G.I. Joe Collector’s Club unveils Pythona!

Pythona is revealed!!!

Today is the last day to sign up for a 2016 membership to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and the folks at Cattle Barron Drive have pulled out all of the stops in encouraging people to sign up by showing off a prototype for Pythona!

Not a digital mock-up.  Not a render but a painted sample of Pythona!

G.I. Joe Collector's Club Pythona

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Save G.I. Joe petition now live at Change.org

Save G.I. Joe petition

Bummed by the Collector’s Club news this week? Do you want to help Save G.I. Joe?  Look no further than one fan’s petition and make your voice heard!

We live in an age of social activism.  It is far easier to rally the troops behind a cause than at any other point in history due to the 24/7 interconnected nature of our society.  As such, when all of the news about the potential end of Fub Publications’ relationship with Hasbro and the cessation of new G.I. Joe Collector’s Club memberships after March 16 dropped this week, many fans were shell-shocked.

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.

And now you know…

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Reminder: No new G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Memberships after 3/16/16.

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Tis the season for news regarding the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, it would seem.

A message posted earlier today on Facebook seems to add further credence to the rumors that Fun Publications is indeed closing out their tenure as the administrator of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club.  In the statement, the Club states that no new memberships will be accepted after March 16, 2016.  If you’d like to receive the free membership incentive Pythona figure (and we know that you do), you have to have an active membership before 3/16/2016!

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G.I. Joe FSS 4 Shipment 2 is inbound!

gi joe fss 4It’s true, Joe fans!  G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipment 2 is heading to your mailboxes! Subscribers should be their coveted brown cardboard boxes within the next few days as these “mystery figures” make their way all around the globe.

Thanks to Alyosha of Broken Arrow Toys, pictures of G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipment 2 have surfaced online.  We’re going to share them below so if you’re one of those fans that don’t want “teh sooprize reveeled” then avert your eyes as we’re holding back nothing.

g.i. joe fss 4 shipment 2 box(Boxed photo by Billy Carr)

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Fun Publications to end relationship with Hasbro in 2016

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Fun Publications is ending its relationship with Hasbro in 2016.  This has been rumored for some time based on the changes to memberships for both the G.I. Joe and Transformers Collector’s Clubs.  While nothing official has been stated regarding this from either the folks on Cattle Barron Drive or Hasbro, a recent email to all Transformers Collector’s Club members offers us our most concrete evidence to date:

“All memberships will end December 31, 2016.  Hasbro looks forward to sharing new plans for the Collector’s Club with you in the future.”

Okay, let’s read that again.

Hasbro looks forward to sharing new plans for the Collector’s Club with you in the future.

Did you notice something?  Nowhere in that statement does it say “Hasbro is ending Transformers and G.I. Joe forever.” It does, however, indicate, that Hasbro will no longer be relying on Fun Publications to administer the Transformers Club and, by implied association, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club. Continue reading

Joe Con 2016 Static Line debuts!

Feast your eyes on the Joe Con 2016 Static Line!

Joe Con 2016 Static Line

SKY PATROL DEMOLITIONS:
STATIC LINE

– 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– NEW Head Sculpt on 1st Modern Era Character Release
– Highly Requested Member of 1990’s Sky Patrol Team
– Includes removable Holster, Demolitions Satchel, Knife,
Sub Machine Gun, Glider backpack with moveable wings,
and G.I. Joe Logo Stand.

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Joe Con 2016: Drop Zone & Black Vulture unveiled

Two new reveals from the Joe Con 2016 have dropped tonight!  Almost the entire set has now been revealed as fans can feast their eyes on Sky Patrol Drop Zone and the Cobra Black Vulture!

Drop Zone:

Joe Con 2016 Sky Patrol Drop Zone

SKY PATROL WEAPONS SPECIALIST:
DROP ZONE

– 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– Highly Requested Member of 1990’s Sky Patrol Team
– Includes removable Helmet and Vest, Assault Rifle, Sub Machine Gun,
Glider backpack with moveable wings, and G.I. Joe Logo Stand.

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JBL Review: FSS Quarrel action figure

G.I. Joe FSS Quarrel

JBL Reviews the FSS Quarrel action figure!

Fear not, Joe fan!  You’ve not stepped through a rift that’s transported you back in time nearly three years!  Rather, the JBL admin has decided to whittle down his massive backlog of reviews and delved back into the first series of the subscription service to review FSS Quarrel!

Two years.  That’s the time difference between the first and last photos shot for this review.  In that time no less than 2 successive waves have hit and been reviewed.  It’s the problem with stockpiling photos with all the obsessiveness of a digital horder.   It all leads to a massive stockpile of product that has been shot, watermarked, but never reviewed and posted.  (Heck, there’s still last year’s Joe Con set to get through!)

However, enough ranting from the admin.  FSS Quarrel first dropped back in early 2013 as part of the first series of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Figure Subscription Service.  Based on the classic 1983 Action Force character, this marked Quarrel’s first appearance in the “modern era” of G.I. Joe figure construction.

Was it worth the wait?  Is she a solid addition to any Joe collection?  Do she and Duke use the same hair dye?  Only two of this questions will be answered but to find out which two, head on over and check out the review of the FSS Quarrel figure in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

Joe Con 2016 FAQ: Another souvenir price increase?

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With all of the Joe Con 2016 reveals over the past few days, there’s been plenty for G.I. Joe fans to talk about.  New convention figures are coming, Hasbro will be showing “something” at the con, and there are changes coming to the Club as all memberships now end on December 31, 2016.

So, with all of that going on, the Club posted a new FAQ for this year’s convention that seems to indicate that last year’s “unavoidable price increases” for the souvenirs are now the new norm.

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Joe Con 2016: Airwave and Air Devil revealed!

Joe Con 2016 isn’t until June but the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has gone full-bore with the reveals this week.  After today, only four more characters remain to be seen from this year’s set.  Check out Sky Patrol team member Airwave and the Cobra Acrobatic Aerial Assault Trooper otherwise known as the Air Devil!

Airwave:

Joe Con 2016 Sky Patrol Airwave

SKY PATROL COMMUNICATIONS:
CLIFF “AIRWAVE” MEWETT

– 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
– Highly Requested Member of 1990’s Sky Patrol Team
– Includes removable Helmet and Vest, Assault Rifle, Pistol,
Satellite Phone, Parachute-style backpack,
and G.I. Joe Logo Stand.

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