G.I. Joe Convention BattleForce: 2000 Video Review Onslaught

Wow!  Once again, huge props to Chris McLeod from The Full Force who has come through HUGE upon returning from his whirlwind trip to JoeCon.  He was kind enough to send along video reviews for all of the rest of the JoeCon exclusives and they have all been posted to the GeneralsJoes YouTube Channel.

I couldn’t make JoeCon again this year, a fact that I was quite disappointed about, and Chris came through in a massive way.  Huge thanks to Chris from The Full Force and check out the embedded videos below.

Ultimate-Enemies

GIJoeCon website shows off more details from the 12″ exclusive set

Secret Mission to Dragon Island is setting itself up nicely to be a very cool 12″ set that continues the mythology of the 12″ Adventure Team line and brings it more in line with the Real American Hero universe as well.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club posted a few more images from this 12″ exclusive set to GIJoeCon.com featuring the terrific Hazmat suit for evil villain Sebastian Gorman.  The suit features an awesome rendition of the Black Dragon logo that we’ve seen on various items since 2003.

Check out the update on GIJoeCon.com!

G.I. Joe Convention 2012 exclusive enemy and story line have been revealed!

And the crowd goes wild!

We’ve been getting flooded with some very cool Oktober Guard themed reveals over the past week or two, but many folks have been clamoring for more information about who the Oktober Guard will be facing off against.

Well, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club revealed that today with the Iron Grenadiers!  We get a great revelation of the Iron Grenadier trooper himself and also some details about the story line itself.  For folks who don’t recognize the figure itself, it was originally planned as part of 5 Pack of Iron Grenadier figures from the Rise of Cobra/Pursuit of Cobra line, but never got released.  The image for that original 5-Pack can be seen at this post on GeneralsJoes.  I’ve also mirrored that image below:

As for the story itself…  check out those details below:

“By popular demand, the 2012 convention set stories and enemy factions are revealed…

OKTOBER GUARD Box Set: The 1990s brought us many captivating Cold War stories but this one was kept Top Secret for over two decades! Recently declassified documents revealed the original Oktober Guard (G.I. Joe’s Russian and Warsaw Pact equivalent) team’s “Special Mission” in Siberia to rescue their captured General from the ruthless Iron Grenadiers in OPERATION: BEAR TRAP!”

Okay…now THAT is bad ass.  They give themselves an “out” for the dead Oktober Guard members by talking about declassified documents.  And they’re also talking about their “captured General”… hmmm…  could we see a modern version of General Mayhem from the 2005 set?  Or maybe…dare I hope…  Voltar?!  Of course I misread this, and it’s the Oktober Guard general who is being rescued.  Not sure what the angle is there…

Wow.  The possibilities are endless!  I cannot wait to hear and see more!  Check out the Iron Grenadier figure below, and keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com for the latest intel!

G.I. Joe Collectors Club debuts Convention Exclusive Schrage!

And the hits just keep on coming!  Hot on the heels of their stellar reveal of the 2012 Convention Exclusive Daina figure, we now have the reveal of the equally awesome Schrage!

With another awesome new headsculpt, nearly perfect parts choices, and a fantastic accessory compliment, we are getting yet another home run in what looks to potentially be a landmark convention set.

Another interesting thing to note…  I’m not sure how many other fans have been wondering, but I was kind of curious if the Club would be dipping their toes into the “dead Oktober Guard” waters considering their comic book mythology seems to walk in line with the Marvel Universe.  Daina is still alive in the Marvel mythology, but Schrage is not!  This confirms that those characters are not off the table to the Club and reinforces the thoughts that we may just get a full compliment of modern era Oktober Guard characters.

UPDATE – When I say “full compliment” I’m talking about the original 6 members (Brekhov, Stormavik, Schrage, Daina, Horror Show & Dragonsky) and not really considering guys like Gorky, Misha, or even Wong.  Looking at the reveal page for the Con exclusives you see 6 empty spots for the Russians, so that seems in line with their thinking as well.

BAD. ASS.  Check out GIJoeCon.com for details, and take a peek at the mirrored image below.  Absolute perfection.

G.I. Joe Convention website to reveal first Convention figure today!

Good GRIEF.

As if the barrage of G.I. Joe: Retaliation character posters wasn’t enough, now via their GIJoeCon Twitter Account, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has announced that they will begin revealing convention figures at noon (Pacific time) TODAY.

Hit up GIJoeCon.com and sit there for the next 40 minutes like I plan to and buckle your seat belts.

This sure as hell is looking like the summer of G.I. Joe!

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club teases some comic art from Convention 2012 comic

Further cementing the whole Oktober Guard Convention 2012 theme, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has revealed a piece of art from their convention comic over on their Facebook page.  The artist has not been revealed, but the penciled work is clearly Daina from the aforementioned Oktober Guard.  Looks very nice!

Botcon will be capturing most of Fun Publications’ attention over the next few weeks, but soon enough the road will be paved for Joe Con in New Orleans, and I can’t wait for things to get rolling!  Check out the mirrored image below.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com for the latest in Convention 2012 intel!

Final figure in the 2010 Convention Set revealed!

We all knew this one was coming, and here he is!  Using the torso from the ’91 Snake Eyes and a whole lot of coolness… it’s The Interrogator!

Great figure choice, I can’t wait to see how they integrate it into the Cobra/Red Shadow mythology.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell most of you how much of an Interrogator fanboy I am.  Love it.

Check it out right here!

He’s slightly more battle ready, but is very faithful to the Interrogator look…the helmet is pretty interesting, too, definitely looks like new tooling.  Wonder who’s under the mask…

Some more information from the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club regarding the souveniers

Sorry for the influx of G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club related news, but I’ve had some time to dig through the site, so I’m uncovering a few things…  I’ve seen many questions all over the ‘net regarding the Joe Con, so I just wanted to remind folks to check out the GIJoeCon.com FAQ Page for updates to all your questions and concerns.

Also, “The Commander” has posted some answers to a few questions on the GIJCC Message boards as well:

“1) No fuchsia colors

2) Viper has version 2 “fixed” arms

3) Hasbro limited our 25A mold usage and several of your suggested figure options were “In Production” at the time.”

So…it sounds like using the 25A tooling was a Hasbro dictation?  I know it’s easy to cast stones (I certainly have cast my share this year) but I guess we should remember there are several legal and production hoops that the Club has to weave through during the Convention planning process that none of us have any idea about.

I still stand by my opinion on the Con Exclusives this year, but it is at least some food for thought.