Hasbro Pulse has a brand new article posted – an interview with designer Bobby Vala. The subject? The Cobra Missile Command Headquarters!
I’m not going to lie– I LOVE the Cobra Missile Command Headquarters. First, I ranted about it here on JBL. In addition, I raved about it over on Just Another G.I. Joe Show. It’s been a “Holy Grail” item for me for years and this year’s convention exclusive release was essentially a dream come true. (Save for its limited availability- but that’s a story for another time.) Yet, I found myself wondering “Why this playset? Why now?”
In a rare opportunity, this admin was able to sit down and discuss this iconic playset and the process of its reconstruction with Hasbro designer Bobby Vala. He discusses the process of recreating this iconic piece of A Real American Hero history as well as the process of updating the included figures to modern specs. Bobby’s passion for this project shines through in every answer. As a result, it’s obvious that this was truly a labor of love!
Check it out over on Hasbro Pulse! Plus, if you’d like to see more features like this, let us know in the comments below!
It’s that time of year– when the talented costumers of the Girls of the Finest put their needles, thread, time, and talent toward a project that aims to give back to our men and women in uniform! Since 2015, these cosplay artists have produced an amazing G.I. Joe-themed calendar showcasing your favorite ARAH-era femme fatales. From Scarlett, to Zarana, the Baroness to the Cobra PR Officer– supporters have been treated to 12 months of images that inspire the imagination! However, there’s more to this annual calendar drive than just some terrific wall art. This is a calendar project that aims to give back to those who need our support.
Once again, the lovely ladies of Finest are raising funds for K9’s for Warriors, an organization dedicated to providing service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of service post 9/11. The organization recognizes the healing power of animal therapy and how the emotional bond formed between a veteran and a therapy dog can help these brave warriors overcome the trauma they incurred while in the line of duty.
Seriously– I can’t encourage people enough to support this project. These talented ladies give up their time and talent to support a project that not only helps the men and women of our armed forces but also helps provide homes for animals in need. It’s a no-brainer– a one-two punch that truly brings some comfort to those who put themselves on the line for us each and every day.
As of now, the project has 23 days remaining and is 58% funded! This is an all-or-nothing project which means that calendars won’t go into production and no funds will be send to K9’s for Warriors unless it reaches its goal of $8,500.00. A simple pledge of $25.00 will secure a copy of the printed calendar, a set of trading cards, and a postcard! It’s a STEAL of a deal that helps support a great cause!
On Monday, August 14, 2017 MOST of the Hasbro SDCC exclusive items will hit HasbroToyShop.com!
“And there came a day unlike any other…”
No, we’re not talking about the first ever team-up of Marvel’s Avengers! Monday is going to be Summer Exclusives Day at HasbroToyShop.com. That’s right– it’s that “magical time” (Read: FRUSTRATING) day in which fans from across the world will all be hitting HasbroToyShop.com and using their F5 keys to refresh their browsers in order to get the items they want.
Have no fear, Joe fans! While we don’t know WHEN everything is going to drop– we do now WHAT the URL’s of the exclusive items will be. To save yourself some time and some hasty item searches, here are all of the items and the pricepoints on each that will be dropping on Monday:
SDCC 2017 is in full swing and G.Hasbro’s annual G.I. Joe exclusives are very much on everyone’s mind! However, it would seem that those of us who are stuck at home know just when the sought-after comic con items will be dropping on HasbroToyShop.com.
Yesterday, two product listings were quietly added to the website.
Included in each product description was the note “available 8/14”. Apparently that day, the second Monday in August, will be when fans from around the globe will be hitting the site, frantically hitting F5 to refresh their screens in the hopes of completing their transactions before the items sell out. While the exclusives of the past few years have been pretty easy to obtain, there’s something about this year’s two G.I. Joe-related SDCC items that feels very different.
I’m not going to lie– I’m giddy over the prospect of BOTH of these sets, for very different reasons. Nostalgia plays a heavy hand in my love for both sets but I’d be hard-pressed right now to choose one over the other if I had to prioritize dropping one in my cart first. One one had there’s the AMAZING recreation/update to the Cobra Missile Command Headquarters but on the other hand there’s the IDW Hasbro Comic Crossover Mega-Set that includes Renegades Roadblock, ROM the Space Knight, and the Micronauts. Decisions, decisions.
Regardless, August 14th is the day to put on your calendars kids!
Could a Collector’s Club release of fan favorite 1988 Joe Hardball be coming in the near future?
Joe Con 2017 is in full swing now and last night’s souvenir pickup for attendees provided a slew of images of this year’s exclusive figures. Among those items is Corrosao, inspired by the Brazilian repaint of Battle Force 2000 team member Dee-Jay, from the Ultimate Enemies 2-pack. Normally, in cases like this, all eyes are focused on the figure but in this case, it’s the accessory that caught my eye.
Does that large blue grenade launcher look familiar? Take a good look– it should:
That’s right, Joe fans! Corrosao is packing a freshly-tooled blue version of Hardball’s signature grenade launcher! Given the Collector’s Club’s penchant for never using a newly-tooled part just once, this is a pretty strong indicator that Hardball could FINALLY be seeing a return to action figure format! This could mean that our 1988 roster is getting that much closer to completion in the generation 3 construction.
Now, this begs the question: where would he fall into the Club’s release schedule? FSS 7.0? Annual membership renewal figure? Joe Con 2018 convention set? Hopefully we’ll find out the answer to this at tomorrow’s Collector’s Club Round Table panel.
Regardless, this is one of the most exciting bits of potential news to come out of Joe Con 2017 thus far, at least to this Joe fan!
Joe Con 2017 Day 2 is now one for the history books! However, we’ve got a bit to talk about in today’s Armchair Coverage recap.
To start– let’s talk souvenir items! Thanks to Mike Tinnel of Just Another G.I. Joe Show we received an update to last night’s story about the souvenir item list. This included confirmation and pricing for all of the items.
This bad boy is one of the rarest of the rare– a cardboard playset that was released exclusive to Sears back in 1982 when there was virtually no other product available. It came with Cobra Commander, a Cobra Officer, and a Cobra Trooper along with a diorama that seemed inspired by Ken Adam’s designs from the James Bond franchise.
It was gorgeous. It was also fragile as all get out, due to being cardboard.
Here’s the details direct from Hasbro:
G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters
(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)
Cobraaaa! One of the rarest of all G.I. Joe playsets is back! The G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters, this convention exclusive is a faithful reproduction of the original and iconic Cobra Missile Command Headquarters Set from 1982. It recreates the classic design of the original in exacting detail with a weathered finished, following the original die-lines with all new re-created graphics. Assemble the highly detailed, sturdy graphic board components to build a headquarters that includes missile base, missile support systems, cruise missile, control panel, movable elevator, work platform, and seats. The set also comes with reproductions of the three figures that came with the original set – Cobra Commander (with a logo that is an homage to the original, first version Cobra Commander logo), Cobra Officer, and Cobra Trooper. Set includes file cards for the figures, as well as a file card holder for the cards. The G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com .
Late last night, Mike broke open his convention set and posted a series of videos showcasing the figures that comprise the Force of Battle 2017! He even brought along vintage counterparts of the figures for comparison purposes. (I wonder what the TSA made of Avalanche, Blaster, Blocker, Dodger, Knockdown and Maverick.) Joe Con 2017 probably raises a few eyebrows at security checkpoints.
I’ll be embedding all the parts of his review below for your viewing pleasure as they go live this morning!
Joe Con 2017 has begun and the golden ticket holders have picked up their sets. Thanks to Mike Tinnel of Just Another G.I. Joe Show, we have some information on this year’s souvenir list. So, without further adieu:
Over at GeneralsJoes.com, Justin has some screen shots from the comic that back up a lot of our guesses here.
In addition, the rumor is that Backstop may be the parachute figure this year. This makes sense given the design of the Joe Con 2016 Static Line whose head was an amalgamation of two design.
Lastly, here’s a quick look at this year’s set courtesy of Mike Tinnel’s cell phone:
For those who purchased bagged sets, it’s being reported that three of the figures are packaged sans accessories. The Club will be providing the missing pieces to purchasers at a later date. However, if you bought a set on eBay, be sure to check with the seller to make certain that they will ship you the missing gear!
We’ll have more information as it becomes available but this is what we know thus far from the first night of Joe Con 2017!