First look – in hand review/details from G.I. Joe Convention 2017 Boxed Set

Talk about a quick turnaround time!  Straight from the hotel in Orlando, good friends of GeneralsJoes Chris (from The Full Force) and Troy (from TroyMcKie.com) come through HUGE with a ton of awesome images and a full blown 30 minute VIDEO REVIEW of the G.I. Joe Convention 2017 Force of Battle: 2000 boxed set!

Get a first hand look at all of the figures in hand and the unique insight you can only get from guys like Chris and Troy.  I can’t thank them enough for taking time out of their very busy convention schedules to bust this out for GeneralsJoes, it almost makes it feel like I’m actually there.

Check out the image gallery, and hit up the YouTube Video Review embedded below.  Thank you guys!!!!

Keep your eyes peeled here on GeneralsJoes.com for the latest intel from Orlando and JoeCon 2017!

Boss Fight Studio and Toy Ark announce fantastic NJCC Exclusive Orc

In the immortal words of Keanu Reeves…  Woah.

Over at ToyArk they’ve revealed the exclusive Vitruvian HACKS figure for the upcoming New Jersey Collectors Con and it is gorgeous!  Entitled the “Blasted Land Orc” it’s an Orc Warrior from the upcoming Series 2 Fantasy series in a spectacularly gorgeous red skin tone with awesome gold accessories.  Seriously.  This thing looks terrific.

Check out all of the great images at ToyArk.com and make sure you’ve got August 12th – 13th freed up for the Boss Fight Launch Party where they’ll be launching Series 2 with a full two-day celebration of action figures and all things Boss Fight Studio!

Join me in Cherry Hill, NJ that weekend to celebrate alongside Boss Fight and a ton of toy and action figure fans.  This is something you do NOT want to miss.

Don’t forget, too, you can pre-order Series 02 at BossFightShop.com RIGHT NOW to ensure you get yours.  There are several figures from Series 01 that sold out, so don’t miss your shot.

I’ve mirrored a couple of the Blasted Land Orc images below, but hit up ToyArk.com for the rest.

When and Where Is The Next New Jersey Collectors Con?
Holiday Inn Cherry Hill – New Jersey
2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th 2017!

Potential line up and design of JoeCon Exclusives

Okay, here we go!

Fresh from the Golden Ticket Pickup, we’ve got the full list of exclusives for the 2017 G.I. Joe Convention as well as some possible images/design cues based on the comic.  Keep in mind the comic isn’t always 100% accurate and they sometimes throw us some curve balls, but in years’ past they’ve been pretty solid.

First the list:

  • BF 2000 Vector Jet
  • COBRA Sky Serpent w/ Pilot
  • BF 2000 Marauder Snowmobile 3 Pack
  • COBRA Laser Vipers 3 Pack
  • Ultimate Enemies 2 Pack
  • COBRA B.A.T. Rocket Glider 2 Pack

So, this doesn’t  tell us a whole lot.  Thankfully, Phil from YoJoe was there with a camera to snap some images from the convention comic.  Check them out below:

Based on those images above, I think we can make some educated guesses:

  1. Vector Jet is a tough call.  It almost looks like it could be the Conquest, but the wings are the wrong way.  Repainted ROC Night Raven maybe?  Or something obvious that I can’t put my finger on?  EDIT – It’s been mentioned that this at least slightly resembles the old school COBRA Hurricane.  DARE WE HOPE?
  2. Sky Serpent w/ Pilot is likely the Black Dragon VTOL, at least it certainly looks that way.  No idea who the pilot might be
  3. Marauder Snowmobiles look like repainted Polar Battle Bears as figured.  Three of them?
  4. Laser Viper 3 Pack – Pretty much what I suspected, and also it certainly doesn’t look as if they have their laser backpacks (which isn’t a surprise, not even the concept case version did)
  5. Ultimate Enemies 2 Pack – Looking like perhaps DeeJay and Corrosao (the guy they call “Corrosion” in the comic).  In toy form, Corrosao was a Brazilian DeeJay repaint, so the correlation makes sense, though the comic looks to use the Tele-Viper head sculpt.
  6. COBRA B.A.T. Rocket Glider – Maybe COBRA Jet Pack (like the one that was repainted as a Target Exclusive for Rise of COBRA)?  The image of DeeJay getting blown up almost looks like one of those flying off in the upper right hand corner.

As an added bonus it looks like perhaps Backstop is the parachute figure!  At least that looks like him in one of the comic panels above.

It should be noted that Tundra Stalker is also in the convention comic, though I’m honestly not sure where he would slot in, unless he’s one of the “Ultimate Enemies” and DeeJay isn’t, but that would just be bizarre.  Sometimes the Club throws red herrings at us in these comics, so that seems likely in this case.

Patrick from YoJoe also threw along some images of the BattleForce: 2000 LAW.  Check those out below.  Huge thanks to Phil and Patrick!

More reports of JoeCon exclusives – Laser Viper 3 Pack and BF:2000 Battle Bear

Consider these unconfirmed as no images have surfaced yet, but according to Colt Blue on HissTank.com, two more exclusives have been mentioned (though no product images are yet available).

  • Laser Viper 3 Pack
  • BattleForce: 2000 Polar Battle Bear Snowmobile

Again, no real details on these yet, though one would imagine the Laser Vipers are based on the unreleased Concept Case renditions, while the Battle Bear might be worked up in silver to jive with the old school BattleForce: 2000 look and feel.

We’ve got boots on the ground and will get more details via the JoeCon comic as soon as they’re available!

JoeCon Attendee Exclusive – Blue and Gray LAW (Laser Artillery Weapon)

Very first tidbit of news from JoeCon in Orlando (though no images available as of yet) –

This year’s Attendee Exclusive is a Blue and Gray LAW.  One would think it uses the tooling from the Rise of COBRA Walmart Exclusive, colored to mimic the BattleForce: 2000 vehicles of old.

More details as they are available…big thanks to Phil from YoJoe for the early scoopage.

It’s that time – JoeCon 2017 is upon us!

Can it be here again already?  The annual gathering of G.I. Joe fans, this year down in Orlando, Florida is here again with the 2017 International G.I. Joe Collectors Convention!

Unfortunately I will not be in attendance this year due to some poorly scheduled previous family commitments, but that won’t stop me from laying down coverage as usual.  I’ve reached out to several “boots on the ground” in Florida who will be helping throw some intel our way so we can all stay informed together.

As usual, Wednesday night is Golden Ticket pick up night, which means a bunch of folks will be getting their boxed set tonight, which includes the convention comic!  Typically within the convention comic will be a list of the show exclusives and those same show exclusives normally appear in the pages of the comic as well, so by the end of the evening we should at least have an idea what to expect for Convention exclusives.

This is always a very fun time as a G.I. Joe fan, and I’m upset that I won’t be in the middle of it, but I will be enjoying it vicariously through all of my good friends down there.

Buckle up, hopefully some fun stuff to come over the next several days!

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Fourteen Days left – Animal Warriors of the Kingdom Kickstarter is THIS CLOSE

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All right, toy fans, crunch time is upon us.  With only a scant fourteen days left, the fantastic looking Animal: Warriors of the Kingdom Kickstarter is within shouting distance of its goal…but it still needs our help!

At just a hair under $50,000 pledged, it needs $15,000 more to make these fun looking figures a reality.  If you’re like me, you’re walking into retail stores these days and asking where all the original toylines are.  Why is everything based on the same licensed properties?

Well, Spero is doing something new, something cool, and something that works with a wealth of other toy lines that you already collect.  Support this thing folks.  I WANT SOME MONKEYS AND WOLVES DANGIT.

Check out and support the Kickstarter, and read the full details below!  These things look fun!

ANIMAL WARRIORS OF THE KINGDOM™ Series One: will consist of Ape, Canine, and Feline warriors, including the series’ main protagonist the albino ape Pale and his vile nemesis Baron Kah Lee. Each figure features 17 points of articulation as well as weapon accessories.

THE FIGURES: are 1:18 scale figures similar to G.I. JoeMarvel UniverseH.A.C.K.SMarauder Task ForceDime Novel LegendsEagle Force Returnsand Zombie Lab figures. The figures are sculpted and colored to be faithful to the comic book source material while remaining highly detailed and having great crossover potential for lines like those mentioned above and even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Mythic Legions!

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FIGURE INCLUDES: 1 Figure, accessories and removable armor! Mix and match your figures weapons and gear to create unique army builders.

PALE: ADVENTURE ARMOR : Albino Chimpanzee –The young albino ape king sports his trademark Mohawk and red armor. His ability to absorb his fallen enemies powers comes at a great cost as their ghosts become attached to him and slowly drive him mad! Create Wolf Pack Thug with alternate head accessory.  Includes: 3 weapons

BARON KAH LEE: Chimpanzee – The tyrannical ruler over all of the Ape Kingdom. This devious villain rules with an iron paw and will stop at nothing to secure his place at the throne, including eliminating the rightful ruler. Pale, the young ape king!  Create Kah Lee’s Elite Guard with alternate head accessory. Includes: 3 weapons

ATREIU: Lion – This traveling hero roams from town to town fighting for honor and revenge. His people were among the first to be displaced and enslaved by the Baron’s reign. Create Puma Clan Warrior with alternate head accessory. Includes: 3 weapons

CHUNARIAN SOLDIERS: Chimpanzee -These heroic soldiers make up the backbone of the Chunarian army and guard the walls of the sanctuary jungle city of Chuh-Nar from enemies of every kind. Create the Captain of the Guard with alternate head accessory. Includes: 2 weapons

CAPTAIN BRUTUS & THE HORRID KNIGHTS: Mandrill  Feral Mandrill soldiers meant to overwhelm and decimate rival armies; what they lack in fighting skill they make up for with sheer numbers and unhinged savagery! Create the Horrid Knights with alternate head accessory. Includes: 2 Weapons

THE HORRID ASSASSINS: Chimpanzee  Only slightly less vile than the mandrills these chimps are deadly with a bow but can wield a blade when in a bind. These apes rain hate down on opposing armies as the city gates give way to the steady push of the Horrid! Includes 5 weapons

STRETCH GOAL FIGURES! 

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TOXIOUS: Skunk – This skunk is his own one-animal army, his noxious stench can incapacitate almost anyone. If his foul odor doesn’t defeat you his formidable fighting skills will. Create a Horrid Assassin Variant with alternate head accessory. Includes 3 weapons

TOXIOUS ADD ON – $20 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD

GRIMLEY: WOLF – Wolves are known for hunting in packs and Grimley and his thugs are no exception. Cunning and skilled fighters; one would be wise to avoid any confrontation with him and his pack. Create a Chunari Pikemen with alternate head accessory. Includes 3 weapons

GRIMLEY ADD ON – $20 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD

PLAYSET : We will have a limited run for early bird backer of the Chuh-Nar Diorama playset, featuring a role swing attackCreated by the very talented Joe Harris who has also created play sets for Eagle Force and Dime Novel Legends.  Early work In progress samples.

WEAPONS RACK: You’re gonna have a ton of weapons and what better way to show them off than a bad ass weapons rack?This beautiful weapons rack will be include in the ALL IN & DOUBLE DOWN levels.

NOTE: These are early stage Works In Progress. We will post updated images of both the play set and weapons wrack throughout the campaign.

Rank & File Volume 3 is ON THE WAY!

Good friend of GeneralsJoes and noted author James Kavanaugh, Jr. has nearly completed work on the third volume of his impressive Rank & File guide to G.I. Joe modern era figures!  JoeCon is nearly upon us, and so will the latest Rank & File and you’re guaranteed to find something to love here.  Check out the press release and full details below.

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The adventure continues to evolve in Rank & File — A Guide to Third-Generation 4” G.I. Joe Action Figures!

After a brief hiatus in 2006 that allowed G.I. Joe to flourish in other areas, G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today!  Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were also introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

The Rank & File guide volume 3 displays every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the Celebrating 30 Years of A Real American Hero / Renegades, Retaliation,50, and Basic G.I. Joe Asst. series, complete with every accessory and variation produced.   Not only are the accessories shown, they were carefully cataloged in an upcoming volume that will guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and playset released in the 4″ era is documented and every easily removable piece is shown individually photographed —ensuring collector completion.

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This full color, forty-eight page resource manual beautifully illustrates the four series’ 148 action figures, twenty-two vehicles and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide.  Each action figure was carefully examined between its initial run and any further re-releases to ensure accurate samples are clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

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Whether you are a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor, the Rank & File series is the decisive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles, and playsets produced from 2007 to today.    Let the Rank & File guides serve as a reference for completion or a scrapbook to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero.

Basic Information

The MSRP for The Rank & File guide Volume 3 is $20 and available at www.rahcguide.com.  Buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs.  If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. guides before, the process will be very similar.   This guide was self-published and produced in quantities reflecting previous sales so do not hesitate in ordering if owning a guide is a priority.

You may join the mailing list at: rahc.guide@gmail.com and like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RAHCGuide to get the latest updates between press releases.

New Jersey Collectors Con Summer Launch Party with Boss Fight Studio!

This isn’t just another NJCC…  teaming up with the fine folks from Boss Fight Studio, the New Jersey Collectors Con will be featuring a fantastic two-day toy extravaganza on August 12th and 13th in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Boss Fight will be front and center with many awesome activities for convention goers and rumor has it their Series 02 Fantasy figures from Vitruvian HACKS will be available for sale at the show.

NJCC will also have a Series 02 exclusive figure available there as well.  Should be a great time, put those dates on your calendar, and I’ll see you there!

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For all of the latest info, check out NewJerseyCollectorsCon.com or visit them on Facebook.

 

 

G.I. Joe Collectors Club finishes strong with FSS 6 Reveals

I’ll admit… I was feeling pretty lukewarm about the majority of the FSS 6 reveals, with the first half of the figures shown feeling somewhat lackluster.

But over the past week or so, the Collectors Club has shown the back half of the latest Figure Subscription Service and things have taken a decided turn for the better.  While not all home runs, there has been a distinct upward trend which is nice to see.

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We all know who this guy is, and why he must not be named…interesting choice for the head sculpt and I do like the armored torso, though the scarf looks a little sketchy.  It will likely look better in production, but this one isn’t wowing me.

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Okay, this one is a head scratcher.  I’m not entirely sure why Windmill was tops of anyone’s list for an FSS figure anyway, but especially not the Funskool deco version.  I’m not crazy about the parts here and the dated 25th Anniversary vest leaves me cold.  The dual purpose head sculpt for BattleForce: 2000 and Windmill makes a certain amount of sense, but again, I can think of several characters that needed revisiting before this guy.

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Now Rampart looks pretty great.  The Collectors Club is further developing the 1990 roster nicely, and I’m glad to see this guy here.  I will not rest until Captain Grid-Iron shows up though. #GridIronForLife

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Ehh…  I dunno.  I love the classic WORMS, it’s one of my all time favorite COBRA vehicle drivers, but the modern officer style jacket just seems broad and bloated.  I get what they were going for here, but not real wild about the final execution.

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Excellent.  More love for new Devil’s Due characters is always good.  Yes, I realize she’s not really a new character, she’s just Oktober Guard’s Daina in a new outfit, but it’s still a nice looking figure, and I dig the parts choices.  It’s a shame there wasn’t a way to include her unique hat, but I still think the figure as a whole looks pretty great.

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Yes.  Yes.  YES.  I’m pretty sure I’ve put The Plague down on my convention survey nearly every year since they first debuted, and Guillotine is a fantastic place to start.  I’m desperately hoping this is an indication of more Plague members still to come and if so, this is a heck of a nice start.  Great looking figure and a nice way to round off the FSS reveals.

And in case you missed it, the Club also threw a new vest and scarf on Cross Hair, which I am fully in support of:

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So… FSS 6.0 ends up strong, though I’m still not sure I can justify the expense.  With shipping we’re talking around $450 which is far from pocket change, especially as newly tooled parts continue to be reduced.  Many of the figures shown here lack that “collector” mentality of extra paint decos or new parts which were used as justifications for higher prices in the past.  Yes, I realize that everything costs, and producing these things aren’t cheap, but seeing costs increase while our bang for the buck decreases doesn’t leave the best taste in my mouth.

That being said, if you like what you see, more power to you, hit up the Figure Subscription Service page to buy ’em up!  Then let me know if you want to sell your Guillotine afterwards…  ;)