JoeCon, the International G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, converges on Kansas City this week!

THIS SUMMER’S BIGGEST ACTION MOVIE HERO PARACHUTES INTO KANSAS CITY
16th Annual International G.I. JOE Convention features Action Figure Parachute Drop,
Special Guests from the Movie, and Thousands of Rare and Vintage G.I. JOE Figures

Kansas City, MO – August 10, 2009 – Over 300 12-inch, parachute-equipped, G.I. JOE action figures will be taking a plunge off a 42-story Kansas City hotel roof and soar over 500 feet to the ground as an army of G.I. JOE enthusiasts cheer at the incredible spectacle.

The parachute jump, at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 14, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, marks the official opening of the 16th annual Hasbro International G.I. JOE Collectors’ Convention hosted by the G.I. JOE Collectors’ Club and Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS). Attendees should arrive at the convention around 10:00 AM to ensure they don’t miss this amazing aerial stunt. For three days, thousands of G.I. JOE fans will meet at the Hyatt Regency to participate in events and activities that celebrate the brand’s 45-year history — with a special emphasis on the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA saga, the premise of this summer’s live action movie, G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra, from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro.

“We are excited to bring the fan convention and rich history of G.I. JOE to Kansas City during such a monumental year for the brand,” said Michael Ritchie, Global Brand Strategy and Marketing Director, G.I. JOE. “Attendees are going to participate in a weekend packed with G.I. JOE fandom as well as the latest and greatest from the G.I. JOE brand including activities and guests related to the live-action movie and new toy line.”

This year’s convention will feature a very special guest from G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra: actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, known for his television roles including Mr. Eko in LOST, who plays HEAVY DUTY. Also in attendance will be some of the original G.I. JOE creators from the 1960s and 1980s, industry guests, artists and, of course, the Hasbro G.I. JOE brand and design team. Additionally, the first 100 children, 12 years old and younger, through the doors on Saturday morning will be given a free G.I. Joe toy.

“With all of the excitement surrounding the movie, this convention is an event that all G.I. JOE fans should not miss,” said Brian Savage, Director of the G.I. JOE Collectors’ Club. “We invite families, kids, and kids-at-heart from the Kansas City area to join us at the convention on Saturday and Sunday alongside the die-hard G.I. JOE fans who will travel from all over the world to attend.”

The convention is being held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center located at 2345 McGee Street in Kansas City, Missouri. General admission tickets are available at the door, $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 5-12 (free child’s admission with a paid adult), and is always free for those 4 and under. General Admission tickets provide access to the showroom on Saturday, August 15th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on Sunday, August 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additional details and pre-registration information can be found at gijoecon.com, or by calling (817) 448-9863.

Hasbro inaugurated the G.I. JOE Collectors’ Convention in 1994 to bring collectors, fans and the G.I. JOE team together to share in the history of the brand. The annual event attracts thousands of people for G.I. JOE-related presentations and activities, along with buying, selling and trading rare and vintage G.I. JOE action figures.

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More new reviews posted for Rise of COBRA figures

I’m a review posting machine today, even if most of the work was done by other people.  :shifty:

Jerry also gave me a big hand with doing some reviews along with Carlos, so I’ve got a trio of figures that have just gone up from earlier in the line.  Behold!

Once again, big time thanks to Jerry and Carlos!

More G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA reviews posted!

With thanks to Carlos from JoeBattleLines, I’ve finally got a few new reviews added to the Rise of COBRA Page.  Reviews have been uploaded for:

More to come throughout the week.

Review posted for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA for X-Box 360

I’ve had my mitts on this game for over a week now, but haven’t had more than an hour or two per night to hack at it…wanting to wait until I got through a solid chunk of it, I’m just getting to the review today.

I know video game websites have been slamming this game left and right, but trust me when I say, I think Joe fans will find a LOT to love, especially folks who enjoyed the Rise of COBRA.  Characters from the film are pulled directly to your video game screen, plus a ton of cameos for characters that didn’t even get a sniff of screen time.  Recondo, Snow Job, Dusty, Stalker, Dataframe, Wild Bill, Lift Ticket, Shipwreck, Kamakura, Flash, Helix, the list goes on and on.  Firefly makes an appearence on the COBRA side, along with Night Creepers, Red Ninjas and other assorted baddies.  I honestly think that folks who are into G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA will really enjoy this game, in spite of some questionable graphics and sketchy game play.

Not sure I’d recommend dropping sixty bucks on it, but it’s a very fun game, regardless.  Check out the full review here.

International numbers are trickling in…Paramount jumping to conclusions?

“Channing Wayans” from HissTank.com has directed me to another LA Times article, this time with some estimated numbers for worldwide box office returns on opening weekend.  According to the article, The Rise of COBRA will  gross $100 million internationally this weekend, scoring $45 million dollars in international sales.

But where it gets really interesting is with the following quote:

“That’s certainly good enough for Paramount to claim victory, however, and start thinking about the future. The studio’s vice chairman, Rob Moore, confirmed that a sequel will soon go into development. The film’s lead actors are contractually obligated to return for another film, though director Stephen Sommers is not.”

While I certainly applaud Paramount’s optimism, and I hope nobody is jumping the gun, I’m going to wait a bit.  Let’s see how Rise of COBRA performs in its critical second weekend against District 9, and then start figuring out chances for a sequel.  Good to know it’s already on the radar, though!

Click here for the full story.

YoJoe on the Red Carpet at The Rise of COBRA Premier!

Coming through in a BIG way, Hollywood-style, the guys from YoJoe ended up in Los Angeles for the official red-carpet Premier at Mann’s Chinese Theater, and got the chance to stick their microphones in the faces of many folks in attendance.  Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, Channing Tatum, and Rachel Nichols are only a few of the folks that spoke to the YoJoe staff!

Check out the YoJoe Magazine article about it right here, and also check out the incredible embedded video below.

PART ONE

PART TWO

Both videos are available on YoJoe’s YouTube Channel as well!  Big kudos to the YoJoe guys for getting up close and personal on the red carpet in Hollywood.  AWESOME.

More useless Box Office analysis

So with not much else to do on a Sunday (well…that’s a lie, I’m just wasting too much time beating this dead horse) I figured I’d do a little checking to Box Office trends and what expectations should be for this weekend, based on what we know already.  Of course, much of this post will probably be defunct by this time tomorrow, but where’s the fun in that?

I’ve already reported that G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA actually dropped 16% in attendance from Friday to Saturday.  I thought this was a bit distressing, and then I checked some film trends.  Now, I’m actually still a little bit distressed about this, but not real upset.  Looking at Box Office history this year, here are some big films, and the change in returns from Friday to Saturday of opening weekend, all based on numbers from Box Office Mojo:

  • Watchmen – Total Domestic Gross $107 million, International Gross $183 million.  Opening weekend gross $55.2 million.  Keep in mind, Watchmen was considered a financial failure.  Change from Friday to Saturday was -25%.
  • Wolverine – Total Domestic Gross $179 million, International Gross $350 million.  Opening weekend gross $85 million.  Change from Friday to Saturday was -15%.
  • Star Trek – Total Domestic Gross $255 million, International Gross $382 million.  Opening weekend gross $75 million.  Change from Friday to Saturday was +1.3%.
  • Terminator: Salvation – Total Domestic Gross $124 million, International Gross $341 million.  Opening weekend gross $42.5 million.  Change from Friday to Saturday was -1.9%.
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Total Domestic Gross $394 million, International Gross $818 million.  Opening weekend gross $109 million.  Change from Friday to Saturday was +9%.

In pretty much every case here, the Sunday Box Office also dropped from Saturday, although only 10-15%.  Both Wolverine and Watchmen seem to be the benchmarks, since they both dropped double digits from Friday to Saturday.  Wolverine dropped another 27% on Sunday, Watchmen dropped 33%.  I think those are both excessive, compared to G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA.  Just for the sake of argument, I’ll shoot for a 20% decline for The Rise of COBRA from Saturday to Sunday, that would put Sunday’s total gross at $14.4 million.  With that 14.4, that then puts the three day total at $54.9 million, which isn’t a bad number.  It’s not the $60 million I was hoping to see, but it’s nothing to sneeze at.  Of course, if Sunday drops even more, there could be problems.

Looking at Wolverine’s numbers, that film did manage to make over $340 million internationally, while Watchmen floundered at about $182.  Let’s hope The Rise of COBRA trends more towards Mutants and less towards Alan Moore…

An adendum to the previous Box Office report…

While Nikki Finke is a reliable source with some inside contacts, we also have a report from Reuters saying that G.I. Joe pretty much dominated the weekend box office, making an estimated $56.2 million in the three day span.  Obviously these are all just estimates, something very important to understand.

So really, all of my yammering doesn’t mean squat until Monday, but it’s fun to talk about it, anyway… 

In the end, it’s all out of our control, but I gotta admit, it’s been fun this year sitting back and enjoying the ride.

Saturday early Box Office estimates in – Rise of Cobra drops 16%, hits $18 million

According to the previously mentioned website, Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily, the Saturday box office numbers for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA came in at $18 million.  I’m not sure if a Friday-Saturday drop is normal, but that puts the two-day total at $40.5 million.  It seems somewhat doubtful that a Sunday showing would earn another $20 million, so I’d say a $60 million opening weekend is pretty much impossible.  Looks like we may be headed more in the $50 million dollar range, depending on how strong Sundays usually are.  I suspect I might even be giving Sunday sales even too much credit.

There are still no numbers internationally, so we’ll see how things look going forward.  In my mind, this is disappointing news, but we’ll see where it goes.

Ms. Finke does add a bit of disappointing insight, with this quote as well:

“But I don’t see how G.I. Joe can get to Paramount’s predicted $300M worldwide. Especially when, next weekend, G.I. Joe will get swamped by Peter Jackson’s highly praised sci-fi blockbuster District 9.”

Considering Di Bonaventura has been on record saying they need at least $350 million before considering a sequel, this could be a punch in the gut.  Still plenty of time to go, though.  Again, check out the entire article here.

TV Spot #18 for The Rise of COBRA

No new footage, and most folks have seen the movie by now, but with a nice quote from Joe fan and Rise of Cobra Supporter El Mayimbe of Latino Review, I have to give this TV Spot some credit and some coverage, anyway.  Pulled from YouTube here.

Credit also goes to the Terror Drome’s “Terror Transmissions” for the encode!