Joe Con 2015: Attention! It’s General Mayhem!

 

The reveals for the Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadiers set conclude with the unveiling of the Iron Grenadiers’ General Mayhem!

Joe Con 2015 General Mayhem

- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– NEW HEAD SCULPT on 1st Modern Era Character Release
– NEW OFFICIER’S JACKET with Rank & Campaign Medals
– Based on 2005 GIJCC Design with Removable Helmet
– Includes Cobra Logo Stand, Rocket Propelled Grenade
Launcher with Removable Grenade and Submachine Gun.

Hmmm… this figure definitely borrows the color palate and overall design concept from the 2005 General Mayhem.  In terms of construction, I’m seeing what appears to be the legs and possibly a modified torso of the Pursuit of Cobra Destro figure.

The helmet appears to be a reuse of the 2012 Operation Bear Trap Voltar accessory.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer #3 Arrives!

Marvel Entertainment released the third and final trailer for the upcoming film Avengers Age of Ultron and it’s a doozy!  However, don’t just take my word for it:

Yes, I realize that this went live yesterday but a hard-hitting case of the flu knocked a certain site admin off of his game for the past 24 hours.

Wow… there’s a lot to digest in this short two minute eighteen second burst of Marvel goodness.  There’s plenty of creepy James Spader-voiced Ultron, some snippets of the two “Miracles” (because Fox has the rights to the term “mutants”) Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, some hits at a deepening relationship between Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner, and Tony Stark admitting that he created Ultron as a “suit of armor for the world.”

What?!!!

We’ve known for some time that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was going to play by its own rules in terms of continuity and events.  Changes such as Nick Fury having never served in World War 2 or the absence of Dr. Donald Blake were par for the course when it came to condensing decades of comic book history into two hour cinematic blocks.  However, it would seem that a major change is in store for Ant Man as Hank Pym is no longer the creator of Ultron.  In addition, this could be the VERY reason that Tony Stark and Steve Rogers come to blows in Captain America 3: Civil War.  (My money’s always on Cap, BTW.)

Regardless, May 1, 2015 cannot come soon enough for this Marvel fan!

Joe Con 2015: Here’s Metal-Head! BANG!

The reveals for the Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadiers set continue with the unveiling of the Iron Grenadiers’ premiere anti-tank specialist: Metal-Head!

Joe Con 2015 Metal Head

- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– NEW HEAD SCULPT on 1st Modern Era Character Release
– Based on 1990 Design with Removable Harness, Sheath & Knife
– Includes Cobra Logo Stand, Backpack System with Positionable Arms,
2-Connection Cables, 8-Removable Rockets, Assault Rifle, & Pistol.

(Note: Photo depicts mock up and final product may slightly differ.)

Interesting…

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G.I. Joe Adventure Team Novel Hits Kindle Worlds

G.I. Joe Adventure Team Mystery of the Sunken Tomb

By now, many of you are probably familiar with Amazon.com’s Kindle Worlds program.  In a nutshell, it is a platform that allows authors to write and publish short-stories and novels based upon their favorite copyrighted works.

It was just over a year ago that Amazon announced that G.I. Joe was now part of the Kindle Worlds program and in the intervening months publication of Joe fiction saw solid growth.  Predictably, however, the selection was heavily dominated by the A Real American Hero era with novels featuring the further adventures of characters such as Duke, Scarlett, and Snake Eyes.  However, when one considers the history of G.I. Joe there were many eras that were left untouched and neglected.   Until now.

On March 3, 2015, author Jim Beard released G.I. Joe Adventure Team: Mystery of the Sunken Tomb!  That’s right, fans of action, the Adventure Team has gone digital!

Check out the synopsis for this first installment:

It’s 1973 and every kid in America wants to roar into action with G.I. Joe and his Adventure Team, the world-famous band of explorers and troubleshooters who make danger their business. But it’s the Team’s newest and most promising recruit who will face his greatest test – and his greatest fears – to be worthy to wear the badge of G.I. Joe!

Ride with the men of the Adventure Team as they plunge headlong into a baffling mystery beneath the ocean that promises to rewrite history, and face off against a deadly storm that threatens everything and everyone in its path!

MYSTERY OF THE SUNKEN TOMB is the first long-form Adventure Team prose fiction on Kindle Worlds, and just the beginning of more 1970’s G.I. Joe adventures to come!

As a fan of series like Jonny Quest and James Bond, the Adventure Team has always held a certain appeal to me.  Before the cold-war inspired tales of G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, these scientists and scholars were travelling the globe righting wrongs, preventing natural disasters, and generally saving the day.  It’s good to see this era of Joereceiving its due in the digital age and my hat goes off to Jim Beard for breathing life back into these characters once more!

If you’re a fan of action and adventure or are just curious about this earlier era of G.I.jOE then check out G.I. jOE Adventure Team: The Mystery of the Sunken Tomb today!

Joe Con 2015: Tiger Force Sgt. Stalker Preview

The reveals for the Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadiers set continue with at the Joe team’s first Ranger: Sgt. Stalker!

Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force Stalker

- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– NEW HEAD SCULPT with removable Beret and Tactical Vest
– Based on 2003 Design in traditional theme Tiger Force deco
– Includes G.I. Joe Logo Stand, Assault Rifle, Pistol,
M-2 Machine gun*, Backpack/Frame/Antenna & Phone
(*disassembles into 4- parts that attach to backpack frame!)

Once again, the Joe Con 2015 set is going back to the  2003 Toys R Us exclusive Tiger Force set for inspiration.  Lonzo R. Wilkinson gets an update that’s based on the o-ring Sgt Stalker v3 only without the vibrant blue paint apps of the original.

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Joe Con 2015 Registration “Several Weeks Away”

Joe Con 2015

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent out the following update to its membership regarding their ongoing Winter Clearance Sale and Joe Con 2015:

Hello,
We have now made the fifth set of price drops in our Winter Clearance sale..don’t wait too long….22 more items have sold out!
Here is how it works  (quantities limited of course):  Each week for the items that have not sold, we will lower the prices until it’s all gone… so you pick what you want to pay.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone but we can’t make any refunds for the lower prices if the item continues to drop.  Check it out at GIJoeClub.com/shop!
The GIJoeCon brochure is online now!  Check it out!
More updates coming every week.  Registration is still several weeks away.. don’t spend all your money and not be able to register ;)
Have a great week,
Brian

Hmmm…  “Registration is still several weeks away”…

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Rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy 1931 – 2015

Leonard Nimoy

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy.

It was announced today that one of the icons of modern entertainment, Leonard Simon Nimoy passed away due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  He was 83 years old.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 50 years or are a techno-phobe, you’ve seen his work in some form.  From his most popular role of Spock in the classic Star Trek series to his tenure as “The Great Paris” replacing Martin Landau on Mission: Impossible to his more recent appearance as Dr. William Bell on the Fox series Fringe, Nimoy’s performances captivated generations.

In addition to acting, he was a director, a photography, a teacher, and an author.

I grew up watching Leonard Nimoy, first as Spock in reruns on TV and then on the big screen.  I discovered The Great Paris years later while recovering from back surgery when Mission: Impossible was in heavy syndication on the then-fledgling F/X cable network.  I was captivated by his appearances on Fringe.  Nimoy was more than just “that guy on TV” for me.  He was a familiar presence, a comforting voice and, in real life, an inspiration of what a well-rounded individual could accomplish through perseverance and hard work.

For years, whenever there was a personal tragedy or a death in the family, I found myself watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  The words of both the characters of Kirk and Spock served as an inspiration and a reminder that “how we face death is as important as how we face life.”  Tonight, I’ll be doing the same but this time it will be to remember the life and contributions of one of its cast.

His final tweet, sent on February 23, 2015, is uncannily fitting.

2015-02-27 13_59_55-Leonard Nimoy's final tweet is perfect _ EW.com

Good bye, Mr. Nimoy.  I have been and always shall be your fan.  May your memory and the inspiration that you’ve brought to millions truly live long and prosper.

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Spearhead and Vypra Reviewed!

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Spearhead & Max Vypra

It’s Friday!  Time to celebrate with another G.I. Joe FSS 3 review!

There’s nothing quite like the arrival of new G.I. Joe figures to turn an ordinary Monday into something a bit more exciting!  In this latest G.I. Joe FSS 3 shipment, subscribers were treated to new versions of the G.I. Joe Pointman and the newly minted Cobra Courier.

Always eager to examine new figures, Chris “Werecat” Chung of JoeSightings.com and I tossed the figures under the review lens. Were these two figures worth the wait?  Did the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club hit another set of home runs or did these two fall somewhat short?  Is Max really related to Chester Cheetah?

Find out the answers to these exciting questions and more over at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

Plus, feel free to leave your own thoughts on these two new arrivals in the comments below!

Joe Con 2015: Tiger Force Big Brawler Unveiled

The reveals for the Joe Con 2015 Tiger Force vs. Iron Grenadiers set continue with a look at Big Brawler!

Tiger Force Big Brawler

- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– 1st Modern Era Character Release based on 2003 Tiger Force set
– Removable Bandana and Shoulder Harness
– Includes G.I. Joe Logo Stand, Minigun, Backpack with
Ammo Strip, Assault Rifle, Pistol, and Trophy Sword

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Joe Con 2015: Registration Updates

Joe Con 2015

The dates for Joe Con 2015 are looming ever closer and potential attendees are wondering “How soon can we register for the event?”  Today, the folks at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent out this update regarding the registration time table and the effect of the West Coast dock workers slowdown on the convention sets:

 

Hello everyone!

I hope you have been enjoying the images of the convention sets at GIJoeCon.com!  We are very excited to be able to bring these figures to you.

Here’s the current registration update:  We are still getting the final bugs worked out of the new version of the registration software.  We are down to 9 critical issues and the programmer is working to correct them.  As you know in development, sometimes when you fix one thing, it causes an error somewhere else.  So, no registration this week.  Unknown about next week at this time.  

We are planning to put attending and non-attending up at the same time so both will fall in line with the first day (24 hr) exclusive pin (3 3/4″ set) / jacket (12″ set).  We will also be extending the discount date for Exhibitors ordering multiple booths, so no worries.  

 

Several of you have expressed concerns about the west coast dock workers slow down.  Yes it is true that the ports are backed up for weeks maybe months.  Because of this, we are bringing in all of the convention items via air freight and it will be really tight for the final shipment as it’s coming in multiple waves.  

 

If you have not made a hotel reservation, please do so quickly as there are just a few rooms left for each night.  Use the link at GIJoeCon.com!

See you in Springfield!

Brian

Sigh…

I hate to say it but we’ve been here before.  More than once.  (Yes, those are multiple links.)  It seems that every year there’s some sort of issue with the registration system that causes continual delays and a series of “registration is coming soon” messages that are inevitably followed by “registration is REALLY coming soon.”

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