So, there is it is… our first look at the long await Rock n Roll membership incentive figure that was accounted at Joe Con 2017’s Club Roundtable. In some ways he almost exactly what this Joe fan expected.
Let’s flash back to Joe Con 2013 and the unexpected unveiling of “Concept Case v2” – a small group of figures that was shown by onsite Hasbro personnel in the final hour of Saturday’s dealer’s room. The reveals were impressive– new updates on classic versions of Destro, Flint, Storm Shadow v2, Leatherneck, and the greatest Marine of the Joe team: Gung-Ho. (No bias here.) All of these have seen release through the now-defunct 50th Anniversary Line but one figure from those reveals never made it out– the update to the 1989 Rock n Roll v2. Continue reading →
The cover of the latest issue of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club magazine has revealed the next membership incentive figure: BIG LOB!
Big Lob Revealed – Image courtesy of Michael Taylor
I’ll admit it– I’m both surprised and pleased by this! Who’d have imagined Big Lob as this next year’s figure?
For those of you who don’t remember, Big Lob was one of the Rawhides, a group of new recruits introduced in the Sunbow-produced 1987 film G.I. Joe: The Movie. Along with Jinx, Tunnel Rat, Chuckles, and Law & Order, Big Lob was part of the next generation of Joes who were put through their paces and evaluated by Beach Head. (Spoiler alert: they all passed– much to Beach Head’s chagrin!) Despite this introduction, Big Lob never saw release as an action figure until 2010 when the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club released an o-ring version as the annual membership incentive figure.
G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Magazine reveal of Big Lob – courtesy of Doug Monroe
Now, after seven years history repeats itself again and the Rawhides are on their way once more to being complete– this time in generation 3 construction. I’m seeing a lot of the first build of Roadblock from G.I. Joe Retaliation in this figure which gives Big Lob the height he needs, although more bulk than I’d have expected. However, the new head is MILES AHEAD of the previously released version. Rather than a reused Mercer sculpt, he gets his own unique noggin! (I’m digging the lopsided haircut!)
As always, to receive your Big Lob figure you’ll have to be a member in good standing of the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club by March 2016. To learn more about the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and to ensure your chance to own this sports-themed Joe, visit GIJoeClub.com!
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club really hit one out of the park this year with the Pythona membership renewal figure and attendees of Joe Con 2016 were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to by special carded versions while at the event in Loveland, CO a few weeks ago. Now, members who weren’t able to make the trek to Colorado also have the opportunity to snag a carded Pythona of their very own!
I won’t sugar coat it– I love this figure. (As you can tell from the review we posted about three weeks ago.) She’s absolutely worth owning – both as a modern construction figure and as piece of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero history. Considering that this is the first-ever figure of the Cobra-La Emissary/Assassin, this figure probably won’t stick around forever.
However, the Club isn’t just catering to the 1:18 crowd. The latest additions to the Club store also include two options for acquiring the KILLER 1:6 updated Mike Power action figure! The Atomic Man and his accessory set can be purchased individually or bundled together at a moderate savings.
If you’re going shopping, here are some handy direct links. (Good for you, bad for your wallet.) Each item is limited to one per membership.
The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Pythona review is live!
Seriously, I can scarely believe that I’m typing the words “Pythona review.” Since her debut in G.I. Joe: The Movie nearly 30 years ago, this deadly emissary/assassin from the mysterious kindgom of Cobra-La has been on the top of G.I. Joe fans’ wishlists. Thanks to the folks at the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, this long sought-after femme fatale is finally making her way into the displays of Joe fans everywhere as the 2016 membership renewal figure.
Was she worth the wait? Did the Club deliver the good this time around? Does Deadpool make yet another gratuitous cameo? Do Fred and Chris finally completely agree on a figure? Will I ever stop asking questions and get to the Pythona review?
Today is the last day to sign up for a 2016 membership to the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and the folks at Cattle Barron Drive have pulled out all of the stops in encouraging people to sign up by showing off a prototype for Pythona!
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.
One of the perks of attending the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club annual conventions is being able to purchase carded versions of the annual membership renewal figures. However, the GIJCC has stepped up their game a bit this year and is currently accepting pre-orders for carded version of the 2014 membership incentive figure Cross Country for $30.00!
The pre-orders are limited to one per membership and are slated to ship in April 2014.
If you’re a carded collector, this is a great opportunity to snag this exclusive figure. Just use the link below and get yours today.
There’s nothing like a cold front to put a Joe fan in the mood for an arctic trooper! Case in point: my G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Iceberg Renewal Incentive figure arrived last year on the hottest day of the year thus far. It was June and the mercury was about to escape from the thermometer– so I wasn’t really thinking that it was an idea time to review poor ole Iceberg.
Flash forward a few months and it’s freezing outside! In other words– it’s PERFECT weather for an Iceberg review!
Was this figure worth the cost of renewing my membership in the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club for an additional year? DOes Iceberg turn into a killer whale when dipped in water? Check out the review in the Collector’s Club Review Index and find out one Joe fan’s opinion!