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Still looking for Dollar General figures? Check your local Christmas Tree Shop

For you unlucky souls throughout America without a local Dollar General store, if you have a “Christmas Tree Shop” nearby, you’re going to want to hit it up.  Granted, I think Christmas Tree Shops are even more regional than the Dollar Generals are, but there are folks, specifically in New England, who have a Christmas Tree Shop, but no Dollar Generals.

Troy from the ToyVerse and Shogi from Joe Toon Archive both report that the Dollar General figures have been spotted there, and Shogi even sent along an image that you can see below.  Do you have a local store?  Check to see if there is a store in your area.

Pre-Orders for G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Oktober Guard set remaining open

Along with the unfortunate news about the FSS subscription service delay, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club sends along an email in regards to the second run of the Oktober Guard Convention set.  Unfortunately they failed to meet the Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) but some folks might consider that good news, as that means they are leaving the pre-orders open for the forseeable figure (until the shortfall is filled).

They seem to understand the limitations on finances during the holiday season, so hopefully this means more people will have access to buying this second run set!  I would envision that if this second run fails to sell out, chances of us seeing this happen with a future Convention set are little to none.

Check out the full email below.

“Hello everyone,

Our closing date for the second run of the Oktober Guard was yesterday.  However, we did not meet the MOQ (minimum order quantity) required by the manufacturer.  We are about 100 orders short.  Here is what we are going to do:   We are moving ahead and placing the order with the manufacturer so they will arrive in the spring.  We are also leaving the pre-orders open until the MOQ is sold.  Once these are gone, that’s it. 

So, how much longer will you have to order them?  Unknown, just depends on how fast they go.  We know that the timing on this was not great, so we are hoping that by leaving the pre-orders open, more people will be able to get this fantastic set.

Here is the original announcement:

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

For pictures of the individual figures from click here!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Brian “

First Collectors’ Club FSS shipment likely delayed by West Coast dock strike

We were this close.  THIS close to finally getting some new G.I. Joe product in 2012, but according to an email from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club, it’s looking like the first installment of the Figure Subscription Service may not reach subscribers until shortly after the Christmas holiday.

Apparently there is a dock strike which is impacting the quickness of product being distributed.  The full context of the e-mail is below:

“Hello everyone,

Our latest update is not a happy one.  Many of you may not be aware that there is a labor strike going on by the west coast ports clerical workers.  This is now going to impact our delivery of the first FSS set.  Currently they have been striking a week, and this is the latest from our shipper:

ILWU OCU Local 63 Update – Ports of Los Angeles / Long Beach

As of this morning it is expected that the first shift in the LA / LGB will continue to picket the terminals affected by the strike.  Talks between the two sides ended Saturday night at 10PM PST without a resolution.  Talks resumed yesterday at 10am PST and are ongoing around the clock.  Presiding the talks are local mediators and Los Angeles Mayor Villaigosa.  The offer submitted by the HEA (Harbor Employer Association) is still being reviewed and is offering the 600 clerical workers a compensation package of USD 190,000 – USD 35,000 more than the present package.


It is our understanding that this strike is costing the country over a billion dollars in lost revenue each day.  I suggest that you contact your senators and congressman and ask them to do something as this could really impact everyone’s Christmas, not just our shipment.

Originally our ship was scheduled to dock on Sunday, Dec 2, they have slowed down and are scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday, December 5 but….even if they get to dock, there is now a week’s backlog on the docks that is not moving so, the likelihood that we will even receive the shipment by Christmas is slim.

Our plan is to turn the shipment and get it out to you as soon as we receive it.  This should NOT impact future FSS shipments as even if we have to ship two sets in January, we are not planning on changing the timing of the future shipments.  It may be that the first two come really close together.

I will keep you updated as we get information from our shipper.

Thanks for your patience,


Fingers crossed that these start distribution as quickly after Christmas as possible…I’m glad they’re hoping to make up for it with two potential shipments in January.  Gotsta get my hands on these.

Thanks to the GIJoe Collectors Club for the info.


Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #185

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

…no, not Christmas…new comic day!  And not just new comic day, but new comic day with a new issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.  Hama and Gallant rescue Christmas!  This issue hits comic shops tomorrow, but check out the preview below…filled with some old school awesome!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #185

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant  (a) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (c)

Things are finally coming to a head between DARKLON and DESTRO! With the two adversaries confronting each other for the first time in years, things could get out of control—fast! Meanwhile, G.I. JOE is in trouble: CLUTCH and ROCK N’ ROLL are trapped in COBRA’s new HQ and a new mission in Benzheen takes a turn for the worse! The villains reign supreme in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #185!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

Variant Larry Hama sketch cover!