Granted I haven’t been paying a lot of attention online over the past 24 hours, but to my knowledge these further details about Convention seminars haven’t really been discussed. Starting on Friday and running through Sunday, the various seminars and panels have been a destination for Convention goers every year. Looks like this year is no different. In fact, it looks like we have some VERY exciting news coming up for the Hasbro panels with two special announcements and reveals! Excellent.
Be sure to stay tuned to GeneralsJoes.com for the latest and greatest.
Here are some details on the seminars we’ll be seeing, according to the write up in the 2012 Convention Comic:
Behind-the scenes of G.I. Joe: Retaliation – Hasbro (Saturday 10:00 – 10:50am)
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of G.I. Joe: Retaliation! Hasbro GI Joe designer, Logan Lubera, will share his experience of being embedded directly on the set of the new movie! Find the inside scoop on how Logan and Hasbro partnered with Paramount Pictures, director Jon Chu, and actors Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis to bring an authentic GI Joe experience to life on the big screen. From script development to costume, vehicle, and weapon design, Logan will share his ultimate G.I. Joe adventure and answer your questions about the making of the movie!
Insider’s Guide t0 the G.I. Joe 2013 Product Line…including a special SNEAK PEEK! – Hasbro (Saturday 11:00am – 11:50am)
Join Hasbro’s lead G.I. Joe designer John Warden and Global Marketing Leader Derryl DePriest in a roundtable discussion where they will answer your questions about the 2013 line and give first hand insight into what is going on with the brand both present and future. Be the first to hear not one, but TWO exciting new announcements for the G.I. Joe product line. You won’t want to miss this exciting reveal!
G.I. Joe Collectors Club (Saturday 3:00pm – 3:50pm)
Join the Club staff as they answer your burning questions about the club, figure creation, manufacturing and the announcement of future exclusives! Panel hosts – Brian Savage, Lanny Lathem, David S. Lane, and Pete Sinclair.
IDW’s G.I. Joe: Real American Heroes (Saturday 4:00pm – 4:50pm)
What’s coming up on IDW’s G.I. Joe, and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero titles? Editor Carlos Guzman will discuss new storylines in store for the G.I. Joe books and the return of fan-favorite characters. There’ll be some new surprises as well…after all, Oktober is Coming!
GIJCC Magazine and Comic Q & A (Friday 12:00pm – 12:50pm)
For the latest scoop on the GIJCC Magazine and an inside look at this year’s Convention comic “G.I. Joe VS Cobra Issue 5: Operation Bear Trap”, be sure to check out this panel hosted by David S. Lane.
G.I. Joe: Special Ops – Bringing the battle between G.I. JOE and COBRA Online (SyFy Games/Hasbro) (Saturday 1:00pm – 1:50pm)
Get an inside look at the conception, creation and development of the G.I. JOE: Special Ops game. Learn about how the SyFy Games (publisher), Artplant (developer) and Hasbro teams joined forces to create the first-ever multiplayer online game for G.I. JOE. Hear how the characters were selected and created for a 3D digital world as well as which characters will be added to the game next!
Of course, there are also many other great seminars being shown, like the 1982 panel from Kirk Bozigian, the Costume Play panel from Cobra’s Finest, Operation: Shooting Star! which showcases how some of the awesome 90’s era themed brands came about. There are also the voice actor panels, Mark Bellomo’s informative presentation, and the Art of G.I. Joe with Rod Whigham and Larry Selman. The full schedule of events for the Convention weekend and the seminars can be found at GIJoeCon.com right here.
Had a few moments of down time today, so figured I would take some of the trademark “Con Hotel” pictures of the 15 figure boxed set and talk a little bit more about the details of some of the figures within (good and bad).
First and foremost, we have the Iron Grenadiers. By and large, I’m actually more impressed with the IG figures in person than I was online. There is much less contrast between the brown legs and the rest of the figure than there was in the official images we saw from the Collectors’ Club. The yellow is also a lot more subdued, looking a lot more gold here, which is a good thing. I’m going to spend the rest of this post talking specifically figure by figure, so click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to see all of my initial, early thoughts.
A small error in the production of JoeCustoms member bithomas’ figure set has revealed that Darklon is most assuredly one of the as-yet-to-be-revealed G.I. Joe Convention exclusive figures, most likely part of the IG Ground Assault 2-Pack.
JoeCustoms member bithomas accidentally received the filecard for Darklon in his 15 figure boxed set. If these filecards were produced, then that can only prove that Darklon is certainly involved somewhere. Check out the mirrored image below, again from JoeCustoms.com:
Not even here for 12 hours yet and already a quick podcast episode under our belts! Golden Ticket holders got a chance to get their mitts on the boxed sets today, which also included the convention comic. This Con Comic outlines the rest of the attendee exclusives that we are receiving tomorrow and the artwork also reveals some potential details about the items being offered.
Take a listen to this quickie 20 minute episode on our Podbean page, or use the embedded player below.
As has become the custom, thanks to the Golden Ticket early pick up and the Convention comic (which contains a listing of exclusives as well as the comic art itself) we are getting a clear picture about what to expect from the G.I. Joe Convention exclusives tomorrow night.
First and foremost, the attendee exclusive was revealed to be an Oktober Guard themed repaint of the Rise of Cobra Snarler Cycle, pictured below.
Along with this reveal, we also discovered that the Convention Exclusive attendee items for 2012 are the following:
- 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)
Based on what we see withn in the comic, I think it’s a fair guess that the Annihilator 3-Pack will feature 3 Annihilators, most likely using the backpack helicopter that came with the 25th Anniversary Matt Trakker. From some pieces of the comic art it looks as if they will use some Iron Grenadier parts, based on the back of the legs and the gauntlets. The helmet in the far away shot almost looks like an Ice Viper or other Rise of Cobra large-visored head sculpt.
Because of his prominence throughout the Con comic, it’s also a no-brainer that Darklon will likely be a part of the IG Ground Assault 2-Pack and he looks to have a new head sculpt, the same webgear as the Marauders Taurus figure with a healthy dose of Pursuit of Cobra Firefly parts underneath. The other figure is sort of a mystery.
No ideas about the Cobra Stealth Paratrooper other than it’s most likely the parachute figure and will not be available for sale until after the parachute drop on Friday.
Oktober Guard Attack Helicopter appears to be a repainted Rise of Cobra Dragonhawk, while the Soviet Convoy truck looks like the truck from Indiana Jones, which actually works fairly well in this regard.
I’ll be honest, this is a LOT more exclusives than I expected. Two vehicles and two separate figure packs, not to mention carded Footloose. Speaking of carded Footloose, the Club has brought 500 of them to the Con and they are limited to ONE PER PERSON including Golden Ticket holders. The reason for this according to Brian Savage is that they are not convention items, they are Club items, and they are specifically holding some back to sell after the Convention, something that is sure to please a number of fans out there.
Conspicuous by his absence as well is Dragonsky, who has been a hotly desired part of this Con set, but it looks like he will not come with this particular set. The reason I assume that is that he does show up in the Convention comic, but his uniform is based on the 2004 Comic Pack version, with no updated designs that might meld him into the modern set. He also appears to get wounded in the convention comic, which would account for the fact that he is not a major part of the story.
Check out some images below of the comic art, reflecting some of these things that I mentioned. Looking forward to seeing more tomorrow!
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A huge thanks to MadMac41 of JoeBattleLines for the info and the picture assistance! He came through big time.