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G.I. Joe Convention – Cobra Steampunk Diorama

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Published on: April 25, 2013

One of the outstanding diorama entries at this year’s G.I. Joe Convention was the “Cobra Steampunk” setup.  It was so outstanding, it actually won first price in the Medium Diorama Contest.

The diorama was custom built and included about two dozen custom action figures, all done in the Steampunk style.  We included several photos of the diorama in our photo coverage of the Convention but that wasn’t enough to capture all of the details, so we also took a video which is now available here and on our YouTube channel.

G.I. Joe Convention – Wrap Up

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Published on: April 10, 2013

This past weekend I attended my second G.I. Joe Convention, held this year in Indianapolis, IN.  While the Convention has several standard events each year, one of the big draws was the release, the previous weekend, of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which we saw on Friday night.  For fans of the Real American Hero era of the toys and entertainment, the guests were a big draw with appearances by Larry Hamma, Kirk Bozigian and two voice actors from the classic cartoon, Mary McDonald-Lewis (Lady Jaye) and Bill Ratner (Flint).

Around the Floor

G.I. Joe Convention Around the FloorThe Convention kicked off with tours around the Indianapolis area on Wednesday and Thursday and opened Friday with the parachute drop which featured a new Hasbro KREON figure of Hit & Run.  The show opened for registered package holders on Friday afternoon where we had our first look at the sales floor and, outside of early package registration on Thursday, a shot at the Convention souvenirs.

This year, most of the souvenirs sold out early on Friday or even Thursday night, in the case of the carded Lady Jaye figure.  The selection was decent, with both 1:18 and 1:6 scales represented along with the introduction of a set of KRE-O figures that paralleled the Nocturnal Fire boxed set.

The majority of the sellers on the floor were showing vintage and modern 1:18 scale toys and accessories but there were a few booths catering, mostly, to the vintage 1:6 line.  At least one booth was sporting some modern offerings from companies such as 21st Century Toys, Dragon and DID, but 1:6 was definitely in the minority.

G.I. Joe Convention Around the FloorSome of the larger booths on the floor had a deep selection of vintage ARAH toys including both carded and loose figures and vehicles along with a decent selection of parts and accessories.  If you couldn’t find a complete figure for a price you were willing to pay, it’s possible you could piece one together with a little patience and searching.  Prices ranged from $3 for loose, incomplete figures all the way to about $2,500 for a Defiant Launch Complex with sealed contents.

Surprisingly, several booths had selections of foreign releases including several Brazilian figures, carded and loose Funskool figures and even Action Force from the UK.  The Brazilian and UK releases have been gaining popularity over the last few years and it was fun to see them represented.

Panels

The G.I. Joe Club had a large roster of panels over the weekend and I stopped in for three of them, all on Saturday.  Besides the Club’s own round table, I also went to The History of Palitoy Action Force, presented by David Tree, and Hasbro 2013 Product Line Presentation which was hosted by Derryl DePriest and John Warden.  I already covered the Hasbro and Club panels but didn’t take a lot of notes during the Palitoy panel.  However, the photos and, especially, the vintage commercials presented during the panel were all excellent.  David Tree is the go-to guy for everything Palitoy and he knows his stuff.  If you ever have an opportunity to see him present info on the Palitoy line, or read the articles he’s posted on the topic, take it.

Dinner and Casino Night

This was the first time that I’d attended the dinner and casino night, and the auction that followed.  Overall, it was an excellent time.  The dinner was top notch and the company made for great conversation.

I wasn’t quite prepared for the casino and auction part of the deal.  I had fun playing Blackjack but wasn’t aggressive enough to really be a contender during the auction.  There were a lot of cool items available but didn’t come home with anything.  All was not lost, however, as the money I spent on extra credits did go to the charity, Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, TX.

The costume contest and prizes for the custom figures and dioramas were handed out just prior to the auction and it’s always awesome to see the creativity that the fans put into their hobby.  Unlike a Star Wars or comic convention, costuming doesn’t seem to be as big a part of G.I. Joe Con but the quality on the few costumes was up to the standards of any other show.

G.I. Joe Convention Around the FloorFans

I traveled to the convention with a fellow PSWCS member, Chris, and met up with another, Shawn, at the show.  Meeting Justin Bell from GeneralsJoes.com and Paul from The Robot’s Pajamas were highlights for me as it’s always fun to put faces to the names we interact with online.  Besides, driving all the way to Indianapolis goes a lot faster when you’re not locked in a car by yourself for 12 hours.

Wrap Up

Overall, the Convention was a blast.  There were rare items to see, new information to absorb, collectibles to buy and beer to be drunk.  The Panels were interesting and I felt the organization was pretty solid.

There were a few minutes during the entrance to the movie on Friday night that we questioned the organization but since that was probably the first time the Club attempted that, I’m not going to hammer them.

While there was plenty to see and do, I don’t think I’d fly to attend another Joe Convention.  If and when the show is within driving distance in the future, however, count me in!

G.I. Joe Convention Show Floor Panorama

G.I. Joe Convention – JoeCustoms.com

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Published on: April 10, 2013

JoeCustoms.com is the top customizing website for G.I. Joe fans and if you take a look through the photos below, it’s easy to see why.

JoeCustoms.com had a booth at the G.I. Joe Convention last weekend where they showed off custom vehicles, figures and even some small dioramas.  The work showcased is some of the best around and ranges from classic O-ring style all the way up to the most current 30th Anniversary construction.  The vehicles shown ranged from kitbashed and repainted retail releases to scratch built customs.

Note: The photos are larger than normal in order to show as much detail as possible

G.I. Joe Convention – Custom Diorama: Insurgence

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Published on: April 9, 2013

I posted photos of the custom figures and dios the other day but saved this one for it’s own post.  On the very end of the table of medium dioramas was a jungle themed setup with a custom wood and plexiglass case called “Insurgence.”

The amount of detail and the number of figures that went into it were quite impressive.  I took about 20 photos and still couldn’t get everything in.  The plan was to go back and take a video of the entire set but it was gone Sunday before I got back to it.

I spoke to the creator for a few minutes and he had some cool little things to tell about it, such as the water feature not flowing enough to have waves added to it and the fact that Low-Light is shooting through the statue he’s using as cover.  According to the entry card, there were over 20 figures in the layout and it took him about 3 months to build.  Although it didn’t win an award, it was one of my personal favorites along with the Steampunk diorama.  I’ll be posting separately on the Steampuck diorama because I did take a video of that but will need time to edit it.

Note: The photos are larger than normal in order to show as much detail as possible

G.I. Joe Convention – Club Souvenirs

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Published on: April 9, 2013

The G.I. Joe Club always offers a selection of Convention exclusive souvenirs in addition to the boxed attendee set.  This year there were some very interesting, and pricey releases.

All of the offerings used the Night Force theme as their base and the biggest surprise was the inclusion of a 6 figure set of KREONS to go along with this year’s parachute figure; Hit & Run KREON.

The 12″ exclusive this year was the Black Dragon Guard who came outfitted with his containment suit.

Although not pictured, the Club did have carded and bagged Iceberg figures available at the show.

All of the 3.75″ souvenirs sold out at the show, some not long after the Club store opened on Friday afternoon.

The photos below show off all of the souvenirs and the boxed sets and the full price list and edition sizes is below.

Item Notes ES Price
Nocturnal Fire cloisonne lapel pin Free to orders in first 24 hours Free
Night Force FERRET Attendee gift Free
Night Force Specialists 2-pack Chuckles & Freestyle 800 $62.00
Night Force F.L.A.K. w/ Steeler 800 $66.00
Lady Jaye Carded 1000 $30.00
Night Boomer Glow in the Dark 1000 $145.00
KRE-O GI Joe Night Force 6 figure set 1000 $33.00
2013 Convention Comic Program $4.95
Night Force Lithograph 225 $10.00
Crimson Asp Lithograph 75 $25.00
Set of 8 Art Print Portfolio 200 $15.00
Trading Card Set, 2013 Series, 9 cards $5.00
Uncut sheet of 18 cards 35 $20.00
Uncut sheet Chase cards 15 $50.00
T-Shirt: Dragon Island $25.00
T-Shirt: Night Force Glow in the Dark $25.00
Beanie or Hat w/ Glow in the Dark logo $25.00
KRE-O Parachute Figure Hit & Run 500 $14.00
Iceberg Carded $30.00
Iceberg Loose $25.00
Black Dragon Guard 12″ 200 $79.00
Convention Jacket 12″, Free to orders in first 24 hours Free
Shoulder holster & Pistols 12″ Attendee gift Free

G.I. Joe Convention – Fan Club Round Table

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Published on: April 7, 2013

On Saturday afternoon, the G.I. Joe Club had their Round Table event where they spoke about developing this year’s convention exclusives, including showing off some prototype shots of the head sculpt of Crimson Asp.

The big announcement during the panel was the lineup for Series 2 of the Figure Subscription Service. They will include:

  • Admiral Keel Haul
  • Airtight (Brazilian Tiger Force)
  • Big Bear Oktober Guard
  • Bombardier (Action Force)
  • Cesspool
  • Cobra Dessert Scorpion
  • Combat Engineer Tollbooth
  • Dragonsky (Oktober Guard)
  • Falcon (Night Force)
  • Shipwreck (Brazilian Tiger Force)
  • Skull Buster
  • SWAT Widescope

The Club showed photos of Skull Buster and Dragonsky but not of the rest, nor did they announce what the 13th figure will be.  There are plans to have the series 2 subscription up by the end of this week, or at least as soon as possible.  If they can get it started in time, it’s possible that there may be only about a month’s gap from series 1 to 2.

I didn’t stay for the whole Fan Club panel but did stick around long enough to hear  a few questions.  The few that I stayed for included questions on the likelihood of figures such as Pythona, Lightfoot and Sneak Peek.  All three would require a lot of tooling so would need support or for a way for the Club to release them with the existing parts.

There was no announcement on what the 2014 membership figure will be.

G.I. Joe Convention – Custom Photos

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Published on: April 7, 2013

Creating large dioramas and custom figures is great, but sometimes all you need to do is take a photo of an existing figure, vehicle or toy in such a way that it’s elevated above being just a toy.  Take a look at this year’s photo contest entries.

G.I. Joe Convention – Hasbro Panel

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Published on: April 7, 2013

If anyone was expecting new news out of Hasbro this weekend, they were probably disappointed.  They basically presented the same information as that released at Toy Fair back in February.

Derryl DePriest and John Warden did say that they are still behind making sure the Wave 3 figures make it out.  Wave 3, FYI, is the wave with Kwinn and the Data Viper along with the Ultimate versions of Flint, Duke and a few other fan favorites.

Two pieces of news that did come out are that Micro Force wave 2 is on hold for now and that the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive will have a “lot” of figures and it’s something fans have been asking for.  The SDCC exclusive will be announced later by a larger press outlet.  One other thing, Derryl DePriest did also confirm during the panel that there are plans to go ahead with a third G.I. Joe movie.

Included below are the slides from the presentation along with some shots of figures that were added to the booth on Saturday.  These are from the Concept Vault and aren’t scheduled but are something that Hasbro could do if they get enough feedback.

G.I. Joe Convention – Dioramas

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Published on: April 7, 2013

We’re continuing our G.I. Joe Convention coverage with the dioramas shown at the convention this weekend.

G.I. Joe Convention – Custom Figures

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Published on: April 6, 2013

There are a lot of awesome custom figures and dioramas at the G.I. Joe Convention this year and to start off, I’m going to post all of the figures.  We’ll process the diorama pics later.

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