Rank and File G.I. Joe Reference Guide is now for sale online!

The time is finally here and the Rank & File Guide Vol. 1 is now available as a stand alone option. Vol. 1 is $20 plus shipping (U.S. or International). Domestic default shipping is Media Rate and International shipping default is First-Class Mail International. Email rahcguide@gmail.com for special instructions and additional rates may apply. The R.A.H.C. Guide is also still available and combo rates are available for both guides.

Visit: www.rahcguide.com to place your order today.

Order now, supplies are severely limited and supplies have been moving fast!

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Announcement for Rank & File Book at JoeCon – Exclusive Images!

Yesterday I posted about James Kavanaugh’s  upcoming G.I. Joe reference guide, covering the beginning of the modern era. James has kindly provided GeneralsJoes with some exclusive images from that book as well as some clarification about how the release volumes will be scheduled.

Check out the images below, and the press release is included as well.

The adventure has evolved in Rank & File — A Guide to Third-Generation 4” G.I. Joe Action Figures!

After a brief hiatus in 2006 that allowed G.I. Joe to flourish in other areas, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today!  Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were also introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

The Rank & File Guide v1 is the introductory volume in a series guides that fully display every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the 25th Anniversary and today, complete with every accessory and variation produced.   Volume 1 begins with an introduction to G.I. Joe, discussing its 1964 origins all the way up to the Real American Hero line in its first two generations.  Then the guide fully explores the 25th Anniversary and Resolute series of 4″ action figures. Not only are the accessories shown, they were carefully cataloged in an upcoming section to guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and play set released in the 4″ era was documented and every easily removable piece was individually photographed, ensuring collector completion.

This full color, 52-page resource manual beautifully illustrates the two series’ 275 action figures, 29 vehicles and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide.  Each action figure was carefully examined between its initial run and any further re-releases to ensure that an accurate sample is clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

Whether you are a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor, the Rank & File Guide is the decisive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles and play sets produced between 2007 to today.    Let the Rank & File Guide serve as a reference for completion or a scrapbook to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero.

Basic Information

The MSRP for The Rank & File Guide Volume 1 is $20.  Volume 1 will be first available at Joe Con in Springfield, IL and available to purchase online after the show at www.rahcguide.com.  Buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs.  If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. Guide, the process will be very similar.   This guide was self published and produced in quantities reflecting the R.A.H.C. Guide’s sales so do not hesitate in ordering if owning a guide is a priority. You can join the mailing list at: rahc.guide@gmail.com and like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RAHCGuide to get the latest updates between press releases.

In order to get content to the fans as quickly as possible, the decision was made to divide the series up into, as of this announcement, up to six volumes.  They working divisions are as follows:

  • Volume 1:  Introduction, 25th Anniversary, Resolute
  • Volume 2:  The Rise of Cobra, Pursuit of Cobra
  • Volume 3: Celebrating 30 Years of A Real American Hero / Renegades, Retaliation, Basic G.I. Joe Asst., 50 (should include 2015 figures and possibly beyond).
  • Volume 4:  Convention Exclusives, G.I. Joe Collector’s Club (up to at least 2015)
  • Volume 5:  Complete and organized Accessories section comprised of Volumes 1 through 4
  •  Volume 6:  Complete Sealed Packages comprised of Volumes 1 through 4. *** Depending on sales and other factors***

James M. Kavanaugh Jr. “KuuKuuSon,” “Noted Author,” “Oh, that guy… great…”

 

Rank and File book to launch at JoeCon 2015

For a while, folks have been hoping for a reference guide focusing on G.I. Joe items in the modern era format.  At the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention, fans will be getting their wish!

James Kavanaugh, Jr, noted author of the RAHC Guide covering new sculpt figures has revealed that he plans to have books available for JoeCon in Springfield, and they will also be sold via a website afterwards.

A press release was posted over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook group along with some fantastic preview images.  If you’re going to JoeCon, make sure you search out his booth, and if not, keep an eye out for when they go on sale afterwards.  This is gonna be good!

The adventure has evolved in Rank & File – A Guide to Third Generation 4” G.I. Joe Action Figures!

After a brief hiatus in 2006 that allowed G.I. Joe to flourish in other areas, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today! Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

The Rank & File Guide v1 is the introductory volume of a series of guides that fully displays every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the 25th Anniversary and today, complete with every accessory and variation produced. Volume 1 begins with a introduction to G.I. Joe, discussing its 1964 origins all the way up to the Real American Hero line in its first two generations, and then fully explores the 25th Anniversary and Resolute series of 4″ action figures. Not only are the accessories shown, they have been carefully cataloged in an upcoming section to guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and play set released in the 4″ era has been documented and every easily removable piece has been individually photographed, ensuring collector completion.

This full color, 52 page resource manual beautifully illustrates the two series’ 275 action figures, 29 vehicles and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide. Each action figure has been carefully examined between its initial run and further re-releases to ensure that an accurate sample is clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

Whether you’re a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor; the Rank & File Guide is the definitive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles and play sets produced between 2007 to today. Let the Rank & File Guide serve as a reference for completion or a scrap book to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation prep revisited – The History of Roadblock

So, the cool guys at the Cold Slither Podcast Tweeted out a link to one of my old articles covering the history of Roadblock for folks who needed to bone up on their G.I. Joe history before catching G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

That kicked a reminder at me that maybe I should get that post back up on top since G.I. Joe: Retaliation has officially opened and there might be people wondering just who this Roadblock dude is.  You can see the original post right here, but I’ve also reposted it at the Read the Rest of the Story link below.

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Some insane insight into new Snake Eyes design from Robert Atkins

Even if you’re not an IDW fan, I really hope you’re spending some time at Robert Atkin’s blog, because he has been knocking it out of the park recently with some great insight and preview artwork for his upcoming stint on Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.  But as good as his posts have been, they almost pale in comparison to what he released today.

Again, this is all from a comic artist point of view, but this is an amazing look into the process of designing a G.I. Joe character and it’s pretty astounding just how much thought and behind the scenes detail work goes into it.   Atkins spends two fairly long blog posts going into pretty much every angle and every part of the inspiration for the updated uniform for Snake Eyes in the IDW comic.  Part G.I. Joe: Resolute, part G.I. Joe: Renegades, and part real world military, Atkins does some incredible documenting of the build up to this Snake Eyes design.

It is really, really awesome.  Even if you’re not big into comics, or big into IDW, this is the kind of thought process that most folks use when creating these figures, and I cannot thank Robert enough for spending some time outlining it.  Some great art, some great ideas, and it’s really terrific seeing the process fleshed out like this.

Check out the links below to get the whole lowdown on the updated IDW Snake Eyes design!

With G.I. Joe, it takes a lot to make you go “woah”

So for a while I was talking up this fantastic gathering of fellow geek bloggers who had all joined together to form The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, with big thanks to Cool and Collected for headlining the whole thing.  Unfortunately the past few weeks have kind of been a whirlwind, especially with the Retaliation figure reveals, so I’d missed out on submitting my tale with the rest of the League.  I was a bit bummed, but once I saw this week’s topic, I just knew I had to contribute.

The topic of this week’s League mission is the following:

What media announcement had you throwing fist pumps and doing roundhouse kicks in the air? Did the final result live up to your dreams?”

Now, as usual, I’ve got a distinct G.I. Joe twist to this one.  Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check it out.

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G.I. Joe: Renegades vs. G.I. Joe: Resolute – a comparative essay

My only regret about the following article is that Monte didn’t write it for me.  :D

In all seriousness, ever since G.I. Joe: Renegades appeared comparisons have been rampant (unfair as they might be) between Resolute and Renegades.  Which was better?  Really thinking about it, the comparisons are ridiculous, considering they were both designed for completely different purposes and entirely separate audiences…how can an episodic animated series written for 7 – 10 year olds be realistically compared to a high-octane 60 minute superficial feature designed to resonate with the violent tendencies of 30-something year old fanboys?  Seems like a ludicrous comparison to make, but many folks made it, just the same.

Think about it for a minute…would you expect the syndicated Robocop cartoon to match the visceral brutality of the R-rated film?  Of course not.  It’s for kids.  I think the same can be said of Renegades.

Still, the comparisons are out there, and they will be made endlessly, so I might as well put some focus on one of the better thought out ones I’ve read.  Monte Williams, big friend of GeneralsJoes has decided to have his say, and it’s a fantastic one.  Eloquent as always, well research and well written, you can check it out on Autobotic Asphyxiation.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that I agree with him.  Another nice one, Monte, thanks for sharing.

More cool G.I. Joe artwork at CG Hub

A few days ago, thanks to Greg and notpicard, I shared some Rise of Cobra concept art via CG Hub…well, again, thanks to notpicard, who dug a little deeper, we’ve found some other G.I. Joe related artwork from various sources.

Stuff from the 25th Anniversary, G.I. Joe: Resolute, and the Pursuit of Cobra.  Pretty neat stuff here.  The users are Wesley Burt and Jarreau Wimberly, and they have some very cool art posted apparently used for Hasbro product.

Keep in mind a lot of the art there is just fan art, but there are some things certainly done for Hasbro proper.  Check out the mirrored images below.

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They should just hire Dan Norton for everything

So, anyone who has been following my Twitter feed, or listening to the Whats on Joe Mind Podcast knows that I am seriously marking out right now for the new Thundercats animated series and toyline from Bandai.

Well, believe me, I’m trying very hard not to turn GeneralsJoes into a Thundercats fanpage, posting every single video clip and news tidbit that comes out.  But you know, this is a G.I. Joe page, after all.  But, you know, when MTV Geek interviewed Dan Norton about his work on Thundercats, and debuted his awesome looking updated Jackalman, I figured I could at least tie it in somehow.

After all, Dan Norton was also one of the many masterminds behind the design work for G.I. Joe: Resolute, which was definitely the highlight of that entire production.  Which just begs the question…if you’re reinventing an 80’s property, why the hell would you NOT hire Dan Norton?  Check out the gallery I’ve posted with Mr. Norton’s Resolute designs, and check out his great interview on MTV Geek.

Also, if you love Thundercats and want me to talk about it a little bit more, let me know in the comments.  A couple positive comments might just persuade me.

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GeneralsJoes ubiquitous “10 Best G.I. Joe toys of 2010″ List

You know, looking back at 2010, it was a pretty paltry year for G.I. Joe, quantity wise.  When you think back 12 months to the end of 2009, we had been absolutely inundated with toys, essentially from July straight through to December, non stop.  It was crazy.  Then 2010 hit, and there was a sudden lapse in the beginning of the year…a miniature flood of product in the middle of the year, then another short lapse, and we’re now in another mini flood.  It seemed to come in bursts.

However, unlike 2009 where we got absolutely drowned in product, yet much of it was the same sort of stuff regurgitated ad nauseum, 2010 gave us much smaller quantity, but a far better quality of toys.  The Pursuit of Cobra hit and hit hard, and made a LOT of Joe fans forget all about their misery over the end of the 25th Anniversary line a year ago.

So, wading through this list of toys, I decided to take some time to pick my ten favorites, which are very likely NOT your ten favorites, but hey, that’s what gets discussions started, right?

Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to check out the full list.

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