Sources from around the web have shared word on the liquidation sale announced by Toys ‘R’ Us. According to Gizmodo (whose story can be linked back to USA Today), clearance sales at all stores begin tomorrow, Thursday, March 22nd.
If there’s something you’ve been holding off on buying, (like that hidden cache of 50th Anniversary G.I. Joes), now’s the time to start buying. Will you be stopping by to say goodbye to Geoffrey one last time? Sound off on the Cobra Island Forums.
Details: Each order of “The Bucks Team Commemorative Pack” comes with an order number “AEXXXX-SP” in the confirmation email; This will be your unique “Star Code”. On April 6, 2018, six unique “Star Codes” and “Star x Star Codes” will be drawn individually, corresponding to the six prizes below.
<<Acid Rain World>> 1:18 Graffiti Stronghold x 1 – Custom graffiti by Kit Lau himself
<<Acid Rain World>> Coffee Cup Set x 2 – Concept product, not for sale
<<Acid Rain World>> Whiskey Glass x 3 – Concept product, not for sale
Read more below to get full details on the contest, including info on Star x Star Power and how it works! If you haven’t pre-ordered your Bucks Team fan set yet, there’s still time, so go and get yours to be eligible for this contest!
We’re talking all about it on the Cobra Island Forums, so come join us after the break for discussion already in progress!
The June 2018 G.I.Joe solicitations from IDW Publishing are here! The first month of Summer brings us G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #253, part 3 of the Special Missions Story Arc. with a focus on Duke! June also brings us G.I.Joe A Real American Hero vol. 20, a TPB that collects G.I.Joe Issues #246 – #250, the full “Dawn of the Arashikage” story arc!
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #253—Cover A: Brian Shearer / Cover B: John Royle
Larry Hama (w) • Brian Shearer (a & c) • John Royle (c)
“Special Missions,” Part 3 (of 5). G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? Living legend Larry Hama shares some of their amazing stories in “Special Missions”—one-shot stories featuring a variety of characters and different artists to draw them! This issue, longtime G.I. Joe alum Brian Shearer joins forces with Larry to present G.I. Joe’s intrepid first sergeant without equal: DUKE!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Pencil art variant cover by Larry Hama!
G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 20
Larry Hama (w) • Netho Diaz (a & c)
While opposing forces–both good and evil–battle to control the young ninja, Dawn Moreno, she fights her own personal war within her fragile mind… one that will change the pages of G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO forever! It’s the dawning of a new age, where old meets new, bloody past collides with an even bloodier present… and an ALL-NEW SNAKE EYES RISES FROM THE ASHES! Collects issues #246–250.
Dave Dorman is a name that’s synonymous with amazing artwork; Be it Star Wars, Comics or just Fantasy art, chances are there’s a piece of Mr. Dorman’s work in your collection. That said, did you know that Dave also created a ton of amazing G.I.Joe artwork? That’s where the American Hero series of art books comes in!
For those not familiar with Dave’s AMERICAN HERO books, here is a brief synopsis: Between the mid 1980’s thru the early 90’s, Dave had the great pleasure to work with Hasbro toys producing art for in-house use helping create the design of GI Joe action figures. This work was for production only and not intended for reproduction, promotion, or packaging. Dave have had many fans over the years ask about this art. Because there is continued interest to this day to see these unpublished pieces, Dave has taken your wishes and decided to publish some of these in a series of small books. While there have been a few articles in collector’s magazines and online interviews about this work, and a few scattered publication of a couple of pieces, this will be the first real collection of Dave’s Hasbro work from this period.
The art featured in the books are full color paintings produced to make the GI Joe toy figures look as if they would in real life. Dave also features some of the pencil preliminary work that went into his painting preparation. The art covers both Joe and Cobra and some variations of uniforms not produced. Dave has kept film of these works in my archives, as he does with all of his artworks, and so the reproduction of the art is the best you will find.
In September 2015, Dave published the final volume of his AMERICAN HERO series. This is a matching edition to the previous books as well in size and design. This will most likely be the last of these books as Dave has searched his archives and can not find any more examples to show. He hope you enjoy this final edition!
The books are 6″ x 9″ full color with card stock cover, 24 pages including cover. All copies are signed by the artist, Dave Dorman.
Volumes 1 & 2 are on sale for $10, whereas volume 3 will run you $20. This is one G.I.Joe art series you won’t want to miss out on, so make sure to add all 3 to your cart! Special thanks goes to the fine folks at The Fightin’ 788th for the intel. Will you be adding Mr. Dorman’s American Hero Art Book series to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!
Wow! It’s hard to believe its been 8 months since the Kickstarter ended. We want the tribe to know that we have literally been working nights, weekends and weeknights to make production go as smoothly as possible.
We want to thank all of you and our amazing factory who was able to get the shipment out before the start of the Chinese New Year which would have delayed delivery another month.
Are the figures on there way to me?
Not just yet. We still have to go through the entire shipment and inventory and double check everyone’s mailing address. Sending out your rewards will take 2 to 3 weeks as we gather shipping material, boxes, postage, etc.
Thank you for your patience and in the meantime check out these photos I took. Sorry for the poor quality, Brandon will take better packaging photos in the next week or so.
Online store now taking pre-orders!
Some of you may have noticed that the Backerkit store is now closed but fear not! The official online store is now open and we are taking pre-orders. These will be processed and shipped with the Kickstarter rewards. Check it out at sperotoys.com
Thank you all. We couldn’t have done it without the AWOK Tribe!
Jason & Brandon
There you have it! Are you excited to unleash your AWOK collection on to your shelves? We certainly are! Get in on the excitement with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!
Rusted Gear Art has shared word that he’s completed work on his latest project, a T.A.C. Page Poster Supplement Print for the G.I.Joe Mauler M.B.T.! The supplement gives a breakdown of the MBT (Main Battle Tank), highlighting everything from the Gunner’s periscope to the Mud Shields!
So, how do you go about getting one or all of these awesome prints? That’s easy! Head on over to the Rusted Gear Art Facebook Page and send a message. Not on Facebook? No worries, you can reach the artist directly via e-mail at: email@example.com
Would you like to see more of Rusted Gear Art’s work, or perhaps add other pieces, even custom commissioned work to your collection? We’ve got you covered there as well! You can find Rusted Gear Art on DeviantArt and Reddit and can purchase original work directly through the Rusted Gear Art eBay Page.
Will you be adding this awesome G.I.Joe Mauler MBT print to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!
Check out this absolutely amazing custom G.I.Joe Cobra Scrap-Iron Figure by Stronox Customs! As with all of his work, the detailing that Stronox has put in to this piece really shines through:
This modern take on the Cobra Anti-Armor Specialist is another home run from Stronox and one that we would love to add to our collection! If you’d like to add a piece of Stronox’s work to your G.I.Joe or Cobra front lines, make sure follow Stronox on eBay, where he always has an awesome custom or two for sale!
What’s your take on this custom Cobra Scrap-Iron figure? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!
For instance, here is the full reveal of the Zombie Hunter Upgrade Kit on the Modular Armored Range Vehicle!
The upgrade kits will contain a selection of parts and accessories to customize the MARV. Upgrade kit pieces simply attach or replace existing parts on the base vehicle. Outfit the MARV to accomplish a specific mission, or totally transform it for a new adventure!
CAD work is currently underway, and Greg hopes to have the prototype completed by GIJoeCon 2018. Greg is also planning a KS launch for late summer or early fall 2018!
Will you be getting in on this new vehicle campaign from Wayward Goat once it launches? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!
Mr. Anthony Scott over at ToyHypeUSA has sat down with G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero Toy Design Legend, Mr. Guy Cassady!
During HasCon in September 2018, Anthony had a chance to sit next to Guy at the G.I. Joe Legends Dinner and had the opportunity to discuss toys, hear stories of his time working at Hasbro and more. Mr. Cassaday is credited with many vehicles that many of us played with as a child, and in this interview he discusses some of these creations.
It’s always great to hear/read the thoughts of the folks behind our favorite modern army action figures. What’s your take on ToyHypeUSA’s interview with Guy Cassaday? Share your thoughts with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!
Make sure to visit each link above to get a full breakdown of what’s available and to see these new assortments paired up with Action Figures in each scale! Will you be adding either or both new Marauder Gun-Runners weapons assortments to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!