Collecting the art of G.I. Joe: Volumes 5, 6 and Slipcase are a GO

It’s done! We did it! With your help 3D Joes will be able to complete the mission of documenting every piece of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero painted art released from 1982-1994 in the United States!

So now that Volumes five, six and the slip cover have been funded, what’s next? The money raised above goal will go to two places: 

  • Volume 6 (1993-1994) needs more great art, and it won’t be cheap! (more on that below)
  • Volume 3 (1986-1987) will be reprinted to fill all Kickstarter orders and keep these books in print for G.I.Joe fans both old and new

Carson shared a full breakdown that you can read after the break below. Included in the breakdown are details on what volume 6 will include and fans are gonna love it! There will be 20 pages of unreleased and international art in Volume 6. We realize this will only be a drop in the bucket relative to all of the art created around the world to support our favorite toy line, but it will be an interesting cross-sectional survey and hopefully it will inspire some of you to collect international Joes. To give you an idea of what we’ll see, check out this out – 

Make sure to get your pledge in for Collecting the art of G.I. Joe: Volumes 5 and 6 (1990-1994) and add these amazing new offerings to your G.I.Joe Library. Get in on the discussion already in progress right here on the Cobra Island Forums

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Collecting the art of G.I. Joe: Volume 5 (1990-1992) now on Kickstarter

3DJoes shared word yesterday that Collecting the art of G.I.Joe Volume 5 (1990-1992) is now live on Kickstarter! It’s no surprise that volume 5 has already blown through it’s initial goal funding of $11K, so by pledging you’re already guaranteed a copy. The fun part? One of the stretch goals is for Volume 6 which will cover 1993 – 1994. To hit this goal, the campaign must reach $22K…but at $15K after just one day, things are looking very hopeful!

Thanks to Chad Hucal, 3DJoes is ready to go to press with Volume 5! Volume 1 featured 62 unique pieces of art, Volume 2 featured 95, Volume 3 featured 126, and Volume 4 featured 147. Volume 5 is bigger than ever, featuring 158 unique pieces of art and covering three years of material! 

The cover will once again be card stock with an AccuFoil print, and the 80# pages will be saddle stitched, so the two page 11×16” spreads can lay flat and art will not be lost to the gutter! You’ll be glad to know the price hasn’t changed, we’re holding the line at $35 for the Accufoil Softcover. We’ve mirrored the tiers below, so make sure to read on to check them out. 

Will you be getting in on Volume 5? Or will you be going in for both Volume 5 & 6 like we did? Join in on the discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums

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Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 5 (1990-1992) Is Heading To Kickstarter

Word has come in from our friends from 3D Joes have shared more exciting news regarding Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 5 (1990-1992). The next volume is almost ready for Kickstarter! From Carson – 

Here’s some interesting history we’ve gleaned from the Hasbro tour, HasCon displays, and recently acquired artifacts. From 1982-1988 all explosion backgrounds were painted and horizontal lines drawn along with the figure. We even saw Tiger Force Duke on tour at Hasbro during HasCon and he’s fully repainted, including the tiger stripe background. In 1989, things changed. The Python Patrol and Slaughter’s Marauders backgrounds were added in a step separate from the painting (we saw the original Python CG painting with the 1985 CG explosion background on tour at Hasbro during HasCon).

The sub-line backgrounds (Python Patrol, Slaughter’s Marauders, Sonic Fighters, Eco Warriors, Super Sonic Fighters, DEF, Ninja Force, and Talking Battle Commanders) were all added separately in post. By now desktop publishing was readily available, so we can assume that step happened digitally, since the only painting artifacts we’ve seen are the figures themselves.

The horizontal lines for the main Joe line continued through 1992, but they were likely added in post beginning in 1990. From 1986-1989 the artist avoiding having the figures and vehicles overlap with the horizontal lines, but by 1990 that was no longer a challenge when adding them in post and thus happened much more frequently.

By 1993, all carded figures were painted without backgrounds, and those were added in post. These Kodak Ektachromes show the 1992 DEF figures and the 1990 Cobra Hurricane paintings without backgrounds.

We’ve mirrored the shared images below,  Are you as excited as we are to add Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe Volume 5 to your collection? Will you be circling back to pick up previous volumes, or do you already own them all? Get in on the discussion on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Mark Bellomo Announces 3rd Edition Of The Ultimate Guide To G.I.Joe By Krause Publications

It’s been an exciting day for our bookshelves! Early today via Facebook, Mr. Mark Bellomo shared word that his fan favorite book, The Ultimate Guide to G.I.Joe by Krause Publications has had a 3rd edition approved!

The 3rd edition touts a 32 page count increase over the 2nd edition, now covering all the awesome items discovered since, as well as restoring the index. This guide to the guts-and-glory of G.I. Joe identifies every figure with all its weapons and gear, every vehicle with all the easy-to-lose pieces and every accessory related to Hasbro’s stellar team of soldiers. Use The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe to expand your knowledge about Joe and the team, or Cobra and his cronies, and to identify and assess the value of any of the series 350 action figures and 240 vehicles and accessories.

Best part? It’ll be printed in hardcover. I’ll let Mark’s words describe it, as I couldn’t possibly put it any better:

This one’s gonna be a THUNKER. (I like to believe that the onomatopoeic sound a heavy book makes when it’s dropped onto a coffee table = ‘thunk’).

Will you be adding the 3rd edition of Mark Bellomo’s The Ultimate Guide to G.I.Joe to your collection? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe Volume 5 From 3DJoes.com Is Picking Up Steam

Usually vehicles and playsets received product photos to show off the play features… but not the Hammerhead! The Hammerhead received a huge inset painting with fun details such as S.A.W.-Viper, the fiercest of the Cobras, manning his underwater craft without scuba gear.

Our friends from 3DJoes.com are excited to note that volume 5 is picking up steam; Carson & Company have finished collecting, documenting, and restoring every retail figure, vehicle and playset from 1990-1992, so next up is book layout and restoration of the last several peripheral pieces and then they’re ready to Kickstart!

If you haven’t already, make sure to prep for volume 5 by picking up volumes 1 through 4:

Or get the complete Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volumes 1–4 (1982–1989) series and save $10 off the cover price! Are you as excited as we are to add Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe Volume 5 to your collection? Will you be circling back to pick up previous volumes, or do you already own them all? Get in on the discussion on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Michael Mercy Presents Patreon Special Missions – G.I.Joe Cobra Night Raven Review

Michael Mercy is back with an all new segment, Patreon Special Missions. In the first of what will surely be many Special Missions, Michael takes a look at the 1986 G.I.Joe Cobra Night Raven! This beauty of an aircraft remains high on the list of fan favorites, even 30+ years after it’s release.

Since we know you love Michael’s reviews just us much as we do, you should consider heading over to Michael Mercy’s Patreon page! This is the go-to location if you want to support the channel, as well as receive rewards like:

  • early viewings of videos
  • choosing subjects for future reviews
  • sitting in on Cartoon Commentaries
  • or being interviewed by none other than Michael Mercy for the channel!

We’re talking about this review on the boards, so join us after the break for discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Joelanta 2018 Exclusive Data Jumpers File Card Art Revealed

Last week, we brought you a sneak peek at the upcoming Joelanta 2018 Exclusive Data Jumpers. That preview included an early look at the File Card Art being created by none other than Kraken Kards.

In a surprise treat, the Kraken Koalition Facebook Page has shared a full color render of the Data Jumper File Card Art and needless to say, it’s fantastic! These figures will be available at the show being held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, March 10th & 11th 2018.

There will be 2 figures available through our good friend Mr. Brian Kossin, representing both G.I.Joe and Cobra factions. Both figures are paratroopers, hence their “Data Jumper” designation. Based on the Black Major Steel Brigade figure mold, each Data Jumper includes –

  • Machine Gun
  • Back Pack
  • Figure Stand
  • Parachute
  • Harness
  • File Card

Don’t forget to head over to the Toylanta 2018 Facebook Page for more updates on the show, then join us on the Cobra Island Forums to discuss these awesome exclusives! 

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Michael Mercy Presents Toys Gone Wild – G.I. Joe Tundra Ranger Stalker

With the update coming soon from the G.I. Joe Collector’s club, let’s take a look at the classic Tundra Ranger Stalker in his natural environment with the Master of YouTube Reviews, Michael Mercy! In Toys Gone Wild: G.I.Joe Tundra Ranger Stalker, Michael gives us an in-depth look at Stalker in all his Arctic Glory! Check it out – 

Since we know you love Michael’s reviews just us much as we do, you should consider heading over to Michael Mercy’s Patreon page! This is the go-to location if you want to support the channel, as well as receive rewards like:

  • early viewings of videos
  • choosing subjects for future reviews
  • sitting in on Cartoon Commentaries
  • or being interviewed by none other than Michael Mercy for the channel! 

We’re talking about this review on the boards, so join us after the break for discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums

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Joelanta 2018 Exclusive Data Jumper Sneak Peek

Our good friend Mr. Brian Kossin has given us a sneak peek of Joelanta 2018 convention exclusives to share with you all! CobraIsland.com is proud to present a look at the Exclusive Joelanta Data Jumpers! These figures will be available at the show being held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, March 10th & 11th 2018. 

There will be 2 figures available, representing both G.I.Joe and Cobra factions. Both figures are paratroopers, hence their “Data Jumper” designation. Based on the Black Major Steel Brigade figure mold, each Data Jumper includes – 

  • Machine Gun
  • Back Pack
  • Figure Stand
  • Parachute
  • Harness
  • File Card

The File cards for the Data Jumpers are being worked on by none other than Kraken Kards, so you know they’re going to be awesome! We’ve included a sneak peek of the artwork for the card here as well, but won’t spoil the backstory for you. All we will say is that it’s a story based out of Atlanta. We have a gallery of 10 images to share with you, so make sure to read on below to check them out. Don’t forget to head over to the Toylanta 2018 Facebook Page for more updates on the show, then join us on the Cobra Island Forums to discuss these awesome exclusives! 

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Black Major Steel Brigade Review Gallery Roundup

Last week, we continued our coverage of the elusive Black Major and his latest release to the public. In the absence of 3 3/4 Joe product, some would even say that his line of unique custom reproduction figures are keeping excitement alive and it’s base enthused. 

The Steel Brigade trooper has always been one of the most sought after figures in the classic ARAH line. While some versions of the elusive mail away figure are easier to come by than others, they are all wonderful additions to a collection for those who were lucky enough to submit the mail away in their youth, or be fortunate to have that type of change in their toy budget. For the rest of us who love the character, that want to fill that gap in their collection or who just want to army build, we can call on the Major!

Some easily noticeable changes have been made to assist collectors from telling the difference with just a little bit of research and investigation. Among those are slightly different color pallets, minor changes in paint applications on torso, waist, and head, reversed arm rivets and of course the Black Major stamp. We’ve included a gallery of over 20 images of each of the latest Steel Brigade themed offerings below, but make sure to check out our individual reviews of – 

All figures showcased last week are currently available to the public via our good friend Kevin Melton, so if you’d like to add this figure to your collection, contact him on FaceBook, reach out to him on Instagram or just do some old fashioned shopping through his Ebay Store.

Thank you also to Joe Bailitz for an assist with some images of Vintage Steel Brigade for comparison! When you are done browsing the Gallery and Sending Kevin your requests hop on to the CobraIsland Forums and Sound Off! As always make sure to Follow Black Major on Instagram to keep tabs on all your Oring Troop Builder needs! Check out more Photos from this Review by reading more below and in our Google+ Gallery!

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