GIJCC Lost Talkers now available in the store for immediate shipping!

Hey, all you 12″ fans, remember how mad you were when Hasbro wasn’t celebrating the 50th Anniversary?  Well the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has just received the 12″ Lost Talkers!  Immaculately recreated from the vintage designs with great new talking ability they are in the store and ready to ship now!  Check out the YouTube video below with the press release following.

At long last, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club is producing the last two figures in the very popular “LOST TALKER” series that started with the G.I. JOE “LOST TALKER” ACTION SOLDIER and the G.I. JOE “LOST TALKER” ACTION MARINE a few years back! These figures are not “lost” because they were never produced, rather because they feature two voice phrases that were recorded back in the 1960s but not included on the original figures released in 1967.

These NEW Club figures have been meticulously reproduced, featuring boxes and uniforms that stay true to the original but are made with today’s best digital production tools. Hear the original “voice of G.I. Joe” as never before as the ORIGINAL recordings are presented with a modern electronic voice box and crystal clear clarity! Many collectors have original talking figures from the vintage G.I. Joe line, but none of them sound like this!  Rediscover the magic of your own G.I. Joe figure announcing his service branch and that he is “reporting for duty” along with 7 other phrases – PLUS – two phrases that were thought “lost” to the vaults of time. These figures feature the ORIGINAL recordings you recall from your childhood and two that were NEVER used until NOW!

Order your G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club exclusive LOST TALKER ACTION SAILOR and LOST TALKER ACTION PILOT today! For a preview of the figures, check out the video here.

Brian

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Derryl DePriest gets refreshingly candid in JoeCon interview

One of the benefits of JoeCon is an opportunity to get some face time with the folks that control the fate of your favorite brand. In many cases interacting with Hasbro representatives results in a lot of understandable marketing speak. They are there, after all, to support their company and maintain the image and reputation of who they are there representing.

I’ve always been impressed by the way G.I. Joe representatives have handled themselves at various conventions, both as a credit to them and to their Public Relations folks.

But the frank and honest way Derryl DePriest approached questions about the fate of the 12″ toyline with the Patches of Pride impresses me most of all. He manages to maintain his professionalism, but gets incredibly honest and forthright about the current state of 12″ collecting and the potential future of 12″ figures at retail (hint… there ain’t one).

He’s frank about fan support for the 12″ line (or lack thereof) and Hasbro’s priorities when it comes to fans and shareholders. It’s an illuminating look into what goes into certain decisions, and I’m sure it has raised the eyebrows of many a Real American Hero fan, as we wonder just how far behind the 12″ fans we are.

This was a fantastic conversation, honest and transparent, and huge kudos to Derryl for telling it like it is, and thanks to The Joe Report at Patches of Pride for transcribing and posting.

Good stuff. Check it out here.

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Sideshow Collectibles has discharged G.I. Joe…at least for now

The Year of the Snake has provided some of the best G.I. Joe Sideshow product we have seen to date, which is why it’s such a shame that G.I. Joe’s obscurity from retail has now extended to Sideshow Collectibles 12″ offerings.  At least for the next six months.

Sideshow Collectibles has announced that they will have no new G.I. Joe related news at SDCC this year, which means nothing of note until 2015 at the earliest.  As someone who just bought Major Bludd and is slated to get Destro in the mail on Wednesday, I’m disappointed by the news, but not necessarily surprised.

A quick perusal on the G.I. Joe section at SideshowToy.com will show you that many of their offerings are still in stock, and most of those offerings have been there for a while.  So, stay tuned, perhaps something cool will be coming next year, but for now, anyway, the disappearance of G.I. Joe at the 12″ scale has been extended to all formats.  Sound taps now.

Thanks to YT24 on Twitter for the heads up.

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Smithsonian reveals the origins of G.I. Joe

With the G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie “Rocking” the Box Office, some other articles are emerging in regards to G.I. Joe.  The world renowned Smithsonian Museum has posted some fantastic patent paperwork for the original 12″ G.I. Joe figures, including the original artist’s mannequin and some other really neat details.

Check it out on the Smithsonian Blog, and thanks to Twitziller for the heads up.

Hot Toys to get G.I. Joe: Retaliation license for 2013?

Well, color me surprised.  This one certainly came out of left field, but according to the Hot Toys Community Facebook group, Hot Toys has the G.I. Joe: Retaliation license for 2013.  Hot Toys makes premium action figures in the 12″ scale, and I’ve spent quite a bit of time lamenting the fact that I can’t afford the excellent Avengers figures that have been coming out throughout 2012.

I may have to rethink some of my financial priorities going into 2013…these could be some insanely cool toys.  These 12 inch figures typically retail for anywhere from $150 – $200 and have amazing actor likenesses and some incredibly uniform and accessory detail.

Big thanks to Todd from Kokomo Toys for the heads up.  Check out the confirmation for yourself right here.

EDIT – Be aware this is just a Hot Toys fan page, this has not been officially confirmed as of yet.  They seem to have their finger on the pulse of Hot Toys releases, so I think the information is still solid, but don’t take this as official confirmation.

EDIT #2 – The Image on Facebook apparently comes from the “Hot Toys Holiday Book” which is an official publication from Hot Toys, which means this information can be considered official.

Thanks to Jay Cochran on Twitter and EopieHerder on Twitter for educating my Hot Toys deficient mind on the particulars.  I can assure everyone I’ll get much more educated on them in the coming months.  :)

GeneralsJoes Reviews the Sideshow Collectibles “Pit Command Center”

With thanks to Mysterious Stranger, I’ve been able to stay pretty current with Sideshow Collectible figure reviews, but in this case, I’m tackling this review myself!

I was able to get my hands on a Sideshow Collectibles 12″ Environment The Pit Command Center, and I’ve posted the review in my Sideshow Collectibles area, or you can just click the link directly below:

Sideshow Collectibles FREE G.I. Joe action figure with purchase!

For anyone who has been on the fence about buying a G.I. Joe figure from Sideshow Collectibles, this just might put you over the edge.  Until the end of the month, Sideshow Collectibles is offering a free “mystery figure” to any collector who orders an in stock participating G.I. Joe item.

That’s right…buy any participating in stock G.I. Joe item, and you get a free item included!  Participating items are listed below, I’d love to hear what folks are receiving:

Sixth Scale Figures

Zartan

Rock n Roll

Crimson Guard

Exclusive Crimson Guard

General Hawk

Black Dragon Ninja

Exclusive Black Dragon Ninja

Environments

Pit Command Center

Urban Threat – Condition Red!

Recovery at Serpent Temple

Arashikage Temple

Dioramas

Cobra Commander Diorama

Exclusive Cobra Commander Diorama

Flint Vs. Zartan Diorama

Exclusive Flint Vs. Zartan Diorama

Terms & Conditions  (Click here)

Free G.I. Joe Figure Giveaway Terms And Conditions!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Click here)
The FREE ‘G.I. Joe Mystery Figure’ is selected by Sideshow and is available to collectors who place a qualifying order for an IN STOCK G.I. Joe Collectible from October 16th – 31st, 2012 at 11:59PM (Pacific Time), or while supplies last. Gift Cards, Rewards, discounts (unless otherwise notated), FLEXPay, coupons and gift certificates CANNOT be used in conjunction with this promotion, even if checkout allows it, and can only be applied to new orders, and can only be used once per customer/account. The free mystery item cannot be exchanged for an alternate choice and it cannot be returned for credit or cash value. Please read below for detailed participation information!

How To Redeem:
The option to add the Mystery Gift will appear on the check-out pages of qualified In-Stock orders. Upon check-out, customers must select the ‘Yes’ box if they would like to receive the FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ or the ‘No’ box if they would like to decline the offer.

Receiving Your Promotional item:
While every effort will be made to ship both items together, it may not be possible to pack your FREE item with your purchased collectible. Your FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ may arrive after your product purchase has shipped. Additional shipping fees will apply on your FREE ‘Mystery Gift’ if it is shipped separately.

International Participation Welcome!
International collectors (including EU regions) will be responsible for VAT, duties or import fees on the shipment of the promotional item. Due to customs requirements, the promotional item will need to be assigned a value of at least US$1.[Request a Ship Quote here]. Once you select the ‘Yes’ box and submit your order, you accept responsibility for all fees incurred on the entire shipment.

Weeping in the toy aisles? Don’t forget about Sideshow Collectibles!

I know there has been an obvious G.I. Joe vacuum at retail, but don’t forget…all is not lost in G.I. Joe toy land.  Those great folks over at Sideshow Collectibles still have tons of G.I. Joe products in stock and ready to ship!

Excellent figures like the Crimson Guard, General Hawk, Cobra Viper, Zartan, Rock n Roll, and many other great dioramas and statues are in stock at Sideshow Collectibles, so satisfy your G.I. Joe itch with some 12″ goodness.

Click the banner below to see what they’ve got in stock and use some of that “mad money” for some really cool conversation pieces for your G.I. Joe collection.

G.I. Joe items IN STOCK NOW!

Sideshow September continues – 12″ Zartan guest review!

It took over a week, but I’m finally getting caught up with Mysterious Stranger’s excellent guest reviews, and I’m finishing with a good one… the 12″ Zartan!  I am continuously battling myself with this figure… not sure if I’ll be able to resist forever, and these reviews certainly aren’t helping!

Check out the review at the Sideshow Collectibles review section or via the direct link below.

G.I. Joe Convention 12″ Last Man Standing Guest Review

A huge thanks goes out to JoeCzar, a G.I. Joe fan of all formats who stepped up and submitted an awesome review for the 12″ Adventure Team “Last Man Standing” Convention Set!  I was wow’ed by this set, especially with the obvious similarities between the Henchman and the Cobra Trooper.

You can find this review in the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Exclusives section, or just linked below.  Again a big thanks to JoeCzar for hooking me up with the review and helping out!