3.75 Joe – Creating G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Vol. 5 Kickstarter Campaign Now Live

Mr. Dan Klingensmith Jr. has shared word that the 3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I.Joe ®: A Real American Hero™ Vol. 5 Kickstarter Campaign is now live! 

G.I. Joe® * is one of the most recognizable and well known action figure lines in history, yet there is no full story showing the creation process of the G.I. Joe®: A Real American Hero™ brand that ran from 1982-1994

The release of “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” book series, Volume 5! The fifth book in the series, “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero (Volume 5)” is an 80 page, 9”X10” library of designs and stories ranging from 1982-1994, including some unproduced concepts! This fully colored book will be printed on 100# paper in a Soft Perfect Bind format with a visible spine like a graphic novel. Although there have been many books written about G.I. Joe®, what makes “3.75 Inch Joe: The Special Forces Team that forged an American Hero” series unique is the fact that the information shared within the book comes from exclusive interviews with former employees who worked on the G.I. Joe® brand. Some of the things to expect include:

  • The inspiration and influences behind the different figures and vehicles straight from the designers’ point of view…
  •  Alternate names for figures and vehicles pulled from Larry Hama’s dossiers or from the original concepts themselves…
  • Insider stories from former employees ranging from Marketing to Engineering regarding the changes that occurred during the design process…
  • Conceptual designs and photographs that will show the progression and different stages of creating a figure or vehicle. This includes concept pencils and inks, sculpture sheets, color studies, color presentation art, models, and much much more!

You can get your pledge in here: 3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I.Joe ®: A Real American Hero™ Vol. 5

Make sure to grab volume 1 – 4 at 334inchjoe.com if you haven’t already! Will you be pledging towards volume 5? Let us know after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest 3 Day 11 – Bronze Bombers from Olmec

Project: No Joe!

The Corps, American Defense, Sgt Rock, Bronze Bombers, US Forces, Ninja Strike Force, Commando Force, there were several 3.75’’ toy lines that competed with GI Joe in the 80s and 90s. We all had at least one figure like that in our childhood collections. Most of us have had that feeling of disappointment when we ask for GI Joes for our birthday only to open a Corps figure given to us by a well-meaning Grandparent. 

Bucky and Oreobuilder have been talking about making customs based on these lines ever since they started their first Resurgence project in 2014. They opened that can of worms with last year’s ‘’Retro Toy Chest II’’ project when the whole PHX gang made some customs based on these characters. That gave the team the momentum to continue with their project. This time, HypnoHustler joins the squad! He has demonstrated his love for these lines by making several kick-butt customs of various Remco figures. They’ll revisit a couple of those customs as well as show off a bunch of new ones.

The first step was to scour the web for good reference pictures. That is easier said than done. There are a few sites that have character lists with pictures, but none are exhaustive, so the PHX Customs Team were always finding figures that were not on one site or another. They started by making a master list of all the characters we could find. They then each picked their favorites and went from there. 

Over the next two weeks, they’ll show off what they came up with. With that, we present Retro Toy Chest 3-Project: No Joe! Enjoy and happy Custom Celebration XII! Bucky, DanoftheDead, Dusty79 and Oreobuilder, with Special Guest Star Hypno Hustler!

Read on to check out Day 11 of the Event, then join us after the break for discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums!

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