Coil Con is over and Gary has some editing time again, so here is episode 66 of What’s on Joe Mind, the foremost G.I. Joe podcast on the ‘net! The guys give a little run down of what’s been going on in our pesky “real lives” to delay episode releases, and we also have the immense pleasure to speak with Hasbro designers Andrew and Trina about the work they’ve done for Hasbro in general and on the G.I. Joe brand specifically. Some awesome insight about the modern Joes design philosophy and the infamous Dollar Store figures! Hit up our Podbean page or check out the Embedded players below. Show notes as always are after the jump.
And it’s a beauty as we’ve come to expect! Check out GIJoeCon.com to see for yourself…
Oktober Guard’s resident sniper… Daina!
It was somewhat of a no-brainer that she would be the first figure reveal with the box art and the comic page already shown, but seeing the figure in the “flesh” so to speak is always the best feeling! And this figure does NOT disappoint! Wow, a totally new head sculpt and new “tanker’s cowl”. That camouflage pattern is absolutely amazing.
Beautiful figure. Check out the mirrored image below.
Were folks wondering what the GIJCC Exclusive Footloose looked like from all angles? Wonder no more!
The Collectors’ Club has posted a great YouTube video featuring their 2012 exclusive incentive figure Footloose, and finally gives us a good look at all sides of this great looking figure, including the backpack.
Two more figures in the incredible lineup of characters for the upcoming Convention set have been shown on GIJoeCon.com! Pulling from the Brazilian ranks, once a Cover Girl repaint, Sparta sports a newly tooled 25th Anniversary style head based on the incredible DTC Cover Girl sculpt! Not only does it look like a great head, but it would double for an awesome Scarlett as well.
She doesn’t quite work flawlessly for a 25th Anniversary Cover Girl, but certainly makes a great base that could be used with some minor tweaks. Anyone with a DTC Cover Girl could easily use the coat from that figure. Folks who want her blonde might have to adjust a bit more, however.
Steel Cobra (De Aco) is about what we expected, but looks a LOT better than I thought he might. The vac-metallized head is impressive. Very impressive. I like what I’m seeing here. Really can’t wait to check out Claymore. It figures that they’re taking the character I’m most looking forward to and showing him last!
Check out the mirrored images below.
With JoeCon coming much earlier in the year next year, the Convention Brochure has already been posted online!
The biggest revelation, of course, is the announcement of the Convention Exclusive sets! And would you look at this… something that I mentioned on the GIJCC Club forums a while ago, and have been talking about on these very pages looks to be coming to pass! No images, unfortunately, but enough details to make mouths water.
MISSION: BRAZIL II! Check out this figure lineup and tell me the 25th Anniversary fan inside of you isn’t giddy:
“This updated fan favorite set includes 15 figures in the 25A body style including unique Brazilian characters and Python Patrol troop builders. Every collector will want these 25A style action figures from this set! The G.I. Joe figures include Captain Claymore, Leatherneck, Wet-Suit, Mainframe, Dial-Tone and features the female secret agent, Sparta!
The Cobra figures include two Python Tele-Vipers, six Python Troopers and features the elusive Steel Cobra (Cobra de Aço)! Each of these great teams comes with their classic weapons and accessories in this exciting 2011 fifteen figure boxed set. Mission Brazil II will be a great addition to your collection!”
My only real caveat is that I hope while the Club uses the Special Missions: Brazil concept, I hope they don’t mirror the exact paint schemes. I’d love to see a classic Leatherneck, perhaps a Wet-Suit with the proper helmet, Mainframe with a better head sculpt, etc… the only question I have lies with Dial Tone. Obviously he got the classic homage with the 2011 incentive figure, so that makes me just a bit nervous that they might be going whole hog into the Special Missions: Brazil theme. Time will tell.
I’m sure folks will be crazy for the Python Patrol soldiers as well.
One very intriguing aspect here has to be the addition of Sparta. Released single carded in Brazil, Sparta was essentially a reissued Cover Girl. So will this re-release give fans the 25th Anniversary Cover Girl figure they’ve been after? It certainly appears that way.
Keeping my fingers crossed for some traditional paint apps, but beyond that, a terrific sounding concept. Really looking forward to seeing some image reveals. Check out the Brochure right here, and keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com, this year (for the first time) we’re getting electronic registration, which promises to go up before Christmas.
Holidays and Convention Season…it really is the most wonderful time of the year!