Do you miss having the Sunbow G.I. Joe Complete Series on your favorite streaming service? Well, now you can pick up the classic animated cartoon saga for 50% off!
That’s right, it’s every single episode of the classic G.I. Joe Complete Series that ran from September 1983 to November 1986 in first-run syndication. All 95 episodes are presented in this single slim pack case collection; everything from Fatal Fluffies to Cold Slither to Excalibur to the window cleaning services of “The Viper.” Even better, it’s in a nice case that stores better than the previous footlocker edition. Continue reading →
Larry Hama may be known as the “godfather of G.I. Joe” but he’s also an accomplished author as well. He’s also the co-author of a brand-new graphic novel that was released today!
Check out this synopsis:
Alaric Moebius and Basil Fox are two lovable scoundrels looking to make a quick fortune. Basil is a former SAS trooper turned Queen’s Guard by day and thief by night. Moebius is an Oxford-educated charmer with a knack for getting into trouble. Together they chase adventure under the patronage of “The Collector,” a mysterious billionaire with a taste for rare and valuable supernatural objects of the occult. This first volume contains the first three adventures in their career together, introducing the unlikely duo for the first time in a highstakes chain of pulpy high adventures! Written by the legendary Larry Hama (G.I.Joe, Wolverine) with creator Ryan Schifrin, these wild adventures have the thrills of Indiana Jones, the wit and banter of the best buddy-cop pairings, and the globe-hopping wonder of James Bond. An exciting thrill ride from cover to cover!
Okay, let me get this straight— “Indiana Jones” and “James Bond” are used in analogies to describe this? I’m sensing some pulp adventure of the highest order coming from this book which is, fortunately, on its way to me already from Amazon! I’m a sucker for good pulp adventure novels as well as classic spy thriller. Considering that this is written by one of my favorite writers, this purchase was a complete no-brainer. If you’re a fan of high adventure novels or the spy genre, you might consider giving this one a read. Even better– the second graphic novel in the series is due out on July 28, 2015!
If the description above isn’t enough to whet your appetite or if you’re curious about the world of Basil and Moebius, check out this short film by the series creator Ryan Schifrin and featuring the talents of Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell, and Kane Hodder.
Thanks to Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com, images of the latest G.I. Joe FSS 3 shipments have been posted on Facebook. Having glanced at the pictures, I can safely say that this is most definitely a “glass half empty/glass half full month” with this shipment containing one of the most anticipated and one of the least desired figures from the entire series.
Want to know more? Keep reading, Joe fan! If you don’t want to be spoiled then stop right there! Continue reading →
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!
A few weeks back JBL reported that “noted author” James Kavanaugh was releasing a new reference book entitled Rank & File centered on the “no-ring” era of G.I. Joe figures. Now, we’re happy to report that Rank & File is now available online!
That’s right, the first volume of this amazing guide series to the “modern era” of G.I. Joe is available for just $20 + shipping. (US & International)
Trust me, Rank & File lives up the high standard set by the RAHC Guide that covered 1997 – 2007. I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy at Joe Con 2015 from “the man himself” and have been pouring through it ever since. (Expect a review in the near future! Really!) From the detailed photography to the intuitive layout, this book is sure to become a “much used tome” on your G.I. Joe reference shelf!
So run, don’t walk, over to RAHCGuide.com and snag your copy of Rank & File v1 now! Quantities are limited and you won’t want to miss out on this terrific companion to your ARAH Generation 3 G.I. Joe collection!
As reported yesterday by Wired.com, Hasbro Inc announced yesterday that they were partnering with video sharing site Vimeo to be the exclusive online host for many of the toy-maker’s animated series. Currently available are Transformers (Generation 1) and Jem & the Holograms with other series including G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and My Little Pony to follow later this year.
Per the announcement, episodes of the Hasbro series will be $.99 to rent for 24 hours or $1.99 to purchase individually. Entire series may be purchased for $40.00.
Is this a good move for the Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc? By the numbers, it means that Hasbro’s animated properties will be delivered to a significantly smaller audience. As of Q1 2015, subscription-based Netflix had an audience of just over 60 million global subscribers. As of December 2013, Vimeo was sitting at 22 million subscribers. It’s not a strict apples-to-apples comparison as far as the dates go but it indicates that Vimeo doesn’t quite have the reach that content posted on Netflix does.
There’s also the issue of the the pricing model. Increasingly, more and more digital content has gone “pay-to-play” requiring viewers to either rent or purchase episodes on a platform-to-platform basis. Vimeo follows that model meaning that fans will have to pay around $40 to own a full season of their favorite nostalgic series. This puts it on par with the cost of owning the content on DVD and Blu-Ray from retailers such as Amazon.com but it leaves casual fans a bit out-of-the-loop. Rather than being able to randomly browse through a few episodes of a series before getting hooked, viewers will be have to pay to rent or view episodes on an series-by-series basis. This could limit the Hasbro content’s overall reach when it comes to new viewers rather than diehard fans who most likely already own the content in tangible form anyway.
What do you think? Is the move to Vimeo better for Hasbro? Will is help grow the audiences for their animated properties? Will you be making the jump to the new video-sharing service in order to follow the adventures of your favorite characters? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Sure, it’s been over a week since Joe Con 2015 ended and most of the news from the event has already washed over the fandom like a tsunami. However, it’s become a bit of a tradition here at JBL HQ to post a summary of the event. I’ve updated the Joe Con 2015 coverage page with links to previous posts and added in some new commentary as well.
At Joe Con 2015 the final “big announcement” panel was the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club annual round table. Brian Savage, David Lane, Pete Sinclair, and Lanny Lathem took to the stage to discuss this year’s convention set as well as to unveil both the line-up for FSS 4.0 as well as next year’s renewal figure.
The crew from the Club was upfront about one thing– last year they took a lot of flack over the images used in the panel which were intended to illustrate the choice of character but that were not necessarily representative of the figure’s final deco. As such, this year images were minimal as many of these figures are VERY early in the production process.
Also, figures released in the FSS are often chosen because they will NOT be released in that deco in a future convention set. The FSS is a way to allow these characters to get to collectors and fill in gaps in individual collections.
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