Derryl DePriest gets refreshingly candid in JoeCon interview

One of the benefits of JoeCon is an opportunity to get some face time with the folks that control the fate of your favorite brand. In many cases interacting with Hasbro representatives results in a lot of understandable marketing speak. They are there, after all, to support their company and maintain the image and reputation of who they are there representing.

I’ve always been impressed by the way G.I. Joe representatives have handled themselves at various conventions, both as a credit to them and to their Public Relations folks.

But the frank and honest way Derryl DePriest approached questions about the fate of the 12″ toyline with the Patches of Pride impresses me most of all. He manages to maintain his professionalism, but gets incredibly honest and forthright about the current state of 12″ collecting and the potential future of 12″ figures at retail (hint… there ain’t one).

He’s frank about fan support for the 12″ line (or lack thereof) and Hasbro’s priorities when it comes to fans and shareholders. It’s an illuminating look into what goes into certain decisions, and I’m sure it has raised the eyebrows of many a Real American Hero fan, as we wonder just how far behind the 12″ fans we are.

This was a fantastic conversation, honest and transparent, and huge kudos to Derryl for telling it like it is, and thanks to The Joe Report at Patches of Pride for transcribing and posting.

Good stuff. Check it out here.

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G.I. Joe and other Hasbro branded content relocating to Vimeo

Well, this explains Hasbro’s content’s disappearance from Netflix. According to Deadline, Hasbro is partnering with Vimeo to bring their content back to an online video platform after their deal with Netflix was not extended.

Beginning with Jem and the Holograms, Hasbro animated series from all era’s will be added to Vimeo to enhance their pay service. Episodes will be $2.99 to buy, .99 to rent, or entire series will be available for $40.00.

There will be 13 series altogether, including My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, G.I. Joe, Transformers: Rescue Bots, Transformers: Prime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Littlest Pet Shop, Pound Puppies, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends and B-Daman Crossfire.

What do folks think is a pay-per-series deal better, or would you rather subscribe to a monthly service to get access to this content?

Regardless of the reasons, I’m glad stuff like G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe: Renegades will be accessible to new viewers again.

Video from the G.I. JoeCon 2015 Action Force vs. the Red Shadows Panel

Dave and Devall over on Toy World Order were all over the place at JoeCon 2015, and they brought their video camera!

Every year, the Palitoy Action Force/Red Shadows panel from Dave Tree is one of my favorite panels of the entire weekend.  This past weekend was no different.  Toy World Order was in the house and captured the whole thing on video!

Any fan of foreign G.I. Joe action figures needs to watch this.  Truly great stuff and very educational, even for long time collectors.  Dave and Chris have a passion for that area of G.I. Joe collecting and it truly shows.  Check out the video below and keep watching Toy World Order for more videos from JoeCon 2015.

G.I. Joe and Transformers “Crossover” Figures announced and revealed

Along with the Figure Subscription Service news and the info about the upcoming 2016 Membership figures, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club also provided more information about upcoming “Crossover” exclusives.

They revealed a look at Stealth BAT and Old Snake as well as in hand samples for Marissa Fairborne and Afterburn.  The Club also mentioned they hope to have Fairborne/Afterburn for sale at Botcon, and they would have an allotment available to both the G.I. Joe and Transformers Collectors Clubs!

Check out images from the slideshow as well as some images of the in hand samples below.

Previews for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #7 and Real American Hero #212

A busy G.I. Joe day at the comic shops tomorrow with two issues hitting.  The seventh issue of the mainstream G.I. Joe title lands as well as the next stage in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero mythology.  Exciting issues for fans both new and old.  Check out the previews below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212—The Death of Snake Eyes: Part 1

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

G.I. JOE faces a force unlike anything they’ve ever encountered before… and the only way to control it is by reviving Serpentor, the Cobra Emperor himself! But bringing him backs sets into motion drastic events that lead to the death of the original Ninja Commando! The Death of Snake Eyes begins here in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • G.I. JOE’S GREATEST VILLAIN RETURNS!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. Joe #7

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE! Entrenched in a war-torn Eastern European nation, the G.I. JOE team collides with separatists, ex-teammates, locals, and COBRA. Politics collides with boots on the ground in one of the most unforgettable G.I. JOE epics of all time!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War) and Steve Kurth (Ultimate Iron Man, AvX Consequences) continue their redefining run!
  • Hard-hitting, real-world intrigue!

G.I. Joe Animation Panel at Long Beach Comic Expo is online

February 28th – March 1st, the Long Beach Comic Expo was held, and one of the panels focused on G.I. Joe animation in the 80s.  The panel featured many of the voice actors who brought our favorite characters to light, and the entire panel is now online.

It’s in full HD and over an hour long, and you’ll feel like you were right in the room.  Check it out below, and thanks to Skinny on Twitter for the heads up.

G.I. Joe and the history of Springfield

It’s interesting to poke fun at the city of Springfield, Illinois giving Cobra Commander the key to their fine city, but the truth is there is a long, established connection between Springfield and Cobra that goes all the way back to the first year of A Real American Hero, 1982.

Interestingly, when Larry Hama chose this mythical “Springfield” as Cobra’s hometown base of operations, he did so for much the same reasons as the Simpsons chose it several years later as their imaginary home town.

I plan on speaking with Larry Hama about G.I. Joe’s relationship with Springfield, and will post that next week, but for now, click the Continue Reading link below to explore a little of Springfield’s history.

After you read it (or before) check out GIJoeCon.com to see how you can go see Cobra in their natural habitat in Springfield, IL!

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The mystery of Springfield…

Hmmm…  not sure what to make of this, but a video just emerged asking “What’s Going on in Springfield, IL”…  and I’ll be honest, I have no idea.

I do recognize former G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins, and any time the town of Springfield is involved, I can’t help but wonder what’s going on.

Check out the video below and I suppose we should be watching for others…

Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe (Season 4) #6

The latest issue of G.I. Joe’s main title comes out today, so check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe #6

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE! COBRA stands tall, but will SCARLETT and her G.I. JOE team manage to turn the tables? Political intrigue collides head-on with military action as the darkest chapter in G.I. JOE history unfolds!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War) and Steve Kurth (Ultimate Iron Man, AvX Consequences) continue their controversial run!
  • Hard-hitting, real-world intrigue!