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:
“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:
HelaViper, the twisted genius behind the life-size SNAKE armor and many impressive costumes seen at recent Joe Cons is back with his latest offering… a life size paired Ally Viper shield and helmet combo!
After a self-imposed hiatus (two babies 16 months apart ;)) I’ve headed back to the workshop!
Ready for pre-order now, I will have a limited supply of these combo’s at the con, so pick-up one at the show for the show price of $350.00!
Because of continued requests, this handcrafted, wearable helmet is now available with the shield.
Recently news of two “surprise waves” for the Pursuit of Cobra line hit the internet. Consisting most of rehashes of existing parts, these filler waves exist to fill the gap between now and the 30th Anniversary waves in the fall.
Hasbro issued the following press release concerning their G.I. Joe offerings for 2011.
HASBRO LAUNCHES NEW G.I. JOE TOY LINE TO CELEBRATE “30 YEARS OF G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO”
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (February XX, 2011) – After nearly three decades, the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA battle rages on and legions of fans couldn’t be happier. When the fight between these two foes commenced in the early 1980’s – as G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO – it brought the world’s first action figure to life for a whole new generation of fans. To celebrate this milestone, Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is introducing new and updated versions of many fan-favorite characters, vehicles, and play patterns from the past 30 years. Hasbro’s 2011 G.I. JOE line will include the re-launch of 12” A REAL AMERICAN HERO figures, re-imagined versions of classic 3.75” figures and vehicles, and new characters from “G.I. Joe Renegades,” the hit animated series that premiered on the Hub last Fall.
Hasbro invented the action figure category when it launched its G.I. JOE brand more than 45 years ago. The 2011 G.I. JOE line of action figures and vehicles lives up to that legacy with new sculpts showcasing favorite G.I. JOE and COBRA characters. Fans will love adding the new STORM SHADOW, FLINT, and SCARLETT figures, among many others, to their collections and kids will enjoy the characters from the “G.I. Joe: Renegades” program showing up in action figure form.
The brigade of 3.75” figures will have iconic vehicles to add to their arsenal, including a new version of the iconic H.I.S.S. tank and the SKYSTRIKER JET. The original SKYSTRIKER JET, released early in the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA series, has been at the top of fans’ wish lists since it was discontinued in the mid 1980’s. It will come with a 3.75” pilot to help navigate G.I. JOE through treacherous COBRA territory. Also, debuting is the BLACK DRAGON Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft taken directly from the new programming. Continue reading →
Okay, maybe it’s the rose-colored glasses of a 30-something who grew up watching the original series (and had the old Galoob figures in both scales) but I think the new A-Team figures look fantastic!! Seriously, I’ve not been this excited for a toy line in the last year! Jazwares is producing all four of “the guys” as well as the van! These bad boys will be available at both Target and TRU at the end of the month but SmallJoes.com has them up for pre-order right now.
The catch? SJ isn’t ordering a whole lot beyond their pre-orders to avoid sitting on merchandise for a long time. So, if you want them, pre-order them NOW! The set of 5 (Hannibal, BA, Face, Murdock, and Lynch) will set you back $39.99 and the van is listing for $32.99. That’s pretty reasonable compared to retail! They’re listed as available 6/1/2010.
Also, if you missed the DVD’s when they were released a few years back, Amazon.com has the complete series in a special van-shaped tin for $91.49! (All five seasons in one fell swoop!) Available 6/8/2010!
The third installment of the JoeCanuck G.I. Joe Collectors’ Newsletter has been posted online here. Featured in this issue is the first look at the 2008 JoeMeet Exclusive figure Snowbank! Even cooler than that, Hasbro Canada has chosen the newsletter to be the first place for collectors to see the Canadian exclusive packaging art for the 25th Anniversary figures.
Check out the newsletter now, and to keep up to date on the latest JoeMeet information keep checking JoeCanuck.com!