Coil Con 7 – October 9, 2016 in Dayton OH

It’s back!  Coil Con 7 IS happening this year!

Coil Con 7

I’ll admit it — I wasn’t certain if Coil Con was going to be happening this year.  There’d been no updates on the Facebook page or the website in a long time but thankfully the guys behind the event have rallied and we have some official details for this year’s event to be held in Dayton, Ohio!  The teaser image dropped last week and now we’ve got more information on the venue, the date, and some of the planned activities for the day.

The Coil Con Details:

Mark your calendars! The COIL strikes again this October with COIL Con 7!


October 9, 2016 – 10am-4pm


2800 Presidential Drive Fairborn, OH 45324 at the Holiday Inn Dayton/I-675 Hotel by Wright State University off of Colonel Glenn Drive.


  • Show Exclusives
  • Vendor Booths
  • Door Prizes
  • Custom Contest
  • Special Guests
  • Collector Panels
  • Toys for Tots Toy Drive – bring an unopened toy for a great cause. Cash donations also accepted.

$5 admission at the door. Children 12 and under get in free. Wear a GI Joe costume and get free admission.

Coil Con is a completely fan-organized event.  That’s right– run by the fans, for the fans.  So make your plans, back your back, grab your Toys for Toys donation tiem, and get ready to hit Coil Con 7 in Fairborn, OH this October!  Trust me, from having attended past Coil Con events, it’s going to be a great day filled with Joes, Joe fans, and fun for everyone! Whether it was in Kokomo, Indianapolis, or Dayton, the Coil Con events are fun for Joe fans of all age.

For more information, including updates to the schedule of events and special guests that will be appearing, keep your eyes peeled to the Coil Con Facebook page or the Coil Club Facebook Group.

Coil Con 6 is August 15 – 16 in Dayton Ohio

Coil Con 6

Coil Con 6 will be held this year in Dayton, OH on August 15 – 16!  That’s right Joe fans, the 6th annual event is hitting the road and expanding to two full days!

It’s been exciting to watch Coil Con grow each year from its beginnings in Kokomo, IN on the grounds of Kokomo Toys to last year’s change of venue to Indianapolis.  However, this year proves to be the biggest year yet with the expansion to a two day event and the change of venue to Dayton, OH!

This event is entirely fan-driven and offers G.I. Joe collectors from across the Midwest a chance to gather together and share a common love of “all things Joe.”  There are dealers, special guests, and many opportunities just to kick back and share the love of the hobby.

While the official site hasn’t been updated yet, the announcement was made throughout many groups and communities on Facebook late last night.   For more information on scheduled events, guests, and lodging, keep your eyes peeled to both as well as the official Coil Con Facebook page.

JBL had a blast at Coil Con IV and I’m planning on trying to make it back to this year’s event.   If you’re planning on attending, give a shout out in the comments below!

Coil Con V is September 13, 2014 in Indianapolis!

Coil Con V

It’s that time of year again– Coil Con V is happening in just over a week!

Nothing says “end of summer” like Coil Con, the fan-run convention that brings together G.I. Joe collectors from across the Midwest!  This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever as the event has outgrown its previous venue in Kokomo, IN (at ever-amazing Kokomo Toys) and instead takes over the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel in Indy!

In addition to a toy drive to benefit the Child Life initiative at the Indianapolis Children’s Hospital, this year’s event will feature a host of vendors, the door prize/raffle table, and the always exciting travelling exhibit of  Plus, if you’ve not already seen it, check out this preview of Shrike, this year’s exclusive Coil Con figure!  (JBL received permission to mirror the images below.)  He’s the creation of Coil Club designers Jay Hunger & Brian Kauffman and will be part of a 2 figure set that’s limited to only 40 pieces!

This year’s roster of guests includes:

Check out the Coil Con V event page over at for the full details and make preparations to join your fellow Joe fans in Indy in just over a week!

Plus, check out these photos from last year’s event held at Kokomo Toys!  C’mon– you KNOW you want to go!

Fanfilm: G.I. Joe: Initiate episode 1 debuts online!

GI Joe Initiate

There’s been a lot of buzz about G.I. Joe: Initiate these past few months.  Created by Joe fan and film veteran actor Frederic Doss, the film is a labor of love showcasing a more gritty and realistic take on our favorite Real American Heroes.  This weekend at Coil Con III, episode one made it’s “live debut”.  Thanks to the power of the internet, it’s also available on YouTube!

So far it’s a pretty dark story.  Fans will thrill to see what appears to be a very IDW-inspired Major Bludd and what appears to be Chuckles interrogating Beach Head!  (Our favorite deodorant-adverse ranger is played by the film’s co-writer and director!)  Other Joes making an appearance included Low Light, Recondo, Stalker, and Mercer.  Cobra is equally represented with cameos by Firefly and the Crimson Twins: Tomax and Xamot!  The whole adventure really hits me with the type of vibe that G.I. Joe: Reloaded was going for a number of years ago– a more “real world” darker take on the Joes.  With just under 7 minutes available so far it’s hard to tell to infer too much of the story but so far I’m intrigued.    As of now, I’m giving it a full-on “Yo JOE!”

To follow more of G.I. Joe: Initiate, hit ’em up on either the official website or on their Facebook page!

Coil Con 2012: Dodger announced as second exclusive!

G.I. Joe fans are an enterprising and industrious lot.  If there’s not a convention anywhere near them, then they’ll start they’re own.  More importantly, if they want an exclusive G.I. Joe figure for that event– they’ll make their own!   Take, for instance, the 2012 Coil Con Dodger:

 Dodger Coil Con 2012 Exclusive

“A simple and elegant reuse of existing tooling” would be my first comments on this figure.  It uses the AWESOME 30th Anniversary version of Duke for the body and the open mask head of the G.I. Joe Renegades Cobra Trooper to give it identity.  It’s an inspired parts choice that really evokes the original 1989 BF2K Dodger figure.   Coil resident designer/fabricator/”figure guy” Jay Hunger really knocked one out of the park with this one.  It really makes me wish I didn’t have a family-related conflict that weekend as I’d snatch these up like a second Renegades Storm Shadow at retail!

Coil Con will be held on September 8, 2012, at Kokomo Toys and features specials guests including:

For more information, visit