Joe Con 2017: Is a Hardball release in the near future?

Could a Collector’s Club release of fan favorite 1988 Joe Hardball be coming in the near future?

Joe Con 2017 is in full swing now and last night’s souvenir pickup for attendees provided a slew of images of this year’s exclusive figures.  Among those items is Corrosao, inspired by the Brazilian repaint of Battle Force 2000 team member Dee-Jay, from the Ultimate Enemies 2-pack.  Normally, in cases like this, all eyes are focused on the figure but in this case, it’s the accessory that caught my eye.

G.I. Joe Con 2017 Ultimate Enemies Corrosao

Ultimate Enemies Corrosao
Photo by “The Legendary” Tom Brooks of Reasonably Intelligent Rambling

Does that large blue grenade launcher look familiar?  Take a good look– it should:

G.I. Joe Repeater and Hardball

That’s right, Joe fans!  Corrosao is packing a freshly-tooled blue version of Hardball’s signature grenade launcher!  Given the Collector’s Club’s penchant for never using a newly-tooled part just once, this is a pretty strong indicator that Hardball could FINALLY be seeing a return to action figure format!  This could mean that our 1988 roster is getting that much closer to completion in the generation 3 construction.

Now, this begs the question: where would he fall into the Club’s release schedule?  FSS 7.0?  Annual membership renewal figure?  Joe Con 2018 convention set?  Hopefully we’ll find out the answer to this at tomorrow’s Collector’s Club Round Table panel.

Regardless, this is one of the most exciting bits of potential news to come out of Joe Con 2017 thus far, at least to this Joe fan!

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Joe Con 2017: Day 2 Souvenir items and recap

Joe Con 2017 coverage

Joe Con 2017 Day 2 is now one for the history books!  However, we’ve got a bit to talk about in today’s Armchair Coverage recap.

To start– let’s talk souvenir items!  Thanks to Mike Tinnel of Just Another G.I. Joe Show we received an update to last night’s story about the souvenir item list.  This included confirmation and pricing for all of the items.

  • BF 2000 Vector Jet (repainted Conquest) – $132.00
  • Cobra Sky Serpent w/Pilot (rumored to be a Black Dragon VTOL) – $95.00
  • BF 2000 Marauder Snowmobile 2 Pack (repainted Polar Battle Bears) – $64.00
  • Cobra Laser Vipers 3 Pack (concept case version from a few years ago) – $80.00
  • Ultimate Enemies 2 Pack (two pack of DeeJay and his Brazilian repaint Corasao, an Eco-Warriors foe) – $58.00
  • Cobra B.A.T. Rocket Glider 2 Pack (rumored to be the Cobra Jet Pack) – $58.00
  • Battle Force 2000 weapons pack – $13.00

However, Mike has also posted a quick video look at the souvenir figures including Dee-Jay, Corrosao, and the Cobra Laser Viper:

Has anyone noticed that Corrosao seems to be carrying HARDBALL’S launcher!!!  Could this be a hint at FSS 7?!!! Continue reading

Joe Con 2017: Souvenir list and first look at the set

Joe Con 2017 coverage

Joe Con 2017 has begun and the golden ticket holders have picked up their sets. Thanks to Mike Tinnel of Just Another G.I. Joe Show, we have some information on this year’s souvenir list.  So, without further adieu:

  • BF 2000 Vector Jet (repainted Conquest) – $132.00
  • Cobra Sky Serpent w/Pilot (rumored to be a Black Dragon VTOL) – $95.00
  • BF 2000 Marauder Snowmobile 2 Pack (repainted Polar Battle Bears) – $64.00
  • Cobra Laser Vipers 3 Pack (concept case version from a few years ago) – $80.00
  • Ultimate Enemies 2 Pack (two pack of DeeJay and his Brazilian repaint Corasao, an Eco-Warriors foe) – $58.00
  • Cobra B.A.T. Rocket Glider 2 Pack (rumored to be the Cobra Jet Pack) – $58.00
  • Battle Force 2000 weapons pack – $13.00

This year’s attendee exclusive is a red & blue Cobra release of the Laser Artillery Weapon

Joe Con 2017 LAW

 

Over at GeneralsJoes.com, Justin has some screen shots from the comic that back up a lot of our guesses here.

In addition, the rumor is that Backstop may be the parachute figure this year.  This makes sense given the design of the Joe Con 2016 Static Line whose head was an amalgamation of two design.

Lastly, here’s a quick look at this year’s set courtesy of Mike Tinnel’s cell phone:

Joe Con 2017 set

For those who purchased bagged sets, it’s being reported that three of the figures are packaged sans accessories.  The Club will be providing the missing pieces to purchasers at a later date.  However, if you bought a set on eBay, be sure to check with the seller to make certain that they will ship you the missing gear!

We’ll have more information as it becomes available but this is what we know thus far from the first night of Joe Con 2017!

And now you know!

FSS 6 previews conclude with Guillotine

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 6 previews conclude with a look at Eel Commander Guillotine!

FSS 6 Guillotine

COBRA EEL COMMANDER
Code Name: GUILLOTINE

(Inspired by the 2006 action figure!)
Features NEW head sculpt. Includes: removable scuba mask,
harness, belt, pistol with silencer, knife, assault rifles x 2,
skull sword, scuba backpack, and figure stand.

The fan-favorite Eel Commander has landed and he’s quite the update! Continue reading

Rank & File vol 3 is coming soon from James Kavanaugh!

Rank & File vol 3, the next installment in the ultimate modern G.I. Joe reference series, is coming soon!

G.I. Joe Rank & File vol 3At 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.)

Check out the official release: Continue reading

Behold G.I. Joe FSS 6 Vorona

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club dropped today’s FSS 6 preview early.  (WAY early.)  Feast your eyes on Vorona!

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Vorona

G.I. JOE COVERT OPERATIONS
Code Name: VORONA

(Inspired by former Oktober Guard comic book character!)
Includes: removable harness, knives x 2, pistol, assault rifle,
sub machine gun, backpack, and figure stand.

I have to admit it– this isn’t what II expected and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 6 WORMS Officer may make you squirm

We’re nearing the end of the G.I. Joe FSS 6 previews with a look at the Cobra WORMS Officer!

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Cobra WORMS Officer

COBRA ARTILLERY COMMANDER
Code Name: COBRA W.O.R.M.S. OFFICER

(Inspired by the 1987 Cobra vehicle driver!)
Features NEW cloth ascot & re-tooled classic helmet.
Includes: removable helmet, jacket, ascot,
pistol, computer pad, explosive projectile,
and figure stand.

He’s an officer and a gentleman!  Or is he? Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Rampart steps up!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club drops another FSS 6 preview in the form of Rampart!

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Rampart

G.I. JOE SHORELINE DEFENDER
Code Name: RAMPART

(Inspired by the 1990 action figure!)
Includes: removable harness, goggles, assault rifle,
rocket launcher, XM307 weapon with tri-pod,
and figure stand.

Well, there it is then– a look at FSS 6 Rampart. Continue reading

It’s the G.I. Joe FSS 6 Funskool Windmill

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club is pushing hard with the FSS 6 previews.  Today: Funskool Windmill!

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Funskool Windmill

G.I. JOE SEARCH & RESCUE HELICOPTER PILOT
Code Name: WINDMILL

(Inspired by the 2004 India release!)
Includes: removable jacket, pistol, heli-backpack with control sticks,
and figure stand.

Well… this is… interesting… Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Jonas “Ghostrider” Jeffries is revealed

Check out the G.I. Joe FSS 6 preview of Jonas “Ghostrider” Jeffries

G.I. Joe FSS 6 Jonas Ghostrider Jeffries

G.I. JOE STEALTH FIGHTER PILOT
Code Name: JONAS “#########” JEFFRIES

(Inspired by the 1988 action figure!)
Features NEW cloth scarf. Includes: removable scarf, goggles,
jacket, pistol, sub machine gun, and figure stand.

I’ll say it now– using the name “Ghostrider” and then promptly losing access to it was the best thing that ever happened to the pilot of the X-19.  Suddenly, instead of being yet another Joe pilot, he was the guy whose name no one could remember.  In an instant, the forgettable pilot became unforgettable– at least to this Joe fan.

However, let’s talk about this figure’s build… Continue reading