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!
The Volume 4 Kickstarter raised nearly $32,000, and that sounds like a lot! Kickstarter paid out $28,910 after subtracting their fees, and then we spent $35,872.41 to fill the orders and keep these books in print. How did we spend that much? Here’s the numbers:
$20,681.75 to print V4 and 5 new posters, $714.41 for 250 Poster tubes, $497.40 for 500 Book boxes, $400 for poster storage racks, $55.56 for shipping labels, ~$1,500 on poster shipping, $3,293 for the Volume 1 reprint (600qty), $3,944 for the Volume 2 reprint (600qty), $164.10 for book bags and boards, $126.79 for book packing materials (ink, tape, newsprint), and ~$3,500 for book shipping. That’s $6,962.41 over what we raised!
So, why did we do this?
We think it’s vitally important to keep this series in print, to help G.I.Joe fans both old and new connect with the unsurpassed artwork of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero. We hope you love your new books, and that you show them off to friends, family, and like-minded fans of G.I.Joe!
Now for the fun stuff…. what are we buying for Volume 6?
As I mentioned in the last update, we will also be sharing 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.
We’ve already scanned a ton of international art, but we want MORE! Over the last several days I’ve been spending countless hours mulling over what’s out there and where to invest the Kickstarter profits to make the best Volume 6 we can.