Is now the right time for G.I. Joe “Shattered Glass”?

Anyone who follows the Transformers Collectors Club has heard about the “Shattered Glass” phenomenon by now.  Essentially it’s a “mirror universe” situation where the good guys are bad guys and vice versa.  Based loosely off of the “Mirror, Mirror” episode of Star Trek, it is a very interesting storyline idea, and seems to have worked somewhat effectively for Transformers.

The question is, does it work the same way (or could it work the same way) for G.I. Joe?

Brian Savage posed that very question during the Collectors Club round table at the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention, and to my great surprise, the majority of people in attendance raised their hands in favor of a Shattered Glass element to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club toy offerings. So where is this coming from?  For folks who haven’t been reading the G.I. Joe Collectors Club newsletter, in the very fun Adventure Team comic by Todd Pleasant and Rod Whigham (yes, that Rod Whigham) has shown the Adventurers passing through the Bermuda triangle, and into a parallel universe where Cobra is the leading governmental entity, and has recruited some G.I. Joe operatives to serve under them (most notably Flint, Lady Jaye, and Wild Bill).  So the question comes up, does this formula work for the toys?

My opinion?  No, no it doesn’t.  At least not right now.

The Collectors Club has been finding a very successful formula recently for their exclusives and convention offerings.  They have been able to walk that line between paying homage to the vintage elements, pulling from other mythologies (Extreme, Action Force, and Adventure Team) and adding some neat new things to create a great synergy between all of those.  This year’s Convention set was a primary example.  We got some cool ECO Force vintage figures, new style Outback and Clutch figures, and a cool zombie storyline all woven together to create some really fun toys.  What happens when Shattered Glass gets injected into that?

Pete Sinclair with the Collectors Club was quick to say that Transformers fans were negative about Shattered Glass at first, but seem to have come around…but Transformers also has a myriad of other mainstream toy lines to collect.  If Transformers fans don’t like Shattered Glass, they can always just buy retail (or third party for that matter).  If G.I. Joe fans don’t like Shattered Glass, and the Club is devoting significant resources to Shattered Glass, those G.I. Joe fans are simply out of luck.

I realize that Hasbro and the Collectors Club have done a number of updates and hundreds of new toys under the G.I. Joe banner over the past several years, but they are still just scratching the surface.  There are still many more different paths the brand could take.  I just don’t believe, at this point, that Shattered Glass is among them.

What are your thoughts?  If you feel strongly one way or another, I strongly suggest you contact the Collectors Club.  Get them on Twitter, on Facebook, or on their forums at GIJoeClub.com.  Share your concerns (if you have them). The vote at the Convention seemed pretty clear to my eyes that the Club was preparing to move forward on this.  If you have strong feelings, please express them.  The Club needs to know one way or the other.

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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:

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.

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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G.I. Joe Collectors Club Pre-Orders open for Cross Country and HAVOC

Exciting news for folks looking forward to snagging everyone’s favorite redneck G.I. Joe and his trusty halftrack!  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has posted pre-orders in the Club Store for Cross Country and his HAVOC mk 2!

Check out the G.I. Joe Club Store to pick these bad boys up!

G.I. Joe Con 2014 Schedule of Events Posted

Over at GIJoeCon.com, the Collectors Club has posted a PDF of the seminar and event schedule for the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention in Dallas, Texas!  We are coming up on the Convention date (I leave in 8 days!) so study the schedule wisely.

Check out over at GIJoeCon.com and hopefully I’ll see you at the Podcast panel with What’s on Joe Mind and our friends from the Regular Joes!

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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 JoeCon Challenge Coin and Spy Island Map

I know I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, but I thought it deserved a mention.  Over on GIJoeCon.com and the G.I. Joe Con Facebook page, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the G.I. Joe Challenge Coin that will be available at the 2014 JoeCon in Dallas.

Also, another accessory for the 12″ set was shown, too, in the form of a great looking map and map case.  According to the GIJoe Con Facebook page it may be a map of Spy Island, but folks have also drawn some parallels to Cobra Island.  Another possible link between the 12″ and Real American Hero universes?  Hmmm…

Check out the mirrored images below.