I was hoping that Crazy Legs would make an appearance at G.I. Joe Convention 2014. In fact, I was hoping he’d be announced as part of FSS 3.0 which would most certainly be a terrific reason to sign-up for another go-round of the Club’s Figure Subscription Service. After all, last year’s Nocturnal Fire roster was nearly complete save for Lightfoot, Crazy Legs, and Sneak Peek. (Night Force Falcon came via the FSS.)
I never imagined he’d be this year’s parachute figure.
With a limited run of 1,000 pieces and a Golden Ticket limit of 3 per person, I have the feeling that this is going to be THE hard-to-get figure from this year’s Con. For those of you who are in attendance, be certain to snag one. For the rest of us who can’t attend this year– good luck in tracking one down for less than the cost of a mortgage payment.
Ladies and gentlemen, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Night Force Lt. Falcon has arrived!
January’s Figure Subscription Service shipment brought two of my more anticipated figures right to my door in one convenient package. Even better– this delivery helped to complete the Nocturnal Fire convention set roster! JoeSightings.com admin Chris Chung stops by to offer this thoughts as two Joe fans examine the newest addition to both of our G.I. Joe collections! Was he worth the wait? Does he fit in with the Nocturnal Fire set? Is he scared of the dark?
It’s a brand new year and the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club is ensuring that some fans will be starting 2014 with some brand-new Joes! That’s right, shipment #4 of the Figure Subscription Service is now shipping!
Now it’s become a big deal that some folks are discussing which figures are in the shipment as soon as they arrive. I can understand that some people want to be surprised while others want to know which of the figures they paid nearly $30.00 each for are arriving. I won’t sink to dragging this discussion down into the sewers by outright revealing who has arrived even though the internet is a conduit for information. However, if you find yourself staying up all night with your curiosity piqued and want to seek out the answer like some sort of nocturnal bird-of-prey, then scroll down a bit further for some images courtesy of the G.I. Joe Reference Guide Facebook page.
Okay, you’ve been warned. It’s Cesspool and Night Force Falcon!
Finally we’re getting to what I consider to be the real meat of FSS 2.0! When the list was first announced at Joe Con 2014, these were two of the figures that convinced me to sign up, along with Dragonsky, Admiral Keel Haul, and Tollbooth. Early images of Falcon spotted on the web show that he is a straight-up repaint of the Slaughter’s Marauder’s version but now features the web gear of the 30th Anniversary Cobra Trooper. Cesspool utilizes the awesome 30th Anniversary Techno-Viper body and features an AMAZING new head sculpt from Boss Fight Studios. Personally, I can’t wait for these two beauties to arrive in my mailbox– most likely on Tuesday!
So, there you have it– the identities of the next two figures. Just like the cartoon said: “And now you know…”
With a whirlwind of updates in the past 24 hours, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has announced that sign-up for the Figure Subscription Service 2.0 is now LIVE!!! You can subscribe for the next 13 figures from now through May 22, 2013!
It all started with this image that was posted on the GIJCC Facebook page yesterday afternoon:
This image confirmed the line-up that was revealed at the 2013 GIJCC Roundtable at Joe Con this year. To recap, this was the roster that was revealed:
Night Force Falcon (with new equipment)
Tiger Force Tripwire (Brazil)
Tiger Force Shipwreck (Brazil)
Admiral Keel Haul
Cobra Desert Scorpion
At that meeting just a few mock-up images were shown as Lanny confirmed he’d only just been able to put them together before leaving for Indy. Now, the Club has unveiled FOUR preview images: Skullbuster, Night Force Falcon, Dragonsky, and Tiger Force Airtight!
Here’s the official word on FSS 2.0 directly from the Club’s website:
After the fantastic success of FSS 1.0, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club now brings you version 2.0! The FSS is only available to active club members. This service is an optional feature and is not included in the cost of your annual GIJCC membership.The FSS 2.0 subscription set will consist of twelve different carded 3 3/4″ figures. You will receive six shipments starting in approximately September/October of two figures each month. Figures will be shipped in a surprise sequence (figure pairs will be the same for everyone each month). It will be a surprise each month as to which figure pair you receive! Your last shipment (6th shipment) will include your FREE mystery carded 13th figure! The limited edition GIJCC Figure Subscription Service contains a variety of fan requested characters from all eras of the 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe A Real American Hero collection. The assortment includes 25th Anniversary style figures of characters from the classic 80’s, 90’s, new-sculpt, foreign editions, and unreleased 25th Anniversary characters as well.
So there you have it! The roster, a few teaser images, and the link to sign-up for FSS 2.0! I have to admit, the first one made a believer out of me. Yes, I’m not happy about the price of the figures or the subscription at all but then again, like a lot of Joe fans, I’m a man of limited means. However, for the most part the quality and character selection of the first series has been very good and it’s now to the point that I eagerly anticipate the arrival of the brown cardboard box from the GIJCC each month. So it’s a safe bet to say that this particular Joe addict is in for his next 13 figures from the GIJCC– even if my credit card cries a little.
For those of you on the fence, you’ve got until the 22nd. Plus, JBL will begin reviewing all of the figures from FSS round 1 starting NEXT WEEK!
I’ve updated the G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention page with the latest con summary including links to all of the previously posted content as well as a final wrap-up of all things that I observed in Indy. It’s not a complete record of EVERYTHING– simply because that wouldn’t have been possible. For example, I missed out on the What’s on Joe Mind taping because of a call from Madmac41 that the Concept Vault figures had been put on display. So, any omissions are not intentional slights– but rather a reflection of the fact that one person can only be in one place at a time.
Also, due to some registration wackiness, my convention set will be arriving when the Homefront Heroes sets ship. However, I’ve got some quick images up and reviews of the souvenir items will begin THIS WEEK! (Lady Jaye is most like going up first.)
It was a great overall experience to reconnect with so many friends I’ve not seen in years.
I’m a bit tardy on posting this but the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has unveiled the “man behind the mask” for their forthcoming Charbroil convention figure! Take a look and see if he looks familiar:
The GIJCC has shown us once again that a simple swap of color palate can produce an entirely new character. Eagle-eyed fans will recognize this as the Hydro-Viper from the stunning Defense of Cobra Island 7 pack released a few years ago that was recently reused as the Figure Subscription Service Dice figure!
I’ll admit it– the change in hair color works. (The Dice image is courtesy of GeneralsJoes.com.) It helps to differentiate Charbroil from Dice enough that they don’t appear to be twins at first glance. Sure, it’s a cost-saving method by the Club to reuse an existing figure tool for the head but it’s one that works for the most part. It’s nowhere near as bad as the case of limited genetics that was the original 1982 line-up!!
For more information on the 2013 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention, visit GIJoeCon.com!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent the following email out to its membership. Apparently registration is a “maybe” for next week.
Well, we have had an unforseen issue that is being resolved. No registration this week. Maybe next week, I just don’t know.
I am just as frustrated with this as you are, so, I will no longer cry wolf. There are 3 programmers working on this intermittent
error and we do not have a timeframe. I’ll just tell you the earliest it could happen is Monday but, that is not a promise.
Thanks for your patience,
Yeah… so, let’s just all look at pics of the Nocturnal Fire con set and hope for better news next week.
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club sent out the following email last night to let members know that registration for the 2013 convention should go live TODAY!
Barring any unforseen issues we will start registration on Friday, February 1.
If you can’t log in, check your log in at gijoeclub.com/shop. If you have expired, you will not
be able to receive member pricing.
If you are registering with another member, you will need their log in and password to receive
If you complete your order with non-member pricing, we CANNOT adjust your pricing. Please
understand what you are ordering and confirm the pricing before you check out.
Please take a look at the souvenir T-shirts, Hat and Beanie that you can add to your order at the end.
You will find pictures under the exclusives tab. The Night Force shirt and both hats glow in the dark.
If you have not read the brochure, please do so before you register as you have 8 minutes to complete
your registration before the system puts your items back into stock. You cannot hold them in your
cart longer than that amount of time, however you can start over.
Sets are limited and we cut the 12″ sets down by 1/3rd so they are really limited this year.
We do reserve the right to limit any member’s quantities if we deem them excessive.
Attending and Non-attending can both register Friday.
I’ll send out an email when the link is live.
Thanks for your patience, see you in Indy!
In a rare first, both attending and non-attending members can register at the same time! Normally non-attending registration must wait until attending applicants have gone first, typically dealing with a limited stock of convention sets remaining. Perhaps, after last year’s debacle with the near instantaneous sell-out of the Oktober Guard the Club has seen fit to increase production numbers to more reasonable levels, ensuring that more of their membership can enjoy the year’s convention set.
Also released were images of the 2013 convention t-shirts including an AWESOME GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Night Force t-shirt and hat!!!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released the first “composite image” of the 2013 1:18 scale Convention set Nocturnal Fire today!
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Sure, we’ve seen the previews over the past week but there’s something about seeing all of the figures together in one shot that shows how everything comes together. The Joes look good together while the Cobra forces are a bit less cohesive. (You can’t blame Letal for this one– Crimson Asp and the SAW Vipers aren’t helping.) Still, Cobra Mortal manages to look above it all in his spotless white uniform. It’s a diverse group of figures pulling from a variety of sources of inspiration– and it’ll set Club members back a cool $360.00 to bring it home!
For registration information, keep your eyes peeled to both JBL and GIJoeCon.com!