G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 3.0 first shipment is arriving now!

In spite of my review schedule, Wave 2 for the 50th Anniversary product has been out for a while now, so some folks are going through G.I. Joe withdrawl after the past few months. Well, withdraw no more, as the first shipment of the GIJCC Figure Subscription Service is hitting mailboxes right now!

I will refrain from spoiling anything with this post, but if you want to see which two awesome figures the first shipment contains, hit up the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook and feast your eyes.

Of course, be warned, the first shipment will be spoiled!

Can’t wait to get mine!

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Boss Fight Studio Virtuvian HACKS Delay

When the Marauder Task Force delay was announced a short while ago, I saw some folks wondering if perhaps this didn’t bode well for the Vitruvian HACKS line, though at that point no one really knew what the issue was or if they were even using the same factory.

As luck would have it (bad luck) it appears that Vitruvian HACKS is suffering from the same unfortunate fate.

A Kickstarter update was sent out to supporters today announcing that production of the HACKS figures was going to be delayed by “a few months” as a result of not only the QC examination, but also compounded by the upcoming Chinese New Year.

It’s a disappointment to be sure, but I think everyone would agree, we’d rather wait an extra few months to get the product we really want rather than rush to market and end up with sub-standard product.

To ease the pain of this announcement, Boss Fight has also posted a first look at their spectacular Tartarus Guard, which I’ve included in this post. It’s an absolutely amazing looking new figure and will either excite you or enhance the disappointment that we still have a few months to wait before Virtuvian HACKS invades our toy shelves. You can read the full text of the delay announcement after the images.

Hey again, backers!

Thank you all, once again, Boss Fighters! You helped us unlock nearly 50 items this summer!

Up to this point, we have been optimistically targeting February as our initial ship date. However, due to current circumstances, which we will discuss below, we are going to have a slight delay in the shipment of our figures.

Along with the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter, many of you also contributed to the Marauder Task Force Kickstarter. The factory being used for both has been exceeding our expectations on nearly every level and what we have seen from them has been extraordinary. There were a few minor issues in the production of the Marauder product, which are being resolved. Our product will be produced at the same factory, and until those issues are cleared up for the MTF, our product will be pushed back. We are working closely with Marauder and the factory, and we’re optimistic that things will be resolved successfully and quickly.
Both Boss Fight Studio and Marauder are committed to providing the highest quality product possible and we are working together tirelessly to make sure the product for both teams meets or exceeds our very high expectations.

Next, because our items are being moved back slightly, our factory time is going to be pushing into Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival, which take place from February to March this year. For those of you who aren’t aware, this is a month-long celebration. During this time, our factory closes to allow the workers to celebrate with their friends and families.

When we started the V-HACKS project, we were offering 3 waves of 4 figures and 2 different Kickstarter exclusives, for a total of 15 items. As the Kickstarter moved ahead, full-steam, however, we added more figures, some completely new sculpts, along with some accessory packs, finishing with an amazing 50 different items!
Of course, when we inputted the time-line for our finished product, we had calculated for maybe reaching 30 items, but even reaching those stretch goals seemed unrealistic to us. We had no idea just how excited our backers would be for our figures! Even though we were given the opportunity to design, sculpt and produce so many additional items, we were still very hopeful that we would be able to deliver them by our February deadline. At this point, however, that is proving to be impossible.

We are estimating a few months’ delay and as we move along, we will be able to be a little less vague about exactly how long we are looking at.

We hope you all understand. We want you to be able to have the highest quality product we can provide. We will keep you updated as we receive more information and will make sure you are involved in every step of our progress. We know how excited you are. We are too!

Thank you all for all of your support!

Boss Fight!

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Snow Job & Arctic B.A.T.

Hot on the heels of the Social Clash 2-Pack, here is a review for the Arctic Ambush featuring Snow Job and the new Cobra Arctic B.A.T.!  As one of the only really new concepts in this year’s 50th Anniversary selection (even though it uses old parts) fans seemed interested in the figure.  I will admit, I was a bit surprised at how much I liked it, all things considered.

Check out the 50th Anniversary Review Page to check out the latest reviews, or click the links below.  Wrapped up 50th stuff just in time for FSS 3.0 to start hitting… good timing, huh?

GeneralsJoes Reviews 50th Anniversary Lady Jaye and Baroness

Okay, I’m a little behind the 8 ball on this one, but I should get all caught up this week.  It took me a little while to get my hands on the second wave of 50th Anniversary figures, then there were the Holidays and job changes, and all sorts of crap you don’t care about…  but we’re past that now.  :)

For now, enjoy the reviews for the 50th Anniversary “Social Clash” (good grief I hate that name) 2-Pack with the links below or via the 50th Anniversary Review page.  The “Arctic Assault” pack is coming soon, too!

Is D.J. Caruso set to helm the third G.I. Joe film?

If the rumors at Hollywood Reporter are true, then yes.

According to the Heat Vision blog, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is set to return as executive producer, and D.J. Caruso is in negotiation for the director’s seat. Caruso seems to have a largely unremarkable career, with a number of titles under his belt, but nothing that really broke through main stream.

His most recent film is a Young Adult science fiction alien movie entitled I Am Number Four. Prior to that he has a couple Shia LaBeouf films under his belt, Disturbia and Eagle Eye. I actually enjoyed Eagle Eye quite a bit and he does have a pretty decent action-oriented resume. Caruso spent some time directing television as well, with four episodes of critically acclaimed FX drama The Shield to his credit, as well as an episode of Over There, a mostly unheralded (but excellent) military oriented hour long drama from a number of years ago.

We’ll see where things go… but as I said in my 2015 things to look forward to post, we should start expecting movie news to hit, and we’re not even two weeks into 2015 and it seems to be starting. Strap in for that roller coaster.

Caruso

Entertainment Earth G.I. Joe Products in stock now!

Entertainment Earth has listed some G.I. Joe related product, featuring the two 4-packs that were initially Amazon.com exclusives.  Check them out below, as well as many other G.I. Joe related product!

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Entertainment Earth also has some blockbuster New Years Sales on thousands of items in stock! Check the banner below to see new collectibles at deep discount.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 3.0 is incoming!

Get ready for some new toys, Joe fans!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club just sent out notifications that FSS 3.0 figures have arrived at their warehouse and are ready to ship.  This is great news for folks who have been starving for some new G.I. Joe toys.  We should receive the first shipment by January 23rd, and the second shipment will be going out the final week of the month to get caught up.

Yay!

I estimate my chances of having a new Hit & Run figure by the end of the month at 16.7%!  Check out the full text of the email below, but please don’t check my math…it ain’t my strong suit.

Happy New Year!

Yesterday we unloaded the container for the FSS 3.0 figures.  We are working on getting out the first wave to you this week.  You should receive the first wave by Jan 23rd.  The second wave will go out the last week of the month.  This will get us caught up from all of the shipping and port delays.

For those of you on the subscription billing, we have set the two billing dates:  February 2nd and March 16th.  Please make sure your CC is good standing before those dates.  You can change your information in thesystem so you don’t miss out!   If you are planning on moving before the end of May, you can update your shipping information at the same link above.

Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy your new figures!

Brian

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G.I. Joe not appearing at Toy Fair 2015 – What does it really mean?

This has been reported in several places already, but just wanted to add my perspective…

It was revealed yesterday by Hasbro Public Relations that there would be no G.I. Joe presence at Toy Fair this year. My first reaction is actually one of thanks… I appreciate the advanced heads up just so the fandom (and those of us who cover the show) know ahead of time whether or not its worth making the trip.

It just so happens this year I have a full-weekend software deployment that weekend, so I wouldn’t have been able to attend anyway.

Secondly, I’m hoping this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to anyone. Mark Weber, in his interview with the G.I. Joe Collectors Club specifically said they’d have more information to reveal at JoeCon in Springfield, IL…the lack of even a mention of Toy Fair was an indicator to me at the time that February in New York City would be a G.I. Joe free zone.

I really don’t think this dampens any enthusiasm for the coming year. We can assume that 2015 will be more or less a repeat of 2014, product-wise, with the big push coming next year in concert with the third film.

Of course that does bring up the question of the third film… this makes me believe that perhaps that third movie will appear later in 2016. Obviously if production hasn’t really started yet (and there’s no reason to think that it has) then we’re still a little ways off, plus I would think they’d leverage Toy Fair (though SDCC is a possibility) as a place to debut toys for the new film. If they debut those toys next February, we can expect them not to hit retail until mid-year at the earliest, likely in concert with the film release.

However, if Hasbro does choose SDCC to preview movie toys, it could happen earlier, but the timeline is feeling mighty compressed as it is. Regardless, we should hopefully have a better idea come April what the short and long term future holds for G.I. Joe.

Ten things for G.I. Joe fans to look forward to in 2015

I know it’s been somewhat doom and gloom in the G.I. Joe realm over the past few months, even with the releases of 50th Anniversary product and continued rumors of the third G.I. Joe film, but hey, you know what?  Things aren’t all bad.

As 2015 gets kicked off, it’s important to think back on recent history, and look forward on what’s to come.  And when you really look at it, the future has some brightness for G.I. Joe fans.

Click the Continue Reading link below to check out the list!

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Eagle Force Soldier for upcoming Eagle Force resurgence revealed!

The next potential big thing in Kickstarter appears to be Eagle Force, and today we get another exciting reveal from the upcoming toy line.

Over at HISSTank.com they have shown off concept art of the Eagle Force Soldier, a good guy troop builder!  Fresh Monkey Fiction promises to have four different army builders available with the new campaign, and if they all look this cool, we could be in for a world of hurt (on our wallets).

With design work by Boss Fight Studio, this new Eagle Force iteration should have a strong fanbase to build from, and actually seems to be hitting a lot of G.I. Joe high notes.

In related news, Fresh Monkey Fiction also posted a panel from an upcoming comic story featuring some back story to Eagle Force’s big return. 

Should make for some interesting storylines to lead off 2015.

Check out the two images below.

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