Hopefully those of you local to Toronto are already aware of this fact, but those of you who aren’t…
This weekend at the Sheraton in Toronto will be the Canadian JoeCon for 2012! Featuring a fantastic convention exclusive series of figures, an exclusive comic, some awesome G.I. Joe seminars, and tons of dealers in the dealer room, this is a destination place for all Joe fans North (and South) of the border. IDW artist Robert Atkins will be there, as will G.I. Joe authors Mark Bellomo and James Kavanaugh, Jr. The guys from JoeDeclassified will also have a booth and a panel.
The guys behind the scenes at the Canadian JoeCon have been working long and hard to get things ready for the 2012 Canadian JoeCon, but unfortunately some bad news to report today. Due to cost considerations the proposed second vehicle for the Convention Set has been dropped.
Price quotes came out way above expectations, and for that reason, the convention set this year will not include a second vehicle.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances outside our control, we will be unable to offer the 2nd smaller vehicle for our 2012 Convention set by the convention date. As a result, sets will now cost $175. Those that have pre-ordered a con set will be given a $5.00 refund at the convention upon pick up of your set, or a full refund of your purchase should you wish to cancel your pre-order. The 2nd vehicle was originally projected to cost $5.00 to produce, and was a last minute addition to the set with no increase to the cost. Final costs came back MUCH higher however, and we had to pull it. We will elaborate more on this during the Staff Q&A at the convention, however we can not go into the details of it at the current time. Sorry for the inconvenience.
– CJC Staff”
While this is a bummer, the set looks pretty impressive as it stands.
Wow, I think it’s safe to say this episode was packed. We had a bunch of stuff to talk about, so we brought on The Mike from the Canadian JoeCon, the guys from the JoBurg Podcast, but we also really wanted to pay some close attention to the guys from Go Go Dynamo, who are behind The Hero Project and also were the lifeblood behind a little 8″ toy line you might have heard of… Sigma 6.
As many episodes of these podcasts that I’ve done, it surprises me that we can continue to talk to folks who I consider personal heroes. Wayne and Tuck from Go Go Dynamo are absolute revolutionaries in design and art, and I considered it a true privilege to talk to them for an hour or so. Cast whatever stones towards Sigma 6 that you might want to, but listening to their absolutely brilliant insight behind toy design, the G.I. Joe universe in 2005 and how that whole thing translates to The Hero Project was one of the most interesting and captivating 60 minutes I’ve ever spent on the show. Truly awesome stuff.
The Canadian JoeCon started out several years ago as the “Canadian JoeMeet” and involved a mere fraction of the people that attend today. But even when it first started, a custom figure got things rolling, and back then, that figure was JoeCanuck.
The original JoeCanuck was a vintage style o-ring figure with a customized head…now the folks North of the border are giving us an updated JoeCanuck figure in a modern era style! JoeCanuck doesn’t need to mess with long-sleeved winter coats, he rocks the Canadian winters in a short-sleeved shirt.
I think this is actually my favorite figure of this year’s Canadian JoeCon so far. Love seeing some Rise of Cobra/30th Anniversary/G.I. Joe: Renegades parts, and the color combination is excellent. Great stuff! Check out JoeCanuck.com for the official reveal, and I’ve mirrored an image below.
The guys over at JoeCanuck and the Canadian JoeCon continue to reveal their exclusive figures every few days leading up to their show in August! Today, we get Retrofit. This guy really looks like a vehicle driver to me, and is made up of a lot of HISS Driver parts… could there be another vehicle on the horizon?
The Canadian JoeCon fans have been so vocal, they are actually revealing the next item TODAY at 3:00pm Eastern! We most certainly do not want to miss that. Meanwhile, check out Retrofit below, and make sure to hit up CanadianJoeCon.com for the latest information about the event!
With JoeCon behind us, all eyes are forward to the next big event, which takes form in the shape of the Canadian JoeCon, coming August 10th – 11th at the Sheraton in Toronto, Ontario! The show has been running for several years, and is one of the favorite destinations of not just Canadian G.I. Joe fans, but also many domestic fans as well. One of the highlights of the show is the super-limited edition figure boxed set, which has dominated the secondary market and thrilled Joe fans across many countries.
The Canadian JoeCon celebrated Canada Day by revealing their first figure in the set… Traction! Apparently a vehicle driver, Traction is also an explosives expert. Not satisfied with one reveal, this morning, the Canadian JoeCon launched a preview for figure #2… H.A.G.A.R.! In a very surprising move, the Canadian JoeCon guys dipped back into the o-ring wells, using the Valor Vs. Venom B.A.T. figure with a more modern vest on top of it. Very interesting choice.
As we all gear up for the G.I. Joe Con in New Orleans notification arrives from the Canadian JoeCon that we should all be looking forward to Canada Day, which arrives on July 1st. The fine folks at JoeCanuck.com and the Canadian JoeCon will be using that day to debut the first figure from their 2012 exclusive Canadian JoeCon Convention set!
The full details can be seen below!
“July 1st, 2012 (Canada Day), www.canadianjoecon.com will debut the first
figure from their 2012 Canadian G.I. Joe Convention Set.
July 10th, 2012 – a small amount of sets will be available for pre-order
(Attendee only), as well as T-Shirt pre-orders (available worldwide).
It’s been a long time, but the national nightmare is over… the JoeCanuck newsletter has returned!
With the Canadian JoeCon coming up in August, things look like they’re rolling along again with the JoeCanuck newsletter, with a change in release schedule to quarterly, but the same exciting newsletter content!
Great articles about G.I. Joe: Renegades, G.I. Joe articulation formats, and an interview with Gary from What’s on Joe Mind, there’s a bunch of great stuff crammed inside one awesome PDF. Check out the latest newsletter right here.
Also make sure you keep your eyes on CanadianJoeCon.com for the most up to date information on the Canadian JoeCon, coming up August 10th and 11th.
Since I brought up Spook on the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast this week, I feel it’s only right that I let folks know to check out the JoeCanuck forums to check the figure out for themselves. And of course, when I went there to link it up, I was surprised to see the exclusive Coyote Troopers are also posted for the world to see!
These figures are already shaping up to be great! Love everything I’ve seen so far…just wish I could find a way to make the trip and get the set this year. The Canadian Joe Con and JoeCanuck crew deserve a heaping helping of praise for what they’re doing with the set this year. Fantastic stuff.