Be ready – G.I. Joe Convention Registration is happening today

We were told it would be either yesterday or today that we should expect registration to be available for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention.  Well, looks like today is the day.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club sent out an e-mail update overnight:

Hello everyone,

As we prepare for tomorrow’s registration.  Just a few additional notes:

Please note that there are NO non-member options this year (even though it’s in the brochure, the backup solution won’t support this).   Everyone will have to be a member of the Club in order to register for the Attending or Non-Attending packages.  Exhibitors, you will only need to be a member to register for packages.  Booths and Tables do not require a membership.  If you are not a member, you will be able to join at the same time. 

There will be 2 different sites.  One will be for the Registered Packages.  The other will be just for the Exhibitors to register for their booths.  Exhibitors, if you want convention packages as well, you will need to use both sites.  For the booths and tables, there are no worries as we have enough space to accommodate everyone that needs an Exhibitor package.  The Exhibitor site may not come up at the same time as the Registered Attendee site. 

Please ensure that you go slowly and pick the correct items. The only way we will be able to make changes for you is to cancel your registration and let you start over.  This is a limitation of the software.  Again, the software will let you break every rule as there is no way for it to limit anything.  However, as stated yesterday and earlier today, we will be reviewing every registration before we approve it.  Tomorrow’s instructions will tell you how you can tell if you have been approved as there is no way to send you an approval email.  There is no need to call or email us until after Friday if you have not seen your registration approved.  You will be able to tell this by logging back in.  This system will take us longer than normal to check so for tomorrow’s registrations it may take as long as 3+ days to review them all.

Attending registration will only be available for 5 days.  It will be turned off on Sunday night around 7pm Central Time. 

Non attending:  We will get to you next week.  We are holding back an allotment of boxed sets and some loose sets for you as well so there will be some available.  Please note that most of these items are allocated to the attending members.   If there is anything left after the convention, it will go in the club store.  Because of the dock workers slow down and the back-up in China, we will not ship the non-attending sets to you until June.

Again from yesterday:

Unfortunately the backup solution doesn’t have total flexibility to edit registration mistakes as it is half computer and half manual.  Therefore, please read the brochure again.  Go slowly during the registration process, and please DON”T pick the wrong items that are not allowed per the brochure.  We will review and approve or disapprove each registration.  The only option we have for errors is to delete the registration and let you start over, which could cause a supply issue if someone else gets the item before you re-register.

Just a quick note on some of the rules:
Golden Ticket packages can only have 1 GT Aide with them.
Golden Ticket packages can order the other boxed sets as well if they want more than one boxed set.
American Hero and/or General’s packages can have up to 4 aides.
For the 3 3/4″ loose sets, you are only allowed one loose figure set per boxed set.
Don’t pick the Thursday Class and the Thursday Walking Tour as you can’t be in 2 paces at the same time.
Please make sure you put in the proper field (on the registration) all of the package holder’s name(s) and which package they are assigned to.
The software doesn’t know any of these rules, so it’s up to you to follow them (as we do know the rules).

Thanks for your patience and we apologize for any issues the delay has caused you. 

Brian

MSNBC investigates the Springfield/Cobra Commander connection

The now infamous image of Springfield, IL mayor J. Michael Houston giving the nefarious Cobra Commander the key to the city has been propagated to all corners of the Internet world at this point, but I gotta give MSNBC props for taking it at least one step further.

They actually reached out to Houston to inquire as to why he’d be fraternizing with known terrorists and actually spoke with the Commander himself.  It’s pretty hilarious.

Check it out at YouTube below, and if you want to see what the fuss is all about first hand, go to GIJoeCon.com and plan your trip to Springfield for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention!

BREAKING – Cobra Commander receives the key to the city of Springfield…

Ever since the Convention location this year was announced as Springfield, G.I. Joe fans everywhere grew wary of Cobra’s involvement in our beloved annual tradition. After all, Cobra and Springfield have been tightly linked for many years, and while which Springfield was “Cobra’s Springfield” has been in argument over the years, it certainly looks as though Illinois just might be a Cobra stronghold.

In a shocking development, the mayor of Springfield, IL has met directly with the nefarious Cobra leader and provided him a key to the city!

Check out the full details and press release below.

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Cobra Commander, leader of Cobra, visits Springfield to receive key to the city
All in anticipation of the official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention taking place April 9-12

Springfield, IL – Cobra Commander, leader of the organization known as Cobra, recently visited Springfield to receive the key to the city from Mayor J. Michael Houston. In an eloquent and moving speech, the cobalt-clad commander-in-chief detailed Cobra’s vision of the future and its goals to bring about a better tomorrow for all those who support their cause. Said Cobra Commander “Springfielders near and far, I accept your Mayor’s generous gift. And let it be known that I too bring a gift for every man, woman and child of this city that is so near and dear to my heart; an invitation to join with me. Join Cobra!”

The Commander’s visit is but a forerunner for more things Cobra coming next month. The second week of April will see swarms of G.I. Joe and Cobra fans – some wearing blue uniforms with crimson cobra-shaped emblems – descend on the Prairie Capital Convention Center for the official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, G.I. JoeCon, being held from April 9 – April 12. Those attending the festivities can participate in various activities including autograph sessions with G.I. Joe voice actors, panels and seminars with Hasbro, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club, and many of the other special guests, a G.I. Joe parachute drop as well as entry to the largest G.I. Joe centric showroom in the world featuring thousands of G.I. Joe toys and custom G.I Joe vehicles. The weekend is filled with everything G.I.Joe and is sure to be a great, fun time for kids and adults alike!

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 4 & under are free). Hours are Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Early Bird admittance is available on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The cost is $60. More information, including weekend registration packages for G.I. JoeCon 2015, can be found here www.gijoecon.com/il2015/

*Note – An EXCLUSIVE look at Cobra Commander’s visit to Springfield visit will be released on the GI Joe Collectors’ Club youtube channel on 3/12/2015 www.youtube.com/user/vidmystery.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club brings in Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker

After a few quiet days on the 4″ G.I. Joe front, we get another reveal today with Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker!

Stalker is one of my favorite characters and I’d been looking forward to seeing how he would be represented here, and honestly, he looks pretty damn great. Not many of the previous Tiger Force reveals have really knocked me out like this one does. A great new head sculpt, really good parts combination, from what I can tell. They used the Toys “R” Us formula, but in more traditional colors. I dig it. Really great job on this one Club, and it makes me even more optimistic to see Metalhead and General Mayhem still to come.

Check out the mirrored image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest reveals!

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G.I. Joe Convention Undertow Officer adds a twist to the Iron Grenadier corps

Well, I think it’s safe to say none of us saw this coming.  When the Convention set brochure revealed that we’d have an Undertow and an Undertow officer I think most folks assumed (myself included) that one would be the IG deco and one would be the 90’s deco.

Not so fast, my friends.

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed today the Undertow Officer, and she…  yes, you read that right… she is not quite who we expected.

Using the tooling from the dive suit Baroness (also the 25th Anniversary Scarlett) this female Undertow Officer puts a different spin on Destro’s troopers.  I like the idea of a female officer, I just wish there was a better recipe to pull from.  I wasn’t wild about the sculpting of the 25th Anniversary Scarlett 8 years ago, it’s certainly not a whole lot better now.

Check out GIJoeCon.com for the latest, and see the mirrored image below.

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G.I. Joe Convention Tiger Force Recondo crawls out of the jungle

Tonight the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has debuted another member of their upcoming Tiger Force squad from the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention boxed set.  Recondo steps out of the jungle and into the tiger stripe camouflage uniform, but not the Recondo as you might remember him, pilot of the Tiger Fly.  No, this Recondo is based on an early catalog image in a color scheme very reminiscent of Tiger Force Flint.

Interesting choice to go with this unreleased version rather than the more familiar retail colors…if nothing else, the Club is kind of keeping folks guessing this year.  Check out the mirrored image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest info.

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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?

 

 

G.I. Joe Convention 2015 Tiger Force Dial Tone revealed

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has started the weekend off with a bang, revealing another of their upcoming Tiger Force themed convention figures.

Joining Wreckage is Dial-Tone.  Mostly carrying forward one of the previous Dial Tone figures, the Club adds a new pair of legs and tweaks the Tiger Force deco a bit.

Gotta say, I’m not sure I’m wild about the results here.  I always thought the neatest part of the Toys “R” Us Tiger Force set was the UK-themed blue…the Club took that template, but stuck with the vintage colors.  Maybe once I see the whole group I’ll think different.

Keep watching GIJoeCon.com and check out the mirrored image below.

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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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