G.I. Joe Con Exclusive Reveal Catch Up – Dodger and Blaster

I’ve had my nose buried in other projects this week and the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has unleased two more BattleForce: 2000 reveals: Dodger and Blaster.

Like they’ve been doing from the start, they seem to be sticking really close to the vintage aesthetic, and the designs are, for the most part, really solid.  I am a bit concerned about the Photoshop mock up head sculpts, especially the ones with the non-removable helmets, as I fear they may suffer from Static Line syndrome.

While many folks complained about Static Line’s permanently attached helmet, I wasn’t all that distraught about that component, but more about how the attached helmet almost looked like it was a part of his head.  Whoever is sculpting these heads doesn’t appear to be accommodating for the actual shape and size of the head underneath the helmet and the result is an almost “squished” look where the helmets are far too small and way too tight.

Time will tell what the actual finished product will look like, I hate to make judgments based purely on a Photoshop mock up, but that’s all we have to go on at this point.

One question I really do have though – WHERE’S BLASTER’S MASK????  Seriously that was a really awesome element to the original figure.  Very disappointed that they couldn’t find some way financially to include that, choosing instead to retool exact replicas of vintage accessories.  Curious choice on that one, I have to admit.

The builds for these two figures are pretty decent, though as I mentioned above I’m a little confused as to why money would be invested in retooling exactly replicas of the classic weapons when a 30 second trip to eBay will find any replacement you want for pennies on the dollar.

Regardless…  we’re now a good chunk of the way through the reveals and so far I’m liking the majority of the BattleForce: 2000 stuff, but am still really questioning the choice to include 9 Battle Android Troopers.  Let’s see what the rest look like.

Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for updates and see the previews below!

G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive Avalanche Revealed!

The next exclusive for the upcoming G.I. Joe Convention boxed set has been revealed and it’s looking pretty awesome!

Maverick and Knockdown were okay, but Avalanche is pretty spectacular.  Great build, great paint, and a new head sculpt.  Nice!  Keep checking GIJoeCon.com for the latest info, and you can see the image mirrored below.

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More G.I. Joe Convention Exclusives revealed

I could have sworn I posted this a couple of days ago, but I’ll be damned if I can find it.  My bad.

This week the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed two more 2017 G.I. Joe Convention Exclusive figures.  A couple of days ago we got our first look at the B.A.T. Squad Leader, apparently inspired by the ’91 version of the Battle Android Trooper.  He’s got a newly tooled head, but is pretty much just B.A.T. v1 from the neck down.  The choice is a bit curious, as one would assume that folks might want to army build this version, and as a squad leader, I figure he’s the only one of this type in the boxed set.

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Which of course begs the question… what will the standard troopers look like?  The 2003 repaint?  Hopefully we’ll find out soon.

Along with the B.A.T. Squad Leader, today we also got a look at Knockdown, who appears to come with General Mayhem’s helmet and a newly retooled version of his crazy anti-aircraft pistol.  Not sure I’d consider that a worthy investment in tooling dollars, but there you go.

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More to come, keep checking GIJoeCon.com for the latest intel!

GeneralsJoes continues the 2016 Con Set reviews with the COBRA ADDERS!

Ah, G.I. Joe and COBRA, they really loved their acronyms.  It seemed like every other vehicle in the A Real American Hero line sported a cool name made up of other words.  Well in that way the COBRA A.D.D.E.R.S. fit right in.  The Aerial Deployment Daredevil Elite Recon Squadron is made up of some great characters and 90s troops, including my personal favorites – the Air Commandos.

Today I’m reviewing all five members of the COBRA A.D.D.E.R. team from the boxed set.  You can check out the review at the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page, or the link below.  I also have done a video review which you can see embedded below.

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The Full Force Series 3 Episode 3 – Roll Out Roll Call is HERE!

Only a few short days before Roll Out Roll Call 2016 hits London, and The Full Force Podcast is talking all about it.

Not only that, but the guys talk JoeCon and cover all the latest G.I. Joe and Action Force news and info.  Head on over to the What’s on Joe Mind Podbean page to download the latest episode, or you can listen to the embedded feed below.

Also, make sure to check out the Full Force Facebook Page for all the show notes and goodies from this episode.

FULL FORCE.

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What’s on Joe Mind – JoeCon Barrage!

Along with their exclusive interview with Derryl and Mark, the What’s on Joe Mind folks posted a ton of content from JoeCon including several One Shots and of course the live show to wrap up Con this year.

All of the audio has been posted to the Podbean site and can be checked out below.  Hours upon hours of G.I. Joe audio sex!

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G.I. Joe Con 2016 One Shot – Friday Afternoon

G.I. Joe Con 2016 One Shot – Friday Night

G.I. Joe Con 2016 One Shot – Saturday Wrap Up

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Official Press Images for newly announced Hasbro G.I. Joe Product

With the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention now over, Hasbro has released some official press images for upcoming product, which provides a nice clear look at how these figures are expected to look once we get them in our greedy little mitts in November.

Check out all these press images below.

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Derryl DePriest and Mark Weber were onsite at the G.I. Joe Convention in Loveland and ran the Hasbro Team panel, bringing us all the exciting news on product for 2016!

The focus of 2016 will be figures over vehicles, broken down into 2 Packs and 3 Packs.  These will be offered at Toys R Us and Entertainment Earth.  The two packs will be shipped in cases of 10 allowing for evenly packed offerings, so no more short pack figures!  The roster is as follows:

Two Packs

  • Arashikage Duel

Two Pack of carry forward figures for Pursuit of Cobra Snake Eyes and Renegades Storm Shadow

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  • Sinister Allies

What looks to be carry forward versions of the PoC Cobra Viper and 25th Anniversary Iron Grenadier

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  • Zombie Patrol

A two pack of carry forward 30th Anniversary Zombie Vipers!

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  • Heavy Conflict

A new build for Heavy Duty with Kindle Worlds fan vote Stiletto!

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  • Mission Accepted

Duke faces off against a BRAND NEW character in Tombstone.  Hasbro felt strongly that featuring an unmasked Cobra character (and an African American at that) would be a great way to develop the Cobra roster.

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Squad Three Packs

  • COBRA Legion

A Cobra B.A.T., new looking Cobra SAW Viper, both led by a female Cobra Officer!  The Cobra Officer will be unmasked and with blonde hair.

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  • Special Forces

Dark colored Outback, dark colored Falcon, and the first ever appearance of SHOOTER the mysterious 14th original G.I. Joe member.  Shooter will be based off her appearance in the Devil’s Due comics!

And that’s what we’ve got this year (well, besides the SDCC Convention Set we already know about).  Keep following along, more images from the Hasbro booth are sure to come!

Oh, and so I don’t forget… here’s the final crossword puzzle solution.  Big thanks to Phil at YoJoe for all the pics and thanks to Terry for the live stream!

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G.I. Joe Convention Day Three – Here is where it all happens

You wouldn’t know it from the absolute flood of news stories I posted this morning, but Saturday is typically when things really start moving at JoeCon.

The Hasbro Team panel happens today at 11:00am Mountain Time (1:00pm Eastern) and Mark Weber has promised some very cool things to excite G.I. Joe fans.  The Crossword puzzle has been driving us all crazy for a couple of weeks now, it will be awesome to see it filled in right before our eyes.  You can bet even though I couldn’t be in Loveland, I’ll be right here spinning out updates as I can catch them, and greatly looking forward to seeing what’s in store for us for the remainder of 2016.

Then at 3:00pm Mountain time (5:00pm Eastern) the G.I. Joe Collectors Club will be holding their roundtable where they will likely reveal the line up for the very last Figure Subscription Service and perhaps shed some more light on the upcoming Transformers/G.I. Joe 5 Pack.

It’s a bittersweet day, where the news is fast and furious, but you blink a couple of times and it’s all over.  Saturday is no doubt my favorite day at JoeCon with the absolute flurry of activity (plus the after hours events always tend to end strong) and while it will be painful to be watching from the sidelines, I’m excited to see what’s to come.

From the sounds of things, we’ve got some great stuff to look forward to this year, and as G.I. Joe seems to be preparing for the next stage in its eventual evolution, we should all recognize and embrace the greatness of the Real American Hero and marvel at its longevity.  It’s tough to tell what might come next, so hopefully we can take some time to appreciate the three decades of stuff we’ve enjoyed and all the great times we’ve all shared at JoeCon over the years.

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