Five Ways JoeDeClassified has changed the landscape of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Over the past handful of years, quietly, but effectively, a small
group of devoted collectors have changed the very structure and
history of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Some of the shifts have
been small, and you don’t really notice them until you take a closer
look.

However, some of those shifts have been dramatic and seismic, taking
what had been established history over the past 30 years and turning
it completely sideways.

I wanted to take some time to make folks aware of JoeDeClassified,
encourage people to support them, and certainly to make them a
destination during your trip to JoeCon.  Click the continue reading link below for the full write up.

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Ten things for G.I. Joe fans to look forward to in 2015

I know it’s been somewhat doom and gloom in the G.I. Joe realm over the past few months, even with the releases of 50th Anniversary product and continued rumors of the third G.I. Joe film, but hey, you know what?  Things aren’t all bad.

As 2015 gets kicked off, it’s important to think back on recent history, and look forward on what’s to come.  And when you really look at it, the future has some brightness for G.I. Joe fans.

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JoeCustoms/JoeDeClassified “Man of War” Grand Prize winner on eBay!

A short while ago, JoeCustoms and JoeDeClassified held a revolutionary custom contest, asking entrants to reproduce formerly unproduced G.I. Joe offerings from the past 30 years, and awarding the entrants some very nice prizes for their efforts.

As part of the custom contest, the custom winners donated their excellent customs to JoeDeClassified, who then auctions them off to raise money for their cause. It was a great idea, and executed really well, providing a good vehicle for showcasing customs, winning great prizes and raising money all at once.

Well, up for bid right now is the grand prize winner of the JoeCustoms/JoeDeClassified custom contest, the infamous “Man-O-War” by AVAC Labs. The Man-O-War was a vehicle in the works for 1993 release based strongly off of the Rolling Thunder (and you can see YoJoe’s Preproduction Entry for this vehicle right here).

Check out the auction for this great custom vehicle right here, and get a chance to add a really unique item to your G.I. Joe collection that has some awesome ties to Real American Hero history. Not only that, but it supports the excellent JoeDeClassified project, which has been bringing us great convention displays and newsletters for the past several years. Support the cause!

JoeDeClassified posts Newsletter Issue #6 – Star Brigade!

For fans like me who are in love with nearly every element of the 90’s G.I. Joe era, anything that more deeply explores the Star Brigade concept is a very welcome sight. Considering it came in at the tail end of the Real American Hero run also almost guarantees that there are some cool untold stories and information about potentially unreleased items, many of which can be found right in the YoJoe PreProduction archive.

So when JoeDeClassified posted their latest newsletter, featuring Star Brigade predominantly, I rushed to check it out.

To the surprise of no one, it’s another exceptional newsletter from the awesome JoeDeClassified folks, with a ton of information and insight that you literally cannot find anywhere else. Great articles by experts in their field of collecting. Do yourselves a favor and hit up JoeDeClassified right now and download the newsletter in PDF format. You’ll be glad you did.

JoeDeClassified exploding with in hand images of Wave 3.5

That’s right, G.I. Joe fans, G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 (AKA the SUPAH WAVE) is right around the corner, and some folks have already scored figures from the assortment. The pre-production master Glumby as accumulated a nice assortment of early sample figures and posted some images over on JoeDeClassified.com.

First early looks are of the Crimson Guard as well as Budo and Cobra Commander. Many of these images show these figures in never-seen before in hand formats, including Cobra Commander with his hood and a great look at his FANG helicopter themed backpack.

Huge thanks to Glumby for getting these images out there. Check out JoeDeClassified here and here, and I’ve also mirrored some of the images below.

Results for the Joe DeClassified “Unproduced” Custom Contest

As one of the judges for this contest, I was unbelievably impressed with every single entry.  I’m glad the winners can now be shared with everyone, and I wanted to congratulate everyone for their fantastic work.  Check out the amazing results for the JoeDeClassified “Ultimate Custom Contest” which challenged customizers to reproduce some unproduced items as closely as they possibly can.

The end results?  Amazing.

Check them out at JoeDeClassified.com.

JoeDeClassified and JoeCustoms Custom Contest bringing some sweet prizes to the table!

Good morning, Joe fans!  So another Toy Fair Hasbro Fan Event is behind us and as we all recover from the attack on our senses from the G.I. Joe Eaglehawk, I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of an exciting new custom contest being held over on JoeDeClassified.com and JoeCustoms.com.

The guys over there are asking for all of you talented customizers to work up a custom of an unproduced G.I. Joe toy.  The rules are as follows:

Custom contest rules:

1. Customs may be figures or vehicles.
2. Any customs created for any prior contest, or that have been shown prior on the web are automatically disqualified. Customizers should submit a photo with their entry that shows their construction materials with any dated item (magazine, etc) created after the contest start date.
3. Customs must be of an unfinished Hasbro product (Rocky, for example). Anything that ever existed in any state of design is eligible. Please see the references at the bottom for further inspiration.
4. All entries are due no later than 15April2013.
5. All prize-winning customs become property of Joe Declassified, and will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to help support future Declassified endeavors. If contest winners do not wish to participate in the fundraising process, we will select the next highest rated customs to take their place.
6. No more than 3 custom entries per individual.
7. Entries MUST include real name, any online screen names, city and state of origin. All entry photos should be submitted to damnedmp@gmail.com. Please include no more than 10 photos per entry. Any questions or clarifications of contest rules should be sent to the same email address.
8. All judges and Joe Declassified staff are automatically disbarred from entry.

There are some stellar judges who are set to judge these entries as well…  Fran from HissTank, Chris from JoeSightings, Fred from JoeBattleLines, Terry from YoJoe, staff of JoeCustoms and JoeDeClassified, and even John Warden himself from Hasbro will be taking part in judging!  The owner and admin of a certain hack site will also be letting his 2 cents known.  No, I do not take bribes, but anyone doing unproduced Sigma 6 toys will get 50 bonus points! ;)

The greatest thing about this contest, though, are the prizes!  They are taking out all the stops in offering some fantastic prizes like a carded unreleased Wave 14 Storm Shadow, a full FSS set, and an SDCC Exclusive Jinx 2-Pack.  Find out all of the juicy details over at JoeDeClassified.com and JoeCustoms.com.  I cannot WAIT to see these entries!

Latest JDSO podcast dives deep into the toy industry with G Wayne Miller

JoeDeClassified SpecOps has posted a new episode of their excellent podcast, and this time brought in the services of none other than G. Wayne Miller.  For the uninitiated, G. Wayne Miller spent some time with both Hasbro and Mattel in the 90’s and wrote about the events in that time period in the fantastic book Toy Wars.  This is a must read book for toy fans in general and for G.I. Joe fans specifically as the book tells the story of Hasbro’s absorption of Kenner, an attempted buy out by Mattel, and the “evolution” of G.I. Joe from military toyline to the super hero-esque G.I. Joe Extreme.

It’s a fantastic read, and hearing Mr. Miller talk about his time in the industry on the podcast was equally entertaining.  This is something that every fan should listen to.

Hit up the episode right here, and check out JoeDeclassified.com for the images to go along with the story.

Latest JoeDeclassified JDSO Podcast is online and fighting dinosaurs!

Without much new merchandise to swoon over, it’s important to get familiar with G.I. Joe’s history as well as some of the cooler offshoots of the G.I. Joe brand, and the latest episode of the JDSO Podcast does that in spades!  We get some awesome insight about the Jurassic Park line that may or may not ever come to pass as well as some great intel about shared parts between G.I. Joe, Stargate, James  Bond Jr, and many other toylines of the 80’s and 90’s.

Also, one of the rarest pieces of the late 90’s comes to light with a great look at the Desert Headquarters exclusive figures that were slated to come out in ’98, but were lost to the “sands of time” so to speak.

Check out the latest episode on the JDSO Podbean page, and make sure you hit JoeDeClassified.com to see all the fantastic images to go along with the episode details.  This is one you don’t want to miss!

GeneralsJoes reviews canceled/pre-production 30th Anniversary Kwinn

Over the past week there has been a minor barrage of G.I. Joe news, from the Figure Subscription Service to the Canadian JoeCon, but over the next few months, things will probably be at a lull.

Well, what better time to showcase a figure that was initially slated for a final wave of the 30th Anniversary line, but never hit retail?  Hasbro has promised us a number of times that they would find a way to get this figure out there, and my conversations with Hasbro at JoeCon made me even more certain of that fact, but to date, this figure has not seen release.

As we’ve gotten used to over the past few years, G.I. Joe collector of pre-production items Gyre-Viper from JoeDeClassified.com has managed to get his hands on this figure, and he was kind enough to let me borrow it long enough to get this review posted.  Hopefully it provides an interesting look at a figure that will be hitting retail eventually.

With no further adeu, you can check out my 30th Anniversary Page, or hit the direct link below: