G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals full 12″ Boxed Set for 2014 JoeCon

…And it’s pretty flipping awesome.

For any fans who have been complaining about Hasbro leaving the 12″ fan in the dust when designing the 50th Anniversary product, you cannot accuse the Collectors’ Club of the same thing.  They’ve designed a really nice 50th Anniversary homage to the original Green Beret, and included a great Adventure Team figure in the set to boot.  Some really nice gear, and of course, that pesky 4″ Joe Colton in there stirring up trouble.

Check out all the details of the 12″ Convention Set right here, and I’ve mirrored an image below.  Now, fingers crossed we get a peek at Repulsor and DAWG today to help round off the Real American Hero set!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2014 JoeCon Joe Colton!

Fans have been wondering exactly how the G.I. Joe Collectors Club was going to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe with their 2014 Convention Exclusive Joe Colton.

As it turns out, it’s less of an homage to his 50 year birthday, and more a direct homage to his first appearance in the Marvel Comics way back when.  As an unabashed Real American Hero and Marvel Comics fan, I have zero problems with this.

I can see some of the 12″ fans finding some issues with it, but I am digging it.  I would imagine they had to retool the head to fit the neck ball a bit better, and they made some changes to the coat as well, by the looks of things.

As a reminder, this figure will be available with a display stand and photo backdrop in the 12″ Convention Set.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has mentioned that he will be available separately as well, though not with the same display stand and backdrop.  Check out GIJoeCon.com for the full details, and the image is mirrored below (along with the comic reference sent out by GIJoeCon on Twitter).

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The Fandom can rest easy – Yes, the 3 3/4″ Joe Colton will be available carded separately

With the release of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention Brochure yesterday, many fans immediately latched on to a little detail in the text of the 12″ Convention Set which indicated that there would be an exclusive 4″ Joe Colton figure contained within that set.  This immediately created a firestorm across the community, who (rightly so) felt a bit bothered that they might be expected to plunk down an additional $345 for the 12″ set, merely to acquire this exclusive Colton figure.

Well, rejoice!  The Collectors Club announced on their Facebook page today that they will be releasing this exclusive Joe Colton figure separately at the Convention on an exclusive cardback!  Specifically the response was as follows:

“Yes! We will be carding a number of these same figures (no display stand or backdrop) for our 3 3/4” attendees to have access to this figure.

This was left out of the brochure accidentally. We hope that answers everyone’s questions.”

 

Granted, this means the figure does not come with the backdrop or display stand, but I think most folks were concerned about the figure itself anyway.  Now the fans an go ahead and celebrate the neon greatness from E.C.O. Force like I will be for the next several months!  W00t!

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Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Joe Colton now available for Pre-Order!

Let’s face it… you’ve always wanted a 12″ Bruce Willis action figure. Well, now you get that wish, and not only is it a 12″ Bruce Willis, but it’s a Hot Toys Bruce Willis, and it has some G.I. Joe ties! You can’t go wrong with that. This “Summer Toy Fairs” exclusive figure for G.I. Joe: Retaliation Joe Colton will not last long, so don’t wait… pre-order that bad boy right now!

Frightening new images of Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Joe Colton

Yes, I said frightening. Like a downright weirdly accurate miniature Bruce Willis glaring at me kind of frightening.

Yeah, I’m buying this figure as soon as I possibly can.

Over on One Sixth Republic, they’ve linked to a post by “MAX” on ToysDaily which features several in hand images of the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation Joe Colton figure, and it looks amazing. Some of those close ups of his face sculpt are just astoundingly good. Whatever Hot Toys pays their sculptors and paint application specialists, it’s not enough.

The figure is listed as being a “Summer Toy Fair” exclusive, which means we should see it up for pre-order on Sideshow Collectibles pretty much any time now. Keep your eyes open… until then, simply be content to look into those deep blue wells of Bruce Willis himself in the images below. Oh, Bruce…

Thanks to The Terror Drome for digging this up.

San Diego ComicCon Preview Night gives first full look at new Sideshow product!

Preview night at San Diego ComicCon was last night, and folks rushed the floor to see what we could see.  Over on YoJoe.com, Phil has grabbed a bunch of images from Hasbro’s display, including Kre-O and G.I. Joe: Retaliation product.  Along with that, he also got some great images from the Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys booths as well, showing off upcoming Retaliation Hot Toys product (including the upcoming Joe Colton) as well as new items from Sideshow in the form of Storm Shadow, Destro, and the Baroness.

This is our first full look at Storm Shadow and Destro, and they both look pretty fantastic.  I’ve seen some complaints about Destro’s more modern look, but I find it very reminiscent of his Spy Troops figure, which is cool with me.

Check out the images from YoJoe at the SDCC 2013 Gallery, and expect more images and details to come throughout the rest of the week!

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Smithsonian reveals the origins of G.I. Joe

With the G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie “Rocking” the Box Office, some other articles are emerging in regards to G.I. Joe.  The world renowned Smithsonian Museum has posted some fantastic patent paperwork for the original 12″ G.I. Joe figures, including the original artist’s mannequin and some other really neat details.

Check it out on the Smithsonian Blog, and thanks to Twitziller for the heads up.

Characters I’m most looking forward to seeing in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Larry Hama has always established that G.I. Joe isn’t necessarily about war, action, ninjas, or gun battle…at its core, it is about the characters.  It is the personality of the characters that keeps them alive and keeps them viable throughout the years.

I would maintain that this remains true in Hollywood as well, and that the translation of these characters into film is equally important for the movie to remain timeless.  After all, we don’t all remember the fantastic Aliens movie because of the gun fights, right?  We remember it because of characters like Hicks, Ripley, and Hudson.  THEY are what made that film, not splattering acid blood all over the place.

So now that things are starting to take shape around G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which characters am I most looking forward to seeing in action?  Let’s break it down after the jump:

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Two International G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters surface

I’ve seen these in various places online, and figured I’d get ’em mirrored here just because I want to soak in as much G.I. Joe: Retaliation love as I can over the next eight days.

Eight days?

Yes.  EIGHT FREAKING DAYS.

*giggity giggity giggity*

These two posters come courtesy of I Am Rogue…that’s the place I saw them, anyway.  Enjoy.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Character Featurette Profile Recap

Okay, these featurettes have been flying hot and heavy over the past few days, so let’s catch a breath and get them all gathered up in one place shall we?

We’ve had “behind the scenes” we’ve had TV spots, and we’ve had the great 20 second character profiles.  All of them, when assembled, make for some very cool pre-film hype.  I can tell you, I’m flipping out over here right now.  Lots of great footage, I can’t even believe we’re almost within 2 weeks of this thing.

Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to get a nice, well-organized rundown of all of the character profiles that have aired so far:

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