G.I. Joe Collectors Club rounds of Con reveals with Static Line!

Today the Collectors Club has posted their last 2016 G.I. Joe Convention reveal with none other than Static Line from Sky Patrol!

A fantastic looking figure with a nice new head and great parts formula.  It would have been nice for the helmet to be removable, but even as it stands, the figure is really impressive.  Check out GIJoeCon.com or take a peek at the mirrored image below.

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G.I. Joe Con Black Vulture and Drop Zone revealed

Picking up right where they left off on Friday, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed two more figures from their 2016 G.I. Joe Convention today!  The Cobra Black Vulture and Sky Patrol member Drop Zone were both shown off on GIJoeCon.com.

I’m a bit mixed.  I LOVE most of Black Vulture’s part, but that head seems to be sitting very high on the neck.  Hopefully it’s not that bad in its final form because the rest of the figure is an absolute home run.  I may try the Renegades Cobra Trooper head on the Accelerator Suit body myself to see if it really fits that high.  From the neck down, the figure is truly spectacular.

As for Drop Zone, he looks pretty good.  I was never a huge fan of the Strato Viper figure with its scrawny limbs and clunky joints, but I am glad to see that at least the arms have been swapped out for what looks like Retaliation Storm Shadow.  That is a HUGE improvement, even if I’m still not wild about Strato-knees.  Drop Zone looks a little Photoshopped, too, and appears skinnier than he likely is in real life.

All in all, I’m exceedingly happy with what I’ve seen from the Con set reveals to date.  We still have Static Line left to go, and here’s hoping he’s got a new head, since new parts appear to be pretty sparse thus far.

Check out GIJoeCon.com for the latest, and these new images are mirrored below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveals JoeCon Airwave and Air Devils!

The reveals continue on a Friday night, with the G.I. Joe Collectors Club giving us our first look at the upcoming Sky Patrol Airwave and A.D.D.E.R.S. trooper, Cobra Air Devil.

Air Devil looks pretty spectacular, and I absolutely LOVE that red and black color scheme.  Airwave looks to be mostly made from Pursuit of Cobra Ripcord/Skydive, which is cool with me, that figure is pretty great.  Check out GIJoeCon.com for the latest, and the images are mirrored below.  At this point, we should have three reveals left – Drop Zone, Static Line, and Cobra Black Vulture!  Bring ’em on.

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G.I. Joe Con Sky Patrol Airborne and Cobra Flying Scorpion Revealed!

The hits just keep on coming today!  Registration has just been announced and now we have two brand spanking new figure reveals.  Sky Patrol Sgt. “Airborne” Six comes at us alongside the long requested Cobra Flying Scorpion!

Flying Scorpion was initially a Brazilian release (Escorpaio Voador) using Cesspool’s head and other mixed parts, released alongside Black Vulture (Abutre Negro) who is also slated to come with this Con set.

The two reveals today look pretty spectacular.  Loving the new head sculpt and urban camouflage on Airborne (and is that a Retaliation Firefly torso… great use!), and I love that Flying Scorpion comes with the Pursuit of Cobra jetpack.  GREAT looking figures!

Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest!

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Registration for the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention is Live!

It’s registration time!

Don’t delay, hit up GIJoeCon.com to register for the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention in Loveland, Colorado!  You snooze, you lose.

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PRESS RELEASE

March 3, 2016

For More Information Contact: Pete Sinclair

Pete@funpubinc.com

Registration has begun for the 2016 G.I. Joe Collectors’ convention June 16-19, being held in the beautiful city of Loveland, Colorado

Fort Worth, TX – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, G.I.JoeCon and the show’s sponsor, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club, has begun registration for this year’s annual convention being held at the Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel June 16 through June 19 in Loveland Colorado, (just north of Denver). Fans once again will come together from around the world to celebrate another exciting year of all things G.I. Joe at this fantastic event!

Kicking off the weekend events will be the G.I. Joe Parachute drop! Three hundred G.I. Joe action figures will be launched on Friday, June 17th at 10:30 a.m. from inside the Embassy Suites, making for one spectacular visual as these fighting heroes come flying down in to the lobby! The annual parachute drop is always a big event, with kids and adults both enjoying the display!

For those who wish to attend, they can select from different attendee packages with the two most popular packages being the American Hero’s package and the General’s package. The American Hero’s package includes a 15 figure 3 ¾ inch “Real American Hero” box set featuring the SKY PATROL. The General’s package features a reimaging of The Adventures of Eight Ropes of Danger, which also includes a reproduction of the rare and hard to find 1969 release of the Adventures of G.I. Joe AQUANAUT!

Fans and collectors who register for G.I.JoeCon as either a Real American Hero or General package holder will receive an exclusive convention box set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Saturday evening Casino Night and Awards Party. Finally, Real American Hero or General package attendees will also receive a special bonus G.I. Joe item to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.

For more information on G.I. JoeCon, including general admission times, costs, activities and the exclusive figure offerings please visit GIJoeCon.com.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company’s Hasbro Studios is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling around Hasbro brands across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com. © 2016 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Fun Publications

For 20 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. © 2016 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved

 

G.I. Joe Collectors Club reveal next two 2016 Convention Figures

We have another JoeCon exclusive reveal this evening, this time the Cobra Night Vulture and Altitude, from Sky Patrol!

Neither of them are quite as impressive as the ones we saw yesterday, but they’re still very nice parts combinations.  Night Vulture seems to be a large part the ’89 Snake Eyes 25th Anniversary figure (with Retaliation Cobra Trooper’s head), while Altitude is a healthy helping of PoC Duke, Firefly, and Lift Ticket arms.

I love the more modern parts, and even though the ’89 Snake Eyes is from several years ago, it was pretty far ahead of its time.  Both figures are well articulated and really striking.  Night Vulture’s matching wing suit is great, too.

Check out GIJoeCon.com or the mirrored images below.  Still off to a great start.  I really can’t wait to see Flying Scorpion, Black Vulture, and the Air Devils!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club debuts first two 2016 Convention Figures

Oh hell yes.

We are off to one heck of a good start if the rest of the figures finish like they’ve started.

The G.I. Joe Collectors Club has debuted their first two Convention figures, Skydive and Sky Creeper, and they are…well…  amazing?

Skydive looks to be using Mutt’s head and a Data Viper build with some striking blue and gray colors that really jump off the screen.  I love that he’s got the Resolute jetpack as well.

Sky Creeper has a brand spanking new head along with what looks to be partially Ultimate Cobra Commander and PoC Snake Eyes, and the colors are spectacular.  He’s got the fantastic wingsuit as well that I’m a big fan of.

Wow, right out of the gate, we’ve got two really great looking Convention figures.  If this is what we should expect going forward, this may be a boxed set for the ages.  Check out the images below and keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest info!

G.I. Joe Convention 2016 Brochure Revealed – SKY PATROL… and MORE!

It’s JoeCon brochure day!  The most magical day of the year…

It’s the day when speculation of the upcoming G.I. Joe Convention Set can officially begin, and looking at the brochure, there’s going to be plenty of speculation to go around!

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Check out the brochure over at GIJoeCon.com and see that the Sky Patrol convention set has been confirmed!  But not just Sky Patrol.  The G.I. Joe Collectors Club also mentions the COBRA ADDERS featuring Sky Creeper, Air Devil Troopers and Night Vultures!  COBRA Air Commandos!  SWEET!

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The Air Commandos are some of my favorite obscure 90s G.I. Joe characters, and I am beyond thrilled to see them included here.  Not only that, but it also looks like the Club is dipping into the International Sky Patrol figures, Abutre Negro (Black Vulture) and Escorpiao Voador (Flying Scorpion).  Looking at the parts for these great international figures, you can see the club could easily repurpose their Cesspool head and other parts.

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Plus, just looking at the brochure, it immediately becomes clear that G.I. Joe fans are pretty damn handsome.

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So Loveland, Colorado, June 16th-19th.  Will I see you there?

Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest details!

Post Toy Fair 2016, few answers, more questions on G.I. Joe’s future

So what exactly is the future of G.I. Joe?

Short answer – I don’t think anyone except Hasbro really knows. Heck, I’m not even sure Hasbro themselves know.

Some confusion has emerged over the past 24 hours based on a post by HISSTank which states that Hasbro confirmed at Toy Fair that there would be no 50th Anniversary type line sold at Toys “R” Us this year.

I don’t consider this news very surprising.

Hasbro did go on to confirm that there would be a ComicCon exclusive, and that they were committed to getting the Fan Vote winner Stiletto out to collectors as well. Beyond that, pretty much nada.

Many Joe fans lept to the attack citing a Tweet from Entertainment News International that seemed to say there would be a G.I. Joe presence at retail this year, but in fact, that Tweet merely said a “few reveals” would be at JoeCon. I consider an SDCC set (or two) and the Stiletto release a few reveals, to be sure.

At this point, as it has been several times in recent years, the future of G.I. Joe as a retail brand remains murky. The one main difference now is that while G.I. Joe at retail was sketchy, we at least at the Collectors Club to fall back on, which was generally good for 30 – 40 releases per year, a nice healthy number. Now as we push forward towards 2016 and 2017 not only is retail looking unhealthy, but rumors persist that the Collectors Club is off the brand as well.

So what the heck is going on here? It makes no real sense to jettison Fub Publications if you’re also jettison a retail presence unless there’s some kind of fallback plan, which at this point there doesn’t appear to be. All Hasbro will really tell us right now is “wait for a movie”, but that does us no good in the short term. Over the past few years, the G.I. Joe collectors community has been dwindling with no real catalyst to bring us together, aside from the Kindle Worlds fan vote, which was a fantastic experience, but ultimately came and went.

As we look towards 2017, we have no clear vision of a retail brand, and simply no clue on any product from any sort of Collectors Club, and hell, we may not even have an annual G.I. Joe Convention to look forward to.

I’m not sure exactly what’s going on, but I hope that we can get some kind of information from Hasbro at some point, just so we don’t continue to be left adrift, wondering. I’m one of those few who actually enjoys some healthy speculation, but speculating on something vs. nothing doesn’t do much for me.

Hopefully we can find out what’s next and get some kind of answers beyond just waiting for the next movie.

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JoeCon Exclusive hint in Diamond edition of the Comic?

Last year, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club strongly indicated that they would provide a hint to the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention set in the Diamond Solicitation of their convention comic.

Sure enough, in the comic, an ad for the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention appeared, complete with a tiger pattern on the background. As we all know, last year’s set had Tiger Force elements.

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Fast forward to this year… the Diamond Solicitation of the JoeCon comic hit shops last week, and there is another G.I. Joe Convention advertisement… but the background is different:

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That’s right, it’s the clear blue sky.

Now, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club never stated this year’s comic would contain a hint to the JoeCon set, but if we’re to go by previous years, they could be throwing us a bone here.

Could we be seeing Sky Patrol in 2016?

And if so, who would they be facing off against? The G.I. Joe newsletter has been featuring Action Force pretty heavily, but I’m not sure how Action Force dovetails with Sky Patrol (especially considering they’re both good guys).

Who knows, the whole thing could be a red herring, but it’s certainly going to make for some interesting speculation. Hopefully we’ll hear more details about the 2016 G.I. Joe Con set soon! Keep watching GeneralsJoes and GIJoeClub.co for the latest info.