Rank and File Volume 2 now available for purchase!

In spite of what you may think of the movie, I think it’s tough to argue that the G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra era was a turning point for the toy line, finding an awesome balance between aesthetics and articulation and cranking things up as far as accessories and detail work.  The period from 2009 – 2011 encompassing the Rise of Cobra and Pursuit of Cobra lines gave G.I. Joe fans a lot to love and even more to look forward to.  For his landmark Rank and File series, James Kavanaugh, Jr. is exploring this period of time for his second volume and it’s available now!

Check it out at RAHCGuide.com.  It’s a definite MUST BUY.

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The adventure continues to evolve in Rank & File — A Guide to Third-Generation 4” G.I. Joe Action Figures!

After a brief hiatus in 2006 that allowed G.I. Joe to flourish in other areas, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today! Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were also introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

The Rank & File guide volume 2 displays every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the The Rise of Cobra and The Pursuit of Cobra series, complete with every accessory and variation produced. Not only are the accessories shown, they were carefully cataloged in an upcoming section that will guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and play set released in the 4″ era is documented and every easily removable piece is shown individually photographed, ensuring collector completion.

This full color, 52-page resource manual beautifully illustrates the two series’ 180 action figures, 55 vehicles and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide. Each action figure was carefully examined between its initial run and any further re-releases to ensure accurate samples are clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

Whether you are a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor, the Rank & File series is the decisive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles and play sets produced between 2007 to today. Let the Rank & File Guide serve as a reference for completion or a scrapbook to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Basic Information

The MSRP for The Rank & File Guide Volume 2 is $20 and available at www.rahcguide.com. Buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs. If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. guides before, the process will be very similar. This guide was self published and produced in quantities reflecting previous sales so do not hesitate in ordering if owning a guide is a priority.

You may join the mailing list at: rahc.guide@gmail.com and like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RAHCGuide to get the latest updates between press releases.

Some fantastic very “G.I. Joe” like concept art from Captain America: Winter Soldier

Thanks as always to Twitziller who manages to find the coolest concept art out there.  Recently Josh Nizzi, who not only did concept work for Captain America 2, but also Rise of Cobra and Retaliation, has posted some of his work for the Marvel Studios sequel.

Fans of G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra will likely smile at some of these and identify pretty strongly with them.  I’m not sure if there was some influence somewhere along the way, or it’s just a happy coincidence, but pretty cool seeing some of Falcon’s concept art looking pretty close to Skydive/Ripcord’s flight suit.

Check out those two images below, and be sure to comb through Josh Nizzi’s site for some actual G.I. Joe goodness while you’re at it.

Reminder – Take the GeneralsJoes “Re-Release” Survey!

It’s fallen off the main page, so I’m figuring folks have probably forgotten, but if you haven’t done it yet, please consider taking a few moments to fill out the GeneralsJoes survey reporting which PoC/30th figured you’d like to see re-released in single pack form.

It’s nothing official, but I figure if I can get some data together perhaps even to present at Toy Fair, the more responses the better!  Check out the survey at the link below:

Discussion point – What existing G.I. Joe figures need to be re-released?

Things get interesting when the retail shelves are bare, especially at Christmas time.  It seems almost criminal to have a holiday season with nary a single G.I. Joe item to be found on shelves…but such is the unfortunate dichotomy that comes with a Hollywood marriage.  The brand can live or die with the fate of the film, and for 2012 at least, G.I. Joe is a non-factor.

Hopefully with 2013 and the coming of G.I. Joe: Retaliation that will change.  In fact, online stores are already offering pre-orders for the first two waves of G.I. Joe: Retaliation product, currently slated to hit in February.  But with all of this G.I. Joe “down time” I got to thinking.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a LOT of great G.I. Joe toys come and go, and sometimes they either went too quickly, or they were somewhat difficult to get a hand on due to exclusivity.

Purely for the sake of discussion, and for the sake of gathering information, I took further advantage of the Survey Monkey tool and created a quick survey.  Looking back through the Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary, and the 7-Packs, which figures were the best figures that you had the hardest time finding?  What figures did you love the looks of, but were disappointed that you couldn’t get your hands on?

The best example I can think of from my own perspective is a figure like Shadow Tracker, who I think is very cool, and was also very hard to find.  The same could be said of Renegades Storm Shadow.  However, figures like Zombie-Viper or Jungle-Viper were good figures, but not as hard to find.  Of course your mileage may vary…that’s kinda the point of the survey.  ;)

Essentially what I’m asking is if you could get access to some recently released figures again in single card form, which figures would you prefer?  Check out the Survey Monkey survey below and share your thoughts! If you need any refreshers on which figures were in which waves, more than just the list below, check out the GeneralsJoes review sections:

By popular demand… the write in answers from Concept Case Survey Round One

A huge thanks has to go out to too many people to mention here…I put out a request for some Excel help last week in order to try and decipher the hundreds of write in’s that were supplied in Round One of the Concept Case survey.

I got almost two dozen offers of assistance, which absolutely blew me away.  Matt from the Awesome Toy Blog did some great formatting and data gathering…  ImpHolocron on Twitter came through as well…  in the end, though, my man Trazz from HissTank.com took all of the intel together and compiled a pair of insane spreadsheets.

Who ever thought anyone would use the term “insane spreadsheets” to describe anything?

Trazz not only compiled a spreadsheet for figures and for vehicles, but actually charted the responses to measure a ratio of the most requested figures and vehicles via write in votes.  Crazy.

I’ve attached the two spreadsheets here.  The spreadsheets have multiple tabs, including a tab which has every single write in vote, but then also some compiled answers as well.  The figures chart absolutely blew me away, showing that aside from Cobra “Viper” troopers of various ilk, Gung Ho seems to be far away the most requested character.  That comes as no surprise.

Feel free to download the spreadsheets from this post and peruse them at your leisure.  Excellent insight.  Keep in mind that this isn’t anything that was fully analyzed by teams of professionals…it was essentially two guys (Trazz and myself, but mostly Trazz) who gathered this together and formatted it.  I’m sure it’s not perfect, but it is very cool, nonetheless.

I cannot thank the numerous volunteers enough for pitching in with offers to help.  Thank you ALL.

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Let your voices be heard ROUND TWO – The Concept Case Survey Continues

I gotta be honest…  I was stunned at the turn out for Round One of the Concept Case Survey.  I’ve always suspected that the online G.I. Joe community was fairly small, and while we’re obviously vocal and enthusiastic, I had my doubts about how many folks would be motivated to sit through a 10 minute survey.

Turns out over 1100 of you were, and I’m very thankful for that.  Truth is, the more folks that vote, the more impact the votes have, and if Hasbro sees the fandom taking the time to let their voices be heard, the more likely they are to take our input into consideration.

So, you all voted… you all saw the results of Round One…and now we’re off to Round Two!  All of the selections from the various sections have been narrowed down to a single list of 20.  It’s now up to the fans to take that list of 20 and tell Hasbro WHAT YOU WANT.  Go for it!

Concept Case Survey Round One Results – and where do we go from here?

Well, I actually cheated a little bit and instead of closing down the Concept Case survey last night, I did it at about 5:30 am this morning.  I was very pleased to see people were placing votes all the way until the end, as the last survey completed was at around 3:00am.

The response to this survey has been frankly overwhelming.  Everyone has been very positive and very enthusiastic about the results and the potential for data gathering for Hasbro.  While there is certainly no guarantees that anything here will impact any decisions Hasbro is going to make, they encouraged us at JoeCon to get whatever data we could, and G.I. Joe fans should be proud, you guys delivered!

There were nearly 1200 responses, which is quite impressive, and the fans have spoken.  I am going to outline the winners of Round One below, and you will see a wealth of charts and graphs screen capped as well, just to prove the results weren’t skewed in any way.

30th Anniversary Top 10

  1. Kwinn
  2. Flint
  3. Hit & Run
  4. Lady Jaye
  5. Crimson Guard Immortal
  6. HEAT Viper
  7. Cobra Eel
  8. Beachhead
  9. Cobra Officer
  10. Crimson Shadow Guard

Pursuit of Cobra Top 10

  1. Data-Viper
  2. Clutch
  3. Echo Faction Trooper
  4. Dreadnok KAOS Crew
  5. Cobra Infantry
  6. Zartan
  7. Heavy Alley-Viper
  8. Raven’s Wing
  9. NOMaD Warrior
  10. HISS Driver

Zombie Invasion & Legends of the Arashikage

  1. Ghost Ninja Henchman
  2. Dark Ninja Master
  3. Zombie Cobra Commander
  4. Beast Ninja
  5. Toxo-Zombie
  6. Red Ninja Dice
  7. Ninja Warrior Monk
  8. Zombie Cobra Viper
  9. Gold Ninja
  10. Urban Ninja

There were also (obviously) results for the G.I. Joe: Renegades and vehicles as well, and I mirrored images of the survey results on those below.  I figured the figures from the three main sections was the most important.

Now…where do we go from here?  I think an important next step is to take the winners of each section and face them off against each other.  They’ve all been compared within the confines of their own subline, but I think the next important step is to cull more wheat and refine the results even further.

For folks who have been following along…what would you rather see?  The Top 5 from each section face off, or the Top 10?  Would a Round two survey with 15 – 20 quick and easy choices be a better idea, or broadening the scope a bit?  Leave me comments in the comment section with your choices.

Take a peek at the images below to get a great breakdown of each section of the poll, and most importantly THANK YOU ALL for your contributions.  This has been a terrific community-building experience.

 

A special treat for GeneralsJoes readers – Coming next week!

Okay, I’ve been trying to keep quiet about this, but I’ve been really excited ever since I heard that this might happen.  I’m not going to reveal the full details yet, but GeneralsJoes readers should expect an onslaught of reviews all throughout next week…reviews of a lot of great stuff, including some stuff you probably don’t expect.

Suffice it to say, I owe a certain member of this community huge for this opportunity, but I think the GeneralsJoes readers are going to be the biggest beneficiaries.

The week is going to kick off first thing tomorrow morning with reviews of recently released Bravo vehicles, and will hopefully (fingers crossed) keep going full steam ahead all week long.

Stay tuned!

News Update from SmallJoes.Com – Wave 5 now in stock!

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http://smalljoes.com

Hi folks, we wanted to tell you about some new and pre-order products
as well as some other important news updates for SMALLJOES.COM.

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The Pursuit of Cobra wave 5 figure assortment has arrived!  This set
includes Cobra Trooper, Cobra Commander, Blowtorch, Jungle B.A.T.,
General Hawk, and Steel Brigade Trooper.  You can find them listed here:

http://smalljoes.com/cgi-bin/pgen.cgi?CatId=2&Stage=5

Pre-orders for the upcoming GI JOE Skystriker w/ Ace, Black Dragon VTOL
w/ Cobra Air Trooper, and VAMP jeep will be listed on June 1st so be
sure to check back with us then.

http://smalljoes.com/cat/Preorders-1.shtml

We’ve listed a whole bunch of new GI JOE comic books!  IDW has changed
the GI JOE ongoing series line-up a bit.  Beginning with the Cobra Civil
War storyline we’ll have three ongoing titles: GI JOE, COBRA, and SNAKE-
EYES.  The first issue of each of these three new titles is now available.
Note that we’ve created new categories for these titles to help you find
what you need.  Be sure to check out the IDW comics sub-menu category
within the GI JOE comics menu category.

Last but not least, the latest issue #166 of the Larry Hama-authored
“A Real American Hero” classic series is also available now.

http://smalljoes.com/cgi-bin/pgen.cgi?CatId=28&Stage=5

REWARD POINTS PROGRAM CHANGE
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Great news for all customers!  To make our customer loyalty reward program
more accessible for all customers we’ve decided to dramatically lower the
points threshold that you need to achieve to qualify to use your points.

Previously, you need to earn 50 points before you were eligible to apply
those points to an order.  We have reduced that threshold to just 10!  You
will now be able to use your earned points much more quickly.

This change applies to all points already earned so if you are currently
enrolled in the reward points program be sure to log in to your customer
account to see if you have enough rewards accumulated to use them today!

If you are not already enrolled in the program you can read more about it
here:

http://smalljoes.com/help.shtml#REWARD

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Past Generation Toys Pursuit of Cobra still in stock!

GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra continues to prove to be a popular line.  We only have a few of the following left: A.W.E. Striker with Nightfox, Cobra Fury with Alley-Viper, Cobra Ice Cutter with Snow Serpent, and the V.A.M.P. 4×4.

This week we received all the newest Star Wars Vintage Black and Silver action figures.  This also includes the foil chase figures.  These have been selling very quickly!  We have also posted the ROTJ Star Wars Vintage Black and Silver actions figures as PreOrders!

The Hunt for the Decepticons have been moving fast but we have a few of the Deluxe Class Terradive, Electrostatic Jolt, and Tomahawk.

On the superhero front we now have the newest assortment of the Marvel Universe Comic Book 2 Packs

Video game fans will be glad to know you can PreOrder Mass Effect 2 figures and we still have a limited supply of Halo Reach available.

Did you know that Past Generation Toys has a mobile site?  Check it out here.

And as always, check out the Past Generation Toys Blog, PGT on Facebook, and PGT on Twitter for updates on our world of toys and collectibles!