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For those that have been waiting for the 2014 G.I.Joe Collectors Convention Registration website to go live, well then the G.I.Joe Collectors Club may have some good news for you! GIJCC Members have received the following message from Mr. Brian Savage - |
I want to give you an update on the registration system. The company that has been contracted for this work is still behind on their commitment to us. This project was started back at the first of the fall. We are very close to having the system operational. We will be spending the next week testing. Our current plan (unless something else breaks) is to open registration the sometime the week of the 17th. This will only leave about 2 weeks for registration to be available and we apologize for the delay.
At this point, I imagine that most all of the packages will be taken in the first 48 hours. We may delay the non-attending package registration until the attending are mostly complete. This decision has not been made. We have done this in the past for other conventions and if we go this route, each will have its own "first day" so everyone can get the first day pin or jacket (1/6th scale) that wants it.
Again, we apologize that this is taking so long as the new code is designed to fix problems the old code had. And this will solve the problems for years to come.
Thanks for your support!
So if this time frame holds true, then get ready for registration, everyone! You can sound off on this update right here on the Hisstank.com forums by joining us after the break.
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Every time we learn that Boss Fight Studio is directly involved with casting a head sculpt, or accessory for an action figure, we all "geek out" as we know the quality of Boss Fight Studio's work is second to none. You ready to get your nerdgasm on? Well then, check this out - Of course you saw the amazing concept figures they had on display at NJCC, but they also head a wide assortment of head sculpts to share with the crowd as well! There's sculpts from the upcoming 2014 JoeCon Exclusive Zombie Initiative Set, Sculpts from the GIJCC Figure Subscription Service such as Keel-Haul and Cesspool, there's Golobulus, Pythona..there's even Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Lee! I won't ruin the surprise as to who else is display, you'll just have to check the images out for yourself! |
That's not all though! Boss Fight Studio is proud to announce their own Original Figure Series that will be coming soon! Based on Greek Mythology, on display was the figure sculpt and helmet for a Spartan Warrior alongside his finished design mock up. Folks, if these samples are indicative of what is on the Horizon, then this line is surely going to make many people uber-excited.
You can check out all the images after the jump!
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Although not G.I.Joe related, you need to check this out! Our friends at DaCa ToYs came to represent at NJCC and brought some fantastic items with them! If you're unfamiliar with DaCa, they're a 3rd Party Transformers manufacturer and wait until you get a load of Kronos, their Jetfire/Skyfire homage! This piece is just MASSIVE, as it's in Masterpiece scale and it is just a thing of beauty! Alongside Kronos is their DT:003 Optimus Prime head and the work on these is just phenomenal as well! |
The details in KRONOS are amazing and we're glad that DaCa ToYs was able to make the show and share this cool piece with us! You can read more about Kronos and all things Transformers over on our sister site, TFW2005.com
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Our friends from Boss Fight Studio are in attendance at the New Jersey Collectors Collectors Convention going on, well, right now! |
Boss Fight will be providing sketches, doing a sculpting demo, talking toy design and of course, having a silent auction for their gorgeous Not-Bushido Ice Samurai! Think the head sculpts that we've been seeing lately from BFS are awesome? Wait until you see some of the pieces Boss Fight brought to the party! There are full samples of:
- Wild Bill, Iceberg, Breaker, Colonel Courage, PYTHON PATROL, G.I.Joe Extreme Inferno and more!
You can also check out designs for Boss Fight Studios upcoming Mythology line, along with sketches of items they've already produced for the G.I.Joe and Transformers Collectors Clubs, alongside items that are currently at retail!
You can check out all the awesomeness that is NJCC & Boss Fight Studios after the jump!
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| Hisstank.com has just received official confirmation that Hasbro will not be in attendance at this years G.I.Joe Collectors Convention 50th Anniversary Celebration. This is old news that was also confirmed at Toy Fair 2014 from Hasbro team members, that just was over looked by most of us with the announcement of the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Line. |
This should put an end to the rumors and arguments that have been showing up around the web on this topic. Hopefully the G.I. Joe Collectors Club can provide us with more information on what role Hasbro will play (if any) if there is no plans for Hasbro to be in attendance at this years G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Sound off on the Hisstank.com forums and let us know your opinion.
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| New Jersey Collectors Con Winter Show Date March 9th 2014 This Sunday! |
Holiday Inn – New Jersey
2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
The door prize announcements will start at 9AM and conclude at 3:30PM with our last door prize announcement.
- 9AM MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HYDRON
- 9AM TRANSFORMERS THE RIDE BUMBLEBEE COFFEE MUG
- 10AM HASBRO MASTERPIECE SOUNDWAVE
- 10AM NJCC CUSTOM MIRAGE
- 11AM G.I. JOE PIT PLAYSET RISE OF COBRA
- 11AM G.I. JOE RETALIATION ULTIMATE WAVE 3.5
- 12PM HASBRO MASTERPIECE ACID STORM
- 12PM SONS OF ANARCHY MEZCO COIN
- 1PM IDW LIMITED RED LABEL G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL.1
- 1PM GLYOS DICTATOR - ORIGIN EDITION & HUN-DRED THE CONQUEROR - REFORGED EDITION
- 1PM TRANSFORMERS: MASTERPIECE SMOKESCREEN
- 2PM NIGHT FORCE SALVO NJCC CUSTOM
- 2PM SIDESHOW COBRA COMMANDER
- 3PM DESERT PATROL MIRAGE NJCC CUSTOM
- 3PM FUNKO GAME OF THRONES LEGACY COLLECTION SERIES 1
- 3:30PM "BANG" EDITION METALHEAD NJCC CUSTOM
- 3:30PM FANSPROJECT - CAUSALITY M3 CROSSFIRE INTIMIDATOR
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Our friends at Boss Fight Studio have just shared a rather AWESOME piece of info with us via the official Boss Fight Studio Facebook Page. What info, you ask? Well, check this out! - |
Are you coming to see us at NJCC on Sunday? You should be. We'll be doing sketches, a sculpting demo, talking toy design, and you'll have a chance to win a one of a kind custom Ice-Samurai in our silent auction!!
That's right! Boss Fight Studio is having a silent auction for their one of a kind "Not-Bushido" Ice Samurai figure! ERMAHGERD! Also, although Mr. Andrew Franks from BFS can't make it to the event, he's sending some of his killer Sketch Cards for us to get our mitts on! You can share your thoughts on all this Friday night awesomeness after the jump!
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How cool is this? The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has posted another piece of gear included in the 2014 G.I.Joe collectors Convention 12" Codename: G.I.Joe Box Set. Remember that yellow map case? Well, it includes a map of Spy Island! Although very reminiscent of Cobra Island, it was noted via the G.I.Joe Collectors Club Facebook Page that is indeed Spy Island. |
The 12" Convention Offering has turned out to be an amazing tribute to G.I.Joe on his 50th Anniversary and has caught the attention of not only 12" Collectors, but 3.75" and casual collectors, too! Well played, GIJCC!
You can share your thoughts on this and other JoeCon 2014 Exclusives after the jump.
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| Meet The Girls Of The Finest at New Jersey Collectors Con! |
"Girls of the Finest" Calendar Now Funding! Just get involved in whatever way you can - all help is appreciated!
Girls of the Finest 2015 Calendar | Indiegogo
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The G.I.Joe Club has just posted their next teaser image from the 2014 G.I.Joe Collectors Convention via their Official Convention Page! This time around, we're introduced to the 50th Anniversary Challenge Coin! Here are the details from the Official G.I.Joe Convention Page: |
In celebration of G.I. Joe’s 50th Anniversary, we are also producing Exclusive Challenge Coins!
It’s a secret but at the dinner, everyone in attendance (Aides included) will receive an antique brass version of this coin. However, as a special limited edition item we are going to produce a solid SILVER version with 24K gold plating! These will be limited to the number pre-ordered before the convention, not to exceed 200 pieces.
Are you excited to add this cool coin to your collection? Sound off right here on the Hisstank.com Forums!
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| G.I. Joe State of the Union - Toy Fair 2014 G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Fail |
Toy Fair 2014 has come and gone. Now that the news team had some time to catch up with all the work that comes with this mega sized event, we wanted to share our thoughts on the G.I. Joe action figure side of Toy Fair 2014. We may be a little late to share our opinion but I feel it needs to be said. G.I. Joe ARAH 3 3/4 - 4 inch is officially dead.
The Hasbro Toy Fair show room for 2014 was one of the best looking displays of action figure goodness I have seen throughout the years. The sections I visited were well representative of the lines they were showing off.
Unfortunately it was a huge disappointment to walk into the show room to find no sign of G.I. Joe action figures during a 50th anniversary year (other than Kre-O). There was not even a logo to take pictures of and there was no official team member from Hasbro who was currently working on the brand that could answer any questions.
With this being the 50th anniversary of a mega toy brand you would think there would have been more effort put into G.I. Joe considering there will be a third G.I. Joe movie in the pipeline and it's the brand that coined the term action figure! I feel they let all the momentum escape they gained from the positive second attempt at a movie with G.I. Joe Retaliation.
Is what we saw in the Hasbro presentation really worthy of a G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary year?
I really don't think so. Twenty figures that are mostly straight-up repaints with one of the weakest G.I. Joe SDCC Exclusives we've seen to date feels like G.I. Joe was an after-thought, rushed just to say "we did something". With the exception of the new Destro and Flint this line just gives off sounds of the dying on their way to the grave. The G.I. Joe ARAH train has come to the end of the line.
Alright so if the G.I. Joe 50th anniversary line is so bad and mis-represented - what would you have done differently?
I would have started by making a statement with the 50th anniversary of G.I. Joe by putting out a reissue of the Real Terrordrome not the Kre-O version, and gave us 20 completely new tooled figures in the "POC Style" of product, with the repaints shown at the presentation thrown into the mix to break it up over the year. Secondly I would have tested the 6" market for G.I. Joe and put out four key characters in a single Black Series wave: Snake Eyes, Destro, Baroness and Scarlett! Lastly, a massive attempt at getting the G.I. Joe brand into the video game market with a Call of Duty / Halo Style game.
All of the above would have been nice but the bottom line is Wal-Mart, Target and other big box retails are not interested in buying into a brand that does not have a ton of media and hype behind it. Sadly if they do not buy it, it does not get made. The industry trend is the toys must have a movie, TV show or major video game to justify the kind of purchasing levels needed for a line of products listed above. The days of huge toy sections for every brand are over. We had a solid 10 years of spray and pray style production over the last decade, with G.I. Joe and other lines, from multiple companies. With the massive cost increases in production and buyers from the big box retail stores cutting back, this is the end result.
So that leaves us with what we got, a very weak Toys "R" Us exclusive run of mostly repaints that will be extremely hard to find and heavily scalped on eBay because of poor distribution and small print runs.
"Are you mad Bro"?
Not at all, I'm just trying to be honest. There are only so many original products and repaints Hasbro can do which will appeal to both collectors and a mass market. The hardcore guys that collect G.I. Joe like the readers of HISSTank.com may be able to support a Toys "R" Us exclusive run of repaints, but Hasbro is not going to invest the tooling cost and development budget and the major retailers will not purchase big with no media behind it. On top of that, we are reaching a point of "been there done that" with G.I. Joe ARAH, even if they did. Leading us to the biggie...
There needs to be a reboot of the brand to go in a different direction. They need to drop G.I. Joe ARAH, wipe the slate clean, and start fresh. Even if it's set 20/40 years from now, connected-but-not to canon, fine. Or just start over. For us, we won't like anything but ARAH figures, 3.75 in scale most likely. But that won't work as the main line aimed at kids anymore. Not easily anyway. If Hasbro isn't making money with G.I. Joe at a larger level (aka kids), then we won't get anything but FSS and Sideshow level stuff, if we are lucky. Let's be honest, we are already starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel with character selection and what is left to be produced.
The Modern Era run of main stream ARAH G.I. Joe is over. Hopefully they figure out what to do next.
Lets us know what you think by sounding off after the jump.
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| New Jersey Collectors Con is proud to announce the Custom Giveaway Figures for the March "Winter is Coming" NJCC! These 3 awesome customs were done by none other than Custom Master Kevin Watts.... |
- Night Force Salvo
- Desert Patrol Mirage
- "BANG" Edition Metalhead
When and Where Is The Next New Jersey Collectors Con?
The next NJCC will be March 9th 2014
Holiday Inn Cherry Hill – New Jersey
2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70)
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| TOXO-VIPER COMMANDER: REPULSOR |
- 25th Anniversary Modern Style/Fully Poseable Action Figure
- Based on 1991 Cobra Sludge Viper Design
- New Character with Removable Helmet and Vest
- Set features his NEW K-9 counterpart: DAWG
- Includes Cobra Logo Stand, Shotgun, Pistol,
Chemical Sprayer and connection hose with backpack
Heads Up! The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has just announced a JoeCon 2014 teaser via their Official JoeCon Twitter Page. Here's what the GIJCC posted -
Watch for the preview of the 15th figure in the 3 3/4-inch ZOMBIE INITIATIVE box set.... TODAY! #GIJoeCon
Are you excited for today's reveal of Repulsor? Sound off on the Hisstank.com Forums!
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