Joe Con 2017: News from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club roundtable

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Thanks to YoJoe.com, we have a LIVE feed from this year’s Collector’s Club Roundtable panel.  We’ll be updating this page with our notes as we can but we’ve embedded the LIVE feed below.

Here’s the details as we have them:

  • Rock-n-Roll v2 renewal figure
  • Night Stalker 3-pack coming
    • Includes African American

FSS 7 partial list:

  • CRYSTAL BALL
  • Extensive Enterprises Tomax
  • FSS 8 will dovetail with a one month gap between FSS 7

Next year’s con Chattanooga TN from June 21 – 24, 2018

As of now, Joe Con 2018 will be the final Fun Pub convention year

Derryl DePriest from Hasbro offered the following:

  • Effort being made to document ever Hasbro-owned piece of G.I. Joe package art, etc. (Including Battle Force 2000)
    • There are plans for this artwork from Hasbro
  • SDCC release—i09 already released:
    • Cobra Missile Command Headquarters
    • Roughly $54.00 plus tax
    • Based on original printed assembly from Hasbro archives
      • Updated the silhouettes in the background to reflect 30th Cobra Troopers
    • Bobby Vala is Hasbro designer who worked on this
    • “Mickey Mouse” Cobra Commander logo
  • No G.I. Joe product at retail this year or next year
    • Nothing at retail until the next piece of entertainment launches
    • Paramount will announce the next version
  • Future of Joe Con:
    • HASCON is the beginning of something new
      • Not the kind of convention that Joe Con is currently
      • Focused on celebrating a wide spectrum of brands
      • G.I. Joe VIP experience developed for Hascon on 9/8
        • Partnering with Dan Klingensmith of 375inchJoe.com
        • Largest gathering of G.I. Joe creators ever assembled
        • Special dinner event this year with the creators
        • Additional VIP merchandise and gifts for that dinner
        • $600 for this event
        • Derryl has been brought onto the HASCON team for fan outreach
      • More details to be announced in the next two weeks
      • Derryl is curating a series of “never-before-seen” package paintings and design artifacts (including products) that have never been released on display
    • The future of Joe Con is unknown as HASCON grows

New G.I. Joe carded artwork poster available from 3DJoes.com!

3DJoes.com 1982 - 1985 card art poster project.

3DJoes.com 1982 – 1985 card art poster project.

Here at JBL, we’re suckers for good G.I. Joe artwork and the website 3DJoes.com.  So, imagine the utter glee that was experienced by one admin in particular when the following announcement went up on 3DJoes regarding their recent carded artwork poster project!

Carded 3DJoes” posters are here!

The first “Carded 3DJoes” poster is here! It features every single carded figure from 1982-1985. That’s 49 unforgettable Joes and Cobras on one 24″x36″ poster!Paper details: All 3DJoes posters are printed on 65 lb. sterling premium gloss paper stock. According to my printer, 65 pound paper is the thickest you can use and still roll them without creasing or damaging. It wont easily crease, pinch, or wrinkle. These posters are definitely frame worthy, but the paper is thick enough that if you just want to tack them up, that will work too.

Printing details: We use a four color printing process (CMYK), not digital. Four color prints are much higher quality than digital laser prints. To see behind the scenes at the printer, check out my “3DJoes of the 80s” album on Facebook.

Cost: All 3DJoes posters are an even $20 a piece, plus an estimated $9 for shipping. Comic/Collectibles dealers: please contact me for bulk purchase discounts. Orders of 20 or more are half off!

Why: Proceeds will help pay the $80/month that I’m paying to Arqball for their pro subscription. More info on that here: Pricing » Arqball Spin Blog  Fan response has been great and visitors enjoyed 47,000 spins last month, so hopefully I’ll sell plenty of posters!

Wow!  1982 – 1985 were considered by many to be the peak years of the original A Real American Hero toy line.  These were the years that introduced fans to most of the line’s core characters from Snake Eyes to Cobra Commander to Firefly to Shipwreck to the Dreadnoks!  49 nine of your favorite characters stunningly reproduced on heavy card stock in a gorgeous 24 x 36 image?  This promotion already had me at “poster” but the fact that this is also helping to offset site maintenance costs for 3DJoes.com just makes it a complete no-brainer!Seriously– we’re moving into third quarter now and that means holiday shopping has begun.  (Or, at least, you might want to think about getting started.)  What better gift for the Joe fan in your life than one of these posters hanging proudly on the wall of their office/den/Joe room!

Check out the “Carded Joes 82 – 85” page over at 3DJoes.com for ordering information!

Dreadnoks & Marauders exclusive 7-packs IN STOCK @ BigBadToyStore!

This is a time for less talk and more action!  BBTS now has the exclusive 7-packs listed as IN STOCK!!!  That can only mean that it’s just a matter of time until pre-orders for these plastic gems start shipping!  As of right now, not a single set is listed as “sold out” which means there’s still time to add Sgt. Falcon, Barbecue, Spirit, Mercer, Taurus, Red Dog, Zanzibar, Burnout, Thrasher, Road Pig, Gnawgahyde, Zanya, and Xandar to your Joe collections!  (No “licensing friendly” names used around here!)

Seriously– run, don’t walk and order these today!!!

Slaughter’s Marauders & Renegades 7 packs now up for pre-order at BBTS!

This is the shortest post to date:  The newly-revealed Renegades and Slaughter’s Marauders 7 packs are up for pre-order @ BBTS!

Go get ’em!!

Early pics of new figures out of New York Comic Con!

Toy super site ToyArk.com has posted early pics from Hasbro’s G.I. Joe event at the New York Comic Con.  (See the mirrored images below.)

WOW– I’m seeing Slaughter’s Marauders, Renegades, and more Dreadnoks than you can shake a can of grape soda at!  Could it be that the situation of the brand isn’t as dire as thought or are these some of the many rumored exclusives that will be hitting both the Collector’s Club subscription and BigBadToyStore.com later this year?

EDIT: Friend of JBL GeneralsJoes.com has confirmed that these are the BigBadToyStore 7 packs that will hit pre-order today!

Check out the images below or over at the original posting on ToyArk.com!

EDIT: Even cleaner pics are available over at ToyNewsI.com!

Press images of Pursuit of Cobra vehicles waves 1 & 2!

More images from the folks in Pawtucket today!

Hasbro sent out press images of the vehicles that comprise Pursuit of Cobra waves 1 & 2.  Included are the HISS v5 that made its debut in Kansas City in 2009 (along with the Ice Cutter), the repurposed Sigma 6 Mechs, as well as a reissued Snow Cat– now dubbed the Wolf Hound.

For me, it’s a mixed bag.  The design of the new HISS intrigued me when Richard Woodhouse first unveiled it two years ago.  I really like the updates to the classic Sky Hawk design found on the Ghost Hawk, even if the pilot feels a bit uninspired.  The Joe’s new Steel Marauder reminds me of the walkers used in Roughnecks Starship Troopers– and that’s not a bad thing.  However the Deviant leaves me a bit cold.  Madmac41 keeps insisting that I need a Doom Cycle but the jury is still out on that way.

Check out the images in all their HI-Res glory in the gallery below!