Brawl Big at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention!

Another reveal from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club, and it’s a reveal that promises a Brawlin’ good time in Springfield, Illinois!

Today the Club has shown us their next entry into the Tiger Force team, Big Brawler. Complete with his Brawlin’ shirt and his Brawlin’s sword, and… golden… weapons?

Using what appears to be a mix between Renegades Red Dog and Resolute Roadblock, Brawler stands tall and proud with a lot of firepower. Check out the image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest information!

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Latest G.I. Joe Collectors Club newsletter reveals Sub-Viper

While folks have been getting all caught up on G.I. Joe Convention reveals, the Collectors Club slipped in a good look at the upcoming Cobra Wave Crusher w/ Sub Viper that’s being offered as a membership exclusive item for 2015.

Many folks assumed that the Sub-Viper would simply be a Repulsor repaint (since the original was a Sludge-Viper repaint), but I’m happy to say this does not appear to be the case!

While I will not post pictures from the newsletter here, I can say it looks like the Sub Viper build will feature a Rise of Cobra Aero-Viper helmet, 25th Anniversary Barbecue torso, Techno-Viper arms, and Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes legs. It’s a surprisingly effective approximation of the Sub Viper design and a much appreciated departure from Repulsor’s look.

As I said, I won’t be showing the image here, but check out the latest Collectors Club newsletter for a good look.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals Mindbender head sculpt test shot

I think most of us have seen the early image of the Collectors Club incentive Dr. Mindbender figure, but for the first time, the Collectors Club has shown the actual printed test shot of this new head sculpt.

It is impressive to say the least.

If you want to get your hands on this great update to the Cobra mad scientist, make sure you are a fully paid member as of March 16th!

Check out the head sculpt image mirrored below or on the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Facebook Page.

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G.I. Joe Convention Undertow trooper posted to GIJoeCon.com

The world continues turning, even with recent events, and with his love of Iron Grenadiers, Gary would have enjoyed today’s reveal.

Today the G.I. Joe Collectors Club showed off their Convention Undertow trooper, a modern update of their own membership exclusive Undertow from several years ago, recolored in Iron Grenadier black, red, and gold.

Using mostly parts from the recently released 50th Anniversary Eel, but in the trademark Iron Grenadier colors, this scuba trooper makes for a solid addition to any modern IG army.  Keep watching GIJoeCon.com and check out the mirrored image below.

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For folks longing for Undertow in more classic colors, there is an Undertow Officer slated for release in the Convention boxed set as well… perhaps that will give us 90s fan our classic version that we’d love to see?

 

 

GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3.0 Shipment #1

Do I need to maintain spoiler control still?

It’s been a week since the information got out onto the web about who was in the first shipment of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 3.0…  and some might say a week isn’t quite enough time.

So, for the sake of trying to keep a level of surprise for folks, I won’t mention WHO is in the shipment on this page, but if you click over to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page you can see who came first, and check out reviews for both figures.

You can also click the links below:

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 3.0 first shipment is arriving now!

In spite of my review schedule, Wave 2 for the 50th Anniversary product has been out for a while now, so some folks are going through G.I. Joe withdrawl after the past few months. Well, withdraw no more, as the first shipment of the GIJCC Figure Subscription Service is hitting mailboxes right now!

I will refrain from spoiling anything with this post, but if you want to see which two awesome figures the first shipment contains, hit up the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook and feast your eyes.

Of course, be warned, the first shipment will be spoiled!

Can’t wait to get mine!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club FSS 3.0 is incoming!

Get ready for some new toys, Joe fans!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club just sent out notifications that FSS 3.0 figures have arrived at their warehouse and are ready to ship.  This is great news for folks who have been starving for some new G.I. Joe toys.  We should receive the first shipment by January 23rd, and the second shipment will be going out the final week of the month to get caught up.

Yay!

I estimate my chances of having a new Hit & Run figure by the end of the month at 16.7%!  Check out the full text of the email below, but please don’t check my math…it ain’t my strong suit.

Happy New Year!

Yesterday we unloaded the container for the FSS 3.0 figures.  We are working on getting out the first wave to you this week.  You should receive the first wave by Jan 23rd.  The second wave will go out the last week of the month.  This will get us caught up from all of the shipping and port delays.

For those of you on the subscription billing, we have set the two billing dates:  February 2nd and March 16th.  Please make sure your CC is good standing before those dates.  You can change your information in thesystem so you don’t miss out!   If you are planning on moving before the end of May, you can update your shipping information at the same link above.

Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy your new figures!

Brian

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Top 10 G.I. Joe Stories of 2014

I set out to write this article, and was immediately surprised by the fact that there was actually some stuff happening with the G.I. Joe brand in 2014.  I know the fandom is eager to jump and say that G.I. Joe was high and dry in this momentous year, and from a practical perspective, it was, but even so, there were lots of things happening this year worth exploring.  Not on any grand scale, however.

I suppose that’s a commentary on the state of G.I. Joe these days, where it remains somewhat relevant, but just barely.  And one is forced to ask what’s worse? Being totally irrelevant, or being just relevant enough to cling around, but not relevant enough to try and push harder.  It’s like the brand is stuck in this murky middle ground where it’s got the slightest hint of popularity enough for Hasbro to keep it hanging on, but not enough to get a real push.  Yet, until it fades away completely, it likely won’t get a full rejuvination either.

All that being said, there were still some discussion points throughout 2014, and here are my top 10.  I’m going to try very hard to maintain a sense of positivity and optimism, because dammit I still love G.I. Joe, even if the rest of the world currently couldn’t give a crap. :)

Check out the list after the break.

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Rumor Alert – 2015 G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive to feature Tiger Force?

A short while ago, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club let slip that the Diamond release of their G.I. Joe vs. Cobra #7 comic would feature a subtle hint for next year’s Convention set. Over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook, John Stottman posted a quick picture from this comic, and it would appear the subtle hint may refer to… Tiger Force.

Granted, it’s not obvious, but taking a peek behind the Baroness, and you can clearly see a tiger pattern, which would certainly indicate one of G.I. Joe’s most popular sub teams.

The Club has been known to throw curve balls in the past, so this could be one, but they mentioned a hint, and there’s not much else different within the contents of the issue. With the Convention coming up in April, we have to think we’re going to start seeing reveals in the coming months.

If it is Tiger Force, any guesses so far? Obviously there are some key members of the classic team missing like Bazooka, Tripwire, and Roadblock (which were all planned for the 25th Anniversary line, but never made it to retail). Then there’s some obvious subjects like Lifeline or Recondo.

Personally? I’m hoping for some outside the box choices. An Ultimate Firefly repaint as Sabretooth would be awesome, as would some of the UK exclusive Action Force figures. Not to mention other figures from the 2002 – 2004 era. I’ll be watching GIJoeCon.com for sure.

Check out the image below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club news and FSS 3.0 Shipping Updates

It seems like forever ago that the FSS 3.0 line up was being revealed, and I think most of us were expecting to receive the first batch of figures this year. No such luck, but the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has sent out an update via email about FSS 3.0 as well as some tantalizing news about the 2015 Convention Set.

According to GIJoeClub.com, there will be a hint to the 2015 Convention Set contained within the Diamond release of the 2014 Convention Comic, which is available now at GIJoeShop.com.

They also report that registration will be happening after the first of the year. Check out the full text of the email below.

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

For all you comic collectors, the Diamond edition of the 2014 G.I. Joe vs Cobra Issue #7: “Zombie Initiative” is now in the store.

Our end of year and archive sale continues with quantities dwindling down to just a handful on many of the items. In order for your items to arrive by Christmas, please place your orders by Friday.

The FSS 3.0 is on the water headed this way. Because of the dock workers on the west coast issues and the seasonal delays, we don’t think we will get them until the first week in January. Because of the delay, our current plan is to ship the first figures during the week of January 5 and follow up with the second shipment at the end of January to get us sort of back on track. This puts the second billing for the installment plan buyers around the end of January/first of February and the final billing around the middle of March. As soon as they arrive, we will set the official billing dates. I’m also sending this info from the FSS email system so you may get 2 updates.

And finally, we anticipate the registration being available for GIJoeCon after the first of the year. Please note that the hotel is about 70% full and is attached to the convention center. You can make your reservation now by following the link at GIJoeCon.com.

Merry Christmas!


Brian

After a quiet few months on the G.I. Joe front, it’s looking like things could be picking up in 2015. Looking forward to it!

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