Joe Con 2015: Hasbro retail two-packs unveiled!

Wow– there’s a lot to report for Joe Con 2015!

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.

Swamp Steam

  • Croc Master & Blowtorch
  • the two announced-but-not-released figures at last

Swamp Steam 2pk
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Joe Con 2015: Hasbro three packs revealed!

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

Chase for the MASS Device 3pk

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Rank & File: More info from author James Kavanaugh!

Rank & File cover

No sooner did we post the press release info for the forthcoming Rank & File guide to ARAH generation 3 Joes than “Noted Author” James Kavanaugh Jr reached out and provided some addition information on the all of the volumes in this new and exciting series:

Basic Information

The MSRP for The Rank & File Guide Volume 1 is $20.  Volume 1 will be first available at Joe Con in Springfield, IL and available to purchase online after the show at www.rahcguide.com.  Buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs.  If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. Guide, the process will be very similar.   This guide was self published and produced in quantities reflecting the R.A.H.C. Guide’s sales so do not hesitate in ordering if owning a guide is a priority. You can 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.

 

In order to get content to the fans as quickly as possible, the decision was made to divide the series up into, as of this announcement, up to six volumes.  They working divisions are as follows:

 

Volume 1:  Introduction, 25th Anniversary, Resolute

Volume 2:  The Rise of Cobra, Pursuit of Cobra

Volume 3: Celebrating 30 Years of A Real American Hero / Renegades, Retaliation, Basic G.I. Joe Asst., 50 (should include 2015 figures and possibly beyond).

Volume 4:  Convention Exclusives, G.I. Joe Collector’s Club (up to at least 2015)

Volume 5:  Complete and organized Accessories section comprised of Volumes 1 through 4

*** Depending on sales and other factors*** Volume 6:  Complete Sealed Packages comprised of Volumes 1 through 4.

James was also good enough to share a custom image from the book with JBL that showcases the quality of the work contained within!  Check out this look at two of the admin’s favorite figures from the G.I. Joe Resolute line! Continue reading

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Muskrat and Slice Reviews!

g.i. joe fss 3 shipment 2

The G.I. Joe FSS 3 Muskrat and Slice reviews are up!

It seems like just a few weeks ago that my esteemed colleague from JoeSightings.com and I put forward our thoughts on the first G.I. Joe FSS 3 shipment from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club!  In their efforts to get their shipping schedule back on the track, the Club shipped out the next two figures just before the end of January.

So, what did Chris and I think of the unlikely duo of Muskrat and Slice?  Do a Swamp Fighter and a Ninja Commando go together like peanut butter and chocolate or is this a case of repaint overload?  Does Deadpool make another cameo appearance in the pictures again?  Or, more importantly, are these two figures worth adding to your G.I. Joe collection?

You can check out both reviews and find out two Joe fans’ opinions in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

Plus, feel free to leave your own comments below!

G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 Repeater & Psyche-Out Review

G.I. Joe FSS Repeater & Psyche-Out

 

After a long dry spell, fans have new G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 figures!

This past week, subscribers of the G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 were frantically checking their mailboxes as shipping notices indicated that new figures were inbound!  Repeater and Psyche-Out, boasting their original vintage color schemes, comprised the first shipment– fresh off their appearance in the 2013 Nocturnal Fire convention set!  Thankfully on Friday, these two Joes dropped at JBL HQ which means that Chris “Werecat” Chung of JoeSightings.com and I have had the weekend to give them a once over.

Do these G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 figures measure up to their parts predecessors?  Are they worthwhile additions to an ARAH generation 3 collection?  Were these figures from G.I. Joe Collector’s Club worth the wait?

Head on over to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index and find out two Joe fans opinions!

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0 Shipments Arrive!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club Figure Subscription Service logo

The long wait for the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0 shipments is about to come to an end!

This afternoon, early reports trickled in from both HISSTank.com and the Facebook G.I. Joe Discussion Group that first shipment had landed.  Those reports also confirmed the identity of the figures in the first shipment.

If you want to be surprised, stop reading here.  If you don’t, read on.

Seriously– don’t make me repeat myself.  I don’t want to psyche you out but this is your last warning.

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It’s Repeater and Psyche-Out!  (As if my heavy-handed hints didn’t give it away.)  Take a look at the pic below, originally posted by BearViper of the HISSTank forums:

G.I. Joe Collector's Club FSS 3 Shipment 1I’ll admit– I wasn’t expecting these two to be in the first shipment at all.  Perhaps the Club is getting the repaints of previously-released Club figures out of the way first before shipping out the newer pieces.  Regardless, after a LONG dry spell fans finally have some new G.I. Joe figures inbound!

Check out these images courtesy of Alyosha of Broken Arrow Toys!

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 3.0 Ships Soon!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club Figure Subscription Service logo

According to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, the first installments of Figure Subscription Service 3.0 should be shipping in the very near future!  Check out this email from the Club that dropped in member mailboxes yesterday:

Happy New Year!

Yesterday we unloaded the container for the FSS 3.0 figures.  We are working on getting out the first wave to you this week.  You should receive the first wave by Jan 23rd.  The second wave will go out the last week of the month.  This will get us caught up from all of the shipping and port delays.

For those of you on the subscription billing, we have set the two billing dates:  February 2nd and March 16th.  Please make sure your CC is good standing before those dates.  You can change your information in thesystem so you don’t miss out!   If you are planning on moving before the end of May, you can update your shipping information at the same link above.

Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy your new figures!

 

Brian

Now, the question remains– who will be arriving in the first shipment?  Will it be the controversial Hit & Run figure that sparked much debate amid the fandom?  What about one of the five repainted figures from the 2013 Nocturnal Fire convention set?  Or will it be the odd choice of the Night Creeper Leader v2?

(My suspicion is that the v1 with the Tiger Striped pants that was originally teased in the FSS 3.0 announcement will be included in the 2015 Convention set.)

Regardless of who it is, subscribers should keep their Eagle Eyes turned toward their mailboxes over the next few weeks as two new Joe figures are on the way!

G.I. Joe KreO Blowout at ToysRUs.com

G.I. Joe KreO

ToysRUs.com is having a BLOWOUT sale on G.I. Joe Kreo!

Maybe it’s the holidays or maybe it’s the infamous “Deth of teh line !1!!!” but right now the prices on G.I. Joe KreO items have been slashed to rock-bottom levels.  If you were ever on the fence about Hasbro’s Lego knock-off line, now is the time!

Check out the these prices:

It doesn’t bode well for the future of the line but it’s certainly a nice last-minute boon for collectors.  Get ’em while youcan because I have the feeling that once they’re gone they’re gone for good!

G.I. Joe KReo blowout

Joe Con 2015 features a Tiger Force theme?

G.I. Joe Collector's Convention

 

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club loves build up excitement to the official reveal of the each years Joe Con theme.  This year’s tease was slated to appear in the “G.I. Joe vs. Cobra #7” comic that shipped to retailers in December.  (The issue itself is a mass-market release of the 2014 “Zombie Initiative” comic.)

Thanks to John Stottman from Facebook’s closed G.I. Joe Discussion group, some fans got an early look at that teaser image over the weekend.  The ad features the Baroness with an automatic pistol standing in front of a semi-distinctive background– that just happens to contain what appear to be tiger stripes.

That’s right– it’s looking like the theme for Joe Con 2015 will feature the Tiger Force sub-team!

This isn’t without precedent from the Club– Tiger Force was featured back in 2004 as part of the Dreadnok Rampage convention set and the FSS has featured Tiger Force versions of Shipwreck and Airtight.  There’s also the fact that Club recently produced an exclusive HAVOC Mk 2 based on a recolored Snowcat which was part of the theme back in 1988 as the Tiger Cat. Could this vehicle be making a con reappearance?

I’ll be honest– I’m pretty ambivalent on the theme.  I’ve never been a Tiger Force fan so this one just doesn’t resonate the same way that Night Force did a few years ago in the Nocturnal Fire theme.  However, there is one call out from the ad that has gone unnoticed in much of the discussion regarding the ad: both Hasbro and IDW are listed as attending.  Hasbro was noticeably absent at the 2014 50th anniversary convention and IDW hasn’t been in attendance since Kansas City 2009 to the best of my recollection.  Either way, keep your eyes turned to GIJoeCon.com for more information as the Club reveals it.

Take a look at the ad below and feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts.  Love it? Hate it?  Were you hoping for Sky Patrol?

(Click the image to see it full size)

2015 Joe Con Tiger Force teaser

G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS and Con Registration News

G.I. Joe FSS 3.0 logo

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent out an email this morning to members regarding the status of FSS 3.0 orders as well as a tentative ETA on when to expect registration to open up for the 2015 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention.

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

For all you comic collectors, the Diamond edition of the 2014 G.I. Joe vs Cobra Issue #7: “Zombie Initiative” is now in the store.

Our end of year and archive sale continues with quantities dwindling down to just a handful on many of the items.  In order for your items to arrive by Christmas, please place your orders by Friday.

The FSS 3.0 is on the water headed this way.  Because of the dock workers on the west coast issues and the seasonal delays, we don’t think we will get them until the first week in January.  Because of the delay, our current plan is to ship the first figures during the week of January 5 and follow up with the second shipment at the end of January to get us sort of back on track.  This puts the second billing for the installment plan buyers around the end of January/first of February and the final billing around the middle of March.  As soon as they arrive, we will set the official billing dates.  I’m also sending this info from the FSS email system so you may get 2 updates.

And finally, we anticipate the registration being available for GIJoeCon after the first of the year.  Please note that the hotel is about 70% full and is attached to the convention center.  You can make your reservation now by following the link at GIJoeCon.com.

Merry Christmas!
Brian

It looks like Spring 2015 is going to be a financially heavy time for some Joe fans with 2 FSS payments hitting before the 2015 Collector’s Convention. Again, no hard ETA on con registration other than “after the 1st” but hopefully registration will go more smoothly than it has in previous years.

Still, for fans who were watching their mailboxes expecting an early FSS Christmas present it just means the wait is going to be a little longer.