GIJoeCon 2018 Guest Announcement – Mr. Larry Selman

The G.I.Joe Collectors Convention Website has been updated with details on a new guest appearing at GIJoeCon 2018, Mr. Larry Selman

LARRY SELMAN was born in Pennsylvania and raised in a military family. Following graduation from York Academy of Art in 1982, he built a successful career in the illustration field, by collaborating with the top art directors and major publishers in New York and around the United States. Establishing a reputation of excellence, several of his illustrations have received prestigious awards and his illustration work has also appeared on the majority of the G.I. Joe Classic Collection packaging.

Larry was involved with the building of the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. He was asked by lead sculptor Ray Kaskey to provide authentic equipment and historical expertise for the sculpting of the 28 bronze plaques that would line the entrance steps to the Memorial.

Now concentrating solely on historical fine art, his original works can be found at the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and on numerous other military bases and museums throughout the United States. Larry is the only artist to depict every era of American military history and every branch of service. He has worked with Medal of Honor recipients: Francis Currey and Mitchell Paige, Ranger legend Leonard Lomell, and the famed Band of Brothers, from generals, and highly decorated soldiers and new recruits.

You can see more of his illustrations and projects at: LarrySelman.com

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Just Another G.I.Joe Show Discusses GIJoeCon 2018 Red Shadows Trooper with Special Guest John Russell

Mike from Just Another G.I.Joe Show had an opportunity to sit down with John Russell. John is the conductor of the G.I.Joe Collectors Club Customizing Class and as such, shared details on this year’s Customzing Class Offering – the Red Shadows Trooper! During the discussion, John shared the images that you see shared here, showcasing his build of this year’s awesome offering. Check out the discussion below – 

Are you excited for the final JoeCon Customizing Class and Red Shadows Trooper? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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GIJoeCon 2018 Customizing Class Info Now Available

The Official G.I.Joe Collectors Convention Website has been updated with details on this year’s Customizing Class! It’s been revealed that figure everyone will be working on this year is none other than a Red Shadows Trooper! Here’s the scoop – 

2018 GIJoeCon attendees signed up for the (Sold Out) Customizing Class: You will be adding a much requested character to your squad with our Red Shadows Trooper! Included in the kit this year is a BRAND NEW updated head sculpt by longtime collaborator Gigabread as well as a unique (secret!) original sculpt weapon for completing the figure during the class (also by Gigabread). The kit also includes an AK style assault rifle, torso and hardware, bloused BDU skirt and removable harness and satchel charge.

Full details on the class have been mirrored here, so make sure to Read More below to check them out. Are you excited for the final JoeCon Customizing Class and Red Shadows Trooper? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

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GIJoeCon 2018 12 Inch Convention Box Art, Two Figure Set and Accessories Revealed

Special thanks go to our friends from Just Another G.I. Joe Show for sharing the word that the GIJoeCon 2018 Website has been updated with reveals of the 12″ Convention Set! 

Based on the vintage retail exclusive from the 1960s, you get: TWO vintage style 12″ G.I. JOE figures, TWO berets, TWO sets of camo fatigues, TWO cartridge belts, TWO pairs of boots, TEN sandbags, bazooka with six shells, machine gun with ammo box, M-16, netting, poles, stakes with rope, and a field radio with a unique twist that is an homage to the original package art of the 60s set. This updated version of the classic GREEN BERET MACHINE GUN OUTPOST also comes with more vintage styled foliage than was ever included before, so you can hide G.I. Joe from overhead observation while he digs in to fight the good fight for freedom. It is truly a “battle in box”! Everything comes in a collector friendly box with art by G.I. JOE package art icon: Larry Selman!

Will you be adding this final 12″ Exclusive Box Set to your G.I.Joe Collection? Sound off after the break 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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Nekomans Viper Pit Presents Joecon in Retrospect

Nekoman, curator of Nekoman’s Viper Pit, sat down with various members of the G.I.Joe Community to put together a retrospective of JoeCon and what it means, or has meant to those whom were invited to sit in on the panel. From Nekoman – 

The GI Joe collecting community is approaching a special occasion with the upcoming Joecon. That is, this Joecon will be the last Joecon convention and mark the end of the GI Joe Collector’s Club, who’s been operating for over fifteen years now. It’s uncertain what we’ll be left with and what the future holds for GI Joe collectors, so I’ve decided to discuss the topic in the form of seven questions with five of the best GI Joe writers on the internet.

The Panel members included: 

  • RTG: A GI Joe photographer who specializes in 1982 through 1984 figures. He also has recently started his blog Attica Gazzette, which has snappy profiles and top-tier photographs. Also check him out on Instagram.
  • CIAD: Owner of Cobra Island, an all things GI Joe news site and message board. He was also the long-time administrator of HISS Tank, and covered news there for about a decade. He also posts to Instagram.
  • Mike T: GI Joe blogger who has run Forgotten Figures since 1999. His long time dedication to the brand is clear in his knowledge of some of the most obscure GI Joe facts from his time collecting. He’s also on Instagram.
  • Dragon Fortress: Another blogger who’s site is The Dragon Fortress, a blog dedicated to the often underrated toys from the 90‘s, with a frequent focus on GI Joe. Here he is on Instagram.
  • Justin Bell: Owner of Generals Joes, another prolific Joe Blog that’s run since 2002, featuring reviews of current figures, his diorama comic, and GI Joe news. Here is the Instagram for his site.

We here at Cobra Island were honored to be considered to share our thoughts alongside these fine gentlemen and cannot thank Nekoman enough for allowing us the opportunity to contribute. 

You can read the Retrospective in its entirety here – Joecon in Retrospect: A Discussion with the Best Joe Writers from Around the Web

Make sure to check out Nekoman’s Viper Pit for other fantastic articles just like this! What are your thoughts on JoeCon? Share your thoughts on this Retrospective and of JoeCon with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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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

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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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GIJoeCon 2018 Convention Exclusive Package Update

The G.I.Joe Collectors Club has sent out word regarding GIJoeCon 2018. The update focuses on the number of packages that are left and needless to say, if you’re interested, you better move quickly as packages are selling out left & right! Here’s the scoop from the Club: 

  • The American Hero’s Golden Ticket packages are sold out. The Thursday Custom Class is sold out.
  • The Homefront Hero’s packages are sold out.
  • The American Hero packages are 60% sold through.
  • The General’s Golden Ticket packages are 97% sold through.
  • The General’s packages are 35% sold through.
  • The Base Commander’s packages are 30% sold through.
  • The Marauders’ loose sets are 90% sold through.

If there are sets available when we get closer to the convention, the Club will move them to the non-attending cue. Currently, they must keep them in the attending cue for members that are coming to the convention. The Staybridge Hotel is out of rooms in the block and FunPub is trying to have some more added. If you need a room, try them again tomorrow. Please let the Club no directly know if you have any issues.

Get in on the convo already in progress after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

 

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