Full Force Post-Convention Recap Episode

The 2017 G.I. Joe Convention is over and Chris from The Full Force Podcast has pulled together a panel of experts to talk about what was shown, what was seen and what exciting things happened during the week down in Disney.

Join Chris, Troy and IDW artist extraordinaire Adam Riches as they discuss the trials and tribulations of JoeCon 2017.  Check out The Full Force on Facebook, or just hit up the podbean page below.

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Potential line up and design of JoeCon Exclusives

Okay, here we go!

Fresh from the Golden Ticket Pickup, we’ve got the full list of exclusives for the 2017 G.I. Joe Convention as well as some possible images/design cues based on the comic.  Keep in mind the comic isn’t always 100% accurate and they sometimes throw us some curve balls, but in years’ past they’ve been pretty solid.

First the list:

  • BF 2000 Vector Jet
  • COBRA Sky Serpent w/ Pilot
  • BF 2000 Marauder Snowmobile 3 Pack
  • COBRA Laser Vipers 3 Pack
  • Ultimate Enemies 2 Pack
  • COBRA B.A.T. Rocket Glider 2 Pack

So, this doesn’t  tell us a whole lot.  Thankfully, Phil from YoJoe was there with a camera to snap some images from the convention comic.  Check them out below:

Based on those images above, I think we can make some educated guesses:

  1. Vector Jet is a tough call.  It almost looks like it could be the Conquest, but the wings are the wrong way.  Repainted ROC Night Raven maybe?  Or something obvious that I can’t put my finger on?  EDIT – It’s been mentioned that this at least slightly resembles the old school COBRA Hurricane.  DARE WE HOPE?
  2. Sky Serpent w/ Pilot is likely the Black Dragon VTOL, at least it certainly looks that way.  No idea who the pilot might be
  3. Marauder Snowmobiles look like repainted Polar Battle Bears as figured.  Three of them?
  4. Laser Viper 3 Pack – Pretty much what I suspected, and also it certainly doesn’t look as if they have their laser backpacks (which isn’t a surprise, not even the concept case version did)
  5. Ultimate Enemies 2 Pack – Looking like perhaps DeeJay and Corrosao (the guy they call “Corrosion” in the comic).  In toy form, Corrosao was a Brazilian DeeJay repaint, so the correlation makes sense, though the comic looks to use the Tele-Viper head sculpt.
  6. COBRA B.A.T. Rocket Glider – Maybe COBRA Jet Pack (like the one that was repainted as a Target Exclusive for Rise of COBRA)?  The image of DeeJay getting blown up almost looks like one of those flying off in the upper right hand corner.

As an added bonus it looks like perhaps Backstop is the parachute figure!  At least that looks like him in one of the comic panels above.

It should be noted that Tundra Stalker is also in the convention comic, though I’m honestly not sure where he would slot in, unless he’s one of the “Ultimate Enemies” and DeeJay isn’t, but that would just be bizarre.  Sometimes the Club throws red herrings at us in these comics, so that seems likely in this case.

Patrick from YoJoe also threw along some images of the BattleForce: 2000 LAW.  Check those out below.  Huge thanks to Phil and Patrick!

JoeCon Attendee Exclusive – Blue and Gray LAW (Laser Artillery Weapon)

Very first tidbit of news from JoeCon in Orlando (though no images available as of yet) –

This year’s Attendee Exclusive is a Blue and Gray LAW.  One would think it uses the tooling from the Rise of COBRA Walmart Exclusive, colored to mimic the BattleForce: 2000 vehicles of old.

More details as they are available…big thanks to Phil from YoJoe for the early scoopage.

G.I. Joe Con Exclusive Reveal Catch Up – Dodger and Blaster

I’ve had my nose buried in other projects this week and the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has unleased two more BattleForce: 2000 reveals: Dodger and Blaster.

Like they’ve been doing from the start, they seem to be sticking really close to the vintage aesthetic, and the designs are, for the most part, really solid.  I am a bit concerned about the Photoshop mock up head sculpts, especially the ones with the non-removable helmets, as I fear they may suffer from Static Line syndrome.

While many folks complained about Static Line’s permanently attached helmet, I wasn’t all that distraught about that component, but more about how the attached helmet almost looked like it was a part of his head.  Whoever is sculpting these heads doesn’t appear to be accommodating for the actual shape and size of the head underneath the helmet and the result is an almost “squished” look where the helmets are far too small and way too tight.

Time will tell what the actual finished product will look like, I hate to make judgments based purely on a Photoshop mock up, but that’s all we have to go on at this point.

One question I really do have though – WHERE’S BLASTER’S MASK????  Seriously that was a really awesome element to the original figure.  Very disappointed that they couldn’t find some way financially to include that, choosing instead to retool exact replicas of vintage accessories.  Curious choice on that one, I have to admit.

The builds for these two figures are pretty decent, though as I mentioned above I’m a little confused as to why money would be invested in retooling exactly replicas of the classic weapons when a 30 second trip to eBay will find any replacement you want for pennies on the dollar.

Regardless…  we’re now a good chunk of the way through the reveals and so far I’m liking the majority of the BattleForce: 2000 stuff, but am still really questioning the choice to include 9 Battle Android Troopers.  Let’s see what the rest look like.

Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for updates and see the previews below!

G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive Avalanche Revealed!

The next exclusive for the upcoming G.I. Joe Convention boxed set has been revealed and it’s looking pretty awesome!

Maverick and Knockdown were okay, but Avalanche is pretty spectacular.  Great build, great paint, and a new head sculpt.  Nice!  Keep checking GIJoeCon.com for the latest info, and you can see the image mirrored below.

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What’s on Joe Mind – JoeCon Barrage!

Along with their exclusive interview with Derryl and Mark, the What’s on Joe Mind folks posted a ton of content from JoeCon including several One Shots and of course the live show to wrap up Con this year.

All of the audio has been posted to the Podbean site and can be checked out below.  Hours upon hours of G.I. Joe audio sex!

G.I. Joe Con 2016 Live Panel

G.I. Joe Con 2016 One Shot – Friday Afternoon

G.I. Joe Con 2016 One Shot – Friday Night

G.I. Joe Con 2016 One Shot – Saturday Wrap Up

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Official Press Images for newly announced Hasbro G.I. Joe Product

With the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention now over, Hasbro has released some official press images for upcoming product, which provides a nice clear look at how these figures are expected to look once we get them in our greedy little mitts in November.

Check out all these press images below.

G.I. Joe Convention 2016 Attendee and Convention Exclusives (with prices!)

It’s Con Set pick up day!  That means a first look at all of the various Convention exclusives (aside from the boxed set items).  Several different folks on the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook page have posted images from the pick up line, and the extra exclusives are as follows:

  • G.I. Joe Glider 2 Pack w/ Cloudburst and Skymate ($75.00)
  • COBRA Heli-Viper 3 Pack ($85.00)
  • Sky Patrol JUMP 6 Pack ($55.00)
  • COBRA JUMP 6 Pack ($55.00)
  • Sky Patrol Sky Sweeper ($68.00)
  • COBRA  Hydra w/ Aero-Viper ($85.00)
  • Sky Patrol Skystriker ($160.00)
  • Paradrop Freefall figure (loose $35.00 and carded $45.00)
  • Pythona Carded ($38.00)
  • Free Attendee Air Raid

The Skystriker and Sky Sweeper are in the familiar Sky Patrol metallic colors, while the majority of the other items are reminiscent of their vintage look and feel.  Interestingly the Aero-Viper is very similar to the version released during the Rise of Cobra line, but with some different parts to remove the Neo-Viper-esque ties.  Check out all of the images below.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 104 is online!

Hold onto your butts… What’s on Joe Mind is here with Episode 104, just recorded last week and ready to roll for JoeCon 2016!  We cover the latest news, talk about the Joes of 2004, and lose track of what we’re saying consistently for nearly two hours.  Just another day at the WOJM studio.

You can listen to the episode on Podbean, or the embedded player below.

Show Notes

We talk about the Joes from 2004, catch up on the news, begin to set the table of what will happen at JoeCon…and generally get side tracked – A LOT.  Download it now and listen to it on your way to JoeCon!

Speaking of JoeCon, be sure to catch Mike, Gary, Joe and Chris McLeod from the Full Force at our JoeCon panel on Sunday, June 19th at 1:00.  It will be the last ever panel at JoeCon. Join us as we turn out the lights…forever (maybe, maybe not, we will see – we’re looking at you Hasbro!)

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