While package pickup was late last night, the first official day of the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention is today! Already we’ve seen the parachute drop and panels by Adam Riches and James Kavanaugh, Jr., and some great updates are over at the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook. Dave Tree’s Action Man panel is hot on their heels.
Hot ticket item for the Con this year appears to be the carded Pythona, which was apparently sold without limits and burned through very quickly in the Club store.
G.I. Joe Con attendees will be getting their first sneak preview at the sales floor today at 2:00pm Mountain time, which includes the Hasbro booth, but don’t be alarmed if there isn’t much to look at there yet. Generally Hasbro puts out most (if not all) of their new product AFTER their panel, which happens tomorrow morning at 11:00am Mountain time.
It does look like someone got an advanced sneak peek at the Hasbro booth, and so far they’re just showing the SDCC set (priced at $99.99) but as I said, we can anticipate seeing much more than that tomorrow after their panel.
It’s Con Set pick up day! That means a first look at all of the various Convention exclusives (aside from the boxed set items). Several different folks on the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook page have posted images from the pick up line, and the extra exclusives are as follows:
G.I. Joe Glider 2 Pack w/ Cloudburst and Skymate ($75.00)
COBRA Heli-Viper 3 Pack ($85.00)
Sky Patrol JUMP 6 Pack ($55.00)
COBRA JUMP 6 Pack ($55.00)
Sky Patrol Sky Sweeper ($68.00)
COBRA Hydra w/ Aero-Viper ($85.00)
Sky Patrol Skystriker ($160.00)
Paradrop Freefall figure (loose $35.00 and carded $45.00)
Pythona Carded ($38.00)
Free Attendee Air Raid
The Skystriker and Sky Sweeper are in the familiar Sky Patrol metallic colors, while the majority of the other items are reminiscent of their vintage look and feel. Interestingly the Aero-Viper is very similar to the version released during the Rise of Cobra line, but with some different parts to remove the Neo-Viper-esque ties. Check out all of the images below.
Rumor from the convention floor is that product for JoeCon is “stuck in customs” and won’t be at the hotel until late tonight. What that means is Golden Ticket pick up is now slated for around 3:00pm tomorrow, so don’t stay up late tonight to see the news, East Coast. :)
If there’s any advantage to not making the trip to Loveland this year (and really, this is about the only advantage I can think of) it’s that I can at least try and sit back and offer some coverage of the JoeCon excitement. With this being only the third Convention I haven’t been able to attend in thirteen years, you’ll have to excuse me if I’m a bit melancholy and a little unaccustomed to the coverage from this perspective.
Today is Wednesday, which means it’s Golden Ticket pickup! There will be no special attendee exclusives revealed today, HOWEVER Golden Ticket holders will be getting their Convention Comic, and within the pages of that convention comic should be the details about the rest of the convention exclusives!
Golden Ticket pickup is at 8:30pm mountain time tonight, which should be around 10:30pm eastern. It’ll be here before you know it.
Check out my post from last year to see how this tends to look, and while we won’t get a specific idea of many of the individual characters or how they look, the list of exclusives will shed some light.
Even though I’m not in Colorado, I do have some “boots on the ground” and will endeavor to get the information relayed as fast as humanly possible… although I would much rather be in Loveland enjoying my favorite weekend of the year, there are still plenty of exciting things to come over the next several days, I hope you’ll join me in this year’s JoeCon coverage!
Hold onto your butts… What’s on Joe Mind is here with Episode 104, just recorded last week and ready to roll for JoeCon 2016! We cover the latest news, talk about the Joes of 2004, and lose track of what we’re saying consistently for nearly two hours. Just another day at the WOJM studio.
You can listen to the episode on Podbean, or the embedded player below.
We talk about the Joes from 2004, catch up on the news, begin to set the table of what will happen at JoeCon…and generally get side tracked – A LOT. Download it now and listen to it on your way to JoeCon!
Speaking of JoeCon, be sure to catch Mike, Gary, Joe and Chris McLeod from the Full Force at our JoeCon panel on Sunday, June 19th at 1:00. It will be the last ever panel at JoeCon. Join us as we turn out the lights…forever (maybe, maybe not, we will see – we’re looking at you Hasbro!)
If you have not signed it already, be sure to sign our petition to Save the GI Joe Convention! If you want a Joe-only convention like us, make sure you sign the petition and let the powers-that-be know what you think! More than 2500 people have signed. Sign on the campaign today!
Another fun-filled episode of The Full Force podcast hits just as we’re getting hyped up for JoeCon, and the timing couldn’t be better! All the latest news (and there’s a ton of it), an interview with myself and Jim Beard about our upcoming Joy of Joe project, and all the fun antics from those crazy Joefans from across the pond.
Check out the latest episode over on the Podbean page, or listen to the embedded player below.
It’s that time again!! The Full Force boys are back with a brand new episode filled with all the things you have come to expect….ooer!! Packed with innuendo laced material, much like that previous sentence, news brought to you by Justin Bell at General’s Joes and WOJM and as up to date as one can manage when having to edit hours of Dave Tree. A classic figure review of Jammer to commemorate his FSS 4 appearance, modern reviews by Justin Bell and an interview with Jim Beard and that pesky Justin Bell again as they discuss their upcoming ‘Joy of Joe’ book project and other cool things!! On top of that we continue with our new ‘Male Bag’ segment, the smallest ‘What We Got In’ ever and a brand new game called ‘File-O-Facts’!! What could that be? There’s only one way to find out……FULL FORCE!!!
A short while ago Marauder “Gun Runners” announced that they would have some JoeCon exclusives available in Loveland, Colorado next week, and now we get an idea of what they’re offering!
Check out the post on the Marauder Facebook Page and the mirrored images below. If you’re hitting JoeCon, make sure to stop by the Marauder booth and stock up!
We are excited to unveil the MTF Con Exclusive figures:
Tan with Green ASSAULT-OPS
Green with Brown RANGE-OPS
Tan with Tan HAVOC-OPS
These were the MOST requested color combinations and we are delighted to release them! In addition to new color gear for the Range-Ops & Assault-Ops versions, there are new “SKULL-FACE” balaclava heads. They’ll be available at Joecon and will make remaining inventory live on the website after the show. We hope you like them and look forward to seeing all of you next week at the con!
It’s tough to say whether the leak of information and images had anything to do with a reveal of the upcoming G.I. Joe/Transformers ComicCon set, but whatever the reasoning, we now have official press photos of the set to share as revealed by Uproxx yesterday.
For several years running, Joe Moscone has taken the lead when raising money for cancer research, most notably working alongside Greg Olson’s “Receptions for Research” as a great way to funnel necessary money to the right places to lead the way in finding a cure.
As a long time toy fan and former PR rep for Hasbro’s Public Relations firm, Joe has amassed a great collection of unique toys and collectibles, and offers them up via charity auctions to support Receptions for Research.
You can check out his auctions right here, all running on eBay, and there are some real gems in there. You can get your hands on some great collectibles AND support cancer research at the same time. Help me get this done!
The full list of items up for auction is below. Joe has spent a ton of his own time devoted to this cause, let’s help him raise some cash for Receptions for Research!
Sealed Case – Mezco Toyz RARE 7” Hellboy II Action Figures
SDCC 2012 Hasbro Exclusive RARE Hollywood Jem and The Holograms Doll
TRU Exclusive 2006 Transformers Robots In Disguise Soundwave w/ Laserbeak and Ravage
Mr. Potato Head – Marvel Iron Man 2 “Tony Starch”
G.I. Joe 25th Ann. Cobra H.I.S.S. Tank w/ Driver
Hasbro Indiana Jones 3.75” Raiders Of The Lost Ark Indiana Jones action figure
Star Wars Celebration V 2010 Hasbro Exclusive 3.75” 4-LOM & Zuckuss figure set
Starting Lineup 1990 Series – NFL Christian Okoye Kansas City Chiefs figure
Starting Lineup 1990 Series – MLB Bo Jackson figure Kansas City Royals figure
SDCC 2014 Hasbro Exclusive Mighty Muggs ROM figure
I know, I know… it’s about damn time! Yes, yes it is. But, the way I look at it is we waited over 30 friggen years for a Billy figure, what’s another couple of weeks to get the review done?
But it is done! I’ve got full blown text reviews as well as YouTube video reviews all polished off for both Billy and the Interrogator, two characters that are very near and dear to me, and two characters I was greatly looking forward to. One of them mostly meets my expectations, while the other falls a little short.