Rank & File vol 4 to debut at GI Joe Con 2018

Rank & File vol 4, the latest in a series of amazing reference guides from “Noted Author” James Kavanaugh, will make its debut at this year’s final GIJoeCon!

Rank & File vol 4 GIJoeCon exclusive coverHere’s the latest from the author himself:

The adventure continues to evolve in Rank & File — A Guide to Third-Generation 4” G.I. Joe Action Figures!  This time with a alternate convention exclusive cover!

After a brief hiatus in 2006 that allowed G.I. Joe to flourish in other areas, G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today!  Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were also introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

The Rank & File guide volume 4 is the first in a two-part series displaying every G.I. Joe action figure produced as a convention exclusive and for the G.I. Joe Collectors’’ Club, complete with every accessory and variation produced.   Not only are the accessories shown, they were carefully cataloged in an upcoming volume that will guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and playset released in the 4″ era is documented in the Rank & File series and every easily removable piece is shown individually photographed —ensuring collector completion.

This full color, fifty-two page resource manual beautifully illustrates supplemental avenues’ 166 action figures, twenty-eight vehicles, and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide.  Each action figure was carefully examined between its initial run and any further re-releases to ensure accurate samples are clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

Whether you are a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor, the Rank & File series is the decisive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles, and playsets produced from 2007 to today.    Let the Rank & File guides serve as a reference for completion or a scrapbook to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero.

***Bonus***

Rank & File’s volume 4 will debut at 2018 International G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention in an exclusive format!  This resource guide will include an exclusive convention-themed G.I. Joe YEARBOOK cover, three pages sharing memories of past conventions, three blank pages for attendees write parting goodbyes with their exclusive Rank & File custom sharpie.  These exclusive features will be a limited format and not included in the standard forty-eight page volume 4 release.  Don’t miss out!!  See you at Joe Con!!!

Basic Information

The MSRP for The Rank & File guide Volume 4 convention exclusive is $30 and available at the 2018 International G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention.  Any remaining stock will be available on the website, www.rahcguide.com, and buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs.  If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. guides before, the process will be very similar.   This guide was self-published and produced in quantities reflecting previous sales so do not hesitate in ordering if owning a guide is a priority.  The standard release will be made available in the summer 2018.  Keep checking the website for updates!

You may join the mailing list at: rahc.guide@gmail.com and like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RAHCGuide to get the latest updates between press releases.

I can’t say it enough — I LOVE these books!  Seriously- mad, crazy, obsessive love for each and every volume in this series.  The reason is simple: James does such an incredible job of detailing each and every figure right down to the baton, microphone, or single bullet accessory!  I was already down for vol 4 when he first discussed it on an episode of Just Another G.I. Joe Show but the reveal of this exclusive “yearbook” version just pushed my need to own it right over the top.

The homage to G.I. Joe : A Real American Hero, vol 1 #26 is inspired and the inclusion of yearbook-style signature pages for attendees at this year’s final GIJoeCon makes it all the more essential. It’s not just a reference guide– it’s a love letter to an event that has brought so many fans together over the past 21 years.

Run, don’t walk to the RAHC Guide table at GIJoeCon this year and snag a copy of Rank & File vol 4 in person.  Or, if you’re not attending, keep your eyes peeled to the social media channels and website mentioned above to snag your own copy when they go up for order.

Bravo, James!  Bravo!

 

Rank & File volume 2 & 3 Reprint Kickstarter almost funded!

With EIGHT days to go, the Rank & File volume 2 & 3 reprint Kickstarter has nearly reached its goal!

Rank & File vol 3 reprintA good reference book is an invaluable resource when managing a collection. In fact, you might even say that it’s ESSENTIAL, especially when the collection involves multiple variations of characters and a seemingly endless supply of tiny accessories.  The internet and hobby dedicated websites are an invaluable resource but nothing beats a good tangible book filled with high quality photos showcasing every knife, pistol, helmet, and accessory.  Plus, a good book is always there whether or not you have a WiFi connection available.

Enter the Rank & File book series from “noted author” (and long-time friend of JBL) James Kavanaugh!

We’ve talked about these books before.  Rank & File volumes 1, 2, and 3 have proven to be so popular with fans that the original print runs of all three have sold out, with volume 1 receiving a second printing!  Now, supplies of volumes 2 & 3 are almost gone and newly-revised and updated second printings are seeking funding on Kickstarter!  With just eight days remaining, this project could use your support to reach its goal and see this books available once more!

The current campaign ends Saturday March 17, 2018 at 7:10pm CST.

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Support 3.75 Inch Joe Vol 4 on Kickstarter!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to support 3.75 Inch Joe Vol 4 on Kickstarter!

3.75" Joe Tunnel Rat

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Dan Klingensmith’s incredible 3.75″ Joe series of books.  (Also known as 3.75 Inch Joe: Creating G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero) These meticulously researched volumes collect rare pieces of production artwork and pair them with insightful commentary from the classic line’s original designers.  The end result is nothing short of amazing– a brilliantly laid-out piece that long-time Joe fans will pore over for hours.

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Author Dan Klingensmith is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter for 3.75 Inch Joe Vol 4.  As such, he’s revealed some of what will be included in this next amazing volume: Continue reading

3.75″ Joe Volume 3 is funding on Kickstarter with four days remaining

3.75″ Joe Volume 3 from Steel City Publishing has four days left in its Kickstarter drive!

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That’s right kids, 3.75″ Joe Volume 3 has four days left to fund on Kickstarter!  Currently the project has raised $14,600 toward a goal of $16,000 needed to publish the next installment.  It’s a completely achievable goal and one that our fandom should help achieve.  A copy of the book is available for a pledge of support of only $40.00

I’ll admit it– I’ve been remiss on posting about this.  3.75″ Joe, volumes 1 & 2, have been sitting on my reference shelf since they were first published.  They’re AMAZING volumes chock full of incredible pre-production artwork and insights into the designs of our favorite Real American Heroes.  The previous two volumes include commentary from G.I. Joe designers and even the former brand manager of the ARAH years.  They’re just utterly AMAZING works that can be enjoyed by EVERY fan of the ARAH era G.I. Joe!

Seriously– if you have the extra funds, consider supporting this AMAZING project!

3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I. Joe – A Real American Hero on Kickstarter

To see more samples and to order the previous volumes visit 334inchJoe.com

 

RAHC Guide debuts on March 31st!

There’s an added incentive to attend the Collector’s Convention this year… and it’s not from the Collector’s Club!

March 2011 – Debuting at the 2011 G.I. Joe Convention, the adventure continued in 1997 and is now completely documented in the R.A.H.C. Guide!

After a brief hiatus in 1994, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero gained a resurgence in pop culture causing a re-release of some favorite characters in their classic molds. This revival eventually induced some experimenting with these classic characters in bold and exciting new directions. Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

This full color, 172 page compendium fully explores all six series that were produced within the second generation O-ring torso era (1997-2007) including the Built to Rule line and the Collectors Club special releases. This guide beautifully illustrates the era’s 689 action Figures, 135 vehicles and play sets and 1,349 accessories including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide. The accessories are then culminated in a separate section clearly displayed and organized by category. Each action figure has been carefully examined between its initial run and further re-releases to ensure that an accurate sample is clearly and concisely presented for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

Subscribe to the R.A.H.C. Guide’s e-mail list at rahc.guide@gmail.com to stay in tune with all the latest updates and obtain ordering info!

http://www.rahcguide.com/


This is the guidebook that I’ve been waiting years for. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m an unabashed fan of the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra and Real American Hero Classics era and this tome is going to do those figures justice! If you’ve met James, you know he’s a passionate Joe fan and it shows in ever single page and image from this impressive work.

My only regret is that I have to wait until after the con to snag a copy! It cannot get into my hands soon enough!

RAHC Guide: The first update!

I cannot stress enough how excited I am about KuuKuuSon’s upcoming RAHC Guide.  It was the GIJoe vs. Cobra era that allowed me as a collector to build up the collection that I’d always wanted.  Many of my favorite characters were modernized with updated sculpts and many of my favorite troop builders were reissued in affordable multi-packs.  Better still, the entire era was still compatible with the classic A Real American Hero era that hooked many Joe fans in the first place!  James’ book is easily in my most-anticipated books list– right up there with this month’s release of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Classics v10 from IDW.

Check out James’ first update which includes links to all of the discussion threads throughout the online Joe community!

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