JoeFest Toy and Comic Show Exclusive Cobra Desert Rattlers By Swizzlesticks Customs

JoeFest Toy & Comic Show is right around the corner and as such, more awesome news pertaining to the event keeps coming our way! This time around, Swizzlesticks Customs has shared an extensive gallery of the Cobra Desert Rattler, a JoeFest exclusive figure! Check it out – 

Card art is being created by none other than Nathan Ohlendorf and the JoeFest Logo done by Anthony Montanarella! This is one exclusive you won’t want to miss out on, so make sure to the show early! For more details, check out  www.augustatoyandcomicshow.com. Will we be seeing you at the show? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Toys R Us – The End Of An Era

The end of an era. We grew up with Toys”R”Us, so the news of it closing its doors for good feels like saying goodbye to an old friend.

Just a week ago, we brought you word that Toys ‘R’ Us Is Prepping to Liquidate Its U.S. Operations. Now, the news that many of us have been dreading to hear…Toys ‘R’ Us is prepping to shut down operations. So many fond memories will be left behind – Finding new joes in the aisle, Geoffrey’ big book at Christmas, the excitement of after school trips…just the joy of being a Toys’R’Us kid.

Although online shopping played its part in bringing down TRU, the company’s biggest problem was this: TRU was saddled with billions of dollars in debt; So much, in fact, that their debt stopped it from making the necessary investment in stores. That translated to an unpleasant shopping experience that doomed the chain. The company told employees Wednesday that it would close or sell its US stores after 70 years in business. 

From all of us here at Cobra Island, thanks for everything, TRU. Hopefully there’s a Hail Mary that can save you so future generations can have the same experiences we did. Share your thoughts with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums.

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JoeCon 2018 Guest Announcement – David Kunitz

The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has announced a new guest for the G.I.Joe Collectors Convention, none other than Mr. David Kunitz! From the Club – 

DAVID “OZONE” KUNITZ probably worked on the 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero brand longer then any one designer. Although starting out on Transformers in 1984, he immediately took on responsibilities for G.I. Joe vehicles. David designed vehicles through an amazing time in the 80s and into the 90s. He is credited for work on G.I. Joe: The Movie and G.I. Joe: Sgt. Savage. He also was instrumental in bringing back the 12-inch G.I. Joe in the 90s. He moved from G.I. Joe to work on other toys for Hasbro when G.I. Joe decided to be “G.I. Joe Extreme”. He left Hasbro to work on brands such as Battletech, Tyco RC, Tyco Electric Race and Matchbox. He was Director of Matchbox vehicles until Hasbro invited him back to lead boys toys for Hasbro Direct, where he participated in bringing back 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe through Toys “R” Us. David then went on to become vice president of design for boys toys at Hasbro. He was involved in many aspects of G.I. Joe.

David’s likeness was used on two G.I. Joe figures. The 1st being Thrasher, the driver for the Thunder Machine. He had Ron Rudat create an outfit out of lacrosse equipment. The 2nd figure is Ozone, a member of Eco-Warriors and Star Brigade. Ozone’s file card displays his name: David F Kunitz. His work has been featured in several books and on video, most recently on a G.I. Joe episode of the Netflix series “The Toys That Made Us”. 

Presently David Kunitz is the owner of D-Kid group LLC. D-Kid group LLC is a successful product development company that is now partnering on startups to create product for mass-market. It also provides freelance design and consulting for toy companies. These products include interactive books and storytelling, exercise equipment, medical devices, automotive accessories, toys, games, and apiculture. David was educated to be a designer and inventor at Purdue University, and continued his education with Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in executive development. David volunteers on the Board of Directors for RIMOSA – Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art and presently is Chair for the Institutional Planning committee. RIMOSA’s mission is to awaken curiosity and increase independent thinking, creativity, innovation and invention. This mission is accomplished by encouraging the exploration of science and art through interactive exhibits, educational programming, performances and other museum events.

Thanks to our friends from Just another G.I.Joe Show for the heads up! Are you excited for this latest guest announcement? Sound off on the Cobra Island Forums

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JoeFest Toy and Comic Show Announces Marauder Gun Runners As Guests

The JoeFest Toy & Comic Show continues to add an amazing line up of guests for the show and this latest announcement is no different! JoeFest is proud to announce that the Marauder “Gun-Runners” will be in Augusta for JoeFest on April 21st! Official MGR team members from “Indiana Joes” Marauder Doug, Marauder Miles and Marauder Paul will be on hand with geared up Marauder Task Force figures & accessories, so make sure to stop by and say hello! They will be fully stocked and have the new weapon sets for the 6 inch and 3 3/4 inch figures so you’ll want to get there early! 

Above is a full lineup with more guests coming to Augusta this April 21st. For more guest details, check out  www.augustatoyandcomicshow.com. Will we be seeing you at the show? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Custom Cobra Lady Destro by Phweeps GI Joe Custom Gallery

Today we’re taking a look at another Femme Fatale from Phweep’s G.I.Joe Custom Gallery; This time, we get to feast our eyes on the evil Cobra Weapons Supplier, Lady Destro! This is another fantastic “what if” piece from Phweep and we’re beyond excited to share her with you! 

Isn’t she magnificent? If you’d like to add her to your collection, make sure to reach out to Phweep’s GI Joe Custom Gallery on Facebook! What are your thoughts on this custom Lady Destro? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Come Join CobraIsland.com On Vero

Cobra Island Inhabitants! Are you on Vero? Then come join us as CobraIsland.com has just recently launched our Vero account!  Why Vero? Well, Vero is a social network for anyone who loves anything enough to share it – and wants control over who they share it with. Just like we do in real life.

How do you get Vero? Easy! Head on over to App Store or Google Play and download it to your device! 

We’ll be bringing you News, Toy Photography, Customs and more, so make sure to stop by, say hello and give us a follow! Join us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums and let us know what your Vero handle is and we’ll give you a follow as well! 

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Blood For The Baron Action Force – Palitoy Collectors’ Guide Round 2 Kickstarter Campaign Countdown

The BFTB Kickstarter campaign countdown has begun, with less than a week left to back the project! The intial release of the BFTB Guidebook project was a smash hit, popular among Action Force and GI Joe fans alike. Featuring 300 full-color pages, over 2000 new photographs and every known fact about the Action Force range, this book is a must-have for collectors everywhere. Please note that this is not a second edition or second printing of the book. You can pledge for either: 

  • Action Force – Palitoy Collectors’ Guide
  • Action Force Palitoy Collectors’ Guide + Action Force 30th Anniversary Special

The campaign will be running for another 5 days (ending on March 18th), so if you missed out on this awesome guidebook, now’s your chance to add it to your collection! Will you be getting in on the Action Force – Palitoy Collectors’ Guide Round 2 Kickstarter Campaign? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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

The 3.75″ Joe: Creating G.I.Joe ®: A Real American Hero™ Vol. 5 Kickstarter Campaign is now at roughly 71% funding! With 4 days to go, we’re so close to making this next volume a reality, so go get your pledge in! 

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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RAHC Guide Rank and File Volume 2 and 3 Reprint Kickstarter Campaign Countdown

With only 4 days left to go, we’re coming up to the final countdown for the R.A.H.C. Guide Rank & File Volume 2 & 3 Reprint Kickstarter campaign! The campaign is at just under 66% of it’s funding goal as of the time of this writing ($5,307 of $8,000). With your help, we can push this over the top! 

The Rank & File guide series started off in 2015 and began archiving G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero’s journey in the 4″ format. These volumes contain every action figure and vehicle produced in the The Rise of Cobra, The Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary, Retaliation, 50th Anniversary, and Basic Asst. series. Volume 2 sold out in 2017 and volume 3 will be sold out any day now. Fan demand has reached the point of a Kickstarter re-release! Kickstarter is the perfect opportunity to re-release volumes 2 & 3 and update key elements in an ever-evolving toy line.

There’s quite a few awesome tiers to pledge in at, including choosing a cover for volume 2, the “One & Only Souvenir” and more! Head over to the campaign and check it out – Rank & File Volume 2 & 3 Reprints. G.I. Joe resource guides!

Don’t forget, you can grab Volume 1.1, Volume 3 and the original R.A.H.C. Guide while supplies last, so head over to www.rahcguide.com to secure your copies. We’ll definitely be adding this volume to our collection. What about you? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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2018 GIJoeCon Convention Exclusive Slaughters Marauders vs Python Patrol 3.75 Sets Back In Stock

The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has sent out word that a limited supply of the GIJoeCon 2018 Convention Exclusive Slaughters Marauders vs Python Patrol 3 & 3/4 Sets are in stock! From the Club –

We have had a fantastic response to this year’s convention for both attending and non-attending packages. We appreciate your enthusiasm!

We have great news! The factory was able to slightly increase the number of sets being made! If you are interested in an attending or non-attending set, you can now order them at GIJoeCon.com. You can also sign up for the 12″ attending and non-attending set as well. There are also a few Exhibitor booths still available.

We have a third hotel block at another property that is a couple of blocks away, but we are currently waiting on them to set up the reservation portal. Should happen sometime this week. If you collect GI Joe, you owe it to yourself and your collecting friends to be at this show! GIJoeCon.com

If you’re interested in picking up a set, don’t wait as it’s sure to sell out once again! We’re talking all about GIJoeCon 2018 on the boards, so come join us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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