Metric ton of 2016 G.I. Joe Convention Images on YoJoe.com

I know most of the attention at JoeCon focuses on the Hasbro booth and Club exclusives, but the truth is there is a ton of stuff that goes on at JoeCon beyond just the fancy new toys.

Phil from YoJoe.com went above and beyond this year as he always does taking images, organizing them and posting them in the always awesome YoJoe Photo Galleries.  Custom and Diorama contest photos, Cosplay, and yes plenty of images of new toys, too.

Check out the YoJoe Photo Gallery, there’s some awesome stuff to look at there.

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Official Press Images for newly announced Hasbro G.I. Joe Product

With the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention now over, Hasbro has released some official press images for upcoming product, which provides a nice clear look at how these figures are expected to look once we get them in our greedy little mitts in November.

Check out all these press images below.

Close up images of G.I. Joe/Transformers figures from Club roundtable

I was away from the computer for a bit tonight, but wanted to catch up for folks who may not have seen it.  After the G.I. Joe Collectors Club roundtable, they put the figures on display from the Transformers/G.I. Joe 5 Pack!  Over at the YoJoe Photo Galleries the images have been posted, and I’ve got them mirrored here as well.

Scarlett and Biggles Jones are looking pretty great!

Recap of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club panel from JoeCon 2016

First and foremost, exciting news… next year’s Convention site and dates have been decided already!  Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin June 15th – 17th 2017!

They also announced FSS 5.0, though there were no images available unfortunately…  the 12 figures are as follows!

  1. Ambush
  2. Charbroil (classic deco, masked head not removable)
  3. Darklon (a more current version, convention version is considered a “prequel” design)
  4. General Flagg (based on the 2nd Battle Corps version from the 90s)
  5. Battle Corps COBRA Viper (based on the Iron Anvil look – light infantry Viper)
  6. Salvo (more of a Pursuit of Cobra version, not 100% vintage accurate)
  7. Scoop (with the helmet from Sky Patrol Airborne)
  8. Raptor!!!!!!11!
  9. Sneak Peek (standard release, may end up changing the vest a little)
  10. Steel Raven (based on the female SKAR Infantry Officer)
  11. Shattered Glass Xamot (the Shattered Glass version is very reminiscent of the Sunbow business suit)
  12. Action Force Z-Force Gaucho (based on the 50th Anniversary Gung Ho)

Along with the Figure Subscription Service, the Club announced a special three pack of female Cobra Troopers to compliment the Cobra Officer.  The Cobra Trooper has a newly sculpted female masked head and removable helmet.

Heartwrencher and the 4 x 4 are still planned, but likely for a 2017 release.

That’s what we got!  Exciting stuff, and here’s to more years of the G.I. Joe Convention!

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Images from the Hasbro booth at G.I. Joe Con 2016

Phil from YoJoe is KILLING IT today grabbing images from the Hasbro booth.  Tons of pictures are streaming in, and they’re going up at the YoJoe Photo Gallery, while I’m also mirroring them below.  These figures are looking great, and between Stiletto, Shooter, and Tombstone, I’m feeling like we’ve got some NEW BLOOD to play with here.  Excellent!

Check out some of the images below.

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Derryl DePriest and Mark Weber were onsite at the G.I. Joe Convention in Loveland and ran the Hasbro Team panel, bringing us all the exciting news on product for 2016!

The focus of 2016 will be figures over vehicles, broken down into 2 Packs and 3 Packs.  These will be offered at Toys R Us and Entertainment Earth.  The two packs will be shipped in cases of 10 allowing for evenly packed offerings, so no more short pack figures!  The roster is as follows:

Two Packs

  • Arashikage Duel

Two Pack of carry forward figures for Pursuit of Cobra Snake Eyes and Renegades Storm Shadow

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  • Sinister Allies

What looks to be carry forward versions of the PoC Cobra Viper and 25th Anniversary Iron Grenadier

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  • Zombie Patrol

A two pack of carry forward 30th Anniversary Zombie Vipers!

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  • Heavy Conflict

A new build for Heavy Duty with Kindle Worlds fan vote Stiletto!

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  • Mission Accepted

Duke faces off against a BRAND NEW character in Tombstone.  Hasbro felt strongly that featuring an unmasked Cobra character (and an African American at that) would be a great way to develop the Cobra roster.

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Squad Three Packs

  • COBRA Legion

A Cobra B.A.T., new looking Cobra SAW Viper, both led by a female Cobra Officer!  The Cobra Officer will be unmasked and with blonde hair.

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  • Special Forces

Dark colored Outback, dark colored Falcon, and the first ever appearance of SHOOTER the mysterious 14th original G.I. Joe member.  Shooter will be based off her appearance in the Devil’s Due comics!

And that’s what we’ve got this year (well, besides the SDCC Convention Set we already know about).  Keep following along, more images from the Hasbro booth are sure to come!

Oh, and so I don’t forget… here’s the final crossword puzzle solution.  Big thanks to Phil at YoJoe for all the pics and thanks to Terry for the live stream!

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Hasbro announces extended partnership with Fun Publications for at least 2 more years

In shocking news from the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention, during the Hasbro panel, Derryl DePriest announced that their partnership with Fun Publications would continue through at least 2018.  This news came as a surprise to pretty much everyone involved in the G.I. Joe community, but as someone who was unable to attend this year, I’m looking forward to more opportunities to get together with my friends.

More news incoming!

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G.I. Joe Convention Day Three – Here is where it all happens

You wouldn’t know it from the absolute flood of news stories I posted this morning, but Saturday is typically when things really start moving at JoeCon.

The Hasbro Team panel happens today at 11:00am Mountain Time (1:00pm Eastern) and Mark Weber has promised some very cool things to excite G.I. Joe fans.  The Crossword puzzle has been driving us all crazy for a couple of weeks now, it will be awesome to see it filled in right before our eyes.  You can bet even though I couldn’t be in Loveland, I’ll be right here spinning out updates as I can catch them, and greatly looking forward to seeing what’s in store for us for the remainder of 2016.

Then at 3:00pm Mountain time (5:00pm Eastern) the G.I. Joe Collectors Club will be holding their roundtable where they will likely reveal the line up for the very last Figure Subscription Service and perhaps shed some more light on the upcoming Transformers/G.I. Joe 5 Pack.

It’s a bittersweet day, where the news is fast and furious, but you blink a couple of times and it’s all over.  Saturday is no doubt my favorite day at JoeCon with the absolute flurry of activity (plus the after hours events always tend to end strong) and while it will be painful to be watching from the sidelines, I’m excited to see what’s to come.

From the sounds of things, we’ve got some great stuff to look forward to this year, and as G.I. Joe seems to be preparing for the next stage in its eventual evolution, we should all recognize and embrace the greatness of the Real American Hero and marvel at its longevity.  It’s tough to tell what might come next, so hopefully we can take some time to appreciate the three decades of stuff we’ve enjoyed and all the great times we’ve all shared at JoeCon over the years.

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G.I. Joe Convention Update – Friday

While package pickup was late last night, the first official day of the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention is today!  Already we’ve seen the parachute drop and panels by Adam Riches and James Kavanaugh, Jr., and some great updates are over at the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook.  Dave Tree’s Action Man panel is hot on their heels.

Hot ticket item for the Con this year appears to be the carded Pythona, which was apparently sold without limits and burned through very quickly in the Club store.

G.I. Joe Con attendees will be getting their first sneak preview at the sales floor today at 2:00pm Mountain time, which includes the Hasbro booth, but don’t be alarmed if there isn’t much to look at there yet.  Generally Hasbro puts out most (if not all) of their new product AFTER their panel, which happens tomorrow morning at 11:00am Mountain time.

It does look like someone got an advanced sneak peek at the Hasbro booth, and so far they’re just showing the SDCC set (priced at $99.99) but as I said, we can anticipate seeing much more than that tomorrow after their panel.

Stay tuned!

G.I. Joe Convention 2016 Attendee and Convention Exclusives (with prices!)

It’s Con Set pick up day!  That means a first look at all of the various Convention exclusives (aside from the boxed set items).  Several different folks on the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook page have posted images from the pick up line, and the extra exclusives are as follows:

  • G.I. Joe Glider 2 Pack w/ Cloudburst and Skymate ($75.00)
  • COBRA Heli-Viper 3 Pack ($85.00)
  • Sky Patrol JUMP 6 Pack ($55.00)
  • COBRA JUMP 6 Pack ($55.00)
  • Sky Patrol Sky Sweeper ($68.00)
  • COBRA  Hydra w/ Aero-Viper ($85.00)
  • Sky Patrol Skystriker ($160.00)
  • Paradrop Freefall figure (loose $35.00 and carded $45.00)
  • Pythona Carded ($38.00)
  • Free Attendee Air Raid

The Skystriker and Sky Sweeper are in the familiar Sky Patrol metallic colors, while the majority of the other items are reminiscent of their vintage look and feel.  Interestingly the Aero-Viper is very similar to the version released during the Rise of Cobra line, but with some different parts to remove the Neo-Viper-esque ties.  Check out all of the images below.