G.I. Joe Convention Schedule Posted

As we get closer to JoeCon, the Club is throwing out all the stops.  Along with a FAQ update, the Convention Schedule got posted today as well.

You can check it out right here.

As with every year, there are some key panels to watch for:


  • 1:00pm – 1:50pm: GIJCC Magazine and Comic Q & A


  • 10:00am – 10:50am: Introducing the Special Action Force and Red Shadows
  • 11:00am – 11:50am: Hasbro Round Table, promising San Diego ComicCon reveal and Toys “R” Us Exclusive Fall Release!
  • 1:00pm – 1:50pm: The Art of G.I. Joe with Adam Riches and Robert Atkins
  • 2:00pm – 2:50pm: Kindle Worlds panel featuring yours truly, Troy Osgood, and Bill Nedrow as we talk about our experience publishing to Amazon’s Kindle Worlds
  • 3:00pm – 3:50pm: GIJoe Collectors Club roundtable


  • 10:00am – 10:50am: JoeDeClassified Panel
  • 11:00am – 11:50am: What’s on Joe Mind Live from JoeCon
  • 1:00pm – 1:50pm: Joe Costuming

There are obviously a wealth of other terrific panels from Kirk Bozigian, the voice actors, and many more.  Definitely check out the schedule and figure out where you want to be and when!


Some additional Convention details from GIJoeCon FAQ

Over the past few weeks, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has been posting updates to their FAQ to try and answer some fan questions.

A couple of responses have been posted that add some clarity to Convention activities.  First and foremost, there unfortunately will be no parachute drop this year, due to the convention locale and not being able to get a site together.

Parachute figures will be sold in the Club store starting Thursday night, with the hopes that there will be enough for everyone:

Q: Has the parachute drop been confirmed one way or the other yet?
A: Unfortunately, the venues we were trying to get for the drop did not work out. Therefore, there will not be a drop this year. However, you will be able to purchase the parachute figure starting on Thursday night and it will be very close for everyone to get a figure.

Now, the big question… how much money are we talking?  This response sheds considerable light on things.  The responder mentions $600 for all 3 3/4″ items and $200 for the 12″ items.  Looking at the price list for last year, the total was closer to $430 for all 3 3/4″ items:


Now, who knows if the $600 includes any apparel, and the FAQ clarifies that this does include one large vehicle.  As an aside, the FAQ also makes reference to an “additional souvenir” as well…

Q: How much money should I bring to buy all of the 2015 convention exclusive souvenirs?
A: Costs have gone up because of the complexity of the deco on the items and air freight caused by the dock workers issues on the west coast. There is also an additional souvenir item this year and one that is a large vehicle. If you want to get one of everything you will need approximately $600 for the convention 3 3/4″ items and $200 for the 12″ items.

That is…  quite a jump in price.  But without knowing the specifics it’s hard to make a judgement.  We’ll all see in a little more than a week!

G.I. Joe Convention 2015 NON-attending Registration is LIVE

For Homefront Heroes and folks who cannot attend JoeCon 2015 next week (holy crap next week??) NON-attending registration is now live!

Click the Registration link to go get it!

Hello everyone,

Non-Attending Registration for GIJoeCon 2015 is now live!

Please read these rules:

1. You will need to be an active member of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club to register.  You can join at the same time.

2. This alternate registration system does not have the help or rule control our regular system does. Therefore, you will need to go slowly and make sure you follow the rules for what packages are allowed.  Once the registration is placed we cannot edit it.  We can only delete it which will cause you to have to re-register correctly and you may lose the items in your order.

3. Each order will be reviewed and approved.  You can tell if it is approved by logging back in, go to My Account, view your Order History and look in the shipping column.  If it says Not Shipped, it has not been approved yet.  If it has a ship date, it has been approved.  This can take up to 3+ days due to the volume.  Registration for Non-Attending will close on Thursday at approximately 5pm Central Time.

After the convention, we will mark them not shipped so that when they do come in, and are shipped to you, the ship date will be correct.

Due to all of the congestion in China and the west coast shipping terminals, we estimate that these will ship to you in June.   If the time frame improves, we will let you know. 

4.  For the 3 3/4″ loose sets, you are only allowed one loose figure set per 3 3/4” boxed set.  If you pick more sets than you chose for boxed sets, we will delete your registration.   Once these run out we will remove them from the software so if you don’t see them in the system, they are sold out.
5.  If you have an attending registration and didn’t get the loose set, you CANNOT order a non-attending loose set.  If this occurs, we will cancel the order.
6.  An admin fee is added to each order’s shipping cost in the amount of $7.
Please go to GIJoeCon.com to register for Non-Attending Sets. Click the registration button.  You may order more than one set. 

Thanks for your patience and support!


Exclusive Jem/Cold Slither cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212 at JoeCon!

IDW Publishing is teaming up with Toy Federation & Plastic Empire to produce a JoeCon 2015 exclusive cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212 featuring Cold Slither and Jem and the Holograms.

It’s a really fun idea and a great looking cover for IDW’s retro G.I. Joe title.  Thanks to Plastic Empire on Twitter for the reveal!


G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals box design for 2015 Convention Set

Sometimes I miss the years where we got actual artwork…  but the tiger print does look neat.  First revealed on the GIJoeCon Facebook Page, check out the image mirrored below.


Be ready – G.I. Joe Convention Registration is happening today

We were told it would be either yesterday or today that we should expect registration to be available for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention.  Well, looks like today is the day.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club sent out an e-mail update overnight:

Hello everyone,

As we prepare for tomorrow’s registration.  Just a few additional notes:

Please note that there are NO non-member options this year (even though it’s in the brochure, the backup solution won’t support this).   Everyone will have to be a member of the Club in order to register for the Attending or Non-Attending packages.  Exhibitors, you will only need to be a member to register for packages.  Booths and Tables do not require a membership.  If you are not a member, you will be able to join at the same time. 

There will be 2 different sites.  One will be for the Registered Packages.  The other will be just for the Exhibitors to register for their booths.  Exhibitors, if you want convention packages as well, you will need to use both sites.  For the booths and tables, there are no worries as we have enough space to accommodate everyone that needs an Exhibitor package.  The Exhibitor site may not come up at the same time as the Registered Attendee site. 

Please ensure that you go slowly and pick the correct items. The only way we will be able to make changes for you is to cancel your registration and let you start over.  This is a limitation of the software.  Again, the software will let you break every rule as there is no way for it to limit anything.  However, as stated yesterday and earlier today, we will be reviewing every registration before we approve it.  Tomorrow’s instructions will tell you how you can tell if you have been approved as there is no way to send you an approval email.  There is no need to call or email us until after Friday if you have not seen your registration approved.  You will be able to tell this by logging back in.  This system will take us longer than normal to check so for tomorrow’s registrations it may take as long as 3+ days to review them all.

Attending registration will only be available for 5 days.  It will be turned off on Sunday night around 7pm Central Time. 

Non attending:  We will get to you next week.  We are holding back an allotment of boxed sets and some loose sets for you as well so there will be some available.  Please note that most of these items are allocated to the attending members.   If there is anything left after the convention, it will go in the club store.  Because of the dock workers slow down and the back-up in China, we will not ship the non-attending sets to you until June.

Again from yesterday:

Unfortunately the backup solution doesn’t have total flexibility to edit registration mistakes as it is half computer and half manual.  Therefore, please read the brochure again.  Go slowly during the registration process, and please DON”T pick the wrong items that are not allowed per the brochure.  We will review and approve or disapprove each registration.  The only option we have for errors is to delete the registration and let you start over, which could cause a supply issue if someone else gets the item before you re-register.

Just a quick note on some of the rules:
Golden Ticket packages can only have 1 GT Aide with them.
Golden Ticket packages can order the other boxed sets as well if they want more than one boxed set.
American Hero and/or General’s packages can have up to 4 aides.
For the 3 3/4″ loose sets, you are only allowed one loose figure set per boxed set.
Don’t pick the Thursday Class and the Thursday Walking Tour as you can’t be in 2 paces at the same time.
Please make sure you put in the proper field (on the registration) all of the package holder’s name(s) and which package they are assigned to.
The software doesn’t know any of these rules, so it’s up to you to follow them (as we do know the rules).

Thanks for your patience and we apologize for any issues the delay has caused you. 


MSNBC investigates the Springfield/Cobra Commander connection

The now infamous image of Springfield, IL mayor J. Michael Houston giving the nefarious Cobra Commander the key to the city has been propagated to all corners of the Internet world at this point, but I gotta give MSNBC props for taking it at least one step further.

They actually reached out to Houston to inquire as to why he’d be fraternizing with known terrorists and actually spoke with the Commander himself.  It’s pretty hilarious.

Check it out at YouTube below, and if you want to see what the fuss is all about first hand, go to GIJoeCon.com and plan your trip to Springfield for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention!

More than just a key to the city – COBRA IS EVERYWHERE!

Somehow, some way, Cobra Commander wormed his way into the Mayor of Springfield Illinois’ good graces…  now will the mayor regret it?

Video proof has emerged…  Cobra is EVERYWHERE.

Where is this all going?  Find out more at GIJoeCon.com!

BREAKING – Cobra Commander receives the key to the city of Springfield…

Ever since the Convention location this year was announced as Springfield, G.I. Joe fans everywhere grew wary of Cobra’s involvement in our beloved annual tradition. After all, Cobra and Springfield have been tightly linked for many years, and while which Springfield was “Cobra’s Springfield” has been in argument over the years, it certainly looks as though Illinois just might be a Cobra stronghold.

In a shocking development, the mayor of Springfield, IL has met directly with the nefarious Cobra leader and provided him a key to the city!

Check out the full details and press release below.


Cobra Commander, leader of Cobra, visits Springfield to receive key to the city
All in anticipation of the official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention taking place April 9-12

Springfield, IL – Cobra Commander, leader of the organization known as Cobra, recently visited Springfield to receive the key to the city from Mayor J. Michael Houston. In an eloquent and moving speech, the cobalt-clad commander-in-chief detailed Cobra’s vision of the future and its goals to bring about a better tomorrow for all those who support their cause. Said Cobra Commander “Springfielders near and far, I accept your Mayor’s generous gift. And let it be known that I too bring a gift for every man, woman and child of this city that is so near and dear to my heart; an invitation to join with me. Join Cobra!”

The Commander’s visit is but a forerunner for more things Cobra coming next month. The second week of April will see swarms of G.I. Joe and Cobra fans – some wearing blue uniforms with crimson cobra-shaped emblems – descend on the Prairie Capital Convention Center for the official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, G.I. JoeCon, being held from April 9 – April 12. Those attending the festivities can participate in various activities including autograph sessions with G.I. Joe voice actors, panels and seminars with Hasbro, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club, and many of the other special guests, a G.I. Joe parachute drop as well as entry to the largest G.I. Joe centric showroom in the world featuring thousands of G.I. Joe toys and custom G.I Joe vehicles. The weekend is filled with everything G.I.Joe and is sure to be a great, fun time for kids and adults alike!

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 4 & under are free). Hours are Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Early Bird admittance is available on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The cost is $60. More information, including weekend registration packages for G.I. JoeCon 2015, can be found here www.gijoecon.com/il2015/

*Note – An EXCLUSIVE look at Cobra Commander’s visit to Springfield visit will be released on the GI Joe Collectors’ Club youtube channel on 3/12/2015 www.youtube.com/user/vidmystery.


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Brawl Big at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention!

Another reveal from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club, and it’s a reveal that promises a Brawlin’ good time in Springfield, Illinois!

Today the Club has shown us their next entry into the Tiger Force team, Big Brawler. Complete with his Brawlin’ shirt and his Brawlin’s sword, and… golden… weapons?

Using what appears to be a mix between Renegades Red Dog and Resolute Roadblock, Brawler stands tall and proud with a lot of firepower. Check out the image below, and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest information!