Some cool details about Con set design/production, courtesy of GIJCC

Along with the great information about FSS 3.0, the Collectors Club also showed us some great behind the scenes information about the design and execution of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention set.  Included in this presentation was several slides with deco work on the convention exclusive figures, and even some great original Hasbro concepts for figures like Outback and the Steel Brigade Zombie.

Check out some great images at the YoJoe Photo Gallery, but also some of my hackneyed smart phone shots below!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS 3.0 selections!

The big news of the G.I. Joe Convention has hit the web, and we now know the line up for the third rendition of the Figure Subscription Service!  Not only that, but the Collectors Club also let us know what the 2015 Incentive figure will be as well as information about another new incentive vehicle!

The list of FSS 3.0 figures is below, and a gallery of images will follow the list:

  1. Alpine v2 (Spy Troops) – Newly sculpted  Boss Fight Studios head!
  2. Bombstrike – Another new sculpted head by Boss Fight Studios
  3. Psyche Out – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  4. Repeater – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  5. Hit & Run (Concept Case) – I have nothing to say here.  Speechless (in a good way)!
  6. Musktrat – Vintage colors with a newly designed swamp skimmer by Boss Fight Studios!
  7. Spearhead – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  8. Big Ben – Newly sculpted head from Boss Fight Studios!
  9. Crimson Guard Immortal – New head, based on the concept case version
  10. Slice – New head sculpt from Boss Fight Studios
  11. Night Creeper Leader
  12. Vypra (!!!!)

So yeah… I’m pretty ecstatic about this line up.  It is really phenomenal.  Brian from the Collectors Club did say that all of these Night Force figures won’t necessarily be straight repaints, there will possibly be different gear or parts adjustments.

Also they mentioned they will be revisiting the 13th figure concept and making something more desirable for FSS 3.0 based on fan feedback.  So folks complaining about the 13th figure, time to put your money where your mouth is and subscribe!  Check out the images below for some artwork ideas about what they’re planning!

Now, if anyone follows my dio-story, they know both Hit & Run play a very central role in my story, so getting them both in the third FSS is absolutely spectacular to me.  I am floating above the keyboard here…  :)

Watch GeneralsJoes and YoJoe for Convention News and Intel today!

If there was ever a day when you wanted to watch GeneralsJoes and YoJoe closely, today is that day!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club round table explodes today at 3:00pm Central Time (4:00pm Eastern) and we expect some big news, including hopefully info about the third round of the Figure Subscription Service!

I have a podcast panel directly afterwards, so it may take a bit to get the update to the site, but I hope to be live Tweeting the event.  Make sure you’re checking the following links to stay up to date:

The absolute latest info will appear in those places before the main site proper, though I will do a full recap on the site itself as soon as I am able.

For up to the minute Convention coverage – YoJoe on Facebook

While I’ve been busy running around, intrepid photographer and admins for YoJoe.com have been conspiring to keep up to the minute coverage flying to the YoJoe Facebook page.

If you haven’t already “Liked” that page, I’d strongly recommend you do so this weekend, especially since there are likely to be some big reveals coming from the Collectors Club tomorrow in relation to FSS 3.0.

So check out YoJoe on Facebook and stay in the know!

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G.I. Joe Convention 2014 Exclusive Round Up

First and foremost, I must apologize.  I know I’m typically right on top of this stuff, but I took some volunteer shifts with the Collectors Club this year, and as such, haven’t had as much time to report on what’s been revealed so far.

Pretty much what I stated in my post from yesterday morning has held true, including Clutch, the VTOL aircraft, and the Septic HISS.  The Collectors Club also surprised us by releasing a separate 4 x 4 Zombie Hunter VAMP, which had not been revealed in the program the night before.  So there were some very nice offerings this year, and at this point, my favorite extra is probably a mix between Clutch and the Steel Brigade pilot, who are both some really nice, modern builds, and I love that the pilot has some homage to the 2005 Steel Brigade Convention set.

Phil over at YoJoe has been doing an awesome job flooding the YoJoe Image Gallery with photos of the exclusives, so check out the photos over on YoJoe.com for the latest info!

Introducing Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian HACKS

Yes, I realize Hasbro has not made their presence known at the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention here in Dallas, but that doesn’t mean there was no news to be seen down on the sales floor this afternoon.

With various artwork and prototype figure reveals throughout the past few months, hype has started building for the new upcoming toy line from Boss Fight Studio, and finally, we have some relatively production level samples revealed for their new Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figure line!  HACKS stands for Highly Articulated Character Kit System which obviously leads fans to believe not only are they making some very nicely designed and highly articulated action figures, but these figures are also designed to be customized to a certain level.  The end results are simply incredible.

Revealed today at the Boss Fight Studio booth for the first time were mock ups of Medusa and the Gorgon Warrior from this toyline, which feature incredibly well sculpted, detailed, and highly articulated snake creatures from Greek mythology.  Their amazing design aesthetic has created a tail like body that looks extremely realistic, yet maintains a surprising level of articulation and stability, while also staying within scale with other figures.  As cool as these images might look, seeing them in person was amazing.  Looking at the potential with this small first reveal only makes for some mouth watering anticipation for other stuff to come.  Check out some of the images below, and keep watching Boss Fight Studio on Twitter, on Facebook, and of course monitor BossFightStudio.com for the latest news.  If you’re in Dallas, definitely stop by their booth as well, they’re doing sketches, selling t-shirts, hats, and just shooting the breeze with like minded fans!  Enjoy!

G.I. Joe Con 2014 Attendee Exclusive ECO Striker and Repulsor’s head sculpt

Yes, I realize this is likely old news, but I wanted to get it out there anyway.  Many folks were wondering what head sculpt would be underneath Repulsor’s helmet, and it looks like the answer is 25th Anniversary Red Star!  With the black hair I think the head works more than well enough for a unique character.

Also revealed is the Attendee Exclusive ECO Striker, which awesomely uses the G.I. Joe: Retaliation AWE Striker tooling.  I’m thrilled about this!  Yes, it’s still the AWE Striker, but at least it’s got some fresher parts than the standard release AWE Striker we’ve gotten countless times over the years, and the large launcher on top much better resembles the water squirter from back in the day.

Check out the AWE Striker below.

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2014 G.I. Joe Convention Comic reveals hints at exclusive details

As usual, by examining the comic book/program that came with the boxed sets last night, you can get a decent idea of what the exclusive items might be once revealed tonight.

I’ve included some small images from the comic, and a run down of what we can probably expect.

Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL

No real idea about the pilot himself, but a quick panel from the comic shows the Pursuit of Cobra Ghost Hawk, which is definitely a VTOL aircraft, so that would seem to answer that question.  I wonder if it’s color scheme will be based off the Steel Brigade Sky Hawk from 2005?

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Cobra Septic Tank MK II

Images from the comic show a DTC HISS!  That is a pretty pleasant surprise, I suspect.  We haven’t seen this vehicle since it was used in the DTC line, and it was a surprise to me to see that the Club may have used it for this convention set.

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G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2 Pack

Near the end of the comic, Clutch and an unnamed driver of an ECO Warrior themed Ninja Combat Cruiser appear!  We see no mention of the Combat Cruiser itself, but we do see Clutch and a small hint of a driver, who almost looks to be wearing a knit cap?  Perhaps these are the two “Rescue Ops” members?

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Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack

I think it’s safe to assume these are based off the concept case figures, and they are shown throughout the comic as well.

Now, neither the Kre-O set nor Night Force Crazylegs were shown in the comic (unless that’s Crazylegs driving the jeep with Clutch, considering the PoC version had that knit cap underneath his helmet) but I think we can all assume what we’re getting there.

It’s still unknown to me whether or not Crazylegs is indeed the “Parachute” figure.  It certainly seems likely, but the Club did not explicitly state that in the program.  They did mention that he’s a “Paratrooper” so that really seems to lead that direction, though.  Something tells me ole Crazylegs might be the sleeper hit this year.  Check out the full gallery of images below.

Convention Exclusive reveals from JoeCon 2014

So the Club comic has been frantically grabbed by the rabid fanboys down here in Dallas, so there are some added details about the Convention Exclusives we can hope to see this year!

According to the Convention program, we will be getting:

  • Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL (LE800)
  • Cobra Septic HISS Tank mk II (DTC HISS repaint by the looks of the comic art) (LE 800)
  • G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2-Pack (no idea, and no clear insight based on internal comic art) (LE 700)
  • Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack (LE 1,000)
  • Kre-O Zombie Initiative 7 Pack (LE 600)
  • Night Force Para Trooper Crazy Legs (LE 500)

Carded Cross Country and the HAVOC MK II should also be available in limited numbers at the Con.  The attendee is exclusive is a great repaint of the Retaliation AWE Striker in ECO Striker form!

 

Hasbro’s Mike Vogel comments about last week’s Community episode

Many folks have been wondering just how closely Hasbro and Dan Harmon worked together on last week’s “G.I. Jeff” episode of Community, and the answer, apparently is “very closely”. During an interview with IGN, Dan Harmon revealed that he had Hasbro’s permission to go down this road, and Ad Week just posted a short comment from Hasbro’s Mike Vogel, who reiterated that they worked together, and that Hasbro was quite happy with the end result.

Check out the full article on Ad Week, and make sure to check out the G.I. Jeff episode on Hulu.com!

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