Assembly Required 2017 Dates Announced

As a great compliment to the ongoing G.I. Joe Convention, several regional shows have cropped up, and one of the best has been Assembly Required in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dates for this year’s show have been announced, and expect it to be November 4th, 2017.  With great vendors, informative panels and a gathering of awesome fellow G.I. Joe fans, this is a show I’ve hoped to attend several times, but have not been able to make it work.

Don’t make the same mistake I have, circle the date on your calendar, and keep watching the Codename: Iowa Facebook Page for updates!


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 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 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 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 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.


Codename Iowa reveals first batch of 1988 Minimalist Posters

Ever since they first started doing these minimalist posters I’ve been waiting for this year to come up…as most of you are aware, I’m a huge Hit & Run fan, and I was really looking forward to seeing how they did him, not to mention the other fantastic characters from 1988.

So far I have not been let down! Codename: Iowa has revealed a few ’88 prints, and my ole buddy Hit & Run is front and center. SO GOOD.

As a reminder, these prints help fund the fantastic G.I. Joe regional convention “Assembly Required” in Des Moines, Iowa, which is a terrific event for G.I. Joe fans of all ages.

Keep your eyes on the site for the latest information on Assembly Required’s convention date, but for now, enjoy the prints and watch , their Facebook Page, or Twitter Page for more reveals.

EDIT – You know I was going to leave it at that…but I just have to smile at the way these minimalist prints look. When they first started these with the ’82 series, it worked amazingly well, but I secretly wondered how they could possibly attribute that style to the more complex later designs.

Well, one look at Windmill’s helmet tells me… they get it. They really get it. Continued excellent work, looking forward to more.

Codename: Iowa – Assembly Required 2014 is coming!

Every year the great folks from Codename: Iowa put together Assembly Required, an annual show to celebrate the greatness of G.I. Joe.  This year is certainly no different.

Featuring the talents of timeless comic artist Ron Wagner as well as some great insight from the guys at JoeDeClassified and a customizing seminar from the fine folks at, Assembly Required is shaping up to be something special.

It can be found at the Des Moines Social Club on November 8th, 2014 – this weekend!

Check out and make sure you’re watching their Facebook page for all the previews of their great new minimalist prints as well.  Speaking of prints, check out an exclusive first look at their great USS Flagg print that will be for sale!  Check out the image below.


GeneralsJoes Reviews Codename: Iowa Minimalist Prints Series 5 (1986)

group-01What started off as a little get together for G.I. Joe fans in a certain region has now grown to a full fledged G.I. Joe celebration .

Every year, the folks from Codename: Iowa run a fantastic G.I. Joe themed gathering and convention entitled Assembly Required, which has attracted G.I. Joe celebrities like Ron Wagner, former Hasbro designer Matt  Brandenberg, and recently featured a fantastic display case from G.I. Joe DeClassified.  They have fun activities for adults and kids as well as items for sale, and of course, their now famous “Minimalist” prints.

Check out the full review for this latest excellent series of Minimalist prints after the “jump”!

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Episode 87 of What’s on Joe Mind!

Welcome to another exciting installment of What’s on Joe Mind!  It’s tough to believe we’ve gone through 87 regular episodes (not to mention almost 40 special editions) but here we are.

We talk to the fine folks from Cobra’s 1st Legion Cosplay group, get to some good old fashioned G.I. Joe news and go through our favorite figures and vehicles from 1987.  Check out our Podbean page or hit the embedded player below.  Show notes, as always, are after the jump.

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Assembly Required – Fantastic Minimalist Posters and a great G.I. Joe fan event

12_Crimson_GuardThis has got to be one of my favorite times of the year…when Hasbro takes their foot off the pedal it falls to the fans to continue celebrating the history and the life of G.I. Joe, and the guys at Codename Iowa do some spectacular work in this regard.

Their event Assembly Required launches in Des Moine, Iowa on November 16, 2013, with free attendance, thousands of dollars worth of prizes, special guests, and the opportunity to purchase some very unique and interesting G.I. Joe posters and prints.  The guys behind this event are amazing artists and that talent shows through in all of their poster offerings, and this year is certainly no different.  For each event they cover a different year, and this year we get 1985!  How can you go wrong.

Read more to see my full coverage of these excellent prints and posters.

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Third annual Code Name Iowa G.I. Joe celebration – November 16, 2013

Even when Hasbro takes a break, devout G.I. Joe fans take the ball and run with it, as evident by Roll Out Roll Call last weekend, and now we have an awesome upcoming G.I. Joe celebration, Codename: Iowa!

I’ve talked about Codename: Iowa many times before and they deserve all the nice words…they produce some incredible artwork, bring in great guests and have some terrific prizes.

This year they’re focusing on the year 1984, with an incredible grand prize of a MISB G.I. Joe Killer Whale Hovercraft.  Check out for the latest details, and make sure you’re following Codename: Iowa on Twitter and Facebook.


GeneralsJoes reviews Codename: Iowa Minimalist Posters – Series 3

The guys at Codename: Iowa first approached me to review their minimalist posters a while ago, and I was surprisingly infatuated with Series 1 and 2.  I found myself really looking forward to Series 3, which would feature the all star Joe and Cobra cast from 1984.  I was curious how they were going to make it work, considering some of the more… “flamboyant” uniforms that characters starting getting in ’84.

Well, I got my set, and I got my answer.  Check out the full review in my Miscellaneous section, or the direct link below:

GeneralsJoes reviews Codename: Iowa’s Assembly Required 2012 Exclusives

Ever since I saw these  great looking posters online for the 2012 Assembly Required show, I’ve been dying to get a closer look.  Thanks to the awesome guys at Codename: Iowa I have had that chance, and I’m happy to say these offerings have more than met my expectations.

To celebrate Black Friday weekend, Codename: Iowa is offering the entire run of their 2012 exclusives for $175 on their Goodsmiths store.  That’s 31 minimalist posters, 2 screen print posters, 2 sets of buttons, and a t-shirt!  There are not many of these in existence, if you want them, now is the time.

* Minimalist posters *

  • These posters are minimalist designed based on the action figures that where found on store shelves in 1982 and 1983. Each poster is 12.25″ x 18.25″ printed on 100 lb. cover weight, acid-free paper. These two sets have a total of 31 posters. They come sealed in a clear bag with a display card showing all the characters on the back. Only 30 sets have been made and ever will be made in this format.

* Screen Printed Posters * 

  • 12.5″ x 19″ poster
  • 1 color screen printed on Neenah Classic Linen, 80 lb cover
  • Signed and numbered. Only 25 of each.

* Minimalist Button sets *

  • These buttons are minimalist designed based on the action figures that where found on store shelves in 1982 and 1983. Each set has 16 buttons on a custom card fashioned after the iconic packaging.

Other items you see in the review are promotional items like name tags, a keychain and other items not specifically mentioned in the review were all bonus items randomly packaged into the sets for sale.  Another very cool bonus from the Codename: Iowa guys.

These are truly one-of-a-kind items, so hit up my review at the link below, and pick them up at the Codename: Iowa Goodsmiths store.

To stay up to date on all of the Assembly Required 2012 happenings, keep looking at the Codename: Iowa Facebook page as well.