Good morning, Joe fans! So another Toy Fair Hasbro Fan Event is behind us and as we all recover from the attack on our senses from the G.I. Joe Eaglehawk, I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of an exciting new custom contest being held over on JoeDeClassified.com and JoeCustoms.com.
The guys over there are asking for all of you talented customizers to work up a custom of an unproduced G.I. Joe toy. The rules are as follows:
Custom contest rules:
1. Customs may be figures or vehicles.
2. Any customs created for any prior contest, or that have been shown prior on the web are automatically disqualified. Customizers should submit a photo with their entry that shows their construction materials with any dated item (magazine, etc) created after the contest start date.
3. Customs must be of an unfinished Hasbro product (Rocky, for example). Anything that ever existed in any state of design is eligible. Please see the references at the bottom for further inspiration.
4. All entries are due no later than 15April2013.
5. All prize-winning customs become property of Joe Declassified, and will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to help support future Declassified endeavors. If contest winners do not wish to participate in the fundraising process, we will select the next highest rated customs to take their place.
6. No more than 3 custom entries per individual.
7. Entries MUST include real name, any online screen names, city and state of origin. All entry photos should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include no more than 10 photos per entry. Any questions or clarifications of contest rules should be sent to the same email address.
8. All judges and Joe Declassified staff are automatically disbarred from entry.
There are some stellar judges who are set to judge these entries as well… Fran from HissTank, Chris from JoeSightings, Fred from JoeBattleLines, Terry from YoJoe, staff of JoeCustoms and JoeDeClassified, and even John Warden himself from Hasbro will be taking part in judging! The owner and admin of a certain hack site will also be letting his 2 cents known. No, I do not take bribes, but anyone doing unproduced Sigma 6 toys will get 50 bonus points! 😉
The greatest thing about this contest, though, are the prizes! They are taking out all the stops in offering some fantastic prizes like a carded unreleased Wave 14 Storm Shadow, a full FSS set, and an SDCC Exclusive Jinx 2-Pack. Find out all of the juicy details over at JoeDeClassified.com and JoeCustoms.com. I cannot WAIT to see these entries!
JoeDeClassified SpecOps has posted a new episode of their excellent podcast, and this time brought in the services of none other than G. Wayne Miller. For the uninitiated, G. Wayne Miller spent some time with both Hasbro and Mattel in the 90’s and wrote about the events in that time period in the fantastic book Toy Wars. This is a must read book for toy fans in general and for G.I. Joe fans specifically as the book tells the story of Hasbro’s absorption of Kenner, an attempted buy out by Mattel, and the “evolution” of G.I. Joe from military toyline to the super hero-esque G.I. Joe Extreme.
It’s a fantastic read, and hearing Mr. Miller talk about his time in the industry on the podcast was equally entertaining. This is something that every fan should listen to.
Hit up the episode right here, and check out JoeDeclassified.com for the images to go along with the story.
Without much new merchandise to swoon over, it’s important to get familiar with G.I. Joe’s history as well as some of the cooler offshoots of the G.I. Joe brand, and the latest episode of the JDSO Podcast does that in spades! We get some awesome insight about the Jurassic Park line that may or may not ever come to pass as well as some great intel about shared parts between G.I. Joe, Stargate, James Bond Jr, and many other toylines of the 80’s and 90’s.
Also, one of the rarest pieces of the late 90’s comes to light with a great look at the Desert Headquarters exclusive figures that were slated to come out in ’98, but were lost to the “sands of time” so to speak.
Check out the latest episode on the JDSO Podbean page, and make sure you hit JoeDeClassified.com to see all the fantastic images to go along with the episode details. This is one you don’t want to miss!
Over the past week there has been a minor barrage of G.I. Joe news, from the Figure Subscription Service to the Canadian JoeCon, but over the next few months, things will probably be at a lull.
Well, what better time to showcase a figure that was initially slated for a final wave of the 30th Anniversary line, but never hit retail? Hasbro has promised us a number of times that they would find a way to get this figure out there, and my conversations with Hasbro at JoeCon made me even more certain of that fact, but to date, this figure has not seen release.
As we’ve gotten used to over the past few years, G.I. Joe collector of pre-production items Gyre-Viper from JoeDeClassified.com has managed to get his hands on this figure, and he was kind enough to let me borrow it long enough to get this review posted. Hopefully it provides an interesting look at a figure that will be hitting retail eventually.
With no further adeu, you can check out my 30th Anniversary Page, or hit the direct link below:
Not content to merely represent the hidden world of G.I. Joe at the official G.I. Joe Convention on an annual basis, this year, the guys from JoeDeclassified will be going north of the border! Yes, apparently their parole has been lifted and homeland security is letting them leave the country.
Not only will JoeDeclassified have a great booth at the Canadian JoeCon, but for the first time ever, they will be holding a seminar at the show discussing many of the hidden gems of the G.I. Joe universe. Secrets will be revealed from the past 30 years, both in the booth and at the seminar. There will be items shown in the panel that are not on display at the booth, and there will be items in the booth that will not be seen at the seminar, so going to both will be the best way to see everything that JoeDeclassified has to offer.
Many people have personally sent Gyre-Viper select pieces from their collections and the oldest 3 3/4″ prototype known to be in existence will be present at the show. This is a must see. These are all items that will be publicly unveiled at some point, but for the immediate future, the Canadian JoeCon is the only way to see all of this in living color. History may be getting re-written 30 years after the fact, make sure you are present to hear and see all about it!
Below I have mirrored some images, which will serve as “teasers” for product being shown at Canadian JoeCon. Don’t miss out! For all of the latest info, keep checking CanadianJoeCon.com and a huge thanks to Mike for inviting JoeDeclassified to take part. Obviously big thanks also go to JoeDeClassified.com themselves to keep up to date on all these great pieces of history throughout the G.I. Joe line.
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