall” all of our real life military heroes as well as the plastic children’s toys, but until that point, I thank all of the men and women of the military who fight every day to maintain our safety and freedom, and honor all of those who have lost their lives doing the same.