WOO HOO!!! New Joes are coming!!!! Even though this a “quiet year” for the brand, the G.I. Joe 2016 lineup offers, to borrow a phrase, “something old, something new.” The hard-to-find Zombie Vipers are a nice boon to collectors– especially since they will be packed two to a case. In addition, new characters like Stiletto and Tombstone counter-balance the inclusion of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. Plus, as it was pointed out by Chris John on the JBL Facebook page, the female Cobra Officer looks a bit familiar.
“Careful Destro, she’ll cost you your ancestral home!”
What do you think of the G.I. Joe 2016 line-up? Will be be adding any of these to your collection? Let us know in the comments below, over on the JBL forums, or on the JBL Facebook page!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has completed the Joe Con 2016 Roundtable panel and it was a doozy!
Perhaps the biggest news of Joe Con 2016 concerning the Club came from the Hasbro panel held earlier in the day where it was revealed that Hasbro has decided to continue its relationship with Fun Publications through 2018. Despite rumors and all evidence to the contrary earlier this year, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has a two-year lease on life! Whatever transpired in the months since the Club announced that all memberships would end on December 31, 2016 it certainly seemed to be beneficial for the folks at Fun Publications. (Did the Save G.I. Joe petition have any impact?)
Next year’s convention will be June 15 – 18, 2017 at Walt Disney World!
However, the most pressing question on the minds of most G.I. Joe fans out there was “What is the line-up for FSS 5?”
Here are the “Quick Notes” from today’s panel…. including this year’s FSS announcement!
Brian Savage, David Lane, Lanny Lathem, and Pete Sinclair take the stage.
Contract for the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has been extended for two more years. The Club, FSS, and convention will continue through 2018.
Membership renewals will turn back on later this week.
If your membership ran out in May & June, go to the store, login, and add it to your cart. It should reapply to your account.
Contract was initially NOT renewed. However, this was changed and Brian thanked the fandom for their support, including the petition from Joe Colton. Derryl DePriest is acknowledged as the person who turned things around for the Club.
The renewal only took place in the last two weeks.
Hasbro unveiled their G.I. Joe 2016 plans and YoJoe.com was LIVE from Joe Con 2016 with a Facebook LIVE session directly from the panel! We’ve got the embedded video below after the notes.
We’ve got some hastily transcribed notes below. Expect a cleaner article with some commentary later tonight as part of the Saturday Armchair Coverage round-up!
Hasbro Writer’s Room:
Combination of television/movie/comic book writers. Hasbro is very proud of the talent they have amassed.
Creation of a shared universe combining their intellectual properties. Officially dubbed “Hasbro Cinematic Universe”—separate from IDW. Intended as multi-film story arc. Goal is to start to develop shared and combined stories. Derryl was able to spend two weeks with the writers and get to work with them on shaping this shared universe.
Joe vs Transformers SDCC set:
Deco is decal-based. Includes Joe, Cobra, Autobot decals. This way the toys can be whatever you want them to be in your own collection.
Soundwave is the 5th most-popular Decepticon but hard to justify now as a cassette tape. (Same with Megatron.)
Hasbro Pulse Crossword Puzzle includes all characters listed below:
Derryl – Joe is in quieter year. Harder to get resources to produce more figures during those years. In those years, previously tooled harder-to-find figures are ideal for re-release. 100% of tooling budget is used for NEW figures.
Toys R Us G.I. Joe 2016 line-up: (November 2016)
Focus on figures vs vehicle sets which were slow sellers
Two packs will be in a 10 pack case—ALL EVENLY PACKED!
Joe Con 2016 registration night has begun and the Golden Ticket holders are picking up their sets. That means the line for the souvenirs at the Club Store is queuing up and we now have our first images of this year’s souvenirs! Thanks to Mike Tinnel of the G.I. Joe Discussion Facebook Group, I’ve mirrored some images below.
I have to say– ANOTHER Skystriker?!!! Plus a repaint of the RoC Skysweeper jet (which itself is a repurposed Firebat), a pair of Air Assault gliders, and faction-changed 2003 Skysweeper jet? Fans of the late 1990’s era are going to LOVE this set but the more military-minded folks might just consider saving their pennies.
We’ll have more images from Joe Con 2016 as they become available! Stay tuned for more Joe Con 2016 Armchair Coverage from JBL!
So, how’s Scarlett looking? To the eyes of this Joe fan, pretty good! I see the Renegades Scarlett head and what appears to be the upper torso of the Retaliation Jinx combined with the arms of the SDCC Zarana figure. The upper legs might be from the 25th Anniversary Scarlett and the boots, well, those are a mystery right now. It looks to be a solid parts combination that does a pretty decent job of recreating the original 1993 Ninja Force Scarlett figure while still following the Club’s pattern of primarily reusing existing parts.
According to the blog post, this set will retail for $99.00. No word on quantities available but it’s safe to assume that some quantity of the sets will be available over on HasbroToyShop.com after the show is over.
The G.I. Joe FSS 4 Billy Arboc & Cobra Interrogator figures have been reviewed!
Of all of the shipments in G.I. Joe FSS 4, this one was the most anticipated for many subscribers. With the first ever figure of Cobra Commander’s son Billy and the long-awaited debut of the Cobra Interrogator in generation 3 form, there was little in the roster that could top it. Finally, after weeks of waiting, the figures have dropped!
Did they live up to decades of anticipation? Was Billy Arboc worth the wait? Did the Cobra Interrogator live up to the hype. Do Chris and Fred agree on anything in these reviews? More importantly, does Deadpool make yet another in a series of gratuitous cameo appearances?
It’s an odd pairing– a negotiator and an incendiary automaton designed for mass destruction but that’s par for the course when it comes to G.I. Joe FSS 4 shipments. Can this hot-headed android and this cool intervention specialist get along? Bullhorn and the Inferno BAT might not make for an ideal showdown but this marks the first time that either of them has been updated to generation 3 construction.
The big question is: are these figures worthy additions to any G.I. Joe Collection?
It’s been three weeks since the last shipment from G.I. Joe FSS 4 and the Collector’s Club is staying pretty true to their word about the frequency of shipping. A few subscribers have already started to receive the latest shipment and, thanks to the ever-generous Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com, we’ve got images of the latest arrivals.
For those of you who prefer to be surprised, turn away now as were going to reveal who’s in the G.I. Joe FSS 4 box after the jump! Continue reading →
One’s a DiC era Jungle Warfare specialist with a penchant for heavy machine guns and landscaping equipment! The other’s UK Z-Force communication specialist that bears a striking resemblance to the G.I. Joe team‘s original Ranger from Detroit. Together, they keep the world safe for freedom! That’s right Joe fans– this month’s G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review odd couple is none other than Pathfinder and Jammer!
It’s been nearly two weeks since the last G.I. Joe Collector’s Club FSS 4 boxes arrived in the mailboxes of subscribers. Chris and Fred took these figures and once again put them under the G.I. Joe FSS 4 review lens– and this time they even brought along a special consultant on one of the figures!
Are these two worth picking up? Do Chris and Fred find anything to agree on? Does Deadpool continue his string of gratuitous cameo appearances? These questions will indeed be answered in the latest G.I. Joe FSS 4 Review installments. Check out both Jammer & Pathfinder over on the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!