JBL Reviews Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

That’s right, true believers!  JBL is actually posting a review of Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, the film that dares to retell the cinematic origin of the the Joe’s most enigmatic team member from when it was first presented in 2009.  Our resident hack admin was able to go and catch a Thursday night screening of the film a week and a half ago as our local theater has finally reopened. 

Did this film take the character to new heights?  Was our trusty reviewed wow’ed to such an extent that it replaced Big Trouble in Little China as one of his favorite films? 

Check out the review for yourself and find out one Joe fan’s opinion…

JBL Reviews Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)

G.I. Joe Rank & File Vol 5 is Coming Soon

G.I. Joe Rank and File volume 5 cover

G.I. Joe Rank & File vol 5 is coming soon.  REALLY soon!  As in “end of the month” soon!

I won’t lie– I’ve been a big support of “noted author” James Kavanugh Jr’s guidebooks since he first pitched the idea and the results have been nothing short of spectacular.  Each book is meticulously photographed in painstaking detail with every figure and accessory presented in an easily identifiable format.  Now, THE definitive guide series to Generation 3 construction G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comes to an epic conclusion in Rank & File volume 5.  


However, enough of the rankings of a semi-retired admin.  Here’s the official press release as well as some more killer preview images to whet your appetite further!

The latter half of 2007 brought an all-new 4” construct to main line G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures, a stylistic direction that is still prevalent today!  This refined, sans O-ring design spanned across ten years of the product line and, as of this printing, still used for exclusives.  During this time, the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line was further catapulted into the pop culture mainstream via two live-action motion pictures.  These feature films changed the landscape of G.I. Joe in a global, multi-media market and various exclusives were made available between movies and mainline series.

 

During this time period, fans revisited some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, while also introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

 

This resource guide is the fifth volume in a series that displays every action figure produced as a Convention Exclusive and through the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club—complete with every accessory and variation produced.  Accessories are not only shown, they have been carefully cataloged in a forthcoming volume that guarantees the proper shade of accessory belongs with the correct action figure.  To top it off, every vehicle and playset produced as exclusives have also been documented and every easily removable piece has been individually photographed—ensuring collector completion.

 

Whether you’re a seasoned, returning, or novice collector, an enthusiast or toy vendor, the guide series is the definitive compilation of G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles, and playsets produced between 2007 and today.  Let the guide series serve as a reference for completion or a scrapbook to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe:  A Real American Hero.

 

Basic Information

 

The MSRP for The Rank & File guide Volume 5 is $20 and will be made available at www.rahcguide.com sometime during the weekend of June 25-27 (provided my order promptly arrives).  Buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs. If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. guides before, the process will be very similar.  All guides are self-published and produced in quantities reflecting previous sales, so do not hesitate to order and miss out.

 

You may join the mailing list at: rahc.guide@gmail.com and like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RAHCGuide to get the latest updates between press releases.

 

Sincerely,

 

James M. Kavanaugh Jr.

Owner/Author of R.A.H.C. Guidebooks

Hey JBL – Where Have You Been?

It’s been pretty quiet around JBL for the past 13 months.

No new reviews, no news postings, no snarky nostalgia-filled pieces about things that just happen to pique the admin’s interest.

Instead, it’s been quiet.  Or, in the words of Elmer Fudd “vewy vewy qwiet…”

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Save 50% off Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe at 3DJoes.com

Talk about a Black Friday sale! From now through November 30, fans can save 50% off the complete six volume set of Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe!

50% off Black Friday sale on Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe from 3DJoes.com.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, then you’ve heard of 3DJoes.com.  Whether it’s for the innovative 360 spin views of the classic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line or the painstaking restoration of the vintage package art, this site has quickly become a go-to to resource for Joe fans everywhere. 

However, 3DJoes took things to a whole new level with the Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe 6 volume series.  These softcover volumes feature careful digital restoration of every single piece of packaging art from the 1982 – 1994 classic toy line.  The final volume in the series made its debut at the 2018 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention where all six volumes were available in a GORGEOUS slipcase.  It was a fitting end to a series of reference books that resurrects the artwork and packaging that captured the hearts and minds of countless children decades ago. 

3DJoes Collecting the Art of G.I. Joe six volumes

As stock in this incredible series dwindles, 3DJoes is offering an incredible deal.  All six volumes with the slipcase for 50% off list price.  That’s right– every piece of ARAH-era packaging artwork collected in definitive series for $120.00.  The series was a STEAL at $225.00 but this makes it all the more affordable.

Here’s the kicker– there are LESS THAN 150 sets remaining as I type this.  (In fact, after checking in with the author, I’d say that they’re down to half that amount.)  If you want to own this series at this incredible price– go NOW.  Don’t wait until November 30th if you can.  Snag your copy ASAP and see what all the hype is about for yourself.

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The final G.I. Joe Collector’s Club pre-orders are LIVE

It’s last call, Joe fans.  Yesterday, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club opened up pre-orders for the final slate of new products that were unveiled in The Last Joe Con panel in Chattanooga earlier this year.  However, hold on to your wallets– this is going to hurt.  Hard.

GI Joe Collector's Club Final Twelve group shot
Final Twelve composite courtesy of the Surveillance Port

Before I go any further, I’m going to provide links to the products and provide the cost per each item.  That’s the objective part of this piece.  After that, the filter will be removed. 

Here are links to the Final Twelve, Zartan and the Cold Slither Cycle, and the Night Stalkers.

For those of you wanting to purchase one of everything, you’re looking at a cool $694.00 before shipping with payment due immediately at the time of order.  The items are slated to ship in January.

Wow…  Just wow…

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G.I. Joe Collector’s Club releases Final Twelve figure images

All good things must come to an end.  Or, as is the case with the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, all licenses must come to a conclusion.  Either way, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has released the last image of their “Final 12” roster of figures which will be going up for pre-order shortly. 

Since JBL has apparently been slacking off lately with individual reveals, here’s a look at each of the “two-packs” as well as some thoughts on the roster as a whole. 

The Final 12 – composite courtesy of the Surveillance Port

Just a quick note: it was announced at the last Joe Con that these figures would be sold in pairs.  If you want one– you have to get its pack-mate as well.  Without further adieu, let’s start the breakdowns…

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Rank & File Vol 4 – Now Available!

Volume 4, the latest volume in the incredible Rank & File series of G.I. Joe guide books is now available from James Kavanaugh!

Look, anyone who’s been following JBL for any length of time knows that this site LOVES the Rank & File Guide series. (Yes, each word is a link to a different post!)  They’re some of the most detailed modern G.I. Joe reference works available and have a proud place on my reference shelf next to books by Mark Bellomo, Dan Klingensmith, and 3DJoes.com

Volume 4 made a “special edition” debut at The Last Joe Con this year from Fun Publications with a special cover and insert pages.  However, that was just a sample– a taste of what the full-fledged volume would contain.  Now, G.I. Joe fans and toy collectors can order their own copy of this exciting volume that delves into the world of “the exclusives”…

However, don’t take our word for it… check out the press release from “Noted Author” James Kavanaugh himself!

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Support G.I. Joe Flashback on Kickstarter

G.I. Joe Flashback, an independent film about a key era in the lives of several future Joes, is now funding with under 30 days to go!

We all know the stories– the tale first recounted in Marvel Comics G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #26— of a Vietnam LLRP team consisting of the men who would go on to become Stalker, Storm Shadow, and Snake Eyes.  However, do we know the stories that came before those events in which Tommy dropped everything to rescue his friend, cementing the bond between them?

Thanks to G.I. Joe Flashback we just might have the chance to learn more about the entire team– including Wade Collins, Ramon Escobedo, and Dickie Saperstein.

This is going to be more than just a “fan film”.  The folks behind G.I. Joe Flashback are bringing in some real talent to not just tell this story but to tell it right. The film is produced by cosplayer extrordinaire “Skinny“, and features a talented and passionate group of fans helping to bring it to light.  Names like Bill Nedrow and Paul Panfalone are no strangers to the fan community.  Every detail from the story to the score is being supervised with a true reverence to the source material. 

If you need any more encouragement, just check out Skinny’s recent interview on Just Another GI Joe Show below:

The deadline to show your support is Friday, November 16, 2018 at 5:18am CST.  Consider backing G.I. Joe: Flashback on Kickstarter today!

Vitruvian HACKS Atelis Warrior Photo Contest Winners!

It’s time to announce the Vitruvian HACKS Atelis Warrior photo contest winners!

Kokomo Toys Virtruvian HACKS Atelis warrior

(I know… JBL is late on this but what else is new, right?  I need to find a way to make this my full-time gig!)

Thanks to friend of JBL Kokomo Toys, we had three of their killer exclusive Vitruvian HACKS Atelis Warrior Armored Amazon figures to give away.  Two were going to be awarded to a Facebook entrant and one to an Instagram participant.

Sadly, we had no entries on Instagram which just means that we’re giving away TWO prizes on Facebook instead!  The first place winner gets a pair of these awesome serpentine Atelis Warrior figures while the runner-up is the recipient of a single Atelis Warrior to add to his or her collection. The decision-making process wasn’t easy and but in the end the winners were chosen based on photo composition as well as their descriptions.  So, without further adieu…

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Vitruvian HACKS Atelis Warrior Altered Amazon Figure Giveaway!

Want to win a Kokomo Toys exclusive Vitruvian HACK Atelis Warrior Altered Amazon figure?  Read on and find out how you could one or two of your very own!

Kokomo Toys Virtruvian HACKS Atelis warrior

It’s no secret that the Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS line has taken the 1:18 action figure community by storm.  It’s also no secret that Kokomo Toys is one of THE best sources for quality vintage and modern action figures out there.  When these two giants partnered together to produce the Atelis Warrior Altered Amazon figure– the result was PURE WIN!

Thanks to Kokomo Toys, JBL has THREE of these deadly warriors to give away!  However, we’re not going to give them away all at once!  Here’s how to win one or two of your very own starting on Saturday, August 17th:  All you need to do is snap an original image and post it on one of the social media channels listed below!  The catch?  It’s an image that would be improved by the inclusion of an Atelis Warrior!

Facebook Giveaway: Two sealed Atelis Warriors

Facebook is currently the world’s largest social media platform so we’re giving away not one but TWO of the Atelis Warriors over the JBL Facebook page!  Simply find the contest announcement post and reply with an original action figure image that you think NEEDS to include two Atelis Warriors.  In your entry, tell us if you’re using another figure as a stand-in and describe how you’d use the Atelis Warrior to improve the shot!  Entries need not be limited to a Greek setting!  Feel free to let your creativity run wild be it with Indiana Jones, Marauder Task Force, Jurassic Park, etc.  The image just has to be posted from your profile in the contest post discussion before the deadline listed at the bottom of this article!

Instagram Giveaway: One sealed Atelis Warrior

Instagram is a perfect place to show off your amazing action figure photos!  Now just imagine how much more awesome those photos would be with an Atelis Warrior showcased front and center!  To be eligible to win one of these figures, simply shoot and post a photo on Instagram that would be made that much more exciting if it included an altered Amazon warrior!  Post your pic, tell us how the Atelis Warrior would make the shot better (and which figure is standing in for the serpentine warrior),  and tag @joebattlelines in the description as well as use the hashtag #JBLHacks.  That’s it!

Kokomo Toys Vitruvian HACKS Atelis Warrior action figure

The deadline to submit your entries on BOTH platforms is 11:59pm CST on August 25, 2018!  JBL staff will peruse through the entries following the deadline.  We’ll announce the winners of each giveaway both here and on our social media channels on Tuesday August 28, 2018.  So, fire up your cameras, grab some action figures, and snap some amazing photos for your chance to win one or two of these amazing figures!

While you’re at it, learn more about the Atelis Warriors at the Vitruvian Facts Wiki!  Or if you want to snag even more Atelis Warriors for your armies, snag ’em via the Kokomo Toys eBay store!

Kokomo Toys Vitruvian HACKS Atelis Warrior

Official Rules:

  • All images must be posted between 12:01 AM CST Saturday August 17, 2018 and 11:59pm CST on August 26, 2018.
  • Only photos posted in the discussion thread on the JBL Facebook page or using the appropriate tag (@joebattlelines) and hashtag #JBLHacks) on Instagram will be considered.
  • All images must be original.  Don’t reuse someone else’s photo as your own.
  • All entries must be posted from an active social media profile that can be used to contact the entrant if they win.
  • All entries need to include a description of how the Atelis Warrior would make the photo better.  This includes calling out which figure or figures are standing in for the Atelis.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter or to win if your image is chosen.  All prizes will be mailed out to the winners free of charge.
  • Winners will be chosen by JBL staff based the images and the descriptions alone.
  • JBL staff and family members are not eligible to participate.