This event is entirely fan-driven and offers G.I. Joe collectors from across the Midwest a chance to gather together and share a common love of “all things Joe.” There are dealers, special guests, and many opportunities just to kick back and share the love of the hobby.
While the official site hasn’t been updated yet, the announcement was made throughout many groups and communities on Facebook late last night. For more information on scheduled events, guests, and lodging, keep your eyes peeled to both CoilCon.com as well as the official Coil Con Facebook page.
JBL had a blast at Coil Con IV and I’m planning on trying to make it back to this year’s event. If you’re planning on attending, give a shout out in the comments below!
The Hasbro panel was yesterday and Derryl DePriest and Mark Weber revealed a whole new slate of products that will be exclusive to both Toys R Us and BigBadToyStore.com. The line is essentially a continuation of the 50th anniversary series and will be available on August 1, 2015. Eagle-eyed fans will recognize some of these figures from previous concept case displays.
Croc Master & Blowtorch
the two announced-but-not-released figures at last
The Hasbro panel was yesterday at Joe Con 2015 and Derryl DePriest and Mark Weber revealed a whole new slate of products that will be exclusive to both Toys R Us and BigBadToyStore.com. The line is essentially a continuation of the 50th anniversary series and will be available on August 1, 2015. As with previous offerings, it’s a mix of existing parts and pieces that have only been glimpsed in concept cases of previous shows.
Chase for the MASS Device
Cobra Commander, Cobra CLAWS Trooper, Duke
revisits figures from the elusive final 25th Anniversary DVD pack
One of the highlights of Joe Con 2015 (and pretty much any Joe Con) for this fan is the annual custom contest. Just seeing the creativity and the sheer talent that the fan community displays each and every year is honestly one of the most inspiring aspects of this hobby.
I’m not a customizer myself but I have incredible respect for those who take brush and knife to one figure to produce something entirely new!
Here are JBL’s initial pics of this year’s custom contest entries from Joe Con 2015:
Just a quick update from a tired admin who is uploading photos now. So far, Joe Con 2015 has proven to be a great time spent catching up with old friends and getting my annual immersion in Joe culture. It was even a time to make some new friends and finally meet folks face-to-face that I’ve only been able to interact with online.
However, enough about me. Below are pictures from the convention floor, day 1! Shots of the real-life Thunder Machine, the Tiger Force pick-up truck, and costumes and dealers galore!
Don’t worry– there’s more images from Joe Con 2015 coming including shots of the dioramas and the custom contest entry!
Technically it began a few days ago but last night was package registration and souvenir purchasing at the store. In true Joe Con fashion, getting through the lines was a lot like the intended cruise on Gilligan’s Island – it was a 3 hour tour!
This year’s convention comic contains an introduction by new brand manager Mark Weber which offers some clarity as to the direction the brand will take in 2015.
The G.I. Joe 50th line will continue as a shared Toys R Us/BigBadToyStore.com line in the Fall of 2015. New product will be shown at the Hasbro booth this weekend. (PLEASE have Concept Case Gung-Ho!!!)
There will be a new SDCC 2015 G.I. Joe exclusive that will be sold at the SDCC with limited quantities to be available on HasbroToyShop.com later.
I’ve included scans below of both the cover and the intro page with the full introductions. Now it’s time to pack the car and head back down to Springfield for Joe Con 2015 day 2! (Really 1.5) Expect some souvenir pictures up on JBL within the next 24 hours as well as new Joe Con 2015 pictures this evening!
Tiger Force Helicopter Crew (Alpine, Skystriker, Frostbite) – $86
Tiger Hawk Helicopter – $168
Iron Anvil Officer Paratrooper – $34
KreO Tiger Force 6 pack – $39
Seriously… I appreciate the fact that Club’s expenses are higher this year because of having to air freight the souvenirs over to the US but seriously?!! Due to poor planning and lack of appropriate timetables, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has essentially doubled the prices for the overall souvenirs.
Especially since many of these vehicles are near duplicates of the vintage versions readily available on the secondary market.
The sad part is that one prices go up they rarely seem to go down. I hope this isn’t the case with the Club but I have the feeling that I’m going to be disappointed.
Over the past 48 hours, Joe fans from all across the globe have been making their way to a Central Illinois town called Springfield for Joe Con 2015.
As the JBL staff prepares to head down later today it just seemed appropriate to have some travelling music and what better music than Jerry Reed‘s tune from the classic comedy Smokey & the Bandit? (So it’s from 1977– I’m old!)
Save travels Joe fans! Keep and eye out for Illinois Smokies and we’ll see you at Joe Con 2015 later tonight as JBL coverage continues!
Another piece of Joe Con 2015 news– this time related to the souvenir items.
Thanks to folks already in Springfield, IL we have this list of what’s coming:
Iron grenadiers air assault 2-pack LE 900 (Possibly TARGAT)
TF helicopter crew 3-pack LE 800 (Possibly Tiger Force Frostbite, Sky Striker, Tiger Force Alpine)
TF helicopter LE 600
Tiger shark w/felino LE 800
Tiger sting w/sgt katzenjammer-Bogen LE 800
Iron anvil officer w/parachute LE 600
So, it looks like the Tiger Force Tomahawk is going to indeed be “a thing” this year and the forthcoming Club exclusive Sharc submarine may be getting a Tiger Force repaint. (I’d rather have that over a straight up redo of the vintage Tiger Shark!)
We’ll have more news all weekend long as the JBL admin is heading to Joe Con 2015 tomorrow night! Keep your eyes on our Twitter feed during the Saturday Hasbro and Collector’s Club panels and check back each evening for more coverage of Joe Con 2015!