G.I.Joe Con 2012: Operation Bear Trap sees second production run

The 2012 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention sets featuring the Oktober Guard sold out in near record time.  Those who were hoping to snag a non-attending Homefront Heroes set had to either be incredibly lucky to have been online when they were listed or have ties in the Springfield underground.  Realizing that this rapid of a sellout leads to an unhappy membership, the GIJCC raised the possibility of a second production run but made no guarantees.  Well, that run has now come to fruition.  This email went out to all Collector’s Club members late yesterday:

“Attention Comrades!

The official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club is proud to announce a special limited edition second-run of the “sold out” and extremely popular 2012 Operation: Bear Trap! convention set.

This exclusive Oktober Guard vs. Iron Grenadiers set includes fifteen modern era 3 3/4-inch action figures with weapons and accessories. You will get the classic Oktober Guard characters such as Colonel Brekhov, Daina, Schrage, Stormavik and Horror Show. Plus, for the first time ever… the Oktober Guard General: Iron Bear. The Iron Grenadiers have unique troop builders that include: Iron Grenadier Elite Troopers x4, Iron Grenadier Elite Guards x2, Iron Grenadier Heavy Weapon Specialists x2 and also for the first time ever… the Iron Grenadier General: Voltar!

Don’t miss this limited edition second-run of these fantastic Oktober Guard vs. Iron Grenadiers action figures. You must be an official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club member to order. Visit the Club Store to pre-order before the Nov. 30th, 2012 deadline! (Product will be shipping in the spring of 2013, exact date TBD).   Cost is $360 per set (plus shipping).  Only boxed sets will be produced and the production run will only be what is pre-ordered.   Don’t miss this final opportunity to own this highly sought after set! Check it out at GIJoeClub.com/shop.

For pictures of the individual figures from GIJoeCon.com click here!”

I don’t know what this bodes for the future but for those of you who missed this set, now is the time to try and snag a fantastic update on the Oktober Guard.  Once this particular site admin gets finished moving and unpacks, the review of those figures might FINALLY be posted.

Here are a few shots of this awesome set from the Collector’s Club.

Joe Con 2012: Hasbro’s G.I. Joe press images

While I wasn’t able to attend the Con in person this year, JBL has had a lot of help from “on the scene” photographer Photonut!  However, he’s also got some help– Justin from Hunter PR has sent along these “official images” of items revealed at the 2012 Hasbro Convention presentation.

One of the biggest surprises are the PVC mini-figs know as “Micro Force”– featuring 80+ blind-packaged collectible figures.  That’s right– tiny G.I. Joe figures that are perfect to adorn any computer desk.  (You can see where I’m going with this already.)

In terms of G.I. Joe Retaliation movie items, here’s what you’ll see in the images below.  (I’m borrowing some details from over at GeneralsJoes.com.  (Justin’s done a great job covering things as usual!)

  • Micro Force Quarter-Sized collectible figures in blind bags.  Over 80 figures to collect and trade.  Foot holes are compatible with normal vehicle foot pegs for display!
  • Alpha sized Night Landing vehicle with Cobra Eel.  Cobra Eel figure is the canceled Rise of Cobra Ripcord which is extremely detailed, highly accessorized and uses the figure design that was sculpted to resemble the Sigma 6 Sigma Suits
  • Night Viper is moved up to Wave 3
  • Combat Ninja is intended to be “movie accurate” Cobra Trooper
  • Very movie accurate “Ultimate Firefly” with mini-HISS in Wave 3
  • Very movie accurate “Cobra Trooper” (Cobra Combat Ninja) in Wave 3
  • Movie accurate “Ultimate Duke” (with Data-Viper Predator Drone) in Wave 3
  • Comic accurate/toy accurate Snake Eyes ’85 w/ Timber totally newly tooled in Wave 4
  • Crimson Guard in Wave 5 with customizable label sheet

 You can check out all of the images in the gallery below.  A big thanks to Hunter PR for making these available to fans everywhere!

Joe Con 2012: Pics of the convention diorama!

This is easily one of my favorite parts of the entire Joe Con experience.  Seriously– I LOVE the con diorama and every year that I’m fortunate enough to attend I snap far more pictures than I should of it.  There’s just something about seeing all of the figures that you’re anticipating purchasing in action– battling Cobra and keeping the toy shelf safe for democracy. 

Here are Photonut’s excellent pics of the 2012 multi-setting Con diorama! 

Joe Con 2012: Day 1 G.I. Joe Retaliation pics!

Photonut is a MACHINE down at the con this year– cranking out images far faster than a certain “at home admin” can post them.  However, he came through with some great pics of the Day 1 Retaliation offerings from the Hasbro case.

Stay tuned for his post-Hasbro panel images later today.  The next wave of figures will hit store shelves February 2013!

Joe Con 2012: Parachute drop pics

More images from Photonut– this time of the parachute drop and the Cobra Stealth Paratrooper figures!  It’s always a great way to start the convention– taking small plastic figures and chucking them off of a roof.  (I can recall the last time I was at a Joe Con in NOLA.  I swung my arm back to pitch the figures and came away with a hand full of parachutes.   Those poor poor Nullifiers…)

Enjoy these lastest images from “on the scene” and stay tuned for more images at JBL!

Also, more looks at the Cobra Stealth Paratrooper:

JoeCon 2012: Parachute figure revealed as Retaliation movie trooper!

You’ve got to hand it to the Club sometimes.  (Yes, I did just say that.)  In the wake of the 11th hour rescheduling of the release of G.I. Joe Retaliation, the GIJCC found itself with a HUGE gap in its convention schedule.  However, the traditional parachute drop was added back and figures were produced at the last minute.  Today, fans found out what those were.

The Cobra “Stealth” Paratrooper is a repaint of the Retaliation Cobra Trooper— parachute and all.

It’s a completely logical move, actually.  The figure was already designed to work WITH a parachute and is a mold that Hasbro most certainly could produce a fast run of figures on.   I do have to admit– the paratroopers DO look a lot like Snake Eyes.  Still, kudos to the Club for pulling this one off.

(Photos courtesy of Madmac41, GeneralsJoes.com & HISSTank.com)


JoeCon 2012: More in hand images from the G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention

Photonut and Madmac braved the line for the Club store last night and were able to snag the convention exclusives for this year.   Being the Joe fans that they are those items were immediately freed from their plastic prisons and pictures were snapped!  Here’s what they brought back:

Annihilator 3-Pack (LE 650)


IG Ground Assault 2-Pack (LE 1,000) — the Sergeant Major & Darklon



OG Attack Helicopter (LE 600)


Soviet Convoy Truck w/ 3 Tops (LE 500)


No sign of the Cobra Stealth Paratrooper which won’t show up until the parachute drop later this morning.  Personally, I’m willing to bet we see a Retaliation Cobra Trooper given the short time that the Club had to put the drop together after the rescheduling of the movie’s release date.

More pics as they come in!

Joe Con 2012: The exclusives revealed– sort of…

Madmac41 is down on the scene at the 2012 Joe Con in New Orleans and has sent on this information regarding the 2012 Convention Exclusives.  (Thanks to his Golden Ticket.)

  • Annihilator 3-Pack (LE 650)
  • IG Ground Assault 2-Pack (LE 1,000)
  • Cobra Stealth Paratrooper (LE 500)
  • OG Attack Helicopter (LE 600)
  • Soviet Convoy Truck w/ 3 Tops (LE 500)

Also revealed was the attendee exclusive- a Russian repaint of the Snarler!  (Picture of Madmac41’s bike– courtesy of GeneralsJoes.com)

More details as they emerge…


EDIT– I received a pair of pics last night from Photonut showing Horrorshow and the sidecar of the Joe Con Snarler.  It looks like Stepan needs to lay off the borscht if he’s going to be riding shotgun any time soon!  Still, an updated Oktober Guard is something that has been top of many Joe fan’s “wish list” for some time now so it looks like the Club has another hit on their hands!

Joe Con 2012: Oktober Guard sets are SOLD OUT! (Non-attending)

The following email was sent out to Club Members earlier this afternoon:

Hello all!

It took just a little over 3 hours for the non-attending Oktober Guard sets to sell out!  We did not have that many to put online for those not coming to the convention. We wish there were more, but there are not.  Please do not call about these sets as there is nothing the customer representatives can do.

I have been asked how a member could not get a set.  Well the answer is that these are convention exclusives, not member exclusives.  They go first to the people attending the convention, then to non-attending fans.  It is very difficult to call the number from year to year and we try to make the best guess we can.

We sill have 12″ sets both attending and non-attending available.  There are just a few attending Oktober Guard sets left.  If you have already ordered one, you cannot order another.

Looking forward to a great convention!

See you in NOLA!


For those of you that missed out on the set– it looks Ebay is your only option now.  However, there are still a few remaining attending sets left so if you’re debating going to the Con, now is the time!

Joe Con 2012: Non-attendee registration is now open

Registration is now LIVE for NON-ATTENDING packages for  the 2012 Collector’s Convention in New Orleans, LA.

To sign up, visit the Registration page now!

Here’s the package matrix once again:

Joe Con 2012 package matrix

And… the Operation Bear Trap set images:

Go get ’em Homefront Heroes!