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:
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.