GIJoeCon 2018 is almost officially here but last night was the Golden Ticket package pickup! This means that Golden Ticket Holders were able to not only acquire their convention sets one night early (more on this later) but they were also able to pick up their 2018 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention comic books– which included the following souvenir list:
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has unveiled the design for the FSS 8 Cobra Mercenary Munitia!
COBRA MERCENARY Code Name: MUNITIA
(Inspired by the 2008 DTC: GIJCC action figure.)
Features NEW head sculpt!
Includes: bladed pistol, assault rifle, radio, and figure stand.
Ah… Munitia… I’ve been waiting for this reveal ever since the Club announced her as part of FSS 8.
There are some characters that fans just find appealing, regardless of how little media presence that character may receive. Such is the case with this mysterious mercenary femme fatale. Munitia was initially slated to be released as part of the DTC Wave 4, a series of G.I. Joe that was exclusive to both HasbroToyShop.com and Toys R Us at the end of the o-ring era. Sadly, that wave was cancelled along with the rest of the Direct-to-Consumer line and G.I. Joe went into a hiatus period at retail. (Sound familiar? The pendulum swings…) Continue reading →
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has revealed the preview for the FSS 8 incarnation of BAT Commander Over Kill!
COBRA B.A.T. LEADER Code Name: OVER KILL
(Inspired by the 2003 version 2 action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, harness, “human” face mask,
neckerchief, gauntlet, claw hands x 2, rivet gun,
hand-held assault weapon, and figure stand.
Sometimes, there’s so much to love about a figure that I don’t know where to begin. This is one of those times.
I’m pretty unapologetic when it comes to my love of the Valor Vs. Venom era of G.I. Joe. It was a time when the line straddled a delicate line of appealing to both kids and adult collectors and it did it well. The toys were rugged and build for kids but there were enough nods to the line’s past that Collector’s were happy. Yes, there were some design and proportion issues but it honestly felt like the brand was moving FORWARD in a way that I’ve not really seen since. It embraced the old while still attempting the new. Continue reading →
The GIJoeCon 2018 previews are nearly complete with a look at the Python Patrol Major Bludd
PYTHON PATROL INFANTRY COMMANDER:
– 25th Anniversary Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure.
– Modern Era Update of Character based on 2003 design.
– Features NEW Head Sculpt with removable helmet.
– Includes removable grenade harness with pistol,
handgun with rocket, backpack with rockets x 3,
sonic bazooka, and Cobra Logo Stand.
Hmm… I find myself conflicted on this one.
On one hand, the overall deco looks fantastic! It’s an excellent recreation of the 2003 six-pack Major Bludd! (Those colors are just ridiculously engaging.) I like the Cobra Shock Trooper legs and the Retaliation Cobra Trooper harness and torso look great together! Heck, I even like the backpack choice. I’d say that 85% of this figure is pure win. Continue reading →
COBRA SUPREME LEADER
Code Name: COBRA COMMANDER
(Inspired by the unreleased “arctic” action figure.)
Includes: removable helmet, holster with pistol,
advanced combat rifle, cobra staff, and figure stand.
So, the Arctic Cobra Commander is revealed at last– and he’s virtually identical to the cancelled figure from 2010. (Check out this breakdown of the intended two-pack over at HISSTank.com.) The color palate is a dead-ringer for that particular release. Only the accessories are different– with the longer staff replacing the smaller scepter and the “advanced combat rifle” added to the gear. (I have my doubts on how well old Snake Head will be able to hold that piece of firepower.)
Parts of the coat should look familiar as the Club used them previous in the 2012 Elite Guards from that year’s Joe Con set.
Overall it’s a nice compliment to the Arctic Mindbender released by the Club as a renewal figure a few years ago.
For those who are keeping score, here’s the roster of FSS 7:
Arctic Cobra Commander – based on the cancelled two-pack version
Ice Viper Officer – based on the Club’s Flaming Moth version
Kangor – International repaint of Big Boa
Stalker (Tundra Ranger) – DiC era cold weather version with kayak
Treadmark (aka Skidmark) – the Desert Fox driver returns
Tiger Force Kim “Jinx” Arashikage – based on the 2003 six-pack version
Tomax – inspired by the Shattered Glass/Sunbow look
The FSS 7 page is LIVE now! The cost of the thirteen figure set (including the bonus piece) is $375.00 plus shipping. Place your order prior to December 4, 2017 and keep your eyes peeled to GIJoeClub.com for more previews.
FSS 6.0 has landed on the west coast but is not here yet. We expect it in the next 10 days or so.
In the meantime, if you have moved since this summer, please update your shipping address here.
In addition, you can use the same link to confirm that your correct credit card (installment only customers) is on file. We won’t set the billing date until they are here but it is still anticipated to be the beginning of December.
FSS 7.0 figure previews and order period will start next week and end December 4. You will all be very excited about the coming figures. These should ship starting in the Spring, just after FSS 6.0 concludes.
Convention information will be released in early January with registration starting in mid-January.
Thanks for your support!
Well, well, well… it seems that we could see FSS 6 hitting subscriber mailboxes before Thanksgiving! Now that’s a great way to start off the 2017 Holiday Season for Joe fans!
Hasbro Pulse has a brand new article posted – an interview with designer Bobby Vala. The subject? The Cobra Missile Command Headquarters!
I’m not going to lie– I LOVE the Cobra Missile Command Headquarters. First, I ranted about it here on JBL. In addition, I raved about it over on Just Another G.I. Joe Show. It’s been a “Holy Grail” item for me for years and this year’s convention exclusive release was essentially a dream come true. (Save for its limited availability- but that’s a story for another time.) Yet, I found myself wondering “Why this playset? Why now?”
In a rare opportunity, this admin was able to sit down and discuss this iconic playset and the process of its reconstruction with Hasbro designer Bobby Vala. He discusses the process of recreating this iconic piece of A Real American Hero history as well as the process of updating the included figures to modern specs. Bobby’s passion for this project shines through in every answer. As a result, it’s obvious that this was truly a labor of love!
Check it out over on Hasbro Pulse! Plus, if you’d like to see more features like this, let us know in the comments below!
SDCC 2017 is in full swing and G.Hasbro’s annual G.I. Joe exclusives are very much on everyone’s mind! However, it would seem that those of us who are stuck at home know just when the sought-after comic con items will be dropping on HasbroToyShop.com.
Yesterday, two product listings were quietly added to the website.
Included in each product description was the note “available 8/14”. Apparently that day, the second Monday in August, will be when fans from around the globe will be hitting the site, frantically hitting F5 to refresh their screens in the hopes of completing their transactions before the items sell out. While the exclusives of the past few years have been pretty easy to obtain, there’s something about this year’s two G.I. Joe-related SDCC items that feels very different.
I’m not going to lie– I’m giddy over the prospect of BOTH of these sets, for very different reasons. Nostalgia plays a heavy hand in my love for both sets but I’d be hard-pressed right now to choose one over the other if I had to prioritize dropping one in my cart first. One one had there’s the AMAZING recreation/update to the Cobra Missile Command Headquarters but on the other hand there’s the IDW Hasbro Comic Crossover Mega-Set that includes Renegades Roadblock, ROM the Space Knight, and the Micronauts. Decisions, decisions.
Regardless, August 14th is the day to put on your calendars kids!