Are changes coming to G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Memberships beyond 2016?
It was reported earlier today over at Allspark.com that there are changes coming to Transformers Collector’s Club memberships in 2016. To be more specific, regardless of when a member enrolls, all memberships will expire on December 31, 2016. This has also led to speculation on their forums about the future of the annual BotCon convention which is currently managed by Fun Publications.
Given the interconnected nature of the Fun Publications organizations, it didn’t take long for speculation to begin about the nature of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club memberships as well. Sure enough, a quick check of a membership page uncovered this new piece of verbiage at the bottom of the membership description:
Please note that at this time we are only accepting memberships and renewals for the 2016 calendar year. All memberships will end with the December 2016 issue. For example: if your membership renewal has a February start date, you will receive the FREE membership figure in the late spring along with 11 monthly issues. If your membership renewal has a March start date, you will receive the FREE membership figure in the late spring and 10 monthly issues.
Really? So, no matter when someone enrolls in 2016, their membership ends in December. Which means that the cost of a membership is the same, regardless of the number of issues of the newsletter received.
So, what does this actually mean? Is the Club transitioning their memberships to a calendar year model? Or, does this mean that Fun Publications will no longer be the entity behind the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club going forward? Or, is it merely verbiage that was ported over from the Transformers side of the organization by accident. We’ve reached out to Fun Publications and we’ll let you know what we find out going forward.
Right now there’s no OFFICIAL word as to what the future will hold for the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and the annual memberships. We can only wait and see what information, if any, the Club chooses to disseminate in the coming weeks.
EDIT: We reached out to directly to Brian Savage at the GIJCC who was good enough to send us back a prompt response.
All I can tell you is exactly what you read online. There is no additional information at this time.
So for now, this is all we know but I’m sure the coming weeks and months will reveal more information.
Maybe they hope to gather in extra money from people having to renew their memberships even if they got the membership in time to cover JoeCon 2016? Just saying, if all those people wanting to attend JoeCon in BFE Colorado have to renew instead of riding on their already paid for memberships, it’ll be a nice extra chunk of change.