GIJOE Cobra 2 IDW Cover

While at JoeCon 2015 I noticed a huge problem among the G.I. Joe action figure collecting community. It seems a lot of us are not currently reading IDW G.I.Joe Comics, and for the most part have tried and gave up, or just not reading at all. So in an attempt to get people back into the swing of reading IDW G.I. Joe Comics, HISSTANK.com will be posting up articles that center around updating the community on what to read from past series, and issues leading up to current IDW G.I. Joe content.

First up is the powerhouse series G.I. Joe: Cobra written by Mike Costa and Christos Gage with artist Antonio Fuso. For any seasoned G.I. Joe fan and collector, the G.I. Joe: Cobra series offers a great starting point to get back into reading G.I. Joe Comics. This series is the best written G.I. Joe comic series of the modern collecting time frame, and of IDW’s ownership of the G.I. Joe brand. This book should also be looked at for Movie Script consideration, or at the minimum, a “Netflix Daredevil” style TV series.

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Have you ever wanted to know what it cost to collect G.I. Joe A Real American Hero? Well HISSTANK.com has broken down a list on a per figure basis to own one of every G.I. Joe action figure over the 2015 time frame. This list includes the G.I. Joe Collectors Club figures, regular retail G.I. Joe Hasbro releases, SDCC Exclusives and what the current average of what you will be paying on eBay if you did not make it out to the convention, or grab sets from the club at cost. Although I think your going to need eye bleach after you see these numbers, this is in no way Hasbro or Club bashing. We just wanted to point out what a dedicated core group of collectors the G.I.Joe fandom really has. It’s amazing to see just how much money we will be spending on G.I. Joe in 2015. I hope retailers take note!

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The Roll Out Roll Call Facebook Page has been updated with information pertaining to this years event! Here’s the scoop –

Book Your Early Bird Weekend Pass to Roll Out Roll Call, the UK Transformers, G.I.Joe & Action Force Show NOW! 

October 3rd & 4th, 2015 at the Jurys Inn Southampton, UK

Throughout the month of april, RORC is offering a 25% off Early Bird Weekend Pass Discount! *Prices below reflect current exchange rate as of April 17th and may fluctuate.

  • Weekend Adult Pass – £40 /$59.78 (Early Bird £30/$44.84)
  • Weekend Under 16 Pass £22/$32.82  (Early Bird £16.50/$24.66)
  • Weekend Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 under 16) £100/$149.45  (Early Bird £75/$112.09)

You can book your passes now at Roll Out Roll Call

You can now also book your discounted hotel room at the Jurys Inn Southampton!

Book online or call direct and use the promo code of “TOY” for special rate of £60 B&B for single occupancy per night and £70 B&B for double occupancy per night. All bookings include COMPLIMENTARY WiFi!!!

Code valid for Thursday 1st – Monday 5th October, so sharing with a friend works out at £35 each per night with full breakfast and WiFi.

You can find out lots more through the RORC YouTube, Facebook or Twitter channels, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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Here’s an index of all the articles that we shared during JoeCon 2015. There are some amazing galleries to be seen, so make sure to click through each day to see what was reported on from the International G.I.Joe Collectors Convention in Springfield, Illinois!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

gijoe state of the union joecon 2015

G.I. Joe State of the Union JoeCon 2015 Edition

It has been sometime since I have felt a good positive vibe for G.I. Joe and it’s core group of fans. With all the ups and downs that we in the G.I. Joe fandom endure, it has been very hard for all of us to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and the respect for the brand that we all expect as collectors. After this weekend I really feel we are finally going to get the solid commitment to G.I. Joe that we have been waiting for.

To bring everybody up to speed on the current overlords of G.I. Joe, we will first need to start with Derryl DePriest: A long time G.I. Joe fan with a collection that would shock any G.I. Joe fan. He is a dedicated player, knows his G.I. Joe history, and has done a lot of work for the collecting community, tracking down lost tools (toy molds) that were at first thought to be extinct, along with constantly pushing for MORE surrounding the G.I.Joe Brand as a whole. He gets a lot of respect from me just on the effort he puts into his work, and I know he wants G.I. Joe to succeed.

Next up is G.I. Joe Brand Manager Mark Weber who is fresh off of the Transformers Generations line, coming from a brand that has proven itself time and time again to be a winner, Transformers. I had a very in depth conversation with Mark and I can tell you we are lucky to have him. Not only is he a life long collector of 3 3/4 he knows his G.I.Joe and reads up on his comics. It was nice to see a G.I. Joe brand manager who could keep up with me on IDW comics.

Now that we know who controls our fate over the G.I. Joe brand let’s breakdown all the information that I could gather, and put it all into what I think we are going to see in the future for the G.I. Joe brand. I was able to talk to both Mark and Derryl on a very real level. I didn’t hold back at all, the line of questioning was at times respectfully aggressive, and I feel because of that we received some real answers.

To understand what it looks like Hasbro is about to do with G.I. Joe you must first examine what has been going on with the Transformers Brand and how that has been working out for the collectors. First off, Transformers fans are reading IDW comics religiously, and enjoying the awesome benefits of doing so. Not only does IDW listen to what the fans want, they are also getting a ton of product including new characters made into new Transformers toys that directly tie into the comics books. IDW lives off of the feedback and keeps improving Transformers comics, keeps growing the fan base, and helping that brand become even stronger with fan driven product that also has kids appeal. It’s one of the BEST CASE SCENARIOS that we could hope for the G.I. Joe Brand.

The problem is the G.I. Joe toy collecting community is NOT reading G.I.Joe comics. I was shocked to see how many people at JoeCon 2015 have never read G.I. Joe Cobra, or are not reading G.I. Joe comics at all. This is a huge problem, especially now, knowing that Hasbro is shifting gears to bring kids back to the brand. The best chance we have of getting G.I. Joe content, new characters, toys connected to good content, that we as adult collectors will enjoy is IDW G.I. Joe comics. You can expect a renewed effort from HISSTANK.com to get people reading again! I really think this is the only way we will receive the level of story telling we expect from the G.I. Joe brand. All these awesome Marvel movies we are getting were at one time awesome comic books. If you want the G.I. Joe brand to be strong, it’s going to start with the G.I. Joe comics.

So this brings us to the MovieCartoon cycle that Hasbro uses to keep the fan base engaged. A new G.I. Joe movie is on it’s way and will most likely kick off the new cycle. Not much was said on that front, but they did hint to some of the rumors out there about G.I. Joe 3 may have some truth to them. It could be the rumor that D.J. Caruso will be the next director, or that awful idea of including Matt Trackker into a G.I. Joe film. Nothing was confirmed but the fact that G.I. Joe 3 is in the works.

The one thing that was clear at the Hasbro G.I. Joe booth is that kids engagement will now be the main focus for the G.I. Joe brand as it should be. What this means for most of the core base, 40ish year old toy collectors, is be ready for change, because it’s not going to be what we want on a G.I. Joe Resolute scale. I don’t think we will ever see that level of G.I. Joe again in cartoon form. The next cartoon series and direction is going to be kids focused and marketed to them, not us. This is some of the best news we could have expected to hear out of JoeCon 2015. If kids start to buy into G.I. Joe, all those closed doors will open up for the G.I. Joe brand. Hasbro is going to face huge obstacles on how that is done, and I wish them the best of luck on that front.

Where does the G.I. Joe Club fit into all of this? Well it looks like Hasbro has surrendered the rights to do the rest of ARAH to the Collectors Club. If your looking to continue to collect the figures that come from ARAH the Club is going to be the main outlet for those Characters and Vehicles. If Hasbro wanted to continue doing ARAH at retail they just had a huge opportunity to offer us a chunk of what was missing from your ARAH collection, but they have chosen to produce what was in the Hasbro G.I.Joe case at JoeCon 2015 over old school classics. To me this was the best option Hasbro had to still have ARAH figures available to the core G.I.Joe collecting base.

To round all of this up is not easy, Hasbro is going to make that effort to ignite the G.I. Joe brand again. G.I. Joe has the potential to gain back the respect it deserves. We all have a chance in the collecting community to be a part of that trip, but it all hinges on the ability for Hasbro to deliver a G.I. Joe Movie that keeps up with all of it’s competition: Star Wars, Marvel Movies, Transformers, DC – Batman and a host of other pop culture titans that will be releasing films over the next 10 years, right along side any potential G.I. Joe film.

We as fans are going to need to adjust and let the kids G.I. Joe programming be what it is. Most likely we are not going to like it, and that’s fine because it’s not going to be produced for us. Same goes for some of the toys that will show up for that kids direction. The pay off comes down the line when the G.I. Joe team gets a much larger budget to produce G.I. Joe items that are aimed directly at the core collector market. My best example would be the Transformers Masterpiece Series, Transformers Generations, Black Series 6″ Star Wars and Marvel Legends with Build-A-Figures. All have large collector base followings, with kids focused product sitting along side of what we look at as collector driven product.

Bottom line is G.I. Joe is far from finished at mass retail. ARAH will still be around via the G.I. Joe Collectors Club. And fresh new ideas are going to flow into the G.I. Joe Brand. How Hasbro gets to that middle ground that they have achieved with their other brands like Transformers is yet to be seen. Lets hope and pray it’s a smash hit and there is a new school generation of G.I. Joe collectors that crashes the G.I. Joe brand.

We hope everybody enjoyed HISSTANK.com’s coverage of JoeCon 2015. We worked very hard to bring you up to the minute information from the showroom floor and panel rooms, for all of you that could not make it out to the show. We hope all of you take the time to sound off on the HISSTANK.com forums and let us know how you feel about our JoeCon 2015 State of the Union write up. See you after the jump!

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Sigma 6 Customs by Vanishing Point HissTank

HissTank.com forum member and Master Sigma 6 Customizer Vanishing Point has shared 3 of his latest creations with us here on the HissTank.com Customs Forums!

First up his a stunning Sigma 6 style Baroness figure. She’s looks perfect, down to her signature sunglasses.

Next is a figure who we just visited in Modern Era form, the G.I.Joe Arctic Assault Specialist, Sigma 6 Blizzard! He may not have his sled pack, but this Sigma 6 version is top shelf!

Finally and my personal favorite of the 3 is a Sigma 6 Cobra Toxo-Viper! VP has done a great job of capturing this character’s personality in S6 form.

Make sure to visit all three threads and share your thoughts by clicking on each characters name above!

Stars and Stripes Forever HissTank

3DJoes stopped by to share some great news with us – Stars and Stripes Forever and To the Rescue posters have arrived!

3DJ picked up both “To the Rescue” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” posters with the original mailing tube at JoeCon! It was his priciest acquisition of the show, but worth every penny!

“Stars and Stripes Forever” was painted by Ron Rudat, and “To the Rescue” was commissioned by Aladdin Thermos for their tin lunch box. Find out more about these beautiful posters and marvel at the close up image galleries over on the 1982 mail order posters page!  Be sure to check out all of the other art under the print tab while you’re there!

 

Custom Modern Era GI Joe Blizzard HissTank

Check out this fantastic Custom Modern Era G.I.Joe Blizzard by HissTank.com forum member Nirvana7! If you take a look around our forums, it’s no secret that Blizzard remains high on the list of figures who are long past their due in modern era form. nirvana7’s custom is a perfect representation of what an update of this character should look like!

Nirvana has shared quite a few images of this awesome custom, so make sure to check them all out after the break!