Photonut and Madmac braved the line for the Club store last night and were able to snag the convention exclusives for this year. Being the Joe fans that they are those items were immediately freed from their plastic prisons and pictures were snapped! Here’s what they brought back:
Annihilator 3-Pack (LE 650)
IG Ground Assault 2-Pack (LE 1,000) — the Sergeant Major & Darklon
OG Attack Helicopter (LE 600)
Soviet Convoy Truck w/ 3 Tops (LE 500)
No sign of the Cobra Stealth Paratrooper which won’t show up until the parachute drop later this morning. Personally, I’m willing to bet we see a Retaliation Cobra Trooper given the short time that the Club had to put the drop together after the rescheduling of the movie’s release date.
The official registration hasn’t opened yet but last night Golden Ticket holders were able to pick up their con sets and receive the attendee bonus exclusive item– the Russian repainted Snarler cycle with side car.
A quick check of the web revealed that the crew over at HISS Tank have rushed to get some nice light-boxed in-hand images uploaded. I’ve mirrored a few of them below but you can check out the entire gallery over at HISSTank.com. There’s also the images from Madmac41 and Photonut from last night.
All-in-all it’s a pretty solid set! While I’m not overly crazy about the long-coated Iron Grenadiers I’m positively giddy over the Oktober Guard figures. (Okay, even Iron Bear who still looks like he’s 12. What? Comrade Doogie Hauser is now in Russian high command?!!)
There are days that the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club surprises me– and today is one of those days. It’s no secret that the 2012 Operation: Bear Trap convention sets sold out in near-record time. Whether this was due to a smaller production run or the popularity of the Oktober Guard or both remains to be seen yet the Club sent out a surprising email over the weekend to its membership:
Just as a CHECK and we are NOT saying we are going to do this…..
We are curious as to how many of you did not get the Oktober Guard set and would still like to order one (boxed only)? We don’t know if there is enough demand left to meet the MOQ (minimum order quantity) with the manufacturer.
In addition, we have NOT cleared any potential additional manufacturing quantities with Hasbro. So that we have an idea and can better serve you with future sets, if you would be interested in a set (IF it were possible to make more and it was approved), please fill out the attached spreadsheet with ALL of the information requested by Monday, July 2nd and return it to this email’s return address (email@example.com). We will only analyze spreadsheets that are returned and will not count/look at information in the email as this is a huge task.
We will analyze the data and see how much demand is still pending and we will let you know soon after July second if there is enough demand to warrant a second run. There should be no variation in the two runs.
I don’t want anyone to get false hopes but we don’t know what the potential demand is unless we ask. So, at this point assume that we will not be making any additional sets.
Thanks for helping us gauge your desires!
For years, the comment directed back at those who complained about the inaccessibility of convention sets (in terms of both price and production run) was that the sets were meant to be for those who attended the actual convention. Now, with the release of this email the Collector’s Club seems to be indicating a real shift in their thinking– that maybe convention sets could be offered as “club sets” instead. (Let’s face it, there is NO WAY IN HADES that these would be ready by the con which means that the number of Homefront Hero packages will increase if this goes through.) There is no doubt in my mind that a second production run would see any sort of decreased cost– meaning that instead this will generate more revenue for the Club at a time when the economy and infrastructure needs have most likely tapped the coffers a bit.
The following email was sent out to Club Members earlier this afternoon:
It took just a little over 3 hours for the non-attending Oktober Guard sets to sell out! We did not have that many to put online for those not coming to the convention. We wish there were more, but there are not. Please do not call about these sets as there is nothing the customer representatives can do.
I have been asked how a member could not get a set. Well the answer is that these are convention exclusives, not member exclusives. They go first to the people attending the convention, then to non-attending fans. It is very difficult to call the number from year to year and we try to make the best guess we can.
We sill have 12″ sets both attending and non-attending available. There are just a few attending Oktober Guard sets left. If you have already ordered one, you cannot order another.
Looking forward to a great convention!
See you in NOLA!
For those of you that missed out on the set– it looks Ebay is your only option now. However, there are still a few remaining attending sets left so if you’re debating going to the Con, now is the time!
Wow– didn’t see this one coming at all. Destro’s General was only ever given ONE figure in the classic ARAH era and that was back in 1988! This version works– in a way that the IG’s weren’t for me. Featuring a good mix of existing and new tooling this is pretty darned fantastic update to a fairly obscure ARAH-era character. (Who’d have thought the Accelerator Suits would see some new use?) Seriously– from the colors to the parts chosen, this is about the best possible parts combo for the character outside of a 100% newly tooled figure.
It just makes you wonder if someone is going to start producing 1:18 vultures to go with him.
Well played, Collector’s Club. Well played. Just two more figures to be revealed!
For more information about the 2012 Collector’s Convention, visit GIJoeCon.com!
Another convention figure has been revealed– an Iron Grenadier Elite Guard:
As stated the other day, the MARS troopers are based on a cancelled Iron Grendier pack showcased a year ago and borrow heavily from the Resolute pool of available molds. Visually, it’s an interesting take on the Laird Destro’s personal army with the long coats and apparent cold weather gear. Here’s a pic of that cancelled pack when it was shown at JoeCon courtesy of GeneralsJoes.com.
This is where I’m conflicted. One one hand, it’s great to see the cancelled set finding new life with the Club. It helps keep their development costs down and it allows fans an opportunity to snag these figures, albeit at a higher cost. On the other hand, the IG’s in long coats are going to find their movement severely restricted from the waist down. Also, this is rapidly turning into “the Rainbow Coaltion” of MARS as we’re merely getting a collection of long-coated IG’s in different colors. (Yes, I realize the tooling is different but at first glance the color is what stands out the most.) I’m still finding myself FAR more excited about the already-revealed Oktober Guard than I am for the Iron Grenadiers in this set. Let’s hope that Horrorshow and Dragonsky get a reveal. Soon.
(Let’s also hope that the Club can get the online ordering up soon. The con is approximately just a month and a half away now.)
For more information about the 2012 Collector’s Convention, visit GIJoeCon.com!
Two reveals in two days from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club from their 2012 1:18 convention set.
First up, we now have details regarding the “official storyline” of the set- now dubbed Operation Bear Trap:
“By popular demand, the 2012 convention set stories and enemy factions are revealed…
OKTOBER GUARD Box Set: The 1990s brought us many captivating Cold War stories but this one was kept Top Secret for over two decades! Recently declassified documents revealed the original Oktober Guard (G.I. Joe’s Russian and Warsaw Pact equivalent) team’s “Special Mission” in Siberia to rescue their captured General from the ruthless Iron Grenadiers in OPERATION: BEAR TRAP!”
Secondly, we have our first look at the two “troop builders” in the set- the Iron Grenadier Elite and Iron Grenadier Heavy troopers:
The MARS troopers are based on a cancelled Iron Grendier pack showcased a year ago and borrow heavily from the Resolute pool of available molds. Visually, it’s an interesting take on the Laird Destro’s personal army with the long coats and apparent cold weather gear. However, from a play standpoint, the IG Heavy Trooper is going to be a virtual statue from the waist down as was the case with the Resolute Destro. The IG’s are a nice addition to any collection but I find myself FAR more excited about the Oktober Guard than I am for these guys.