Lets Get G.I. Joburg to JoeCon 2018 via GoFundMe

Alright, before we get in to this post – For the most part, many of you know me. If you don’t know me well, I’d hope that you would get the feeling from my articles that I wouldn’t share something with you that I couldn’t get behind myself. With that said, here’s the scoop – 

You know’em and if you’re like us here on the Island, you love’em! Who? G.I.Joburg, of course! This trio from South Africa have been repping G.I.Joe for what seems like forever. Being based in South Africa does have its drawbacks however… Paul, Rob and Steve have never been able to attend the biggest event on the GI Joe collectors’ calendar: the annual GI Joe Convention. With this being the last year, it’s understandable that they’re doing all in their power to get there. 

So, how can you help? Easy! If you have a few bucks to spare, head on over to the Get GI Joburg to JoeCon 2018 GoFundMe page and contribute what you can. Every penny counts! Let’s get G.I.Joburg to GIJoeCon 2018!  Once you get your contribution in, join us after the break to discuss on the Cobra Island Forums!

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GIJoeCon 2018 Panel Update – 3DJoes and Kirk Bozigian Present Live Action Commercials

Wow, how’s this for some fantastic news to share on a Friday morning? Carson of 3DJoes has shared some exciting news via the 3DJoes Facebook Page – 

3DJoes and Mr. Kirk Bozigian have once again joined forces to share word of unseen footage from the “first live action G.I.Joe movie”! Kirk Bozigian and Carson will be premiering this heretofore unseen footage at Joe Con! Stay tuned for the panel announcement and time. A collection of 8mm film is currently begin digitized, giving us our first behind-the-scenes footage from the 1991 live action G.I.Joe commercials!

To help get you hyped, check out this mash up video created by Brooklyn Basement Studios. Using live action toy commercial footage and audio clips from the animated series, this trailer imagines the battle of the REAL AMERICAN HEROES vs COBRA in a whole new way!

Make sure to check out their Joe Con 2018 panel and see what magic these 27 year old tapes hold! Are you as excited as we are to check out this footage? Share your excitement with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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GIJoeCon 2018 Guest Announcement – Kurt Groen

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

KURT GROEN joined the G.I. Joe Design Team at Hasbro, Inc. in January 1989. Kurt’s first day on the job led him into designing his first 3 3/4″ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figure: VAPOR, the Cobra Hurricane Pilot. Kurt joined the team just in time for the company to start producing spring-loaded launchers. This addition of “weapons that really shoot” enhanced the play value of the G.I. Joe toy line through the 1990s. His head was used as the basis to create the 1992 Oktober Guard action figure: BIG BEAR. 

Kurt designed and developed all sizes of G.I. Joe, from the 3 3/4″ to the 12″ Hall of Fame and Classic Collection, including Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles, along with G.I. Joe: Extreme. Kurt was lucky to work on numerous other popular Hasbro toy lines including: Jurassic Park, Starting Lineup, Winner’s Circle, WWF, Tonka, Playskool, Dinosaurs to name a few. After many years at Hasbro, Kurt moved on from toy design to Product Development in Sporting Goods where he works today.

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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Just Another G.I.Joe Show airs Tonight at 6pm CST

On this week’s episode of Just Another G.I.Joe Show, Mike is leaving Fred unsupervised for tonight’s show! Tune in as he discusses the remaining GIJoeCon (Official) sets, the new Club preorders, shakeups at IDW Publishing, and more in tonight’s show at 6:00pm CST! Stay tuned to the Just Another G.I.Joe Show Facebook Page for the live link! 

After the show, join us on the Cobra Island Forums for discussion in progress! 

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GIJoeCon 2018 Convention Exclusive Sets Running Low

The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has sent out word on the remaining stock levels of GIJoeCon 2018 Exclusive Offerings. Here’s the scoop – 

We have had a fantastic response to this year’s convention for both attending and non-attending packages!  Here are the available items:

3 3/4″ items

  • American Hero Package (attending) – 81
  • Homefront Hero Package (non-attending) – 50
  • Attending Loose Sets – 20 
  • Non-attending Loose set – 15 

12″ Items

  • General’s Package (attending) – 38
  • Base Commander Package – 12

Exhibitor Items

  • Exhibitor booths – 10
  • Artist Table – 1
  • Exhibitor Single Table – 1

Other Items

  • Thursday Custom Class – 0
  • Wednesday Custom Class – 6
  • Tours still available as we have flexibility. 

If you have already ordered a boxed set (attending or non-attending) and want to add a loose set, please call the office – 817-448-9863 as Admin has to add this to your order. If you have not ordered a box set yet, you can add the loose set when you place your order online.  Do NOT call the office.  

NOTE:  You must have a boxed set on order to get the extra loose set of figures. 

If you collect GI Joe, you owe it to yourself and your collecting friends to be at this show!   Register NOW!  GIJoeCon.com


Come join us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums to get in on the JoeCon 2018 discussion already in progress! 

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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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