GeneralsJoes Reviews the 2011 GIJCC Convention Set!

The day has finally come!  Well, mostly, anyway.  I won’t bother getting into the various reasons why this review was so delayed, but the important thing is that I’ve got it posted…well, for the most part.

Generally even when I don’t make it to the Convention I make arrangements for someone to pick up the exclusives for me.  Well, I let that slip through the cracks a bit this year, and it bit me in the ass, so I am currently Stinger-less, Motor-Viper-less, Cobra Commander-less, Water Moccasin-less, and Tele-Viper Officer-less.  I just can’t squirrel up the extra funds to try and get this stuff on the secondary market.

Thankfully, GeneralsJoes contributor “Beachhead” Mike came through on the Water Moccasin, and Gary “Gyre Viper” Goggles hooked me up with the awesome 2-Pack, so I am able to include those reviews here, but it is essentially the boxed set, the 2-Pack, and the Water Moccasin until I can get my hands on the other stuff.   Hopefully you’ll still find the review helpful!  Check it out as always at the GIJCC Exclusives Review Page, or just click the link directly below:

New picture of JoeCon 2011 Exclusive Claymore

Over on the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Facebook page, a quick image of the upcoming JoeCon exclusive Claymore figure was revealed!  And it rocks.  I love the character as it is, and they have provided a really, really cool update.  I especially love the Special Forces emblem on his chest featuring “De Oppresso Liber” (to free the oppressed).

And he’s totally Magnum.

Excuse the quick and dirty Photoshop.  The real image is mirrored below, and can also be found at the aforementioned G.I. Joe Collectors Club Facebook page.

GIJCC JoeCon 2011 Captain Claymore revealed!

For many of us today was a vacation day, but the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has continued posting their images for the upcoming 2011 G.I. Joe Collectors Convention exclusive figures!  The last one in line was Captain Claymore (of course, the one I’ve been looking forward to the most).

He is now up and posted and features all sorts of great features:

  • 25th Anniverary Style Action Figure
  • Based on Classic TRU Exclusive Character
  • NEW Headsculpt and NEW Camo Helmet
  • Includes Stand, Machine Gun w/ bi-pod, Uzi, Removable Flashlight and Backpack

So a new head sculpt and a new camouflage helmet?  Could this mean a Footloose is in the works?  I certainly wouldn’t be surprised.  The Club went with a black shirt it looks like, with the green tactical vest over it and the familiar yellow camouflage pants.  I like, though I would have loved to have green camouflage to match Wet Suit and/or Leatherneck.  Still, a great looking figure.  For the most part, it looks like Outback from the neck down, with the new head.  Pretty cool.  Check out the images below.

First look at 2011 JoeCon figures on GIJoeCon.com

Granted it’s a very small image, but over on the GIJoeCon website, a new splashpage has been posted.  And within that splash page, a very small image is in the lower left hand corner, featuring the very familiar Python Patrol Cobra Trooper!

If that small peek isn’t enough, apparently a full reveal of the first Convention figure will appear in the January issue of the Collectors’ Club newsletter.  I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere outside of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club forums.  A short while ago, in a thread dedicated to the 2011 exclusive sets, GIJCC staff member “The Commander” posted the following:

“Dec. update:

I just wanted to confirm that we are in the final stage of approving sample figures.

The first one will be previewed in the January issue of the GIJCC Magazine!”

So it looks like the figure reveals could start cranking pretty quick.  For folks who don’t remember, the full details on the 2011 Convention Set can be found right here.

G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Brochure Online!

With JoeCon coming much earlier in the year next year, the Convention Brochure has already been posted online!

The biggest revelation, of course, is the announcement of the Convention Exclusive sets!  And would you look at this…  something that I mentioned on the GIJCC Club forums a while ago, and have been talking about on these very pages looks to be coming to pass!  No images, unfortunately, but enough details to make mouths water.

MISSION: BRAZIL II!  Check out this figure lineup and tell me the 25th Anniversary fan inside of you isn’t giddy:

“This updated fan favorite set includes 15 figures in the 25A body style including unique Brazilian characters and Python Patrol troop builders. Every collector will want these 25A style action figures from this set!

The G.I. Joe figures include Captain Claymore, Leatherneck, Wet-Suit, Mainframe, Dial-Tone and features the female secret agent, Sparta!

The Cobra figures include two Python Tele-Vipers, six Python Troopers and features the elusive Steel Cobra (Cobra de Aço)!  Each of these great teams comes with their classic weapons and accessories in this exciting 2011 fifteen figure boxed set. Mission Brazil II will be a great addition to your collection!”

My only real caveat is that I hope while the Club uses the Special Missions: Brazil concept, I hope they don’t mirror the exact paint schemes.  I’d love to see a classic Leatherneck, perhaps a Wet-Suit with the proper helmet, Mainframe with a better head sculpt, etc…  the only question I have lies with Dial Tone.  Obviously he got the classic homage with the 2011 incentive figure, so that makes me just a bit nervous that they might be going whole hog into the Special Missions: Brazil theme.  Time will tell.

I’m sure folks will be crazy for the Python Patrol soldiers as well.

One very intriguing aspect here has to be the addition of Sparta.  Released single carded in Brazil, Sparta was essentially a reissued Cover Girl.  So will this re-release give fans the 25th Anniversary Cover Girl figure they’ve been after?  It certainly appears that way.

Keeping my fingers crossed for some traditional paint apps, but beyond that, a terrific sounding concept.  Really looking forward to seeing some image reveals.  Check out the Brochure right here, and keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com, this year (for the first time) we’re getting electronic registration, which promises to go up before Christmas.

Holidays and Convention Season…it really is the most wonderful time of the year!