Reminder – Take the GeneralsJoes “Re-Release” Survey!

It’s fallen off the main page, so I’m figuring folks have probably forgotten, but if you haven’t done it yet, please consider taking a few moments to fill out the GeneralsJoes survey reporting which PoC/30th figured you’d like to see re-released in single pack form.

It’s nothing official, but I figure if I can get some data together perhaps even to present at Toy Fair, the more responses the better!  Check out the survey at the link below:

Discussion point – What existing G.I. Joe figures need to be re-released?

Things get interesting when the retail shelves are bare, especially at Christmas time.  It seems almost criminal to have a holiday season with nary a single G.I. Joe item to be found on shelves…but such is the unfortunate dichotomy that comes with a Hollywood marriage.  The brand can live or die with the fate of the film, and for 2012 at least, G.I. Joe is a non-factor.

Hopefully with 2013 and the coming of G.I. Joe: Retaliation that will change.  In fact, online stores are already offering pre-orders for the first two waves of G.I. Joe: Retaliation product, currently slated to hit in February.  But with all of this G.I. Joe “down time” I got to thinking.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a LOT of great G.I. Joe toys come and go, and sometimes they either went too quickly, or they were somewhat difficult to get a hand on due to exclusivity.

Purely for the sake of discussion, and for the sake of gathering information, I took further advantage of the Survey Monkey tool and created a quick survey.  Looking back through the Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary, and the 7-Packs, which figures were the best figures that you had the hardest time finding?  What figures did you love the looks of, but were disappointed that you couldn’t get your hands on?

The best example I can think of from my own perspective is a figure like Shadow Tracker, who I think is very cool, and was also very hard to find.  The same could be said of Renegades Storm Shadow.  However, figures like Zombie-Viper or Jungle-Viper were good figures, but not as hard to find.  Of course your mileage may vary…that’s kinda the point of the survey.  ;)

Essentially what I’m asking is if you could get access to some recently released figures again in single card form, which figures would you prefer?  Check out the Survey Monkey survey below and share your thoughts! If you need any refreshers on which figures were in which waves, more than just the list below, check out the GeneralsJoes review sections:

GeneralsJoes reviews canceled/pre-production 30th Anniversary Kwinn

Over the past week there has been a minor barrage of G.I. Joe news, from the Figure Subscription Service to the Canadian JoeCon, but over the next few months, things will probably be at a lull.

Well, what better time to showcase a figure that was initially slated for a final wave of the 30th Anniversary line, but never hit retail?  Hasbro has promised us a number of times that they would find a way to get this figure out there, and my conversations with Hasbro at JoeCon made me even more certain of that fact, but to date, this figure has not seen release.

As we’ve gotten used to over the past few years, G.I. Joe collector of pre-production items Gyre-Viper from JoeDeClassified.com has managed to get his hands on this figure, and he was kind enough to let me borrow it long enough to get this review posted.  Hopefully it provides an interesting look at a figure that will be hitting retail eventually.

With no further adeu, you can check out my 30th Anniversary Page, or hit the direct link below:

By popular demand… the write in answers from Concept Case Survey Round One

A huge thanks has to go out to too many people to mention here…I put out a request for some Excel help last week in order to try and decipher the hundreds of write in’s that were supplied in Round One of the Concept Case survey.

I got almost two dozen offers of assistance, which absolutely blew me away.  Matt from the Awesome Toy Blog did some great formatting and data gathering…  ImpHolocron on Twitter came through as well…  in the end, though, my man Trazz from HissTank.com took all of the intel together and compiled a pair of insane spreadsheets.

Who ever thought anyone would use the term “insane spreadsheets” to describe anything?

Trazz not only compiled a spreadsheet for figures and for vehicles, but actually charted the responses to measure a ratio of the most requested figures and vehicles via write in votes.  Crazy.

I’ve attached the two spreadsheets here.  The spreadsheets have multiple tabs, including a tab which has every single write in vote, but then also some compiled answers as well.  The figures chart absolutely blew me away, showing that aside from Cobra “Viper” troopers of various ilk, Gung Ho seems to be far away the most requested character.  That comes as no surprise.

Feel free to download the spreadsheets from this post and peruse them at your leisure.  Excellent insight.  Keep in mind that this isn’t anything that was fully analyzed by teams of professionals…it was essentially two guys (Trazz and myself, but mostly Trazz) who gathered this together and formatted it.  I’m sure it’s not perfect, but it is very cool, nonetheless.

I cannot thank the numerous volunteers enough for pitching in with offers to help.  Thank you ALL.

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Ask and ye shall receive… GeneralsJoes readers come through!

Wow…to say I was pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of help today would be an understatement.  This morning I asked for an Excel guru to assist me in combing through the write in votes for the Concept Case survey, and I was inundated with offers!  Emails, comments, Twitter, PM’s on other forums…a ton of offers to help, and I cannot thank everyone enough for their assistance.

Ultimately, a couple guys pitched in and provided a TON of help filtering out garbage data and compiling some very interesting results.

I need to spend some more time filtering and sorting, but this was a HUGE help, and I should hopefully be able to post the final tallies alongside Round Two of the Concept Case survey on Monday.

Big props to everyone who offered to help today.  I truly appreciate the time it took and the generous offers everyone sent my way.

Any Excel Guru’s in the house? Help requested with Survey Analysis

I’ve been getting a lot of questions privately and in the comments about analysis for the Concept Case survey when it comes to the “Write In” section.  Unfortunately as it stands, in order for Survey Monkey to perform a proper text analysis, I have to be on their “Gold” level platform, which you can only do by signing an annual contract to the tune of $300.

Now, I love getting this data together as much as the next guy, but I can’t swing that.  But what I can do is take all of the individual responses and copy and paste them to an Excel spreadsheet.  The only issue with that is it also gathers some other extraneous text as well.  In the interest of trying to gather as consistent data as possible, I would love some assistance with the following:

  • Deleting every other row in an Excel spreadsheet.  Any formula writers out there?
  • Comparing the write in entries to gather consistent numbers

This is not a small task.  If you think about the fact that 1200 people took this survey, and there were 10 different write in sections (5 for figures, 5 for vehicles) you can appreciate how much data this is.

Granted, not everyone filled in all of the write ins, so that lessens the numbers a bit, but there is a lot of data there.

Anyone out there willing to assist?  I think this could be a great community-building project.  Either comment on this thread with some contact info, or drop me an email – justin AT generalsjoes DOT com and maybe we can all work together to get this data out to the community.

Thanks in advance!  Round Two preparation is under way.

Concept Case Survey Round One Results – and where do we go from here?

Well, I actually cheated a little bit and instead of closing down the Concept Case survey last night, I did it at about 5:30 am this morning.  I was very pleased to see people were placing votes all the way until the end, as the last survey completed was at around 3:00am.

The response to this survey has been frankly overwhelming.  Everyone has been very positive and very enthusiastic about the results and the potential for data gathering for Hasbro.  While there is certainly no guarantees that anything here will impact any decisions Hasbro is going to make, they encouraged us at JoeCon to get whatever data we could, and G.I. Joe fans should be proud, you guys delivered!

There were nearly 1200 responses, which is quite impressive, and the fans have spoken.  I am going to outline the winners of Round One below, and you will see a wealth of charts and graphs screen capped as well, just to prove the results weren’t skewed in any way.

30th Anniversary Top 10

  1. Kwinn
  2. Flint
  3. Hit & Run
  4. Lady Jaye
  5. Crimson Guard Immortal
  6. HEAT Viper
  7. Cobra Eel
  8. Beachhead
  9. Cobra Officer
  10. Crimson Shadow Guard

Pursuit of Cobra Top 10

  1. Data-Viper
  2. Clutch
  3. Echo Faction Trooper
  4. Dreadnok KAOS Crew
  5. Cobra Infantry
  6. Zartan
  7. Heavy Alley-Viper
  8. Raven’s Wing
  9. NOMaD Warrior
  10. HISS Driver

Zombie Invasion & Legends of the Arashikage

  1. Ghost Ninja Henchman
  2. Dark Ninja Master
  3. Zombie Cobra Commander
  4. Beast Ninja
  5. Toxo-Zombie
  6. Red Ninja Dice
  7. Ninja Warrior Monk
  8. Zombie Cobra Viper
  9. Gold Ninja
  10. Urban Ninja

There were also (obviously) results for the G.I. Joe: Renegades and vehicles as well, and I mirrored images of the survey results on those below.  I figured the figures from the three main sections was the most important.

Now…where do we go from here?  I think an important next step is to take the winners of each section and face them off against each other.  They’ve all been compared within the confines of their own subline, but I think the next important step is to cull more wheat and refine the results even further.

For folks who have been following along…what would you rather see?  The Top 5 from each section face off, or the Top 10?  Would a Round two survey with 15 – 20 quick and easy choices be a better idea, or broadening the scope a bit?  Leave me comments in the comment section with your choices.

Take a peek at the images below to get a great breakdown of each section of the poll, and most importantly THANK YOU ALL for your contributions.  This has been a terrific community-building experience.

 

G.I. Joe fans – let your voice be heard! The Concept Case survey starts here!

That’s right!  With a huge thanks from GeneralsJoes reader Chris, who greatly assisted in setting this up, we have launched a SurveyMonkey survey based on what Hasbro showed in the Concept Case at the G.I. Joe Convention last weekend.

Please keep in mind, this is not a Hasbro sanctioned poll or an official data gathering system!  This is all being done by GeneralsJoes, and is simply a way of gathering some empirical data to send off to  Hasbro.  According to Marketing Director Joe DelRegno, Hasbro will likely be launching their own online polling system as well, but rather than wait for that to be coded (I believe they only made the decision to do it last weekend, based on the overwhelming response from G.I. Joe fans) we figured we’d get a leg up and start this sucker early.

As we’ve seen many times in the past, toy collecting is very much a “what have you done for me lately” scenario, and with a desire to strike while the iron is hot, GeneralsJoes is doing their own survey while emotions are raw and at the surface.  You can either click the banner above to check out the survey page, or click right here.

Linked on the survey page is also a very easy to follow gallery of all of the unproduced items shown with clear identification.  Chris and myself worked hard to make this as simple and straight forward as possible.  Please check it out, and please take a few minutes to answer.  I know this isn’t official, but the data from this survey will be gathered and sent to Hasbro, so there WILL be a voice.  Let it be yours!

GeneralsJoes Readers – Save 10% at Nerd Rage Toys!

Hey everyone,

We have some great updates we’d like to tell you about.

First off, all GeneralsJoes visitors can save 10% off their order by entering promo code generalsjoes10%off during checkout. This code is valid all weekend long.

We currently have some great deals on pre-orders for GI Joe 2012 wave 4.  You can grab yourself a case of 12, sets of 6, or individual figures. Follow the link below to jump to our pre-order page.

http://nerdragetoys.com/?page_id=184&shopp_category=30

GI Joe 2012 wave 3 is “in stock”, and read to ship. We have some great troop builders left, as well as cases of 12 and sets of 6 figures. Follow the link below to jump to our 30th Anniversary page.

http://nerdragetoys.com/?page_id=184&shopp_category=15

We also have a nice selection of vintage GI Joe figures, vehicles, and parts. We are in the process of uploading hundreds of vintage items, so keep an eye out for our inventory updates. Follow the link below to jump to our vintage GI Joe page.

http://nerdragetoys.com/?page_id=184&shopp_category=2

Other lines we currently have in stock are Vintage Ninja Turtles, He-Man, Ghostbusters, Transformers, and much more.  Follow the “Products by Category” drop down menu on our navigation bar to view all of the lines we currently offer.

We are still running our “THANK YOU” giveaway contest, and still have 2 prizes left. Follow the link below for more details.

http://nerdragetoys.com/?p=466

Look for the “Ship My Items Separately” option during checkout. By selecting this option, you can have purchases of pre-order and non pre-order items shipped to you
separately so you dont have to wait for all of your items to become available before they ship.

Thank you to everyone for your business.

-Nerd Rage Toys

News Recap – Episode 27 of What’s on Joe Mind has been posted

Having just wrapped a couple weeks of longer than usual podcasts, the Whats on Joe Mind crew goes back to it and delivers another episode topping off at about 2 1/2 hours long!  We get back to basics this week as we buckle down and just talk about what you want to hear…  G.I. Joe!

Joining us is Rich from ARealAmericanHero.com as we tackle tough topics like the G.I. Joe Collectors Club subscription service, new figure reveals, and also dive deep into the most recent round of Q & A’s.

Check it out as always on Podbean, or just listen via the embedded player below: