A 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.
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.
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!
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.
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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!
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!