G.I. Joe FSS 3 Final Shipment is on its Way!

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The G.I. Joe FSS 3 final shipment is on its way to fans and thanks to Alyosha of BrokenArrowToys.com we have some in-hand images of the final figures.  Note: this includes the mysterious 13th figure which, after Joe Con 2015, may have been the worst-kept secret in history.

Seriously– if you don’t want the G.I. Joe FSS 3 final shipment spoiled stop reading now.  If you’re like me, click below and find out after the jump!

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G.I. Joe FSS 4 Nunchuck Unveiled!

G.I. Joe FSS 4 reveals continue with the camo-clad ninja – Nunchuck!

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G.I. JOE NINJA COMMANDO: NUNCHUK

(Based on the 1992 G.I. Joe action figure!)

Includes: removable hood & harness, dart pouch with removable dart, swords x 2, dual sword sheath backpack, nunchuku sticks, sai x 2, and figure stand.

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Classic G.I. Joe vol #16 drops June 23

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Classic G.I. Joe volume 16 is coming from IDW Publishing!

IDW Publishing, current holder of the G.I. Joe comic licence, made a lot of Joe fans happy when they completed the “Classic G.I. Joe” trade paperback series begun by Marvel Comics several years ago.  In 15 volumes, IDW reprinted the entire 155 issues of the classic Marvel Comics G.I. Joe A Real American Hero comic series, giving many fans their first chance to buy reading copies of the entire classic run.

Now they’re continuing the series with G.I. Joe Classic vol 16 – which collects the continuation series published by IDW and written by Larry Hama.  Collecting #155 1/2 – #165, this volume brings the new ARAH title right next to the classic Marvel series of the book shelf of fans everywhere!

If you’d like to snag a copy to add to your collection, keep your eyes peeled around June 23, 2015 when Classic G.I. Joe vol 16 is scheduled for release.  Or, if you’d like to pre-order it now (and help JBL in the process at not extra cost to yourself) consider using the Amazon affiliate link below.

G.I. Joe FSS 4 Law & Order Preview

It’s a new week and a new preview for G.I. Joe FSS 4!

Based on the original 1987 version, feast your eyes on the classic MP duo of Law & Order:

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G.I. JOE MILITARY POLICE & K-9: LAW & ORDER

(Based on the 1987 G.I. Joe action figure!)

Includes: removable helmet & vest, submachine gun, nightstick, K-9 with leash, pistol with suppressor, and figure stand.

Not a lot of surprises here… it’s the 30th anniversary Law body and head with the 25th Anniversary Wild Bill vest in the classic color scheme.  The helmet bugs me as it’s not a great fit on the head and hasn’t been since the original release.

The sign-up deadline is Tuesday June 9, 2015!  So, if you’re interested in G.I. Joe FSS 4.0, just hit the link below and sign-up before it’s too late!

What do you think?  Love it? Hate it?  Expecting something completely different?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Sunbow G.I. Joe is now live on Vimeo!

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95 episodes of G.I. Joe are now LIVE on Vimeo!

Today’s the day, Joe Fans!  The entire Sunbow animated G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series is available on the internet video-sharing service.  As we reported previously, Vimeo will apply following rates to content:

  • 24 hour episode rental – 99 cents
  • Single episode purchase – $1.99
  • Complete series purchase – $40.00

To paraphrase Roadblock: “If you’re hankering for some Sunbow G.I.Joe, head on over to Vimeo!”  And now you know…

G.I. Joe FSS 4 Sign-Up is LIVE! First previews!

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It’s time!  G.I. Joe FSS 4 sign-up is now LIVE!

The sign-up deadline is Tuesday June 9, 2015!  So, if you’re interested in FSS 4.0, just hit the link below and sign-up before it’s too late!  Check out our first preview images of Barricade and Jammer!

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RIP John Stephenson – voice of Hawk, Dr. Quest, and more

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Rest in peace, John Stephenson.

General Hawk, General Franks, Dr. Benton Quest, Doggy Daddy, Mr. Slate– these are all characters that were brought to life by the incredibly talented John Stephenson.  The voice actor passed away on Friday May 15, 2015 at the age of 91.

His career spanned an impressive 57 years in the entertainment industry with his first credited role listed in 1953 and his last in 2010.  Before his move to voice acting he was a prolific character actor in the early days of television with appearances on notable series such as The Lone Ranger, F Troop, The Beverly Hillbillies, Get Smart, Perry Mason, and even Hogan’s Heroes. He was also the voice that announced the verdicts at the end of episodes of the popular series Dragnet.

Later, he moved to voice acting and was possibly the most-used talent at Hanna-Barbera Studios providing voices for Fred Flintstone’s boss Mr. Slate, Doggy Daddy, and was the original voice for Dr. Benton Quest on Jonny Quest before the role was assumed by the late Don Messick.  His IMDB page lists over 230 acting credits.

Eventually John Stephenson went to work on many of the Sunbow animated series that fans of JBL are familiar with– providing the voices for such characters as General Hawk (substitute in “The Spy Who Rooked Me”), General Franks, General Flagg, Dr. Lucifer, Granak, Kup, Thundercracker, and Huffer for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Inhumanoids, and The Transformers.

In his final years he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had been living in a retirement home.

Rest in peace, John.  Thank you for all the hours of entertainment you’ve given us. Your talents will be missed.

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Bombstrike & Night Creeper Leader Reviewed!

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Bombstrike Night Creeper Leader

The next two G.I. Joe FSS 3 figures have arrived!

We’re one shipment away from the end of G.I. Joe FSS 3 and that means it’s time for two more figure reviews.  This month it’s the unusual pairing of G.I. Joe team member Bombstrike with the affiliate of Cobra – the Night Creeper Leader!

Do this blind-folded ninja master and forward air controller go together like chocolate and peanut butter?  Or is this pairing more of a case of oil and water?  Even more importantly, do Chris and Fred agree on anything when it comes to these two penultimate figures from G.I. Joe FSS 3?

Find out the answers to these exciting questions and more over in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Review Index!

 

G.I. Joe FSS 3 Shipment 5 is arriving now!

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G.I. Joe FSS 3 Shipment #5 is now shipping!

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.

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Rank & File v1 is now available online!

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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!