GeneralsJoes Reviews the 2014 Convention Set “Zombie Initiative”

First and foremost, a HUGE thanks to long time Joe friend and fellow website admin Fred from JoeBattleLines.  For folks who don’t follow me on Twitter, you may not know this, but during my trip to JoeCon, my beloved Fuji digital camera got destroyed in transit.  That’s one of the reasons why my pictures from JoeCon were all of the less-than-optimal smart phone variety.  So, fresh off an expensive JoeCon trip, I was faced with the distinct possibility of replacing my camera.

Well, Fred heard my dilemma and without hesitation, sent a loaner in the mail to me at his own expense.  It was that camera that I used to take all of the pictures for these reviews, so make sure you thank Fred for his quick generosity.  It’s quite possible these reviews may not have happened nearly as quickly without his help.  While you’re at it, check out JoeBattleLines.com or on Facebook or Twitter to see his Joe reviews and general geekery.

Now, on to the review talk..

The questions generally start coming in about a day or two after I return from the Convention…  “when are you going to post the Convention Set reviews?!”

In previous years I had sort of combined all of the individual pieces into one review, but it was getting arduous and lengthy, and I felt like each individual part of the set was not getting its due scrutiny.  So starting last year I broke everything out into individual reviews, all linked to one central “Set Review”.  Is the format perfect?  Nope, probably not.  And really, in my opinion, there’s no way to slam out 20 reviews in 2 weeks time without some of it sounding repetitive.  Hopefully I do these toys justice, because there are some fantastic ones in here.

You can hit up the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review page, or just click the link below for this monster.  This will hopefully be a good way to kill a couple of hours on a busy Monday.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals 2015 Club Figure and Vehicle

The whopper FSS 3.0 news wasn’t all that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed this year… they also gave us an idea of what to expect for next year’s Membership Incentive items, and yes, they will include a figure AND a vehicle!

The Collectors Club announced today that next year’s figure will be Arctic Dr. Mindbender with a new head sculpt!  This is great news for Joe fans who weren’t wild about the 25th Anniversary head sculpt, plus the Club was sure to mention that he’d have his classic accessories as well.

Along with that, the Cobra Wave Crusher was announced as the vehicle, complete with Sub-Viper, which everyone likely remembers is a Sludge-Viper repaint.  Check out the images below, keeping in mind, it’s just package art:

Some cool details about Con set design/production, courtesy of GIJCC

Along with the great information about FSS 3.0, the Collectors Club also showed us some great behind the scenes information about the design and execution of the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention set.  Included in this presentation was several slides with deco work on the convention exclusive figures, and even some great original Hasbro concepts for figures like Outback and the Steel Brigade Zombie.

Check out some great images at the YoJoe Photo Gallery, but also some of my hackneyed smart phone shots below!

Watch GeneralsJoes and YoJoe for Convention News and Intel today!

If there was ever a day when you wanted to watch GeneralsJoes and YoJoe closely, today is that day!

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club round table explodes today at 3:00pm Central Time (4:00pm Eastern) and we expect some big news, including hopefully info about the third round of the Figure Subscription Service!

I have a podcast panel directly afterwards, so it may take a bit to get the update to the site, but I hope to be live Tweeting the event.  Make sure you’re checking the following links to stay up to date:

The absolute latest info will appear in those places before the main site proper, though I will do a full recap on the site itself as soon as I am able.

G.I. Joe Convention 2014 Exclusive Round Up

First and foremost, I must apologize.  I know I’m typically right on top of this stuff, but I took some volunteer shifts with the Collectors Club this year, and as such, haven’t had as much time to report on what’s been revealed so far.

Pretty much what I stated in my post from yesterday morning has held true, including Clutch, the VTOL aircraft, and the Septic HISS.  The Collectors Club also surprised us by releasing a separate 4 x 4 Zombie Hunter VAMP, which had not been revealed in the program the night before.  So there were some very nice offerings this year, and at this point, my favorite extra is probably a mix between Clutch and the Steel Brigade pilot, who are both some really nice, modern builds, and I love that the pilot has some homage to the 2005 Steel Brigade Convention set.

Phil over at YoJoe has been doing an awesome job flooding the YoJoe Image Gallery with photos of the exclusives, so check out the photos over on YoJoe.com for the latest info!

2014 G.I. Joe Convention Comic reveals hints at exclusive details

As usual, by examining the comic book/program that came with the boxed sets last night, you can get a decent idea of what the exclusive items might be once revealed tonight.

I’ve included some small images from the comic, and a run down of what we can probably expect.

Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL

No real idea about the pilot himself, but a quick panel from the comic shows the Pursuit of Cobra Ghost Hawk, which is definitely a VTOL aircraft, so that would seem to answer that question.  I wonder if it’s color scheme will be based off the Steel Brigade Sky Hawk from 2005?

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Cobra Septic Tank MK II

Images from the comic show a DTC HISS!  That is a pretty pleasant surprise, I suspect.  We haven’t seen this vehicle since it was used in the DTC line, and it was a surprise to me to see that the Club may have used it for this convention set.

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G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2 Pack

Near the end of the comic, Clutch and an unnamed driver of an ECO Warrior themed Ninja Combat Cruiser appear!  We see no mention of the Combat Cruiser itself, but we do see Clutch and a small hint of a driver, who almost looks to be wearing a knit cap?  Perhaps these are the two “Rescue Ops” members?

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Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack

I think it’s safe to assume these are based off the concept case figures, and they are shown throughout the comic as well.

Now, neither the Kre-O set nor Night Force Crazylegs were shown in the comic (unless that’s Crazylegs driving the jeep with Clutch, considering the PoC version had that knit cap underneath his helmet) but I think we can all assume what we’re getting there.

It’s still unknown to me whether or not Crazylegs is indeed the “Parachute” figure.  It certainly seems likely, but the Club did not explicitly state that in the program.  They did mention that he’s a “Paratrooper” so that really seems to lead that direction, though.  Something tells me ole Crazylegs might be the sleeper hit this year.  Check out the full gallery of images below.

Convention Exclusive reveals from JoeCon 2014

So the Club comic has been frantically grabbed by the rabid fanboys down here in Dallas, so there are some added details about the Convention Exclusives we can hope to see this year!

According to the Convention program, we will be getting:

  • Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL (LE800)
  • Cobra Septic HISS Tank mk II (DTC HISS repaint by the looks of the comic art) (LE 800)
  • G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2-Pack (no idea, and no clear insight based on internal comic art) (LE 700)
  • Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack (LE 1,000)
  • Kre-O Zombie Initiative 7 Pack (LE 600)
  • Night Force Para Trooper Crazy Legs (LE 500)

Carded Cross Country and the HAVOC MK II should also be available in limited numbers at the Con.  The attendee is exclusive is a great repaint of the Retaliation AWE Striker in ECO Striker form!

 

G.I. Joe Con 2014 Schedule of Events Posted

Over at GIJoeCon.com, the Collectors Club has posted a PDF of the seminar and event schedule for the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention in Dallas, Texas!  We are coming up on the Convention date (I leave in 8 days!) so study the schedule wisely.

Check out over at GIJoeCon.com and hopefully I’ll see you at the Podcast panel with What’s on Joe Mind and our friends from the Regular Joes!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals JoeCon Challenge Coin and Spy Island Map

I know I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, but I thought it deserved a mention.  Over on GIJoeCon.com and the G.I. Joe Con Facebook page, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed the G.I. Joe Challenge Coin that will be available at the 2014 JoeCon in Dallas.

Also, another accessory for the 12″ set was shown, too, in the form of a great looking map and map case.  According to the GIJoe Con Facebook page it may be a map of Spy Island, but folks have also drawn some parallels to Cobra Island.  Another possible link between the 12″ and Real American Hero universes?  Hmmm…

Check out the mirrored images below.

The final G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive should be revealed today…

Gentlemen (and ladies) start your speculation!

According to the GIJoeCon Twitter Account, we will indeed see the 15th and final figure in the Real American Hero G.I. Joe Convention set today!  Repulsor has been a big mystery, being the only true new character in this year’s Zombie Initiative boxed set… today we’ll finally see what we’ve been waiting for.

Keep it drilled to GIJoeCon.com!