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First and foremost, I must apologize. I know I’m typically right on top of this stuff, but I took some volunteer shifts with the Collectors Club this year, and as such, haven’t had as much time to report on what’s been revealed so far.
Pretty much what I stated in my post from yesterday morning has held true, including Clutch, the VTOL aircraft, and the Septic HISS. The Collectors Club also surprised us by releasing a separate 4 x 4 Zombie Hunter VAMP, which had not been revealed in the program the night before. So there were some very nice offerings this year, and at this point, my favorite extra is probably a mix between Clutch and the Steel Brigade pilot, who are both some really nice, modern builds, and I love that the pilot has some homage to the 2005 Steel Brigade Convention set.
Phil over at YoJoe has been doing an awesome job flooding the YoJoe Image Gallery with photos of the exclusives, so check out the photos over on YoJoe.com for the latest info!
Yes, I realize this is likely old news, but I wanted to get it out there anyway. Many folks were wondering what head sculpt would be underneath Repulsor’s helmet, and it looks like the answer is 25th Anniversary Red Star! With the black hair I think the head works more than well enough for a unique character.
Also revealed is the Attendee Exclusive ECO Striker, which awesomely uses the G.I. Joe: Retaliation AWE Striker tooling. I’m thrilled about this! Yes, it’s still the AWE Striker, but at least it’s got some fresher parts than the standard release AWE Striker we’ve gotten countless times over the years, and the large launcher on top much better resembles the water squirter from back in the day.
Check out the AWE Striker below.
As usual, by examining the comic book/program that came with the boxed sets last night, you can get a decent idea of what the exclusive items might be once revealed tonight.
I’ve included some small images from the comic, and a run down of what we can probably expect.
Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL
No real idea about the pilot himself, but a quick panel from the comic shows the Pursuit of Cobra Ghost Hawk, which is definitely a VTOL aircraft, so that would seem to answer that question. I wonder if it’s color scheme will be based off the Steel Brigade Sky Hawk from 2005?
Cobra Septic Tank MK II
Images from the comic show a DTC HISS! That is a pretty pleasant surprise, I suspect. We haven’t seen this vehicle since it was used in the DTC line, and it was a surprise to me to see that the Club may have used it for this convention set.
G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2 Pack
Near the end of the comic, Clutch and an unnamed driver of an ECO Warrior themed Ninja Combat Cruiser appear! We see no mention of the Combat Cruiser itself, but we do see Clutch and a small hint of a driver, who almost looks to be wearing a knit cap? Perhaps these are the two “Rescue Ops” members?
Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack
I think it’s safe to assume these are based off the concept case figures, and they are shown throughout the comic as well.
Now, neither the Kre-O set nor Night Force Crazylegs were shown in the comic (unless that’s Crazylegs driving the jeep with Clutch, considering the PoC version had that knit cap underneath his helmet) but I think we can all assume what we’re getting there.
It’s still unknown to me whether or not Crazylegs is indeed the “Parachute” figure. It certainly seems likely, but the Club did not explicitly state that in the program. They did mention that he’s a “Paratrooper” so that really seems to lead that direction, though. Something tells me ole Crazylegs might be the sleeper hit this year. Check out the full gallery of images below.
So the Club comic has been frantically grabbed by the rabid fanboys down here in Dallas, so there are some added details about the Convention Exclusives we can hope to see this year!
According to the Convention program, we will be getting:
- Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL (LE800)
- Cobra Septic HISS Tank mk II (DTC HISS repaint by the looks of the comic art) (LE 800)
- G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2-Pack (no idea, and no clear insight based on internal comic art) (LE 700)
- Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack (LE 1,000)
- Kre-O Zombie Initiative 7 Pack (LE 600)
- Night Force Para Trooper Crazy Legs (LE 500)
Carded Cross Country and the HAVOC MK II should also be available in limited numbers at the Con. The attendee is exclusive is a great repaint of the Retaliation AWE Striker in ECO Striker form!
That’s right, Joe fans! Starting tomorrow news and intel from the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention in Dallas, TX will start flying in. Tomorrow evening, around 8:30pm, Golden Ticket holders will be able to pick up their boxed sets, and contained within those boxed sets will be a convention comic with a price list for other exclusives expected at the show.
Once 8:45 – 9:00pm hits, expect the news to strike hard and fast and the rest of the convention exclusives will be revealed!
Then throughout the weekend, images, news, and details of this year’s JoeCon will start spreading. Keep it posted here and at YoJoe.com for the latest word. Yes, I know Hasbro won’t be in attendance, but there should be plenty of other toy geekery, including hopefully some news from Boss Fight Studios, and word on the third round of the Figure Subscription Service! For all the details, check out the links below:
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