JoeCustoms Podcast 2015 Convention Recap!

The convention has passed us by, but the fine folks at the JoeCustoms podcast have posted a great recap of the show, featuring Morgan Lofting (the voice of the Baroness), Patrick Kelly from Diorama Dreams, Bill Merklein, Hasbro sculptor extraordinaire, Tim Finn, and the folks from DeClassified, Pat and Darren!

This is one mother of an episode, so check it out and go back in time to the 2015 JoeCon!

Check it out on Podbean, and via the embedded player below.

GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3 Crimson Guard Immortal

Figure Subscription Service week continues as I wrap up my reviews for the third FSS just as the Collectors Club is ramping up their subscription period for FSS 4.  Good timing, eh?

Today I’m covering the Crimson Guard Immortal, a figure first seen in Hasbro’s Concept Case in 2012, and finally available in plastic form to collectors everywhere.  Check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page or hit the direct link below.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: ARAH #214

With the gut wrenching events of last month’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero issue, you know there has to be some kind of follow up.

And a follow up there is.  Check out the full review for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #214 below, and if you want to check out my review for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #213 to prepare yourself, click here.

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Figure Subscription Service Bombstrike reviewed!

The week long coverage of the last shipments of FSS 3.0 continues today with Bombstrike!  The third of the Stall siblings joins her two brothers (previously released in FSS 1) and she definitely raises the bar.

Check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page, or click the direct link below.

New Sculpt Invasion!

Previews for IDW G.I. Joe ARAH #214 and Transformers vs G.I. Joe #7

With the numbers of G.I. Joe titles going down, it’s a rare thing that we get two issues in a single week featuring G.I. Joe, but we get that this week with A Real American Hero #214 and Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #7.

A Real American Hero deals with the aftermath of Snake Eyes’ death in what appears to be a very somber and understated way, though anything can change after the first five pages…

Check out the previews and descriptions below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #214—The Death of Snake Eyes, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

The end of the road for SNAKE EYES… The events of this issue will change G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero forever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • THE DEATH OF A HERO!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

Transformers vs G.I. JOE #7

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)

THE WORLD AS THEY MAKE IT! Alliance are forged! Enemies are enraged! The war burns on Earth and Cybertron! And now… now the real battle begins.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • If you’ve ever liked anything, you’ll love this!
  • If you’ve never liked anything—this will be the first thing you love!
  • Variant Cover by Kody Chamerlain!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS IV Pathfinder

I’m firmly of the belief that the 1990 line of G.I. Joe is a strange anomoly in the world of G.I. Joe.  It certainly appeared to be, in conjunction with the DiC series, an inline “rebranding” of the G.I. Joe line, bringing a wealth of new characters to the table.  Many of those characters, while getting a focus in animation, never really captured the imagination of comic readers or collectors.

The Collectors Club is dipping into the 1990 roster twice in this FSS with both Pathfinder and Bullhorn, and they’re showing off Pathfinder first!  Check out the preview image below, and if you like what you see, sign up for FSS IV right here.

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Using Lifeline’s head with Gnawgahyde’s hat and a newly tooled weed whacker, this certainly looks like a pretty spot on update for the 1990 G.I. Joe jungle specialist.

 

Figure Subscription Service Reviews this week

Mailboxes have been busy over the past few weeks delivering the last remnants of Figure Subscription Service 3.0!  As luck would have it, there are five figures remaining in this third FSS, and there are five days in a week.  :)

I will be reviewing on of the FSS figures every day this week, culminating on Friday with the mysterious 13th figure… so if you want to stay spoiler free, stay away from GeneralsJoes.com on Friday.  You’ve been warned.

We’re kicking off the review week with Night Creeper Leader!  Check out the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review page, or hit the link below to check it out.

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The Finest: A G.I. Joe Costume Club teams with the USO for new Calendar!

Last year, the fine folks from The Finest produced a “Girls of the Finest” costume calendar to support Wounded Warrior.  This year, they’ve joined forces with the USO themselves to create the next installment in the Girls of the Finest calendar!  This is huge news for this great group of costumers, and hopefully we can all come out and support them along the way.

Check out the full press release below.

The Finest Announces Partnership for Upcoming Charity Calendar

The costume club’s annual charity calendar returns for 2016, with all proceeds to benefit its charity of choice

May 28, 2015

The Finest: A GI Joe Costume Club (the Finest) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) and the return of the Girls of the Finest charity calendar for 2016. The Finest will donate 100% of the calendar net proceeds to the USO, a nonprofit organization that has supported America’s troops and their families for nearly 75 years, providing critical programs and services through more than 160 locations around the world.

“We are humbled and honored to partner with the USO on this project,” said Scarlett Conn, the Finest’s project lead for the charity calendar. “A significant portion of our club’s membership is made up of active duty troops, veterans, and their families. Many of our own members and their families have directly benefited from the USO over the years, so being able to work with this historic organization and give something back is incredibly important to all of us.”

Established in 2007, the Finest is an international volunteer group of costume enthusiasts who portray G.I. Joe characters at comic and pop-culture conventions worldwide. Members of the Finest also support local communities and participate in military- and veteran-themed charity projects, including the annual Girls of the Finest calendar.

The 60-day funding period for the limited edition calendar is scheduled to launch in late May and run through the end of July. Finest members will appear at various comic and pop-culture conventions nationwide throughout the summer to promote the calendar and accept donations. Online donations may be made here:

http://igg.me/at/girlsofthefinest2016calendar

For more information about the Finest and the Girls of the Finest Charity Calendar please visit www.thefinestcc.com or join the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/girlsofthefinest?fref=ts or Twitter using @TheFinestCC

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About The Finest

Established in 2007, the Finest is the premier G.I. Joe costuming group in the world. With hundreds of members across the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, we portray characters from the G.I. Joe universe at various comic and pop-culture conventions around the world, and participate in parades, children’s events, and charity projects that typically support military and veteran organizations. To help us support this important project, and to learn more about the Finest, please visit www.thefinestcc.com and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheFinestCC?fref=ts .

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club shows off two more FSS IV figures

Another reveal today from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club for the next installment of the FSS!  Today we get a look at Photoshop mock ups for Inferno B.A.T. and Nunchuck.

Inferno B.A.T. is a curious collection of homages.  Obviously the main inspiration is the Mail Order exclusive Inferno B.A.T. from the early 00’s, which was based on the ’91 version of the Battle Android Trooper.  The legs, however, look more derived from the Valor Vs. Venom version (along with the sword).

According to the Club, the final figure will look pretty different:

this is only a reference mock-up and the plan is to re-tool the sword hand attachment and make the figure parts translucent.

So the final version should be translucent, and I would expect formatted similar to the Nano B.A.T. from the first Figure Subscription Service.

Nunchuk uses a mixture of the recently used Ninja figure parts and 30th Anniversary Airtight legs for a more military mixture.  The paint scheme is obviously heavily Photoshopped, but the end result is decent enough.

Keep watching GIJoeClub.com for the latest info and if you like what you see, subscribe to FSS IV.

Final FSS 3 Shipments arriving now

Depending on where you are in the country, the final installments of the third Figure Subscription Service are now arriving in mailboxes! Already on Facebook, folks have posted about the latest shipment and revealed the mystery 13th figure!

I am NOT going to reveal the Collectors’ Club’s exciting choice here, but if you poke around, you’ll find it.

I think folks will be quite happy with it.

Watch those mailboxes, and I should be getting caught up on my own FSS reviews very shortly, now that the Con set is out of the way!

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