Marauder Task Force Valkyries Kickstarter FINAL DAY!

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This is it– the final day for the Marauder Task Force Valkyries Kickstarter campaign.  The deadline to support this project is 10:31pm CST TONIGHT!

Rather than post a long-winded and meandering article on why you should support the Marauder Task Force Valkyries campaign, I’m going with a simple list of 10 reasons.  Ten simple fact that you simply should consider when debating how to support this project. (Notice I didn’t say “if you should support”…)

Without further hyperbole:

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Marauder Task Force Valkyries Kickstarter is LIVE!

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The Marauder Task Force Valkyries Kickstarter is LIVE!!!

Following the success of the last Kickstarter which produced the amazing Marauder Task Force figures, the good folks at Marauder Gun-Runners are back with a brand new project.  This time, the goal of the Marauder Task Force Valkyries Kickstarter is produce a highly-detailed line of female action figures.  That’s right– the 1:18 world just got a lot more dangerous with the introduction of some serious femme fatales.

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Support Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe on Kickstarter

Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe vol 1


The Kickstarter for Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe is now LIVE!

If you’ve been to any time recently you might have already seen the hardcover edition of this book listed.  It’s an incredible coffee table volume that spotlights the amazing package art from the 1982 – 1983 releases from the classic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line.  The hardcover volume collects newly digitally restored artwork in an incredible 8″ x 11″ volume that shows just what made the classic packaging so attractive.  The only downside of this volume was that it carried a hefty price tag of $205.

Enter the Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe Kickstarter!

A pledge of $45.00 (plus shipping) will secure your very own paperback copy of Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe vol 1!  With a modest funding goal of $6,000.00 this project will make paperback copies of the book available to more fiscally-conscious fans everywhere!

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Support the Legion XIV Kickstarter!

The Legion XIV Kickstarter can use your help with just SEVEN DAYS to go!

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What is the Legion XIV Kickstarter project?  Simple: it’s a fan-driven endeavor to add a bit more diversity to your 1:18 action figure shelf.  The goal of the project is to secure funding to produce a highly articulated 1:18 series of modern army female action figures!  That’s right– FEMALE action figures!

Think about it– new female action figures made from a combination of both ABS and PVC plastics to allow for maximum durability and flexibility!  The Legion XIV Kickstarter’s modest funding goal of $21,000 will cover the production of the Basic Army, Basic Air Force, Night Ops, and Basic Blue trooper shown in the images below. (The last one is especially key— it’s essentially a FEMALE COBRA BLUESHIRT!!!)  Remember how crazy fans went for the Night Stalkers from the Tanks for the Memories convention set back at Joe Con 2007?

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Plus, have you SEEN the stretch goals?  Let’s just say that Nick Fury and Baron Strucker have the chance to add some lovely ladies to their respective commands as well!

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Running a website is a labor of love and, for the most part, it’s a strictly not-for-profit endeavor.  All of those costs that go into keeping a site up and running are typically absorbed by the site owner unless he or she happens to generate some ad revenue.  Or, if you’re very very clever like Carson Mataxis, you can sell some truly AWESOME posters to help offset the costs.

Unfortunately, to produce such high quality posters also costs money– which is where the Kickstarter comes in.  Here’s the announcement from Carson:

For two years I’ve been building, the ultimate G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero archive! 3DJoes is the only interactive, three dimensional museum of G.I. Joe A Real American Hero nostalgia. Best of all, it’s ad-free.

To help pay for the site, I’ve created three awesome posters (check them out here). I’ve taken a HUGE gamble each time I’ve printed one of these posters. The last couple posters have gone on a credit card and they have each taken over four months to break even. I simply cannot put another poster on credit, but that won’t stop me!

I’m ready to make three more, and I need your help! Each poster costs $3,000 to produce. SO, I’ve set the goal at $3,300 (to cover Amazon and KS fees) and hope to at least produce one of the following posters. If we hit the first stretch goal ($6,600), we’ll make two, and if we hit the second stretch goal ($9,900), we’ll make all three!

As always, I’m impressed with the level of detail that Carson puts into restoring each image to optimum quality.  If you’ve seen his previous work, you’ll know that the final product is the best possible version of each piece of art.  Now, imagine that level of meticulous detail applied to the vehicle artwork, or the 1986 – 1987 Joes, or even smaller pieces like post cards of the “To The Rescue” or “Yo Joe!” posters.  Or, if artwork isn’t necessarily your cup-o-Joe you can walk away with a fantastic embroidered hat– just for supporting a truly terrific fan resource.

Even better– top-tier supporters can walk away with some of their items autographed by two of the minds behind the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero era — Larry Hama and Kirk Bozigian!

With 42 days to go, the project already has 42 backers and has raised $2,816.00 of its modest $3,300.00 goal.  Let’s push that over the top and ensure that can keep on spinning!  The deadline to contribute is September 3, 2014 at 8:01pm CST.

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Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter Reaches Its Goal!

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With 36 more days to go, the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter has reached it’s initial goal of $75,000.00!  This means the Vitruvian HACKS line is guaranteed to go forward and that any subsequent funds raised will count directly toward the amazing Stretch Goals offered!

This is what BFS member Dave Proctor had to say earlier today:

Attention Boss Fighters! Our very own Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figure Kickstarter has met the $75,000 funding goal!!!!! A HUGE heart felt thanks, from all of us here at Boss Fight, to all of you that have helped us to come this far! We are preparing a very special reveal from our series three lineup to celebrate this milestone, please stay tuned! Know lets hunker down and start working on those stretch goals….

That’s right– now that the project is funded it’s time to focus on those amazingly Stetch Goals!  After all, who doesn’t want a veritable army of Gorgons and Spartans!  To contribute, check out the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter and let’s keep this project growing!

Congratulations to the entire crew of Boss Fight Studio on the successful funding of their first in-house figure line!  Soon fans will be able to set up their own Vitruvian HACKS Spartan army!

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Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter is LIVE!

Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter

It’s finally here– the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter for their Vitruvian HACKS figure series is now live!

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave in Cobra-La for the past few years you’re probably familiar with the work of Boss Fight Studio.  This talented group of former Hasbro employees has worked on lines from Marvel Legends to G.I. Joe to the annual G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention sets.  (Remember Nocturnal Fire and the Zombie Initiative? Yeah, it’s THOSE guys!)

Now this insanely talented group has decided to take their skills to the next level and branch out with their own proprietary figure line. Dubbed the Vitruvian HACKS (Highly Articulated Character Kit System), this series promises insane articulation on both male and female bodies in the 1:18 scale translated into a variety of classic themes.  That’s right– mythology, fantasy, and science fiction– they’re all on the table with the HACKS system.

So, what can you do to help?  How can you obtain some of these fantastic figures?  This is where the Boss Fight Studio Kickstarter comes in!

In less than 24 hours and with 38 days to go, the crew has already raised just shy of $28,000 of their $75,000 goal.  Your support of this project via Kickstarter can ensure two things:  the project’s success and your own ability to obtain some truly awesome figures at launch!  Plus, with their stretch goals, the rewards for supporting the Vitruvian HACKS only get better with the more funds that are raised.  Plus, this is a Kickstarter supported project which means that your funds are secure.

So, what are you waiting for– an engraved invitation from the Boss Fight Crew?  Hit the link below, show your support and tell your friends!  Remember, the deadline to pledge is Friday July 11, 2014 @ 9:52pm PDT!

Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian HACKS Kickstarter

Need more encouragement?  Check out these images for the FIRST series!

Marauder Gun-Runners Action Figure Kickstarter Launches!

Marauder Task Force

We LOVE Marauder Gun-Runners here at JBL!  Sure, I’m incredibly behind on reviews of the last series but that doesn’t mean that the MGR love has diminished in any way.  So, just imagine our reaction when this announcement dropped in the JBL mailbox late last night:

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Marauder Task Force Action Figures “Pre-Order”

Hey Folks!

Introducing the MARAUDER TASK FORCE Action Figures!

Highly detailed, fully articulated figures with multi-role customizable designs and featuring a wide variety of “modular” interchangeable accessories.  The nameless, faceless, minions are ideal “army builders” or perfect “backup” troopers to use with other currently available action figures.  “Night-Ops” Marauders, “Desert-Ops” Marauders, “Urban-Ops” Marauders…whatever mission, the Marauder Task Force figures can fill the need.

The Marauder Task Force figures feature multiple designs, several color options and a large number of accessories.  REMOVABLE Helmets, headgear and vests coupled with a wide variety of INTERCHANGEABLE accessories (holsters, sheaths, ammo pouches, pockets & more)…leaves the final  figure & accessory combination up to you!

Each fully assembled, factory painted, 1:18th scale action figure is produced at a high tech manufacturing facility using modern ABS & PVC materials (NOT handmade “castings” made out of “resin”).  We were fortunate to work with the incredibly talented designers and sculptors at Boss Fight Studio on this project. Seriously, the figures need to be seen in person to really appreciate the level of detail (pictures DO NOT do the figures or accessories justice!).

We’ve launched a Kickstarter pre-order project to help get the required funding to start production.   Designs, prototypes and paint masters are COMPLETE…all that remains to do is tool up and produce the actual figures and accessories. Please visit the Marauder Task Force Kickstarter project page for more pictures and greater in-depth details about the project.

(either “click” the link or go to and enter “Marauder GR” in the search field)

Hope you like Marauder Task Force figures & accessories and consider participating in the Marauder GR Pre-Order event!

Thanks again for all your support and if you have any questions, please let us know via email, thru the kickstarter message system or on our facebook page.
Take care!
MJ & the entire Marauder Team
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Seriously, what are you waiting for– an engraved invitation from Sgt. Slaughter himself?!!  Get over there and throw some support for this AMAZING project!
Just in case you need any further convincing, check out the Marauder Gun-Runners Review Index here at JBL!
Time to start digging spare change out of the couch cushions again!

Marauder Gun-Runners Kickstarter project ends tonight!

Marauder John sent out the following update regarding the amazing Kickstarter project for series 7:

Marauder GR New Item “Pre-Order” ending soon!
Greetings! Just a quick reminder that the Marauder GR New Item “Pre-Order” event on kickstarter ends in about 24 hours (11:57PM EST on October 24th).
This is an opportunity to order & reserve the new items you’ve requested in advance.  If you have not participated or are a little unsure of the process, we would suggest the “Powder Monkey” participation level.  At that level for $15, you’ll get the “full set” of the 10 new items in black (ALL NEW SCULPTS and most “modular”), 12 new “modular” accessories, 6 of the items will have “working” stocks, removable ammo clips,  several silencers AND “free” shipping for US & Canada orders.
Please check out the event and hopefully you’ll consider participating in the project:
(either “click” the link or go to and enter “Marauder GR” in the search field)
Thanks again for all your support and we hope you consider joining in the “pre-order” event for the new items!
Take care!
The Marauder Team
Marauder “Gun-Runners”
Seriously, if you’ve not already done so and can spare the extra $$$, please consider contributing to this amazing project.  Marauder Gun-Runners has produced some INCREDIBLE items for all 1:18 figure lines in the past few years, easily surpassing the quality of products from “the big boys.”  Not only that, but they are one of THE most fan-centric customer-oriented companies I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with.  As of now, the initial goal has been reached but let’s show Marauder John that his efforts are appreciated by the fan base and knock this Kickstarter right out of the park!
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Again, here’s some examples of the great work Marauder John has done all along for the fans:

Marauder Gun-Runners announces Kickstarter project to fund future releases

Marauder Gun Runners

I can still remember the first time I ever wrote about Marauder Gun-Runners products.  It started as a simple interview after purchasing some products from a “surprise” new vendor at the Joe Con in 2005.  What followed was a loyal following by this particular site admin of one of the classiest friendliest vendors in all of the Joe… nay… the FIGURE collecting community!   Marauder Gun Runners has produced and/or imported a plethora of products for 1:18 figure fans– all covered in JBL’s Marauder Gun Runners Review Index.  They’ve released pistols, rifles, bunk beds, weapon racks, sand bags, ATV’s, and modular weapons to knock your socks off and blow away the competition– and they’ve done it all at incredibly affordable prices and with a “free item” with every order.

You don’t find that level of service and attention to a customer base everywhere.

Now, Marauder Gun-Runners is turning to their customers to help get the next series of items out sooner than the planned 2 year delay.  To do so, they’re using crowd-funding leader Kickstarter to raise funds in a safe secure fashion.

Here’s the official release:

Why are we doing this?

Since the launch of Marauder GR 7 years ago, we have received a tremendous amount of support from you.  We’re honored that many have chosen Marauder to equip their action & gaming figures. We’ve received hundreds of suggestions for additional Marauder 1:18 scale miniature accessories.  It’s clear that you, our supporters, want more of these gear & accessories.  Our goal, since day one, is to deliver quality 1:18 scale miniature action figure & gaming gear at affordable prices…and always show our gratitude!

To release items that will meet your standards takes a tremendous amount of effort and as it turns out, they’re also really expensive to produce. The mold costs alone are astronomical. In order to grow this line, we can do it slow and steady over the next several years, or we can defer to you guys and launch new items as soon as possible. Each plastic miniature accessory measures 1/2 of an inch to 3 inches long.

Which brings us to our “project” here on kickstarter.  If we stick with our current time table for the “new” items, we’re looking at a May/June 2014 release (almost 2 years from now) and then a summer 2016 release for the next “new” items….yes, that is a LONG TIME TO WAIT! We wish to get the  production/development started for new Marauder GR items now, so we can make the new items available to our supporters by May 2013 (about 8 months or possilby sooner!).  We hope to cover the prototype, tooling and production process of the new series much quicker than the estimated  spring 2014 release.

What Do I Get For Supporting You?

We have a number of opportunities available for our supporters.

Our goal for this project is $17,000.  That will allow for us to sculpt, prototype, tool and produce 10 ALL NEW items.  We’ll be able to release new items in our very popular “unpainted” versions, but also in some other special edition PRE-PAINTED versions.  We have several contribution levels starting at a $1 and going up from there.  Also, there are several “Stretch goals” if we are fortunate enough to actually surpass our $17,000 goal (we remain ever optimistic!).  Each “Stretch goal” reached will mean ADDITIONAL NEW items added to most of the support levels (with NO additional contribution required…you just get more stuff added to your original support package level).  In addition, we hope to have additional “add on” items at greatly reduced prices that can be added to your contribution packages.  The more stretch goals we can hit, the more NEW items can be produced and added to the May 2013 release.

Something for everyone who loves 1:18 scale miniature plastic action & gaming figure accessoires. With your help, we can ramp up production and release a lot MORE accessories QUICKER for all your action & gaming figure needs.  Again, we thank you for your support and hope you decide to participate in the Marauder GR Kickstarter event!

Seriously folks– with our current economic climate, everyone is belt-tightening.  Rather than scale back, Marauder is still trying to cater to the needs of its very devoted fanbase by provide the BEST 1:18 gear on the market.  Seriously– it’s a great project for a great company that has made nothing but positive contributions to the figure collecting community since its debut.  I’m not normally a big fan of crowd-funding but this project has two things going for it:

  1. It’s run through Kickstarter which ensure that if it doesn’t go through, folks get their money back.
  2. It’s sponsored by Marauder John whose reputation stands on its own.

Seriously– don’t break the bank but if you can, toss some $$ over  to the project.   It’ll be worth your while!

Marauder Gun-Runners Kickstarter Page 

Seriously– if you have any doubts, take a look at some of these Marauder products or check out the Marauder Review Index!