G.I. Joe Con 2015 Announced for Springfield, IL April 9th – 12th!

Less than 24 hours after the logo was revealed, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has officially announced the location and dates for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention!

Revealing on Facebook and GIJoeClub.com that the convention next year will be held in Springfield, IL from April 9th – 12th. Not only that, but we should be getting our first hints about the convention set in G.I. Joe vs. Cobra #7, on sale in comic shops this December! Check out the full information below:

For G.I.JoeCon, there is no place like Springfield! The 2015 G.I.Joe convention to be held April 9th – April 12th in Springfield, Illinois.

Fort Worth, TX – October 23rd, 2014 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention G.I.JoeCon, announced today that next year’s amazing convention will take place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center April 9th thru April 12th in the wonderful city of Springfield, Illinois. In 2015, fans from the Midwest and across the world will be able to celebrate another year of G.I. Joe at this exciting event! You can make your hotel reservations now at The Official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention – GIJoeCon 2015!

In the coming weeks, pop culture enthusiasts from around the world will be able to register for G.I.JoeCon 2015 through the http://www.gijoecon.com/il2015/ online registration system. Fans and collectors who register for G.I.JoeCon as an American Hero or General package holder will receive an exclusive G.I. Joe convention figure set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Saturday night Casino Night and Awards party. Finally, American Hero and General package attendees will also receive a special bonus G.I. Joe item to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.

For all the information regarding the G.I.JoeCon show activities, hotel updates and the exclusive figure offerings, remember to stay tuned to The Official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention – GIJoeCon 2015! And for a sneak peek at this year’s convention set theme be sure to check out G.I. Joe VS Cobra Issue 7, on comic book shelves this December!

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New logo revealed for 2015 G.I. Joe Convention

One must ask, if a new logo has been revealed, are they close to revealing this next year’s theme? I know the reveal last year happened towards the end of 2013, so the timeline is coming close, but it all depends on when the Convention is going to be held.

Check out the GIJoeCon Facebook page, and the image is mirrored below.

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Boss Fight Studios serves up brains for breakfast with their Toxo Zombie control drawing

G.I. Joe fans everywhere had been jumping up and down waiting for the reveal of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention Toxo-Zombie, and now that they have it, we’re getting a second helping of detail in the form of an awesome control drawing by the designers Boss Fight Studio.

I suspect yesterday’s image was a Photoshop mock up, and I cannot wait to see this head sculpt live and in person.  Until then, check out the amazing art below.  If you like what you see, make sure you hit up Boss Fight on Facebook and give ‘em a Like.

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The G.I. Joe Collectors Club answers the Toxo Viper question…

…and yes, it’s Version 2!

Over on GIJoeCon.com the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the long-awaited Toxo-Viper from the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention set, and it… is…(to borrow a friend’s phrase) GLORIOUS.

Featuring a brand new removable helmet and some fantastic Pursuit of Cobra/30th Anniversary parts, this figure is simply spectacular.  Great colors, awesome helmet design…  Toxo perfection.  He’ll look awesome next to the FSS Cesspool, but now we need some Sludge Vipers!

Check out GIJoeCon.com for the details and the image is mirrored below.

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Another GIJoe Convention reveal today… could it be the Toxo Viper?!

So as we’ve come to expect the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Tweeted a clue to today’s reveal, and it is as follows:

So considering the Toxo-Viper’s nickname as the “Leaky Suit Brigade” and the fact that the filecard reads:

“Needless to say, being a Toxo-Viper is not something a Cobra Trooper aspires to be.  In fact, the assignment is meted out as punishment for major offenses.”

…says to me that today we might just get our first look at the Cobra Toxo-Viper.  Will it be based on Version 1 or Version 2?  It almost seems, with such a focus on the Eco Warriors, that Version 2 makes more sense.  But I suspect that Version 1 is probably more in demand.

I think from purely a playability perspective I’d prefer Version 2.  I’d be too worried that Version 1 would be a Hazard Viper repaint, and while that’s a neat enough figure, it’s not poseable at all and doesn’t have a whole lot of “fun factor”.  Seeing as how I’m currently frantically rewriting my dio-story to include some elements of this Convention Set, I’d prefer having Cobra Troopers that are well articulated, playable, and fun.  But we’ll see what happens!

Keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com!

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The G.I. Joe Collectors Club presents… 2014 Convention Exclusive OZONE!

Another notch in the E.C.O. Force belt was revealed today by the G.I. Joe Collectors Club!  Along with the previously revealed Flint, today we get my personal childhood favorite ECO Warriors character, Ozone.

Unfortunately they elected to only show a helmeted image for now, as I’m really dying to see what his head sculpt looks like, but the parts choice is relatively solid.  Color matching is pretty much dead on.

He looks to be using RoC Flash/Resolute Zartan arms, which is great, and PoC Snake Eyes legs, which is… not so great.  Sure the lower legs show off a bit of an armored look, and perhaps I just don’t like them because they were attached to one of my least favorite figures in the PoC era.  Tucked underneath there appears to be the torso from Retaliation “Ninja Duel” Snake Eyes as well. Whatever the case, the entire figure ends up looking really nice and really captures the original’s spirit well.  That Retaliation Cobra Trooper webgear sets it off nicely, too.

Check out the figure at GIJoeCon.com and see the image mirrored below.

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Ninja Force invades the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention with a TJBang!

Yeah, the headline is corny, deal with it.

As promised, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed their latest 2014 G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive today, and it’s none other than Zombie Hunter TJBang!

I suspected, once some colors were revealed, that this figure might appear in a very classically themed uniform, and it looks like that suspicion is right on the money!  I know there have been folks questioning why the Club is apparently combining Ninja Force with E.C.O. Force, and I think we’ll probably get some answers with the Convention comic this year.  Regardless, for those 90s lovers like myself this is really awesome.

TJBang now joins the Discount Store Storm Shadow on the Ninja Force roster, and one might wonder if others are close behind.  Dice is on the other side of the fence…will we see some other key members in future Figure Subscription Services?

Regardless, check out GIJoeCon.com and the image mirrored below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals details from JoeCon 12″ Boxed Set!

It’s G.I. Joe’s 50th Anniversary, and the G.I. Joe Collectors Club isn’t missing the chance to celebrate in style.  We’ve seen details from the 4″ Real American Hero E.C.O. Force set already, and now we’ve started seeing some stuff from the 12″ big brother as well.

With head sculpts looking decidedly vintage, the Collectors Club has posted a few images from the 12″ set on GIJoeCon.com.

I’ve mirrored one image below, but definitely check GIJoeCon.com for the full details.  Good stuff!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals JoeCon 2014 Steel Brigade Commander

True to their word, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed their latest 2014 G.I. Joe Convention exclusive, and it is the Steel Brigade Commander!  As folks have suspected, it is based on the concept case version of the Gold Head Steel Brigade figure.

While the head looks a little bit more yellow than gold in the image, I would suspect the final version ends up being more gold than what we see here.  Regardless, it’s good to see another figure, and considering this is now two figures with no new tooling, I suspect things will really start ramping up with the next few reveals.

Check out GIJoeCon.com and see the image mirrored below.

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Also take a peek at the comparison image below, with the Concept Case version and the Photoshop mock up of the convention version.

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What’s on Joe Mind Episode #88 4 Hour Holiday Spectacular!

Yes, we know the episodes have been a little more sporadic lately, but hopefully this four hour marathon makes up for it. We spend a healthy two hours talking to resident toy expert Mark Bellomo about G.I. Joe and the toy industry in general, and complement that great interview with some looks at recent G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club announcements, plus a look back at 2013 and a look ahead to next year.

Check out our Podbean page to listen to this latest episode, or just use the embedded player below, and take a peek at the show notes after the jump.

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