It’s that time of year– when the talented costumers of the Girls of the Finest put their needles, thread, time, and talent toward a project that aims to give back to our men and women in uniform! Since 2015, these cosplay artists have produced an amazing G.I. Joe-themed calendar showcasing your favorite ARAH-era femme fatales. From Scarlett, to Zarana, the Baroness to the Cobra PR Officer– supporters have been treated to 12 months of images that inspire the imagination! However, there’s more to this annual calendar drive than just some terrific wall art. This is a calendar project that aims to give back to those who need our support.
Once again, the lovely ladies of Finest are raising funds for K9’s for Warriors, an organization dedicated to providing service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of service post 9/11. The organization recognizes the healing power of animal therapy and how the emotional bond formed between a veteran and a therapy dog can help these brave warriors overcome the trauma they incurred while in the line of duty.
Seriously– I can’t encourage people enough to support this project. These talented ladies give up their time and talent to support a project that not only helps the men and women of our armed forces but also helps provide homes for animals in need. It’s a no-brainer– a one-two punch that truly brings some comfort to those who put themselves on the line for us each and every day.
As of now, the project has 23 days remaining and is 58% funded! This is an all-or-nothing project which means that calendars won’t go into production and no funds will be send to K9’s for Warriors unless it reaches its goal of $8,500.00. A simple pledge of $25.00 will secure a copy of the printed calendar, a set of trading cards, and a postcard! It’s a STEAL of a deal that helps support a great cause!
Rank & File vol 3, the next installment in the ultimate modern G.I. Joe reference series, is coming soon!
At JBL we’re very exciting to report that noted author James Kavanaugh’s next exciting reference volume is coming very soon! Volume 1 and Volume 2 proved to be amazing and this next installment looks to be James’ best work yet! (That’s saying something as RAHC Guide was pretty AMAZING.)
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Dan Klingensmith’s incredible 3.75″ Joe series of books. (Also known as 3.75 Inch Joe: Creating G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero) These meticulously researched volumes collect rare pieces of production artwork and pair them with insightful commentary from the classic line’s original designers. The end result is nothing short of amazing– a brilliantly laid-out piece that long-time Joe fans will pore over for hours.
Let’s face it– for many fans the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero animated series is THE version of Joe. Debuting as a pair of syndicated mini-series, these cartoon adventures greeted countless school children as they rushed home from school each day to catch the next installment in the serial. The cartoons showcased the vehicles and characters that were soon to dominate store shelves and children’s imaginations in the coming months. However, as diverse as the roster of figures and vehicles was there some were moments in the story where the writers and animators introduced their own concepts. One such moment occurred in the third episode of the “Revenge of Cobra” mini-series in episode cheekily-named “The Palace of Doom“:
Remember the Cobra Sentinel? The giant snake-themed robot that went mano-et-mano with the giant temple guardian? The mechanized monster just blew me away. As a kid, I had to have one but sadly it was not meant to be. The automaton that towered over Major Bludd existed only in the cartoon and was never produced in action figure form. However, that is about to change. Continue reading →
We’re close! We’re really close! The amazing Western-themed Dime Novel Legends Kickstarter is within spitting distance of crossing the line into fully-funded territory. With 17 days remaining this is not only doable but it also means that stretch goals have a good chance of becoming unlocked. All it takes is for more people to jump on board the wagon and throw some support to this incredible line!
I won’t lie.. I’m crazy excited about seeing the Dime Novel Legends line become a reality. Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up at the end of the great western era of Hollywood, weaned on old re-runs of The Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke. (Badlands Vigilante anyone?) Maybe it’s the fact that my roommate and I obsessively watched Tombstone in college. (I can still quote whole scenes from memory.) Maybe it’s just the fact that the American Western is such an iconic part of our culture that has been largely ignored by the toy industry of late. Whatever the reason, THIS is the toy line that has me as excited as a six year old during his or her first visit to Toys R Us at Christmas.
Whether it’s just a pledge of $25.00 for one of the single character options, the “gather your posse” for $115.00 or even the “All-In” at $450 or more– consider throwing your support behind this incredible line. Westerns are starting to enjoy a bit of a renaissance of late– with the latest take on the Magnificent Seven hitting the big screen and the new Westworld series captivating viewers each week on HBO. How bad@$$ would it be to be have the Dime Novel Legends as part of your figure displays?
So mount up and head on over to Kickstarter and show your support today!
What did this mean for the brand? Was G.I. Joe going to go away? Would there never be another Joe Con again? Where would fans get their tangible and social G.I. Joe fix? Is this really the deh of teh line!1!!!???
Over on Change.org, there’s a petition to #SaveGIJoe. While the future of the brand itself is at least being discussed as part of the forthcoming Hasbro Cinematic Universe many fans still want to let Hasbro know that G.I. Joe (and the annual Joe Con) still has a following and is still important to them. As such, the petition was started as a show of support not for Fun Publications or A Real American Hero but for the larger brand of G.I. Joe itself. Yes, much of the focus is about the annual Joe Con but, according to one of the organizers of the petition, the goal is (and I’m paraphrasing here) to remind a billion dollar company to not only remember what the last 50+ years has built but to see what the next 50+ years could bring.
If you’d like to throw your name in to support the Save G.I. Joe petition, head on over to Change.org and not only sign but add in your own comments as well. Plus, you can use the hashtag #savegijoe to further the message on your favorite social media platforms.
As featured in G.I. Joe Body Count, Stiletto will be joining the ranks of the G.I. Joe team in action figure form in 2016! Congratulations to Bill on this amazing opportunity to see his character “come to life” in plastic form. Well done, sir!
The Hasbro Kindle Worlds Poll for a new 2016 G.I. Joe is now open! Hurry over to the article on Hasbro Pulse and cast your vote for one of FOUR exciting fan-created characters through Monday November 9, 2015!
Before you vote, we’ve collected links to the stories featuring each of the four Kindle Worlds characters. Check ’em out below, read the stories, and then cast your vote for your favorite character.
Here’s the official details on the contest including thoughts from brand manager Mark Weber: Continue reading →
That’s a fantastic total and one that the online community should be proud of. These lovely ladies have so far raised $7,380 of their $8,500 goal to help support the USO. However, their not resting on their laurels just yet– the Girls of the Finest 2016 calendar project still has 13% of their goal to go!
If you’re on the fence about supporting this project, this is the time to step forward! A simple contribution of $25 secures one printed copy of the 2016 calendar, as well as a unique postcard and trading card from the photo shoots! Sure, you could go out and buy any old calendar for the office or the Joe room for next year but wouldn’t you much rather show your support for the USO by backing the Girl’s of the Finest 2016 calendar?
However, don’t take my word for it– here are some words of encouragement from members of the finest themselves!
What a project! As we discussed previously here at JBL, the lovely ladies of the Girls of the Finest calendar from 2015 are back and are once again asking for your help in raising funds to support a worthy cause. Even better, they’re offering an amazingly high-quality 2016 calendar as an incentive for folks to donate to the project– with the proceeds going to benefit the United Service Organizations.