Top 10 Moments from the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention

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Year after year it feels like the G.I. Joe Convention becomes less about toys and more about friends and community, and this year was no different. Heck, I spent 36 hours crammed in a car with other people as part of the weekend festivities!

Looking back on the weekend, there are 10 key moments that I feel really captured JoeCon 2015 for me.

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GIJoeCon.com – Images from the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention

While I was trekking across the country, the folks at GIJoeCon.com were busy getting photos uploaded for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention.

While I tried my hardest to get pictures posted of Hasbro reveals, etc…  I didn’t have a whole lot of time to get images of the contests or the scores of fantastic cosplayers throughout the weekend.

Thankfully, GIJoeCon.com picked up my slack.  Check out their great photo album on GIJoeCon.com!

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News from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club roundtable – FSS 4.0 and PYTHONA!

It was a whirlwind 60 minute panel this afternoon as the G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed their assortment for FSS 4.0 as well as the 2016 Club Exclusive figure and vehicle/figure assortment.

Because of some confusion last time with artwork being misinterpreted as final figures, they did not reveal any artwork or mock ups, just the list of names.  The lineup is as follows:

  1. Barricade
  2. Billy (Cobra Commander’s son)
  3. Bullhorn
  4. Interrogator
  5. Law & Order
  6. Cobra Inferno B.A.T.
  7. Nunchuk
  8. Night Creeper (Ice Ninja)
  9. Pathfinder
  10. Jammer (Z-Force Communications)
  11. Tiger Force Sneak Peek (UK Repaint)
  12. Tiger Force Outback (UK Repaint)

Items of note are that Billy will be the adult version, and not the child, Law & Order will be based on their classic color scheme, the Inferno B.A.T. will be based on the v1 look (expect some translucent red).  Night Creeper is based on the ’98 repaint, while Jammer will be using the Convention exclusive Stalker head sculpt.

Tiger Force Outback will have a newly sculpted head as well as the UK deco while Sneak Peek was promised a newly tooled accessory!  The periscope, perhaps?

Along with the fourth FSS, the Collectors Club announced their 2016 Club Incentive offerings, including PYTHONA!!  A shocking development for sure, and one that had the fans standing in their seats.

Along with Pythona, the Club announced a Heartwrencher with 4-WD vehicle as their vehicle/figure incentive, too.  Heartwrencher was a Dreadnok created in the Devils Due universe who has never had her own action figure made before.

All in all, this sounds like an exceptionally solid line up for the fourth FSS and finally getting a Pythona figure as the incentive?  Truly astounding.  Kudos to the Club for ponying up and getting it done!

G.I. Joe Convention Comic reveals exclusive details

Big thanks to Patrick Stewart who very kindly fed me some info as I’ve been traversing the east en route to Springfield for JoeCon 2015.

As has become customary, the Collectors Club revealed the list of exclusives for JoeCon 2015 in their comic at the Golden Ticket pick up tonight, and there are some exciting new reveals to think about!

  • Iron Grenadiers Air Assault Two pack LE 900
  • Tiger Force Helicopter Crew Three Pack LE 800
  • Tiger Hawk LE 600
  • Tiger Shark w/ Felino LE 800
  • Tiger Sting w/ Sgt Katzenbogen (that would be Tiger Force Bazooka!)LE 800
  • Iron Anvil Officer w/ Parachute LE 600
  • Kre-O Six Pack

Some mysteries obviously remain still…  one must assume the “Iron Grenadier” Air Assault Two Pack is a pack of repainted Annihilators, who appear in the Club comic.

The helicopter crew three pack should include Skystriker (seen in the Club comic with a Tripwire head and Wild Weasel body) and perhaps Alpine (also seen in the Club comic, who would be a great match for Bazooka), and maybe Frostbite (who appears in the comic as well)?  Also, do the Kre-O figures represent Iron Grenadiers or Tiger Force?  I’m betting it’ll be similar to the last couple years with a mix of the two.

Fans might have noticed Dusty in the comic, but it’s not Dusty, it’s Felino, who is a Brazilian exclusive that looks an awful lot like our familiar Desert Trooper.

It looks like a great line up, with some interesting twists and still some potential twists to come.  Check out some of the images below.

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G.I. Joe Convention 2015 Week is here…are you ready?

We are!

Starting tomorrow I’ll be hitting the road, spending the day tomorrow with some good friends, and then joining a cross-country caravan from Massachusetts to Springfield, IL for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention!

Join me along the way on Facebook and Twitter as I’ll be posting throughout the trip.  The folks from Boss Fight Studio will be rolling alongside me, so be prepared for a #BossFightRoadTrip!

Be sure you following along here at GeneralsJoes as well as YoJoe, and especially the YoJoe Events Page which will get all the latest images.  I’ll be live-Tweeting panels as much as humanly possible, and collecting information afterwards for posting, so if you want the full Convention experience follow GeneralsJoes on Twitter.

It’s going to be an exciting week.  Hope you’ll be joining me!

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G.I. Joe Convention exclusive images from the Collectors Club

It looks like the toys have landed in Texas, and the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has started posting pictures of the actual toys in the boxed set.

Stalker and General Mayhem have gone up first, and they look pretty spectacular.

Check out the great images, including close ups of the head sculpts at the GIJoeCon Facebook Page or mirrored below.

Some additional Convention details from GIJoeCon FAQ

Over the past few weeks, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has been posting updates to their FAQ to try and answer some fan questions.

A couple of responses have been posted that add some clarity to Convention activities.  First and foremost, there unfortunately will be no parachute drop this year, due to the convention locale and not being able to get a site together.

Parachute figures will be sold in the Club store starting Thursday night, with the hopes that there will be enough for everyone:

Q: Has the parachute drop been confirmed one way or the other yet?
A: Unfortunately, the venues we were trying to get for the drop did not work out. Therefore, there will not be a drop this year. However, you will be able to purchase the parachute figure starting on Thursday night and it will be very close for everyone to get a figure.

Now, the big question… how much money are we talking?  This response sheds considerable light on things.  The responder mentions $600 for all 3 3/4″ items and $200 for the 12″ items.  Looking at the price list for last year, the total was closer to $430 for all 3 3/4″ items:

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Now, who knows if the $600 includes any apparel, and the FAQ clarifies that this does include one large vehicle.  As an aside, the FAQ also makes reference to an “additional souvenir” as well…

Q: How much money should I bring to buy all of the 2015 convention exclusive souvenirs?
A: Costs have gone up because of the complexity of the deco on the items and air freight caused by the dock workers issues on the west coast. There is also an additional souvenir item this year and one that is a large vehicle. If you want to get one of everything you will need approximately $600 for the convention 3 3/4″ items and $200 for the 12″ items.

That is…  quite a jump in price.  But without knowing the specifics it’s hard to make a judgement.  We’ll all see in a little more than a week!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals box design for 2015 Convention Set

Sometimes I miss the years where we got actual artwork…  but the tiger print does look neat.  First revealed on the GIJoeCon Facebook Page, check out the image mirrored below.

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Carded image of G.I. Joe Collectors Club Arctic Dr. Mindbender

Expected to be available at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention, the Collectors Club has revealed the first image of Arctic Dr. Mindbender on a classic themed card. Looks pretty great, I gotta say.

Check out the image below, or over on Facebook.com

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G.I. Joe Convention Metalhead digital head sculpt

As the wait for G.I. Joe Convention registration hits a tipping point, the G.I. Joe Convention Facebook Page has posted a new image of the head sculpt for the upcoming Metalhead!

As one might expect from Boss Fight Studios, the head is really fantastic.  Lots of detail, and I love the sculpted crosshairs in the goggles.  Great, great stuff.  Check out the image below and brace yourself for registration.

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