Derryl DePriest gets refreshingly candid in JoeCon interview

One of the benefits of JoeCon is an opportunity to get some face time with the folks that control the fate of your favorite brand. In many cases interacting with Hasbro representatives results in a lot of understandable marketing speak. They are there, after all, to support their company and maintain the image and reputation of who they are there representing.

I’ve always been impressed by the way G.I. Joe representatives have handled themselves at various conventions, both as a credit to them and to their Public Relations folks.

But the frank and honest way Derryl DePriest approached questions about the fate of the 12″ toyline with the Patches of Pride impresses me most of all. He manages to maintain his professionalism, but gets incredibly honest and forthright about the current state of 12″ collecting and the potential future of 12″ figures at retail (hint… there ain’t one).

He’s frank about fan support for the 12″ line (or lack thereof) and Hasbro’s priorities when it comes to fans and shareholders. It’s an illuminating look into what goes into certain decisions, and I’m sure it has raised the eyebrows of many a Real American Hero fan, as we wonder just how far behind the 12″ fans we are.

This was a fantastic conversation, honest and transparent, and huge kudos to Derryl for telling it like it is, and thanks to The Joe Report at Patches of Pride for transcribing and posting.

Good stuff. Check it out here.

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Mammoth 100th Episode of What’s on Joe Mind is online

Holy…

Yeah, this is a big ‘un.  For our landmark 100th episode of What’s on Joe Mind, we wanted to pull out all the stops, but I don’t think any of us envisioned the result would be a close to five hour marathon of G.I. Joe talk!

All that being said, there is something here for everyone.  We talk to Bill and Craig from Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys about the Eagle Force Returns and Captain Action Kickstarter…and we break a special bit of news about them as well!

Along the way, we invite Cobra Commander himself to read from the mailbag, take listener calls, and break down all the latest (as of a month ago) news!

As always, find the latest episode at Podbean, and it’s also embedded below.  Show Notes are after the break.

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Top 10 Moments from the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention

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Year after year it feels like the G.I. Joe Convention becomes less about toys and more about friends and community, and this year was no different. Heck, I spent 36 hours crammed in a car with other people as part of the weekend festivities!

Looking back on the weekend, there are 10 key moments that I feel really captured JoeCon 2015 for me.

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Pictures from the Hasbro display cases – G.I. Joe Convention 2015

I know most of this has been explored in depth, but I wanted to be sure to get my own images taken and uploaded just to complement what’s already there and to potentially reveal any little details that may have been otherwise overlooked.

I’m just doing an image dump today, but as always I’ll go back and prepare a “SuperPage” outlining what to expect in full detail.

Check out the image dump below.

News from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club roundtable – FSS 4.0 and PYTHONA!

It was a whirlwind 60 minute panel this afternoon as the G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed their assortment for FSS 4.0 as well as the 2016 Club Exclusive figure and vehicle/figure assortment.

Because of some confusion last time with artwork being misinterpreted as final figures, they did not reveal any artwork or mock ups, just the list of names.  The lineup is as follows:

  1. Barricade
  2. Billy (Cobra Commander’s son)
  3. Bullhorn
  4. Interrogator
  5. Law & Order
  6. Cobra Inferno B.A.T.
  7. Nunchuk
  8. Night Creeper (Ice Ninja)
  9. Pathfinder
  10. Jammer (Z-Force Communications)
  11. Tiger Force Sneak Peek (UK Repaint)
  12. Tiger Force Outback (UK Repaint)

Items of note are that Billy will be the adult version, and not the child, Law & Order will be based on their classic color scheme, the Inferno B.A.T. will be based on the v1 look (expect some translucent red).  Night Creeper is based on the ’98 repaint, while Jammer will be using the Convention exclusive Stalker head sculpt.

Tiger Force Outback will have a newly sculpted head as well as the UK deco while Sneak Peek was promised a newly tooled accessory!  The periscope, perhaps?

Along with the fourth FSS, the Collectors Club announced their 2016 Club Incentive offerings, including PYTHONA!!  A shocking development for sure, and one that had the fans standing in their seats.

Along with Pythona, the Club announced a Heartwrencher with 4-WD vehicle as their vehicle/figure incentive, too.  Heartwrencher was a Dreadnok created in the Devils Due universe who has never had her own action figure made before.

All in all, this sounds like an exceptionally solid line up for the fourth FSS and finally getting a Pythona figure as the incentive?  Truly astounding.  Kudos to the Club for ponying up and getting it done!

Hasbro G.I. Joe Panel Recap

Fresh off the Hasbro panel at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention, we have official announcements of upcoming Toys “R” Us and San Diego ComicCon product for the year!

High level – this is all 3 3/4″ – 4″ product, exclusively at Toys “R” Us and through the same TRU ComicCon platform as last year, though the SDCC Exclusives will not be coming to brick & mortar at this point.

Click the continue reading link below for the details, and I’ll be getting pictures from the actual Hasbro displays as soon as humanly possible.

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G.I. Joe Convention 2015 has officially kicked off!

Although many Joe fans, who converged on Springfield, IL over the past few days, have already been grinding through the beginning stages of the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention, many would say today is the first day things have officially begun.

Panels have already started this morning, and the sales floor is on the verge of opening.

It would appear that Hasbro does not have new product to show YET, as plackards have been placed throughout their booth telling people to check back tomorrow after their panel at 11:00am.

At the G.I. Joe Collectors Club comic/newsletter panel this morning, there were some interesting items discussed.

  • Many fans are curious as to why the Collectors Club doesn’t do “collections” of their comic stories in either digital or TPB format. Turns out with IDW as the primary license holder for comics there are some licensing quirks that they need to negotiate in order to do this, which has played a part in holding up this process. They are still working on doing what they can do to navigate around those issues.
  • This also plays into why certain characters are not generally explored in the Club comics. They try to stay away from some of the more focal characters that make up the normal cast of characters in the IDW books and stick to more obscure and nuanced G.I. Joe and Cobra operatives.
  • Lastly, folks have noticed that the Convention comic is significantly shorter this year and is “To Be Continued”… Pete reported that there were some timing issues this year, and that the entire Club Comic would be published by Diamond and available in the Club store later this year with 36 pages, including dossiers, the full Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadier story and a new cover.

The fan Filmfest this morning was a lot of fun, as was the presentation by Hasbro designer Frank Coroneos and Ace Algood from the 12″ side of things talked a fantastic talk as well.

One other item of note from the Club store last night was that uncut card sheets featured a few key images of interest.

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As you can see from these uncut cards, more Transformers/G.I. Joe connections seem to be brewing in the form of Transformers: Prime Soundwave repaints as “Stealth B.A.T.s” to finally the potential of seeing Old Snake in plastic form. Are these simple animated artwork, or could there be action figure appearances down the road? The Collectors Club panel is Saturday at 3:00pm, and I’ll be reporting live from the panel. Be sure you’re following me on Twitter for the latest up to date news.

One of the highlights of the show, too, was long time convention attendee Thomas O’Mahoney, who is now living in Japan, making a “virtual” appearance via telepresence robot, rolling all over the convention hall and talking to friends.

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Stuff like that is what makes memories and plays a huge role in why many of us come back to the show year after year.

Coverage continues throughout the weekend.

G.I. Joe Convention Attendee Exclusive – Iron Grenadier Mantis Sub

Along with the Convention Comic, Golden Ticket holders also picked up their attendee exclusive vehicle tonight, and it’s the Mantis Sub from Valor Vs. Venom in Iron Grenadier deco.  A pretty nice looking little vehicle.

G.I. Joe Convention Comic reveals exclusive details

Big thanks to Patrick Stewart who very kindly fed me some info as I’ve been traversing the east en route to Springfield for JoeCon 2015.

As has become customary, the Collectors Club revealed the list of exclusives for JoeCon 2015 in their comic at the Golden Ticket pick up tonight, and there are some exciting new reveals to think about!

  • Iron Grenadiers Air Assault Two pack LE 900
  • Tiger Force Helicopter Crew Three Pack LE 800
  • Tiger Hawk LE 600
  • Tiger Shark w/ Felino LE 800
  • Tiger Sting w/ Sgt Katzenbogen (that would be Tiger Force Bazooka!)LE 800
  • Iron Anvil Officer w/ Parachute LE 600
  • Kre-O Six Pack

Some mysteries obviously remain still…  one must assume the “Iron Grenadier” Air Assault Two Pack is a pack of repainted Annihilators, who appear in the Club comic.

The helicopter crew three pack should include Skystriker (seen in the Club comic with a Tripwire head and Wild Weasel body) and perhaps Alpine (also seen in the Club comic, who would be a great match for Bazooka), and maybe Frostbite (who appears in the comic as well)?  Also, do the Kre-O figures represent Iron Grenadiers or Tiger Force?  I’m betting it’ll be similar to the last couple years with a mix of the two.

Fans might have noticed Dusty in the comic, but it’s not Dusty, it’s Felino, who is a Brazilian exclusive that looks an awful lot like our familiar Desert Trooper.

It looks like a great line up, with some interesting twists and still some potential twists to come.  Check out some of the images below.

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club hints at Tiger Force Eaglehawk

Surprising many of us this evening, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club tossed out a clue as to one of the potential exclusives for JoeCon next week, and it looks like we’re getting a Tiger Force Eaglehawk!

The Club has mentioned that one of the exclusives was a “large vehicle” and then they said that we should “keep an eye out for them in Springfield“…

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Well, it didn’t take long for G.I. Joe fans to dip into their collections and uncover this little mystery:

The texture, the plating, and the screws certainly seem to line up.  Hope we’re all ready for JoeCon next week!