GIJoeCon 2018 Guest Announcement – Mr. Larry Selman

The G.I.Joe Collectors Convention Website has been updated with details on a new guest appearing at GIJoeCon 2018, Mr. Larry Selman

LARRY SELMAN was born in Pennsylvania and raised in a military family. Following graduation from York Academy of Art in 1982, he built a successful career in the illustration field, by collaborating with the top art directors and major publishers in New York and around the United States. Establishing a reputation of excellence, several of his illustrations have received prestigious awards and his illustration work has also appeared on the majority of the G.I. Joe Classic Collection packaging.

Larry was involved with the building of the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. He was asked by lead sculptor Ray Kaskey to provide authentic equipment and historical expertise for the sculpting of the 28 bronze plaques that would line the entrance steps to the Memorial.

Now concentrating solely on historical fine art, his original works can be found at the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and on numerous other military bases and museums throughout the United States. Larry is the only artist to depict every era of American military history and every branch of service. He has worked with Medal of Honor recipients: Francis Currey and Mitchell Paige, Ranger legend Leonard Lomell, and the famed Band of Brothers, from generals, and highly decorated soldiers and new recruits.

You can see more of his illustrations and projects at: LarrySelman.com

What are your thoughts on this latest Guest Announcement? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Spero Studios Showcased on Cox Business Entrepreneur Profile – May 2018

Spero Studios, the dynamic duo behind the hit new series Animal Warriors of the Kingdom has been showcased on Cox Business Entrepreneur Profile for May 2018! The video is just under 3 minutes long, but does a great job at providing an in-depth look at vision and history of Spero Studios. On air for Spero Studios is Mr. Jason Bienvenu, known around the boards as JasonWelcome. Check it out – 

On behalf of us all here at CobraIsland.com, we salute Jason and everyone at Spero Studios on the honor of being showcased on the Entrepreneur Profile! We hope this wave of momentum keeps growing past the upcoming Kickstarter campaign and beyond! You can join in on the ongoing Animal Warriors of the Kingdom discussion right here after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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George Vega Shares G.I.Joe Sketch Art On Instagram

Our friend Mr. George Vega has been cooking up some amazing G.I.Joe Sketch art pieces on his Twitch Channel and sharing them on the official George Vega Art Instagram Account! So far George has shared sketches of Duke, Scarlett, Cobra Commander & the Baroness. We’ve shared them all here for your viewing pleasure – 

We can’t wait to see what else George shares! Make sure to give him a follow so you can see his creations come to life live on Twitch. What’s your take on these awesome G.I.Joe Sketch Art cards? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Amazon Preparing To Sunset Kindle Worlds Platform

Disappointing news to share with those that, like me, love picking up titles from Kindle Worlds. Word began circulating that Amazon has begun to reach out to authors to advise that Amazon will be sunsetting (shutting down) the Kindle Worlds platform.

Our friend Justin from Generals Joes shared some interesting information by way of Mr. Nate Hoffelder from The-Digital-Reader. Nate notes that submitting new content will be denied after tomorrow (May 17th) and all published works will be taken down by July 16th.

There are so many talented authors with amazing pieces of G.I.Joe fiction on Kindle Worlds, so if you plan on hitting the G.I.Joe Kindle Worlds page, you better do so while you have the chance. Keep in mind that you don’t need a Kindle to enjoy these works; You can download an Amazon Kindle Reader directly to your iOS or Android device. 

Are you disappointed to hear this? I know that we here on the Island are. You can jump in on the conversation in progress after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Tom Waltz shares Snake Eyes artwork from G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 255 – Special Missions 5

Today via Twitter, Mr. Tom Waltz shared this fantastic piece of Snake Eyes artwork by Mr. Harvey Tolibao. Harvey will be the artist for IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero #255 – Special Missions part 5. 

The appearance of everyone’s favorite silent Ninja Commando makes sense, as this particular issue is centered around none other than Scarlett! 

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to add this issue to our collection! You can get in on the conversation already in progress after the break, right here on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Acid Rain World Session 4.2: Maze in the Sands Now Available

In other Acid Rain World News, the next session in the official Acid Rain World story has been posted!

Session 4.2, “Maze in the Sands”, takes us in to the notebook of Bucks Team Leader Bob, as he describes the perils of facing the Desert. These official stories and Bios help to flesh out the Acid Rain World, giving us backstories and tales surrounding these highly praised collectible offerings. Make sure to check out the full session here: Session 4.1: Maze in the Sands

What’s your take on Session 4.2? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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New Planet Green Valley Production Sample Images Now Available

Our friend Weihua Wei of Ouying Studio has shared more sample images from Planet Green Valley! The team is hard at work on these amazing new 1:18th scaled offerings, with a targeted release date of July 2018 for an assortment of 5 figures. 

This latest assortment of images show off the amazing detail that is being put in to these sculpts. The images also highlight scale, articulation and weaponry that will be available in the Planet Green Valley line. Our main image shows the lineup alongside a G.I.Joe figure that should give you a great idea of their expected height. 

We’ve mirrored a gallery of nearly 20 images to whet your appetite, so make sure to Read More below to check them out. Are you excited to add Planet Green Valley offerings to your 1:18th scale collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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PIA Club shares new images of Acid Rain World Flak Bike, Medic Bike and Pumpkin Carriage by Toy Alliance

Roughly two weeks ago, we shared word on the 2018 PIA Exhibition in Taiwan. On display were many upcoming Acid Rain World offerings, including a trio of amazing FAV (Figure and Vehicle) sets from Toy Alliance

Just yesterday, our friends from the Pocket In Action Club shared an gallery of images showcasing an assortment of new 1:18th scale pieces and how they can interact with one another. Included in the assortment of images are: 

  • Toy Alliance Acid Rain World Flak Bike
  • Toy Alliance Acid Rain World Medic Bike
  • Toy Alliance Acid Rain World Pumpkin Carriage

The images show all of the fantastic “playability” found in these new sets. The highly anticipated Flak Bike is shown in (3) Modes – Flak Cannon, Crane and of course, “Bike” mode. The images go on to show how the Pumpkin Carriage can attach to the Flak Bike and shows a covering that can be placed over the Pumpkin Carriage. Not only can the carriage carry the Medic Bike, but it comes with detailed pumpkins, too! 

We’ve mirrored a gallery of 14 images for you to check out, so make sure to Read More below. Will you be adding this trio of offerings to your 1:18th scale Acid Rain World collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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New Eagle Force Returns Tooling Sample Images Now Available

Thanks to the Eagle Force Returns Facebook Page, we now have a new pair of images showcasing the upcoming Eagle Force Returns figures….and wow, they look amazing! The pair of images not only include members of Eagle Force, but R.I.O.T. as well! Featured are – 

  • Captain Eagle
  • The Cat
  • Ultima Thule
  • R.I.O.T. Commando

It won’t be long now before these amazing Eagle Force Returns offerings are in hand, Ladies & Gents! We’ll bring you more details as they’re received, but for now, sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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GIJoeCon 2018 Python Peril: Marauders To The Rescue Box Art Revealed

The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has shared a fantastic reveal this evening! This time around, we’re treated to the G.I.Joe Collectors Convention 3 & 3/4″ Box! The box art depicts the team members from Slaughters Marauders. From the Club – 

The COBRA PYTHON PATROL is an elite unit of troopers that have been handpicked for their various tactical specialties. They are expertly trained and equipped for stealth and infiltration missions. They wear unique camouflage grid uniforms to mask their presence, which confuses radar detection systems and allows them to accomplish sinister operations around the globe. Using the latest radar absorbing materials and stealth technology, PYTHON PATROL 2.0 rears its ugly head with a surgical strike against their sworn enemy. Led by the nefarious MAJOR BLUDD, they have successfully captured a “Real American Hero” and key member of the G.I. JOE team.

The SLAUGHTER’S MARAUDERS unit is called into action to mount a dire rescue mission of their original commander. A fellow Marine Drill Instructor, SGT. SMASHER takes the squad leader position and selects highly specialized soldiers for a fast attack, ground assault into enemy territory to combat these devious COBRA forces. PYTHON PATROL 2.0 is a dangerous unit, but it will take more than their special uniforms and slithering nastiness to get the best of the entire SLAUGHTER’S MARAUDERS team!

(Note: final product may slightly differ from sample shown.) Collect all the great 3 3/4″ action figures in the 15-figure Python Peril: Marauders to the Rescue! box set.

Are you excited to add this 15 figure set to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums! Many thanks to our friends from Tooele Toys for the heads up! 

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