2013 JoeCon – Kre-O images for the rest of the year

More news from JoeCon from the land of the block figures– KreO!

Hasbro’s product showing on Friday was pretty minimal but what they lacked in quantity they made up for in quality.  The wave two Kre-O sets were on hand and should be hitting Toys R Us in the coming months.  Of course, all of this could change with the Hasbro 2013 panel set for 11am on Saturday.

Enjoy the pics of the figures below.  Honestly, if there is one true SURPRISE hit in the Joe brand right now it’s Kre-O!  Let’s just hope it moves beyond Toys R Us to mass retail in the near future!

JoeCon 2013 – Hasbro pics (what there is of them)

Okay, it’s time for a game of “JoeCon Good News/Bad News”.

The good news is that Hasbro was on hand once again and has the ultra cool Toma– EAGLEHAWK helicopter on display.  Not only do they have the prototype from Toy Fair but also John Warden was showcasing a production model of this amazing helicopter.

The bad news is that Derryl DePriest confirmed that we’ve pretty much seen all of the other non-exclusive Joe product for what may be the rest of the year.  The items showcased at Toy Fair were on hand but that was it.  Trust me, the product looks great in person and I’ll add more photos tomorrow but it’s a bit of a downer that we won’t see anything new for a bit.

The SDCC exclusives won’t be revealed at Joe Con but instead will be revealed at some point via USA Today.

Take a look at the images from wave 3 of Retaliation as well as the “Basic Figures” that once appeared at Dollar General earlier this year.

More pics to come as I get them uploaded.

JoeCon 2013: Thursday night roundup

JoeCon Night Force Chuckles

Yes, technically I realize that this is being posted very early Friday morning but it was a pretty chaotic first night at JoeCon 2013.  (It’s also the first time my girlfriend has been to one but more on that later.)

Registration was pretty much registration.  In spite of the staff’s best efforts, the lines were long for the club store.  In the Golden Ticket era of cons, regular attendees are limited to one of each item on Thursday night which should mean that everyone has a crack at most of the items available.

So far the only item to sell out were the extras of the bagged Iceberg figure, coming later this year to Collector’s Club members who renewed before the March deadline. The carded figures are still available, however.

Surprisingly, of all of the souvenirs, the $145 Night Boomer seems to be the least popular with most of the folks I saw in line passing on it.  Given the fact that the Skystrikers are showing up at discount stores now for about 10% of that price AND include a pilot, it’s not surprising.  The Boomer itself looks good, but with no pilot included I personally don’t see the value in snagging one.  If I’m going to spend that kind of dough then I’m going to pick up an SDCC Starscream from a few years back!

However, the rest of this year’s souvenirs are actually pretty solid, aside from some paint issues with the eyes.  Lady Jaye looks overall good albeit a bit masculine in the head sculpt.  (Yes, I said it. I also played the game of “Is it a man or woman with a few folks in the lobby and got a lot of nods of agreement on her true gender.)  The NF Specialists two pack of Chuckles and Freestyle is also pretty decent although Freestyle has some “derpy eye” syndrome on many of the figures I’ve seen.  Chuckles looks good– but has a “lot going on” in terms of gear.  He’s pretty much covered in a harness and helmet which hides his signature Hawaiian shirt a bit too much.  However, that’s easily solvable by removing some gear.

The most impressive souvenir thus far is Steeler and the FLAK.  It took me completely by surprise and is kind of an “out of left field” choice for a figure to be added to Night Force.  However, Steeler comes with his visor for the FIRST time in the generation 3 era of Joe.  Plus, I’m a real sucker for the FLAK.

Of the con set figures that I’ve been able to examine (with a sleeping roommate so all of this is on the D/L), Spearhead, Repeater, and Psyche-Out are the strongest of the Joes with Letal being my stand-out favorite of the Cobras.  Yes, that’s right, I’m officially a fan of “Kermit the Frag Viper”– just maybe not for the reasons that the Club might have intended.

In terms of the KRE-O pieces available, the NF set is surprisingly nice– although I kind of wish that a Frag Viper had made it in instead of two SAW Vipers.  Of course, that’s just my opinion.  We’ll get a better look at the parachute figure later today.

However, the coolest item of the night wasn’t from the Collector’s Club but rather from a fan-based website called Handmadestuffs.com.  I happened to have a quick conversation with the owner when she produced the most amazing stuffed Snake Eyes plush.  My girlfriend’s eyes lit up like fireworks on the Fourth of July and I found myself immediately purchasing him.  He’s over 12″ tall, is articulated at the head and shoulders (?!!!) and looks as though he were factory made– which he isn’t!  Completely amazing!

I’ve posted a few snapshots with more to follow later.  It’s been a VERY long day especially as this is my first Joe Con in about 4 years.  I’ve been able to meet up with a lot of old friends and, in many ways, it feels like no time has passed while in other ways the fandom scene has REALLY changed in that time.  Still, it is GOOD to be back!

JoeCon 2013: Club exclusive prices and details

G.I. Joe Collector's Convention 2013

JBL has landed at Joe Con and we’ve got some quick intel on the con exclusives. The Golden Ticket private sales are going on now so pics of the items should be hitting the web before too long.

  • The Night Force Specialists 2-pack consists of Freestyle, a new female pilot, and Chuckles. Con price: $60
  • The FLAK w/ Steeler has a con price of $66
  • The Night Force Boomer is sold sans pilot and has a con price of $145
  • The KREO Night Force 6 pack is going for $33
  • Lastly, the KREO paratrooper will be $14

JoeCon 2013: Con Lady Jaye broken down!

Okay, since I don’t leave for JoeCon until tomorrow I’m a bit excited about the souvenir list going up tonight. Taking a pic from GeneralsJoes, KokomoToys, and JBL I’ve put together this comparison of the Concept Case Lady Jaye, the JoeCon carded version and the 25th Anniversary version:

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It looks to be about 90% concept case version with the 25th upper torso and some crazy orange weapons.

Check back tomorrow for more Joe Con news!

Today is Skyfall day!!!

James Bond 007 Skyfall

Skyfall is here!

This isn’t entirely related to G.I. Joe but I just had to point out that the 50th anniversary installment in the James Bond franchise drops on DVD and Blu-Ray today.  Why is this important to fans of America’s first action figure?  Simple– the Bond franchise is the longest-running film series in history and has set the bar for so many elements of modern action cinema!  From the use of practical effects and world record-breaking stunts to exotic locations and dynamic villains, the Bond films have entertained millions for the past 5 decades!  Plus, the 007 series has had more than a “passing influence” on many aspects of G.I. Joe.

Years ago, a  young Joe fan who happens to be writing this article was introduced to the world of 007 by his father, thanks to ABC’s frequent airing of the films on Sunday nights.  As a kid, I was floored by the similarities between the early appearances of Cobra in both the Marvel Comics and the first Sunbow mini-series and the use of SPECTRE in the Sean Connery films.  From the incredible lairs that evoked memories of the design of Ken Adams to the elaborate plots to disrupt the western world, Cobra was the kid-friendly version of a Bond villain.  Heck, look at the Sears exclusive Missile Command Headquarters and you’ll see an homage to the volcano base in You Only Live Twice.  

Even the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club is utilizing a Bond vibe in this year’s AMAZING 12″ Joe Con set Secret Mission to Dragon Island.   One has only to look at the villain Sebastian Gorman in the set to see the uniform worn by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in two of his three cinematic performances.  (I don’t count the beginning of For Your Eyes Only.)  Plus, many of the sets applicable to the Man of Action are right out of James Bond films.

Regardless, the Bond films left a strong impression upon me and really have shaped my view of what makes for a good spy/action movie.  It’ll be this bar that will be measured against when I watch G.I. Joe Retaliation in just a few weeks.  Yes, the Bond movies have evolved over time– from the secret organizations of the 60’s, the near-parody of the 70’s, and all the way to the grim realism of the new Daniel Craig era.  Like G.I. Joe, Bond is a product of his time reflecting the realities of the world in which he finds himself.  He just happens to do it with style and flair.  This past Christmas, my father surprised me with what has become my favorite gift in years – the Bond 50 Blu-Ray set.  For days afterwards, I poured over the special features and the films like a relapsed dieter at the last Twinkie warehouse.  The marketing department behind the set was clever, however.  They left one empty tray in the box for the latest film in the franchise– a spot that will finally be filled tonight!

So, if you’re so inclined, run out today and snag a copy of Skyfall.  Sit back in your favorite chair, pop in the disc and be prepared to watch 007 prove that “nobody does it better.”  It’s a great way to relax and prepare for the arrival of G.I. Joe: Retaliation in just a few short weeks.

I’ll step off my soap box now and let you resume your regularly schedule G.I. Joe website.   However, if you’re so inclined, here’s the trailer for Skyfall followed by the “mother of all Bond compilations” to watch.  Enjoy!

 50 Years of James Bond: The Movie

G.I. Joe Con 2013: Charbroil unmasked!

I’m a bit tardy on posting this but the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has unveiled the “man behind the mask” for their forthcoming Charbroil convention figure!  Take a look and see if he looks familiar:

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The GIJCC has shown us once again that a simple swap of color palate can produce an entirely new character.  Eagle-eyed fans will recognize this as the Hydro-Viper from the stunning Defense of Cobra Island 7 pack released a few years ago that was recently reused as the Figure Subscription Service Dice figure!

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I’ll admit it– the change in hair color works.  (The Dice image is courtesy of GeneralsJoes.com.)  It helps to differentiate Charbroil from Dice enough that they don’t appear to be twins at first glance.  Sure, it’s a cost-saving method by the Club to reuse an existing figure tool for the head but it’s one that works for the most part.  It’s nowhere near as bad as the case of limited genetics that was the original 1982 line-up!!

For more information on the 2013 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention, visit GIJoeCon.com!

G.I. Joe Con 2013: No registration this week. Maybe next week.

G.I. Joe Collector's Convention 2013

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent the following email out to its membership.  Apparently registration is a “maybe” for next week.

Hello all,

Well, we have had an unforseen issue that is being resolved.  No registration this week.  Maybe next week, I just don’t know.

I  am just as frustrated with this as you are, so, I will no longer cry wolf.  There are 3 programmers working on this intermittent
error and we do not have a timeframe.  I’ll just tell you the earliest it could happen is Monday but, that is not a promise.

Thanks for your patience,

Brian

Yeah… so, let’s just all look at pics of the Nocturnal Fire con set and hope for better news next week.

G.I. Joe Con 2013: Registration goes live February 1st!

The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent out the following email last night to let members know that registration for the 2013 convention should go live TODAY!

Hello all,

Barring any unforseen issues we will start registration on Friday, February 1.

If you can’t log in, check your log in at gijoeclub.com/shop.  If you have expired, you will not
be able to receive member pricing.

If you are registering with another member, you will need their log in and password to receive
member pricing.

If you complete your order with non-member pricing, we CANNOT adjust your pricing.   Please
understand what you are ordering and confirm the pricing before you check out.

Please take a look at the souvenir T-shirts, Hat and Beanie that you can add to your order at the end.
You will find pictures under the exclusives tab.  The Night Force shirt and both hats glow in the dark.

If you have not read the brochure, please do so before you register as you have 8 minutes to complete
your registration before the system puts your items back into stock.   You cannot hold them in your
cart longer than that amount of time, however you can start over.

Sets are limited and we cut the 12″ sets down by 1/3rd so they are really limited this year.

We do reserve the right to limit any member’s quantities if we deem them excessive.

Attending and Non-attending can both register Friday.

I’ll send out an email when the link is live.

Thanks for your patience, see you in Indy!

Brian

In a rare first, both attending and non-attending members can register at the same time!  Normally non-attending registration must wait until attending applicants have gone first, typically dealing with a limited stock of convention sets remaining.  Perhaps, after last year’s debacle with the near instantaneous sell-out of the Oktober Guard the Club has seen fit to increase production numbers to more reasonable levels, ensuring that more of their membership can enjoy the year’s convention set.

Also released were images of the 2013 convention t-shirts including an AWESOME GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Night Force t-shirt and hat!!!

For more registration info, keep your eyes and browsers peeled at GIJoeCon.com!