One piece of news that cannot go unnoticed is the latest in a line of Kickstarters by Robert Carson Mataxis of 3D Joes. Robert is in the final week of his Kickstarter for volumes 5 and 6 of Collecting the art of GI Joe. These volumes cover the years 1990-1994 and are a celebration of the painted art of GI Joe A Real American Hero. As of writing this post the Kickstarter has smashed its goal and currently sits at $35,830. You still have 6 days to get in on this Kickstarter and own a great piece of collecting art. Volume 5 will feature 158 unique pieces of art and will cover three years of material. Volume 6 will cover the last two years of figures, vehicles, playsets and peripheral painted art for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. It will also feature 20 pages of unreleased and international painted art.
Head over to Kickstarter before it’s over.
What a final day for the latest Marauder Kickstarter! I was already intrigued by this Kickstarter at launch, merely because the Exo-Suit looked so cool, and I was definitely on the hook for a few of the Contract Ops figures.
The K-9 ended up impressing me more than I thought it would, and then when news got out that they would be making Agency-Ops figures as a part of this deal? Yeah, I knew I was on board.
Whether or not we’d even hit Agency Ops was still in question leading to the last day. It was a stretch goal at the $
214,000 $172,000 level, which felt a bit out of reach with 24 hours remaining. But everyone came together, and we ended up smashing that goal, the Kickstarter rounding off at nearly $218,000!
Huge congrats to the always great folks at Marauder for another successful Kickstarter, and a big thanks to Tommy over on the Marauder Task Force Facebook Page who whipped up a spectacular graphic outlining what would be contained in the “All In” pledge level (this is essentially everything that got unlocked during the Kickstarter).
This is a great look at more terrific additions to an already impressive product line. Marauder continues to reinvent 1:18 scale military action figures, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these and to see what’s still up their sleeves.
With the plethora of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero books hitting Kickstarter in recent years, there’s been an awesome wealth of content available for us long time fans. One avenue that hasn’t been fully explored, however, is the advertising and marketing side of things, but Phil Reed from Battlegrip.com has that covered.
The Kickstarter for Modern Army Action Figures was just recently launched and explores the great advertising of vintage Real American Hero product. One would argue a huge amount of G.I. Joe’s success in the 80’s was due to its unique look at marketing and advertising, and Phil’s got some great stuff here.
Go check out the book on Kickstarter and throw some support its way!
ANIMAL WARRIORS OF THE KINGDOM™ Series One: will consist of Ape, Canine, and Feline warriors, including the series main protagonist the albino ape Pale and he’s vile nemesis Baron Kah Lee. Each figure features 17 points of articulation as well as removable armor and weapon accessories.
THE FIGURES: are 1:18 scale figures similar to G.I. Joe, Marvel Universe, H.A.C.K.S, Marauders Task Force, Dime Novel Legends, Eagle Force Returns, Zombie Lab and Hellscreamerz figures. The figures are sculpted, colored and faithful of the comic book source material while remaining highly detailed with have great crossover potential for lines like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.!
Kickstarter Launches May 1st
PALE: ADVENTURE ARMOR -The young albino ape king sports his trademark Mohawk and red armor while wielding the ability to absorb his fallen enemies powers; however this gift comes at a great cost as their ghosts become attached to him and slowly drive him mad!
BARON KAH LEE – The evil leader of the horrid, bent on dethroning Pale and taking the crown for himself. The supreme commander of the vile horrid will stop at nothing until all animal kind kneels before him. Create Kah Lee’s Elite Guard with alternate head accessory.
LEON: This traveling hero roams from town to town fighting for honor and revenge. His people were among the first to be displaced and enslaved by the Baron’s rein. The first of Several Feline and Canine Figures we will offer.
CHUNARIAN SOLDIERS -These heroic soldiers make up the backbone of the Chunarian army and guard the walls of the sanctuary jungle city of Chuh-Nar from enemies of every kind. Create the Captain of the Guard with alternate head accessory. The first of Three army builders offered in the initial assortment.
As we get towards the finish line of the Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter Campaign, Fresh Monkey Fiction has announced the early unlocking of the Grimm Reaper Troopers! That puts this figure as part of the All In package as well as able to be purchased as an army builder 4-Pack! It’s an excellent looking trooper with a really cool backstory to boot.
Also, details will be coming soon on a contest for a R.I.O.T. Hideout playset.
Let’s finish this thing strong, folks! Come on, only 2 weeks left and a lotta stretch goals still to go.
You don’t see a whole lot of G.I. Joe themed Kickstarter campaigns out there, but now all of a sudden we’ve got two excellent looking G.I. Joe books with campaigns running simultaneously.
Folks who have been reading GeneralsJoes know that I always throw some support behind the offerings of 3DJoes. Carson does great work on his website, and always puts out a quality product. You can check out the Kickstarter for The Art of G.I. Joe (Volume 2) here.
Along with this, Dan K. is also working to fund a great looking G.I. Joe book filled with fantastic early concept art for figures and vehicles. Lots of never before seen details and looks at some concepts that may have never reached full production. It’s a very unique and intriguing look at some of the concepts behind A Real American Hero and deserves a place on your shelf!
You can check out the Kickstarter for 3.75 Joe right here.
Pretty exciting stuff for a fanbase who is out there excited about all things G.I. Joe!
I’ve been lax in my support of the new Legion XIV Kickstarter, but that ends here. It’s been posted for nearly three weeks and has garnered some good support, but not quite good enough.
There’s currently almost 100 supporters who have invested nearly $7,000 in getting this project off the ground, but more help is needed! With a goal of $21,000 and only eleven days left G.I. Joe fans need to come together to see if we can help get this project funded.
Focusing around a great looking 4″ female action soldier with impressive articulation, the Legion XIV project needs all of our support. Some great stretch goals are out there, too, so if you like what you see, and if you need more female soldiers in your display, hit it up!
Check out the Kickstarter right here and throw some support its way. We’re running out of time!
It seems like more and more often, Kickstarter is becoming a hub for exciting new action figure and action figure company concepts, and I have absolutely no problem with that. The retail world is changing, and I like this adaption to that change.
The latest project making the Kickstarter push is a toyline called Lost Protectors from a company called Play With This Too, made up of former Hasbro employees who are going out on their own in a pretty exciting direction.
These figures have some really crazy design aesthetics and stand at the 6″ scale, pulling from science fiction robots, fantasy warriors, and all sorts of other cool themes. With a unique modular construction, you can swap parts around, plus use the great looking head sculpts on other 6″ scale figures. It’s a really cool, unique look.
Sitting at around $65,000, they have a little ways to go to make their goal, and only 10 short days to do it, so if you’re on the fence, toss some support their way and see if you can push them past that limit. Anything we can do to encourage new toy makes to enter the industry is a great thing.
Check them out on Kickstarter now.
The infamous Four Horsemen first revealed their Mythic Legions figures at last year’s Toy Fair, and early word was that they would be at a 1:18 scale, and I was thrilled. Boss Fight Studio was on the verge of launching their own Virtuvian HACKS Kickstarter campaign, and the thought of integrating two great looking 4″ action figure lines was something I was quite excited about, even if the fantasy and mythology ties were pretty different than the military aesthetic I’ve grown up with.
But when the Mythic Legions Kickstarter launched this year, it was revealed the figures would actually be 6″, not 4″, and my hopes (and interest faded). Interestingly, though, in recent weeks, I’ve become captivated again by Masters of the Universe Classics, so now as this Kickstarter nears its final bell, I’m conflicted about whether or not I should jump in.
To their credit, the Four Horsemen are making the choice even more difficult with recent additions. Asterionn the Minotaur is a spectacular looking figure, and now the Horsemen have revealed they are adding an Ork army to the options here, with 6 ork troopers for only $110! That seems ridiculously tempting, and one can’t help but think how those orks would look mixed in with Masters of the Universe.
With five days left to go, the time to make these decisions is growing narrow, but hit up the Mythic Legions Kickstarter and check out some of these new additions for yourself. If I have to struggle with these choices (especially a month before JoeCon!) so do the rest of you.
The next potential big thing in Kickstarter appears to be Eagle Force, and today we get another exciting reveal from the upcoming toy line.
Over at HISSTank.com they have shown off concept art of the Eagle Force Soldier, a good guy troop builder! Fresh Monkey Fiction promises to have four different army builders available with the new campaign, and if they all look this cool, we could be in for a world of hurt (on our wallets).
With design work by Boss Fight Studio, this new Eagle Force iteration should have a strong fanbase to build from, and actually seems to be hitting a lot of G.I. Joe high notes.
In related news, Fresh Monkey Fiction also posted a panel from an upcoming comic story featuring some back story to Eagle Force’s big return.
Should make for some interesting storylines to lead off 2015.
Check out the two images below.