G.I. Joe themed book Kickstarters hit two at a time!

You don’t see a whole lot of G.I. Joe themed Kickstarter campaigns out there, but now all of a sudden we’ve got two excellent looking G.I. Joe books with campaigns running simultaneously.

Folks who have been reading GeneralsJoes know that I always throw some support behind the offerings of 3DJoes.  Carson does great work on his website, and always puts out a quality product.  You can check out the Kickstarter for The Art of G.I. Joe (Volume 2) here.

Along with this, Dan K. is also working to fund a great looking G.I. Joe book filled with fantastic early concept art for figures and vehicles.  Lots of never before seen details and looks at some concepts that may have never reached full production.  It’s a very unique and intriguing look at some of the concepts behind A Real American Hero and deserves a place on your shelf!

You can check out the Kickstarter for 3.75 Joe right here.

Pretty exciting stuff for a fanbase who is out there excited about all things G.I. Joe!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2016 Incentive Pythona!

Ohh yeah… I’ve been waiting for this one ever since it was announced at JoeCon earlier this year. Finally, after 28 years, for the first time ever, we’re getting a Pythona action figure!

Cobra La is a polarizing element of the G.I. Joe mythology, but fans at large seem to be unified in the fact that Pythona was a necessary addition to their G.I. Joe collections. Well, the Collectors’ Club has officially filled that void, and filled it pretty darn nicely.

Featuring what looks to be a new head, new hands, and possibly a new cloak (or perhaps the comic pack Storm Shadow cloak), most of the heavy lifting is being done with very intricate and detailed paint applications.

I’m pretty surprised with how nice it looks. I had some concerns that without significant new tooling this figure couldn’t be done right, but based on the Photoshop mock up at least, those concerns were for naught. This is a great looking figure, and it will feel fantastic to finally have Pythona in my display.

Check out the image below, and keep watching GIJoeClub.com for all the details. If you want Pythona, make sure you’re a member of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club as of March 16th. You’re not gonna want to miss this one!


G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero “Cobra World Order” Prelude Five-Page Preview

We’re on the cusp of the next G.I. Joe event, with the COBRA World Order getting ready to kick off! I’d say if you’re reading this page, you probably have a decent idea of where things have been prior to this point, but as a “jumping on” place, IDW is releasing the COBRA World Order Prelude, which outlines all of the converging storylines as we lead into this event, and brings readers up to speed on the current G.I. Joe mythology.

This issue hits stands tomorrow, check out the five page preview below


Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Paul Pope (c)

It’s zero hour for Real American Hero! This table-setter leads into a mammoth 6-part bi-weekly event kicking off with next month’s RAH #219 and #220! G.I. JOE has been fighting the evil forces of COBRA for decades, but now COBRA is ready to unleash its master plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet Points:

  • A perfect jumping on point for G.I. Joe fans, new and old!
  • Covers from Paul Pope, Francesco Francavilla and Phil Jimenez!
  • The 7-part COBRA WORLD ORDER starts here and comnitnues in next month’s now- bi-weekly RAH!
  • Part of IDW’s Artist’s Edition Month promotion!

2015 Assembly Required November 7th – with a JoeCustoms Customs Class!

For the first time ever this year at Assembly Required, G.I. Joe customizing super site JoeCustoms.com will be having a custom class!  But that’s not all…not only will they be showcasing custom figures and vehicles as well as the skills required to make them, they will also have some exclusive pieces available at the show!  Check out the details below:

“The 5th annual Assembly Required convention November 7th in Des Moines Iowa will also be the site of the FIRST EVER JoeCustoms.com Vehicle Customizing Class! Throughout the day of the show JoeCustoms will be on hand to share their knowledge and guide you through the build of a custom vehicle using paint, kitbashing, and an EXCLUSIVE set of add-on parts produced by http://www.Hypnoshield.com There are a limited number of kits available, so round up your base vehicle now, any variation of the VAMP, VAMP2, or Stinger, vintage or modern will work, and start planning your trip today! Stay tuned for more details in the coming days, head to https://www.facebook.com/CodenameIowa/ for more info on the show and we’ll see you in Des Moines!”

This is an exciting event and Assembly Required has quickly become a highlight G.I. Joe gathering for the year.  Keep watching JoeCustoms and Codename Iowa for the latest details.


Hasbro NYCC Party reveals Kindle Worlds Fan Vote Artwork

If folks remember, back at JoeCon in April, Hasbro announced that they would be producing a new figure next year based on a character from one of the Kindle Worlds novels that are on Amazon.com.  This obviously excited me quite a bit, since I have a few of those novels posted myself.

Well, tonight at the New York ComicCon ‘Twas the Night Before party, Hasbro revealed fantastic artwork of four of these characters who will be included in a “Fan Vote” to decide which character gets the new figure next year!

This is very exciting news for me personally…as a diehard action figure fan and G.I. Joe collector for 30+ years, the possibility of a character I created getting made into an actual G.I. Joe figure has me almost giddy.  It’s a fantastic feeling!  The artwork Hasbro had done to represent my character (Whisper) is spectacular.

That being said, all four characters are new characters, which is very cool, and while I have my own skin in the game, it will be great to get a new character on the G.I. Joe or Cobra roster regardless of who created them.

Check out the images below, and if you need a refresher on Whisper, check out my Price of Peace trilogy on Amazon.  She plays a REALLY big role in that series of novels.

Images are courtesy of Dan from JoeCustoms.com and HISSTank.com.

Yours truly interviewed about Kindle Worlds on Hasbro Pulse

Hasbro unveiled their new “Hasbro Pulse” fan conduit website a short while ago and it’s already proven to be a source of some great information.

As of October 1st, however, it clearly jumped the shark, because they featured an interview with yours truly to talk about Kindle Worlds, the Wolf Squad, and other related G.I. Joe topics.

In all seriousness, I was quite honored to be asked to speak about my experiences with Kindle Worlds and how fun it was to explore Wolf Squad, and you can check out that interview right here.

While you’re there, be sure to check out all the great intel from Hasbro related to NYCC reveals for Transformers, Star Wars, My Little Pony and other excitement!

Hasbro Pulse looks to be a great conduit of some fandom information straight from the source.  Big thanks to the fine folks at Hasbro for talking with me and letting me share my experiences!


Location and Dates for 2016 G.I. Joe Convention Announced!

A pleasantly surprising announcement from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club today as we have the dates and location for the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention!

We’re back to summer dates next year with June 16th – 19th and the location is Loveland, Colorado, just north of Denver.  Great news, and the lead up to the annual JoeCon is always one of my favorite times of year.  Check out the email with full details below and keep watching for more information coming about the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention!

The 2016 G.I. Joe Collectors’ convention to be held June 16-19
 in the beautiful city of Loveland, Colorado

Fort Worth, TX – October 6, 2015 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention G.I.JoeCon, announced today that next year’s amazing convention will take place at the Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel June 16 through June 19 in Loveland Colorado, just north of Denver. Fans once again will come together from across the world to celebrate another exciting year of all things G.I. Joe at this fantastic event! You can make your hotel reservations now via GIJoeCon.com.

In the coming weeks, G.I. Joe fans will be able to register for G.I.JoeCon 2016 through the GIJoeCon.com online registration system. Fans and collectors who register for G.I.JoeCon as either a Real American Hero or General package holder will receive an exclusive convention box set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Saturday night Casino Night and Awards Party. Finally, American Hero or General package attendees will also receive a special bonus G.I. Joe item to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.

For all the information regarding the G.I.JoeCon show activities, hotel updates and the exclusive figure offerings, stay tuned to GIJoeCon.com

Final Push – Articulated Icon Kickstarter nearing the finish line

I’d mentioned this great looking Articulated Icons Kickstarter a while ago, mostly focusing on a particular “Deluxe White Ninja” figure that I thought might be one that G.I. Joe fans could be interested in.

As time has gone on, successful funding and the revelation of further stretch goals has proven this 6″ Ninja themed line to be pretty darn impressive in its own right.  There are a lot of great looking figures here with a bunch of character, along with some nice masked troop builders.  The Kickstarter campaign is nearing the finish line, with just a bit over two days to go, and while the initial funding goal has been met (and then some) there is still some room to unlock a few more stretch goals.

While it currently sits at a bit above $180,000, once it hits $200,000 more figures get unlocked, and then at $250,000 ALL stretch goal figures will be unlocked!  That’s not a huge jump from where things are now, and there are some downright gorgeous figures to be had at all levels.  Do yourself a favor and check out Articulated Icons on Kickstarter and consider dumping some cash in to get these other stretch goals unlocked.  This looks like a fantastic line if you’re a 6″ collector.  Check out the Kickstarter right here, and take a peek at the mirrored images below.

Vitruvian HACKS Kokomo/All the Cool Stuff Exclusive Amazon Warrior

News out of this weekend’s Roll Out Roll Call in the UK!  The fine folks from Boss Fight Studio are in attendance and have revealed an exclusive Amazon Warrior to be available through Kokomo Toys and All the Cool Stuff.

This exclusive version of the Amazon has different armor and weapons and should be an awesome addition to the already impressive looking Vitruvian HACKS line.

Along with the exclusive Amazon, plenty of other HACKS offerings were on display, and can see those below.  Big thanks to Paddy for all the images from the show…keep watching the Boss Fighters Facebook page for any other updates.

Surprises in store at Roll Out Roll Call 2015?

We are less than a week from the UK’s biggest and best G.I. Joe/Transformers Convention, Roll Out Roll Call, in Southampton!  Attendees have come to expect a fantastic show with lots of great dealers, great insight from special guests and lots more.

Well, this year, things might be getting even MORE interesting.

Fun Publications’ own Pete Sinclair will be in attendance at Roll Out Roll Call this year, and will be hosting panels to talk about what’s coming up for the Transformers AND G.I. Joe Collectors Clubs!  Time will tell if there will be any special news or reveals from the show, but it seems to be they wouldn’t be doing panels if they didn’t have some fun new stuff to talk about.

If you live anywhere near Southampton, UK, this could be a very unique opportunity to come to a show and soak up this fun hobby and enjoy the company of a GREAT crew of diehard G.I. Joe (and Transformers, and Masters of the Universe, etc…) fans.  Everything I hear about the show is good.

Check out all the details at All The Cool Stuff or on Facebook and I’ve mirrored some info below as well.  This should be another great show!

So on top of the amazing exclusives that were available for pre-order atRoll Out Roll Call, The UK Transformers, G.I. Joe & Action Force Show, the Transformers Collectors’ Club (Official) and G.I. Joe Collectors’ Clubhave a few special surprises AND PRODUCT REVEALS in store.

Saturday, Transformers Collectors’ Club Panel at 16:00

Join Pete Sinclair from the Transformers Collectors’ Club as he gives you an insight into the Club, offers up NEW PRODUCT REVEALS and discusses the 2016 official Collectors’ Convention, BotCon.

Sunday, Transformers & G.I. Joe Collectors’ Clubs Q&A Panel at 15:00

Once again join Pete Sinclair from Fun Publications who will field your questions relating to both Collectors’ Clubs, with A SPECIAL FIRST LOOK AT UPCOMING ITEMS for the G.I. Collectors’ Club.