G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2015 Club Figure and Vehicle

The whopper FSS 3.0 news wasn’t all that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed this year… they also gave us an idea of what to expect for next year’s Membership Incentive items, and yes, they will include a figure AND a vehicle!

The Collectors Club announced today that next year’s figure will be Arctic Dr. Mindbender with a new head sculpt!  This is great news for Joe fans who weren’t wild about the 25th Anniversary head sculpt, plus the Club was sure to mention that he’d have his classic accessories as well.

Along with that, the Cobra Wave Crusher was announced as the vehicle, complete with Sub-Viper, which everyone likely remembers is a Sludge-Viper repaint.  Check out the images below, keeping in mind, it’s just package art:

Some cool details about Con set design/production, courtesy of GIJCC

Along with the great information about FSS 3.0, the Collectors Club also showed us some great behind the scenes information about the design and execution of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention set.  Included in this presentation was several slides with deco work on the convention exclusive figures, and even some great original Hasbro concepts for figures like Outback and the Steel Brigade Zombie.

Check out some great images at the YoJoe Photo Gallery, but also some of my hackneyed smart phone shots below!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals FSS 3.0 selections!

The big news of the G.I. Joe Convention has hit the web, and we now know the line up for the third rendition of the Figure Subscription Service!  Not only that, but the Collectors Club also let us know what the 2015 Incentive figure will be as well as information about another new incentive vehicle!

The list of FSS 3.0 figures is below, and a gallery of images will follow the list:

  1. Alpine v2 (Spy Troops) – Newly sculpted  Boss Fight Studios head!
  2. Bombstrike – Another new sculpted head by Boss Fight Studios
  3. Psyche Out – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  4. Repeater – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  5. Hit & Run (Concept Case) – I have nothing to say here.  Speechless (in a good way)!
  6. Musktrat – Vintage colors with a newly designed swamp skimmer by Boss Fight Studios!
  7. Spearhead – Vintage colors (based on Night Force Con set)
  8. Big Ben – Newly sculpted head from Boss Fight Studios!
  9. Crimson Guard Immortal – New head, based on the concept case version
  10. Slice – New head sculpt from Boss Fight Studios
  11. Night Creeper Leader
  12. Vypra (!!!!)

So yeah… I’m pretty ecstatic about this line up.  It is really phenomenal.  Brian from the Collectors Club did say that all of these Night Force figures won’t necessarily be straight repaints, there will possibly be different gear or parts adjustments.

Also they mentioned they will be revisiting the 13th figure concept and making something more desirable for FSS 3.0 based on fan feedback.  So folks complaining about the 13th figure, time to put your money where your mouth is and subscribe!  Check out the images below for some artwork ideas about what they’re planning!

Now, if anyone follows my dio-story, they know both Hit & Run play a very central role in my story, so getting them both in the third FSS is absolutely spectacular to me.  I am floating above the keyboard here…  :)

Watch GeneralsJoes and YoJoe for Convention News and Intel today!

If there was ever a day when you wanted to watch GeneralsJoes and YoJoe closely, today is that day!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club round table explodes today at 3:00pm Central Time (4:00pm Eastern) and we expect some big news, including hopefully info about the third round of the Figure Subscription Service!

I have a podcast panel directly afterwards, so it may take a bit to get the update to the site, but I hope to be live Tweeting the event.  Make sure you’re checking the following links to stay up to date:

The absolute latest info will appear in those places before the main site proper, though I will do a full recap on the site itself as soon as I am able.

For up to the minute Convention coverage – YoJoe on Facebook

While I’ve been busy running around, intrepid photographer and admins for YoJoe.com have been conspiring to keep up to the minute coverage flying to the YoJoe Facebook page.

If you haven’t already “Liked” that page, I’d strongly recommend you do so this weekend, especially since there are likely to be some big reveals coming from the Collectors Club tomorrow in relation to FSS 3.0.

So check out YoJoe on Facebook and stay in the know!

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G.I. Joe Convention 2014 Exclusive Round Up

First and foremost, I must apologize.  I know I’m typically right on top of this stuff, but I took some volunteer shifts with the Collectors Club this year, and as such, haven’t had as much time to report on what’s been revealed so far.

Pretty much what I stated in my post from yesterday morning has held true, including Clutch, the VTOL aircraft, and the Septic HISS.  The Collectors Club also surprised us by releasing a separate 4 x 4 Zombie Hunter VAMP, which had not been revealed in the program the night before.  So there were some very nice offerings this year, and at this point, my favorite extra is probably a mix between Clutch and the Steel Brigade pilot, who are both some really nice, modern builds, and I love that the pilot has some homage to the 2005 Steel Brigade Convention set.

Phil over at YoJoe has been doing an awesome job flooding the YoJoe Image Gallery with photos of the exclusives, so check out the photos over on YoJoe.com for the latest info!

2014 G.I. Joe Convention INCOOOMING!

That’s right, Joe fans!  Starting tomorrow news and intel from the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention in Dallas, TX will start flying in.  Tomorrow evening, around 8:30pm, Golden Ticket holders will be able to pick up their boxed sets, and contained within those boxed sets will be a convention comic with a price list for other exclusives expected at the show.

Once 8:45 – 9:00pm hits, expect the news to strike hard and fast and the rest of the convention exclusives will be revealed!

Then throughout the weekend, images, news, and details of this year’s JoeCon will start spreading.  Keep it posted here and at YoJoe.com for the latest word.  Yes, I know Hasbro won’t be in attendance, but there should be plenty of other toy geekery, including hopefully some news from Boss Fight Studios, and word on the third round of the Figure Subscription Service!  For all the details, check out the links below:

Yo Joe and I’ll seeya in NOLA! Dallas!

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Playing catch up with the G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 2.0 reviews

I know my reviews have fallen somewhat behind, mostly because I’m devoting my time to the Darkness Falls Dio-Story, but I have officially caught up with my FSS 2.0 reviews!

Today, you can find ALL FIVE remaining figure reviews posted to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review page, and also hit up the links below.

  1. Keel Haul
  2. Bombardier
  3. Big Bear
  4. Dragonsky
  5. Grand Slam

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Final shipment of FSS 2.0 hitting mailboxes – the 13th figure conundrum

As I was driving down to New Jersey this weekend, my phone started buzzing, indicating some serious social media activity going on.  Obviously waiting until I was in a safe place to stop, I checked out what all the hub bub was about and discovered that indeed, big G.I. Joe news had broken on the weekend, and it was a weekend that I wasn’t going to be near a computer.

Ah, well.

So along with the last two figures of FSS 2.0 (two excellent figures, which have been unfortunately overshadowed by the drama surrounding figure #13) lucky recipients also got their hands on the mysterious “thirteenth figure”.  And like every other G.I. Joe fan on the Internet, I will push aside Dragonsky and Big Bear, and focus my crosshairs on #13.  However, I will do so after the jump so as not to reveal any spoilers.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2014 Convention Exclusive DAWG

My first reaction?  Ewww…  but I think that’s probably supposed to be the first reaction.  Ever since Resident Evil thrilled video gamers with the cut scene of zombie dogs hurling themselves through windows, the idea of these brain-eating beasts has floated around through many different properties.

Now the G.I. Joe Collectors Club is doing their own version of a zombie dog, going the pit bull route.  Obviously infused with some kind of Compound Z formula, DAWG has seen some better days.  What I find most interesting about this reveal is that the identify Repulsor as a “director of security for Cobra Industries”…

The last time we heard about Cobra Industries was G.I. Joe: Renegades…  and I gotta admit, I get an ear-to-ear grin just thinking about that series.  It does make me a bit more interested to see just what Repulsor might end up being.  There have been rumors that he’s a variation of a Sludge Viper (early concepts for Sludge Viper indeed identified him as “Repulsor”) but I will admit, I have no idea what to expect here.  He’s the last reveal, and hopefully we’ll be seeing him this week.  Meanwhile, hit up GIJoeCon.com for the full details, and DAWG can also be seen below.

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