Get To Know The Finest – A G.I.Joe Costume Club

Our friends from The Finest – A G.I.Joe Costume Club have kicked off a new series named “Get to know The Finest”! The goal of the series is to introduce us to those are part of this fantastic cosplay club. The series kicks off with Mr. Lenvil King Jr., the founder of The Finest! Check it out – 

 

I️ first started costuming circa 2001 and donned my first costume – a late 15th Century Landsknecht! But I had a lifelong love of GI Joe so it was natural that those were some of my first costumes. I joined a costume group, but it wasn’t a good fit, and so decided to start doing it on our own (with close friends) and we would welcome Joe fans and costumers alike. They would always have a home with the Finest. Of course back then it was called “Cobra’s Finest”, but I guess it was natural to include the filthy Joes too!

The Finest was founded out of a desire to be able to coordinate and meet up at cons with other Joe fans in costume. There really wasn’t any serious attempt at that before. We thought it was more fun to dress up in groups. We wanted to have a place where we could build costumes together, troop, make friends, and enjoy it! We just wanted to look like the figures we grew up with as well! So the group was to be a canon club!

There wasn’t even a place you could go buy some of the ornate costumes, props, and equipment, so we started to make designs, molds, and builds for the costume community and in particular, GI Joe costumers. We formed Pit Viper Studios, where we now supply the Finest with a lot of their gear, armor, and helmets. I am proud to say we started a group [The Finest] that has grown and represents the best parts of what the GI Joe fandom is.

This is a real cool initiative on part of The Finest and we look forward to bringing you future installments as they’re made available. What are your thoughts on the first “Get to know The Finest” segment? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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Assembly Required – Des Moines, Iowa November 4, 2017

Codename: Iowa is proud to announce the 7th annual Iowa G.I. Joe and Action Force Convention, Assembly Required! The event will be held at the John and Mary PappaJohn Education Center in Des Moines on November 4th. Not only will you get to rub elbows with your fellow Joe fans, but there will be Cosplayers, Vendors, Activities & More! For all of you Customizers out there, get your paint brushes ready! Here are the official rules for the custom contest: 

  • 2 entries per category.
  • Voted on by attendees via ballot.
  • Winning entries receive swank trophy and sweet, sweet prizes.

Categories include:

  • FIGURES
  • VEHICLES
  • KIDS (13 and under figure, vehicle, kre-o)

Please note – Entries need to be Joe related or made from Joe parts.

In addition, as part of Codename: Iowa‘s continuing mission to engage new generations with the property, they’ll have a kids custom station, where kids can create their very own vintage style custom figure that they get to take home with them!

Promotion for the event is in full swing, with a collection of minimalist and Action Force style banners that we’ve collected below. Will you be attending this year’s event? Let us know on the Cobra Island Forums

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REMINDER – Dirty South G.I.Joe Mini Show This Coming Saturday, September 30th

Don’t forget, the Dirty South G.I.Joe Mini Show will be taking place at The Uncanny Comic Shop this coming Saturday, September 30th in Clermont, Florida! Come out and enjoy a day of G.I.JOE with some of the best Joe vendors and collectors in the region! This event will bring the best G.I.JOE collectible products and creations, plus there will be cosplayers, collectible vendors, and artists!

How much is the entry fee, you ask? The show will be accepting donations of canned food and/or money to support local charities; Namely the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. $5 Donations will receive a raffle ticket with prizes to be announced as we get closer to the event. Last time the Dirty South Mini Show raised over 400 pounds of canned food for Angels of Mercy! Let’s see if we can beat that and help our community! We hope to see you out here for this first of it’s kind event! COBRAAAAA!!!

Are you heading to the show? Sound off on the Cobra Island Forums

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Final Week to Support The USO with the FINEST!

It’s no secret that we here at CobraIsland love The Finest. The Ladies of The Finest maybe even more so!

 

 

 

With that being said we are firm believers that all Vipers and Vipettes should have one of their 2016 Calendars hanging some where displayed with prominence in their homes. If that is to happen though they need YOUR support! In supporting them not only are you helping an amazing Calendar be achieved and earning potential awesome perks of being a contributor you are also supporting and donating to the USO.

 

“As you know by now, the Girls of the Finest charity calendar is no ordinary pin-up calendar. All your favorite female characters (plus a few twists) will be portrayed here – 12 months of our amazing female costumers photographed exclusively for this calendar!

As passionate as we are about G.I. Joe, we also know a good cause when we see one. The Finest is honored for the opportunity to partner with the USO, a nonprofit organization that has supported America’s troops and their families since 1941. One hundred percent of the net proceeds earned from this campaign will go to the USO.

This year’s cause is near and dear to our hearts. A significant portion of Finest members are active duty troops and veterans. Many of our own members and their families have directly benefited from the USO over the years, so being able to partner with this historic organization and give something back is an amazing opportunity!

What better way to come together as a fan community and support the Real American Heroes of the U.S. military and their families!

We Need YOU!”

Check out some of the cool Perks!

 

 

 

 

 

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Girls of the Finest 2016!

The Girls of the Finest launched their crowdfunding campaign for the 2016 Girls of the Finest pinup calendar!

WE’RE BACK! 

The Finest: A G.I. Joe Costume Club is thrilled to partner with the United Service Organizations (USO) for the second annual Girls of the Finest charity calendar!

Last year’s campaign was a huge success, and it demonstrated to the world just how powerful the G.I. Joe fan community can be when it comes to raising money for veteran and military-related organizations. Following last year’s success, we are absolutely determined to surpass that success this year!

So here’s the deal:

As you know by now, the Girls of the Finest charity calendar is no ordinary pin-up calendar. All your favorite female characters (plus a few twists) will be portrayed here – 12 months of our amazing female costumers photographed exclusively for this calendar!

As passionate as we are about G.I. Joe, we also know a good cause when we see one. The Finest is honored for the opportunity to partner with the USO, a nonprofit organization that has supported America’s troops and their families since 1941. One hundred percent of the net proceeds earned from this campaign will go to the USO.

This year’s cause is near and dear to our hearts. A significant portion of Finest members are active duty troops and veterans. Many of our own members and their families have directly benefited from the USO over the years, so being able to partner with this historic organization and give something back is an amazing opportunity!

What better way to come together as a fan community and support the Real American Heroes of the U.S. military and their families!

We Need YOU!

As excited as we are about this project, we can’t do it without YOU. Only through your donations will this calendar happen. Your contribution of $5 or more will allow us to:

• Compile all the calendar photography

• Design and produce the calendar and all associated perks

• Pay for printing and shipping costs of the calendar and perks

Also, we will be creating EXCLUSIVE content for this campaign that will only be available to those who donate here, including Girls of The Finest trading cards, postcards, patches, t-shirts and perhaps a few surprises!!! Just like last year, these will only be produced in limited quantities and once they’re gone, that’s it!

Everyone who donates $5 or more will receive an exclusive Girls of The Finest item. Anyone donating $25 or more will receive the calendar PLUS exclusive items! (See perks on the right for a complete list)

How to Get Involved

Donating funds is the #1 way to get involved but if you can’t contribute financially, that doesn’t mean you can’t help! We need everyone to help spread the word and make some noise about our campaign. Share our link on Facebook, Twitter or other social media. Let other G.I. Joe fans know what we’re doing and use the Indiegogo share tools to spread the word. Harness the power of the Internet to help us achieve our goal with the USO!

Get involved however you can – all help is appreciated!

* NOTE: We are happy to ship calendars and perks anywhere in the world! If you are in Canada, please add $7 to your donation to cover shipping. If you are outside North America, please email us with your location and we will let you know what additional shipping charges may apply.

The Impact You Make

The more funds we collect, the more funds will be going to the USO and to military personnel and families who need our help!  We want to be able to help out the men and women who sacrifice so much for us every single day. We value and appreciate their contributions and sacrifices and we want to show them how much they mean to us all.

This is a community call to action! Please join us, and together, let’s make a huge difference in the lives of military personnel and families!

Thank you!

Girls of the Finest calendar discussion!

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