Good friend of GeneralsJoes and noted author James Kavanaugh, Jr. has nearly completed work on the third volume of his impressive Rank & File guide to G.I. Joe modern era figures! JoeCon is nearly upon us, and so will the latest Rank & File and you’re guaranteed to find something to love here. Check out the press release and full details below.
The adventure continues to evolve in Rank & File — A Guide to Third-Generation 4” G.I. Joe Action Figures!
After a brief hiatus in 2006 that allowed G.I. Joe to flourish in other areas, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today! Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were also introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.
The Rank & File guide volume 3 displays every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the Celebrating 30 Years of A Real American Hero / Renegades, Retaliation,50, and Basic G.I. Joe Asst. series, complete with every accessory and variation produced. Not only are the accessories shown, they were carefully cataloged in an upcoming volume that will guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and playset released in the 4″ era is documented and every easily removable piece is shown individually photographed —ensuring collector completion.
This full color, forty-eight page resource manual beautifully illustrates the four series’ 148 action figures, twenty-two vehicles and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide. Each action figure was carefully examined between its initial run and any further re-releases to ensure accurate samples are clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.
Whether you are a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor, the Rank & File series is the decisive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles, and playsets produced from 2007 to today. Let the Rank & File guides serve as a reference for completion or a scrapbook to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
The MSRP for The Rank & File guide Volume 3 is $20 and available at www.rahcguide.com. Buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs. If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. guides before, the process will be very similar. This guide was self-published and produced in quantities reflecting previous sales so do not hesitate in ordering if owning a guide is a priority.
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This isn’t just another NJCC… teaming up with the fine folks from Boss Fight Studio, the New Jersey Collectors Con will be featuring a fantastic two-day toy extravaganza on August 12th and 13th in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Boss Fight will be front and center with many awesome activities for convention goers and rumor has it their Series 02 Fantasy figures from Vitruvian HACKS will be available for sale at the show.
NJCC will also have a Series 02 exclusive figure available there as well. Should be a great time, put those dates on your calendar, and I’ll see you there!
For all of the latest info, check out NewJerseyCollectorsCon.com or visit them on Facebook.
I’ll admit… I was feeling pretty lukewarm about the majority of the FSS 6 reveals, with the first half of the figures shown feeling somewhat lackluster.
But over the past week or so, the Collectors Club has shown the back half of the latest Figure Subscription Service and things have taken a decided turn for the better. While not all home runs, there has been a distinct upward trend which is nice to see.
We all know who this guy is, and why he must not be named…interesting choice for the head sculpt and I do like the armored torso, though the scarf looks a little sketchy. It will likely look better in production, but this one isn’t wowing me.
Okay, this one is a head scratcher. I’m not entirely sure why Windmill was tops of anyone’s list for an FSS figure anyway, but especially not the Funskool deco version. I’m not crazy about the parts here and the dated 25th Anniversary vest leaves me cold. The dual purpose head sculpt for BattleForce: 2000 and Windmill makes a certain amount of sense, but again, I can think of several characters that needed revisiting before this guy.
Now Rampart looks pretty great. The Collectors Club is further developing the 1990 roster nicely, and I’m glad to see this guy here. I will not rest until Captain Grid-Iron shows up though. #GridIronForLife
Ehh… I dunno. I love the classic WORMS, it’s one of my all time favorite COBRA vehicle drivers, but the modern officer style jacket just seems broad and bloated. I get what they were going for here, but not real wild about the final execution.
Excellent. More love for new Devil’s Due characters is always good. Yes, I realize she’s not really a new character, she’s just Oktober Guard’s Daina in a new outfit, but it’s still a nice looking figure, and I dig the parts choices. It’s a shame there wasn’t a way to include her unique hat, but I still think the figure as a whole looks pretty great.
Yes. Yes. YES. I’m pretty sure I’ve put The Plague down on my convention survey nearly every year since they first debuted, and Guillotine is a fantastic place to start. I’m desperately hoping this is an indication of more Plague members still to come and if so, this is a heck of a nice start. Great looking figure and a nice way to round off the FSS reveals.
And in case you missed it, the Club also threw a new vest and scarf on Cross Hair, which I am fully in support of:
So… FSS 6.0 ends up strong, though I’m still not sure I can justify the expense. With shipping we’re talking around $450 which is far from pocket change, especially as newly tooled parts continue to be reduced. Many of the figures shown here lack that “collector” mentality of extra paint decos or new parts which were used as justifications for higher prices in the past. Yes, I realize that everything costs, and producing these things aren’t cheap, but seeing costs increase while our bang for the buck decreases doesn’t leave the best taste in my mouth.
That being said, if you like what you see, more power to you, hit up the Figure Subscription Service page to buy ’em up! Then let me know if you want to sell your Guillotine afterwards… 😉
So I’ve fallen a bit behind on the FSS 6.0 reveals and the Club has kept pushing them out fast and furious. Along with Sub Zero, we’ve now seen the following:
Night Stalker Commander
Based off of the Collectors’ Club’s own 2007 Night Stalker Commander from that year’s Convention Set, it’s a repaint and slight rebuild of their female COBRA Trooper.
Using Tollbooth’s head and a nice mix of somewhat recent parts (at least from the waist up, though honestly, those later generation Zap legs ain’t half bad). This is one of the better reveals so far!
I always love seeing some of the new blood from the 2002 – 2005 era getting some plastic love, but this one isn’t real pretty. That vest is too small and rides way too high. I can think of several alternatives that would have worked better. And what’s up with the black collar?
Yay, Z-Force! Any excuse to get some cool Z-Force figures are good ones, and Skip looks pretty sharp. I would have loved a head that allowed for a removable beret, but this is cool, too.
The colors match up, and he’ll look really good next to TJBang. I don’t really get the use of the Storm Shadow torso underneath the webgear, and it feels like there’s a little too much going on there. I can think of a few different purposes for that wacky head sculpt, too…
So far we’re halfway through the reveals for the latest Figure Subscription Service… a pretty eclectic group of characters this time around, that’s for sure.
It’s already an exciting day at the Capital City Toy Show today in Concord, New Hampshire. An fun, family oriented show with great dealers and a surprising amount of collectible product also has Boss Fight Studio in attendance today and they’ve revealed the very first look at Series 02 “Felonious”, one of their mages from the upcoming Fantasy series!
Featuring some fantastic soft goods, tons of removable accessories and newly posed “magic spell” hands, Felonious (and his trusty mouse Doai) come to Series 02 and add some more magic influence to an already fantastically supernatural Vitruvian HACKS story.
Felonious features a great modular hole in the back of his belt, which fits his closed book, as well as a dagger, dragon staff, magic potions and a removable hood. Not just a terrific looking figure, but a great foundation for some awesome stuff still to come.
If you’re in the Concord area, be sure to stop by the Capital City Toy Show and check it out for yourself!
If you like what you see here, make sure you’re jumping over to BossFightShop.com to pre-order Wave 1 of the Fantasy Series!
Check out all of the images below, and prepare to be stunned!