Rank & File volume 2 & 3 Reprint Kickstarter almost funded!

With EIGHT days to go, the Rank & File volume 2 & 3 reprint Kickstarter has nearly reached its goal!

Rank & File vol 3 reprintA good reference book is an invaluable resource when managing a collection. In fact, you might even say that it’s ESSENTIAL, especially when the collection involves multiple variations of characters and a seemingly endless supply of tiny accessories.  The internet and hobby dedicated websites are an invaluable resource but nothing beats a good tangible book filled with high quality photos showcasing every knife, pistol, helmet, and accessory.  Plus, a good book is always there whether or not you have a WiFi connection available.

Enter the Rank & File book series from “noted author” (and long-time friend of JBL) James Kavanaugh!

We’ve talked about these books before.  Rank & File volumes 1, 2, and 3 have proven to be so popular with fans that the original print runs of all three have sold out, with volume 1 receiving a second printing!  Now, supplies of volumes 2 & 3 are almost gone and newly-revised and updated second printings are seeking funding on Kickstarter!  With just eight days remaining, this project could use your support to reach its goal and see this books available once more!

The current campaign ends Saturday March 17, 2018 at 7:10pm CST.

If you’re on the fence about supporting this project, don’t just take the word of a non-biased website admin. Here’s the good word from “noted author” James Kavanaugh:

Hi!  I am pleased to announce that, after a successful Rank & File volume 1 reprint campaign, the Kickstarter for volumes 2 and 3 is live!  These resource guides are really picking up steam and now selling out inside of a year.

The Rank & File series archives the history of 4″ G.I. Joe and currently has three volumes produced with at least three more in the works. Volume 4 is coming this summer!  This reprint was also updated to account for some carry forward action figures produced after the guide’s initial print run, as well as some additional information and error correction.  Below is the description for Rank & File volumes 2 and 3:

After a brief hiatus in 2006, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today!  Fans revisited some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos and were introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.  Rank & File volume 1 captured these action figures in a resource guide and is currently on its second reprint.  Rank & File volum3 2 is sold out and volume 3 is days away from selling out!

The Rank & File Guide volumes 2 and 3 archive the remaining mass produced G.I. Joe product by fully displaying every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the The Rise of Cobra, The Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary/Renegades, Retaliation, 50, and G.I. Joe Basic Asst. series; complete with every accessory and variation produced.  Not only are the accessories shown alongside the action figures, they have been carefully cataloged in an upcoming volume to 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 has been documented and every easily removable piece has been individually photographed, ensuring collector completion.  Theses full color, 52 page and 48 page (respectably) resource manuals beautifully illustrate the six series’ combined 328 action figures, 77 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 guides.  Each action figure has been carefully examined between its initial run and further re-releases to ensure that an accurate sample is clearly and concisely presented; perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

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

This Kickstarter not only allows you to be the first to have reprints of Rank & File volumes 2 and 3 in hand, it also provides a chance to obtain some rare and fun items, primarily some of the very action figures cataloged in these guidebooks.  The demand has been heard and the time is nigh, let’s bring back Rank & File volumes 2 and 3 for another round!

Below is the link to the Kickstarter:


Thanks a ton!!

One final note, the supply of Rank & File volume 3 is available but dwindling.  Order your copy at www.rahcguide.com or chose it from one of the great Kickstarter options in the link above!  This Kickstarter’s immediate goal is to replenish stock for the 2018 International G.I. Joe Convention.  These guides will only be available if this Kickstarter is successful.

Seriously, do not pass “GO” and do not “collect $200” until you consider supporting this project.  These volumes are essential to anyone managing a collection of modern construction G.I. Joe figures today!  The campaign ends Saturday March 17, 2018 at 7:10pm CST.

And now you know…

Rank & File vol 2 covers

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