Monthly Archives: February 2013

Da! “Comrade of Action” Club Exclusive Figure and Uniform Accessory Set Due Spring of 2013

The "Comrade of Action" uniform and accessory set, a Spring 2013 GIjOE Collector's Club exclusive. (Photo: GIJCC)

The “Comrade of Action” uniform and accessory set, a Spring 2013 GIjOE Collector’s Club exclusive. This would look great on ANY 12″ figure! (Photo: GIJCC)

This COA figure will be sent to all club members who have specified a 12" preference. The uniform and accessory set is sold separately. (Photo: GIJCC)

The new “Nicholai” COA figure (with headsculpt and 2-piece long underwear, as shown above) will be sent to club members who have specified a 12″ preference. The uniform and accessory set is sold separately. (Photo: GIJCC)

Just when 12″ fans thought there was nothing new to look forward to, along comes the  GIjOE Collector’s Club (GIJCC) and their new membership exclusive dubbed the “Comrade of Action” (COA). Sneak preview pics recently released by the club show the base COA figure will include a foreign headsculpt “fuzzhead” Joe with Kung-Fu Grip and a nifty set of OD long underwear. But the REAL fun begins when you outfit this new figure in his exclusive uniform accessory set (sold separately, as it should be).

Fully outfitted, this prototype of the club's upcoming "Comrade of Action" looks ready for duty! (Photo: GIJCC) Click to enlarge.

Fully outfitted, this prototype of the club’s upcoming “Comrade of Action” stands ready for action! (Photo: GIJCC) Click to enlarge.

We really like this set’s new dark blue Russian longcoat, complete with 10 brass button “snaps,” and two fold-up leg flaps. Its unique styling gives the figure a definite “foreign” look. There’s also a cool “double-rig” holster for carrying the COA’s twin pistols, a pair of matching pants, brown short boots and a matching blue version of the famous fuzzy Russian winter hat. It’s easy to imagine adding additional accessories such as a Kalishnakov or AK-47 sub-machinegun, maybe some hand grenades, etc. ROCK ON, Nicholai!

Bottom line: This new club exclusive arrives at a time when little else is being offered for collectors and fans of 12″ GIjOEs. As Hasbro continues moving away from its iconic 1:6 scale action figure, fans will surely appreciate this admirable effort by the club.

“UK 1:6 Collectors Club” Forum Shutting Down

A screenshot of the UK 1:6 Collector’s Club forum homepage taken February, 2013.

Sad news from the UK…

The UK 1:6 Collectors Club Forum (UKCCF) will soon be shutting down. Founded in 2002 by Action Man collector and customizer, Ade Pitman (aka “Fatbear”), the venerable UKCCF has long been “the place to be” for fans and collectors of 1:6 scale action figures in both Europe and the UK. Thankfully, Pitman is not too bitter about the end of his forum, but he does feel the hobby’s rising costs may have played a factor in reduced visitation to the site, saying:

“I`d be inclined to agree that sadly the UKCCF is a shell of it`s former self. The crazy pricing of figures ( £90 for what we paid £25 only a short while back) and other factors have dwindled the visits. The UKCCF used to get over 2000 hits a month and now barely gets 400.”

The one, the only, Sandbox logo. (Art: Daryl Williams)

(Art: Daryl Williams)

The UKCCF’s official closing date has yet to be announced, but plans for shuttering the site are clearly imminent. Interestingly, the story of its demise parallels that of the old U.S. forum known as the Sandbox. According to a recent post by “The Volunteer” on the UKCCF:

I have been a member of the UKCCF for some years now, and whilst it was once the hub of activity, the “place to be” if you like, I have noticed recently that posts will sit here for weeks, MONTHS even, before an answer is forthcoming. I hate to say it lads, and I hate to see it, but I have to say that the UK 1:6 Collectors forum has just about had it’s day.”

The "Trenches" forum logo. (Art: Trenches)

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But for the name, it could’ve been written by an American about the Sandbox! Fortunately, fan exodus from older forums often results in the simultaneous growth of newer “text and photo” forums such as the Trenches. And fans in Europe and the UK are already moving on to alternative online forums, as a recent post by The Volunteer reveals:

“I would like to send out a formal invitation to all members here, (those who aren’t already that is) to drop over to the One Sixth UK forum, and join the party! Over there, there is no “bad blood,” there are no politics from the old days. I believe I can say without contradiction that each and every member there absolutely loves it! It’s like the forums of old, where everyone congregates to see what has been posted, to see reviews of the latest release from DML, DiD, Hot toys etc. It’s the place to be for UK, European and worldwide members!

Bottom Line: It’s always a sad day when any fan forum or collector website shuts down. But it looks like UK fans have matters well in hand. We wish the new “One-Sixth UK Forum” all the best!

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TJR’s Video Pick of the Week #12: Buddy Finethy Previews Joelanta 2013; “We’re seeing the rise of the customizer and the artist in the hobby.”

In this enjoyable video about next month’s Joelanta show in Atlanta, GA, one of the event’s main organizers, Buddy Finethy, of the Atlanta division of the GIjOE Collector’s Club, discusses the latest plans for the event. Full of great “intel” for all Joeheads. Go, Buddy! And GO JOE!

Semper Fi! WWII “Battle of Iwo Jima” Began Today

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This gripping photo shows Marine Davis Hargraves, of 2/1 Marines, firing his Thompson over the head of BAR man Gabriel Chavarria, taken sometime in mid-May, 1945, during the Battle of Wana Ridge on the island of Okinawa. A total of 6,821 Americans would be killed at Iwo Jima and 19,217 more wounded before the terrible conflict came to an end. Imperial Japanese Army troops were ordered to fight to the death, resulting in 21,844 Japanese dead, 216 captured. (Photo: USMC)

This stunning custom USMC GIjOE created by customizer, Don Hanke, features a handmade uniform, hand-casted resin helmet, hand-sewn helmet cover, harness and backpack. Only the grenades, belt and rifle are "store bought" items. Stunning! (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

This stunning custom USMC GIjOE created by Don Hanke, features a handmade uniform, hand-casted resin helmet, hand-sewn helmet cover, harness and backpack. Only the grenades, belt and rifle are “store-bought” items. (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

Please take a moment to remember all the heroes who lost their lives fighting for our freedoms during the Battle of Iwo Jima, which began exactly 68 years ago today. According to the Wikipedia recap:

“The Battle of Iwo Jima (February 19–March 26, 1945), was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire. The American invasion had the goal of capturing the entire island, including its three airfields, to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands. This month-long battle included some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of WWII.

The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a dense network of bunkers, hidden artillery positions, and 11 miles of underground tunnels. The Americans on the ground were aided by extensive naval artillery and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators had complete air supremacy over Iwo Jima from the beginning of the battle.

The iconic flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi by US forces was perfectly captured in this stunning 1:6 scale diorama by "HeavyGang," currently visible on the homepage of the Patches of Pride website. (Photo: Heavygang) Click to enlarge.

The iconic flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi by US forces was perfectly captured in this stunning 1:6 scale diorama by “HeavyGang,” currently visible on the homepage of the Patches of Pride website. (Photo: Heavygang) Click to enlarge.

American sea power and air power were capable of delivering vast amounts of fire onto the Japanese troops. This invasion was the first American attack on Japanese home territory, and the Japanese soldiers and Marines defended their positions tenaciously with no thought of surrender. The Japanese general in charge never considered surrendering to the Americans to save his men, and he and his officers had vowed to fight to the death, no matter how hopeless their battle was.

Iwo Jima was also the only battle by the U.S. Marine Corps in which the overall American casualties (killed and wounded) exceeded those of the Japanese, although Japanese combat deaths were thrice those of the Americans. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 of these were taken prisoner. Some of these were captured because they had been knocked unconscious or otherwise disabled. The rest were killed or missing and presumed dead.”

Joelanta.com: New Japanese “Same-Name” Website Creates Confusion (and Hunger) for G.I. Joe Fans

As this screenshot reveals, GIjOE fans visiting the Joelanta.com website may come away with the impression that the famous Atlanta toy show has moved to Japan and is planning on serving delicious ice cream treats! (Screenshot: Joelanta.com)

As this screenshot reveals, GIjOE fans visiting the Joelanta.com website may come away with the impression that the famous Atlanta toy show is moving to Japan and planning to switch its focus from toys and action figures to fresh-baked muffins and delicious ice cream treats. Mmm…Really? (Screenshot: Joelanta.com)

What a difference those three little letters at the end of a URL can make. For GIjOE fans and collectors searching online for information about next month’s big show in Atlanta, GA, the Joelanta.com website abruptly redirects them from the “southern comforts” of Georgia, to, of all places—a baking and desserts website in Japan!

A closeup of some of the "Japanese Joelanta" rolls from a recipe found on the Joelanta.com website. (Photo: Joelanta.com)

A closeup of some of the “Japanese Joelanta” rolls from a recipe found on the Joelanta.com website. (Photo: Joelanta.com)

Yes, in some weird, “twist of internet fate,” Joelanta.com has become a Japanese-language website about sweet treats and desserts! Browsing the site (Mmm…), we discovered lists of recipes (all in Japanese), close-up photos, and links to a great variety of dessert “intel,” but NOTHING about an upcoming GIjOE show in the U.S. For example, “Recipe #2,” found HERE takes wannabe bakers (and hungry Joeheads) to a page describing how to bake mouth-watering rolls and biscuits. Yes, that’s very tasty. But informative about Joelanta? No.

At this time, it’s not known if the Joelanta.com website was put up as a prank, as a failed Far-East attempt at “hacking,” as some sort of “placeholder” website for a company in Japan with a VERY similar name, or is just a WEIRD coincidence. Whatever the reason, we hope any resulting confusion causes only minor inconvenience for the wonderful organizers of Joelanta. Fortunately, their ACTUAL website for the show can still be found (just three letters away) at:  Joelanta.org,

Bottom Line: You know, the more we look at Joelanta.com, the more we love those rolls, desserts and ice cream treats. Maybe the two groups could combine forces for some sort of a “Joes & Jelly Doughnuts” show next year? Mmm…Doughnuts… Until such time, don’t forget you can always find delicious 1:6 scale pizza and REAL bread treats for your Joes over on the PoP site HERE.

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How to Make Explosion and Flamethrower Effects for 1:6 scale Battlefield Dioramas

This astounding 140-sq. ft. “Battle of Hoth” diorama utilizes utlra-realistic-looking smoke and explosion effects created by Zipidi Doodah and invented by Roberto Williams. (Photo: Zipidi Doodah)

If you’ve ever tried to build an indoor 1:6 scale battlefield diorama for your GIjOEs, then you know how difficult it can be to create realistic flame, smoke or explosion effects. It’s a truly vexing visual problem, one that’s long stumped even the most creative GIjOE fans.

Where there's fire, there's SMOKE. And this stunningly realistic smoke effect looks perfect for any battlefield diorama. (Photo: Zipidi Doodah)

Where there’s fire, there’s also SMOKE. And this stunningly realistic smoke effect would look perfect in any 1:6 scale battlefield diorama. (Photo: Zipidi Doodah)

Some of us have made flame “plumes” out of sticky, spray foam insulation (a fairly good solution). Others have plumped up wrinkled paper mache´ or cotton balls painted with assorted colors (a so-so solution). And still others have tried to mix blinking colored Christmas tree lights with painted or photographic backgrounds (expensive and unconvincing). But thanks to a couple of talented Star Wars fans, there’s now an easy, vastly superior and highly realistic solution to this problem—and you can do it!

You’ll need little to NO artistic talent, and the material costs required are minimal. According to Zipidi Doodah, who also goes by the name, “Barry,” the original credit for this concept should go to its creator, Roberto Williams (Thank you both, Roberto and Barry!).

If you decide to utilize any of these great effects in your next GIjOE diorama, please send some photos of your work to us here at The Joe Report, so we can add them to this article and share them with the world. Here’s Barry’s instructional video. Enjoy, and FLAME-ON!

Update No. 1: Barry recently provided some additional intel on how to create those amazing smoke effects. Perhaps if we ask him nicely, he’ll make a video about that too! Here’s his procedure:

“The smoke columns are made from using a material called Polyester Fiberfill (loose and in sheet form). I cut a long piece of the sheet and connect it to a fishing line that runs from the vehicle to the ceiling. Then, I attach the loose material to the sheet, with lots of glue, and lightly paint black, and attach a clamp to the screw in the ceiling.”

How G.I. Joes and other action figures get fans into serious trouble in an ever-weirder world

Plastic Public Enemy #1: Ian Driscoll of the UK, a typical GIjOE and Action Man collector, was (almost) arrested by a force of 5 heavily armed policemen who stormed his home after viewing photos he had posted of his toys (shown above) on his Facebook page. (Photo: Kevin Fern)

Who would’ve thought that owning, playing with, or sharing GIjOEs, Action Man or other related 1:6 scale toys could get you into serious trouble? Well, it’s true! In today’s increasingly “sensitive” society, reports of action figure collectors getting into trouble with the law, airport security, school officials and other such authority figures are becoming regular occurrences on the nightly news. For example…

Mini-Mortar Madness in the UK

Action Man fan and collector, Ian Driscoll was jolted out of his easy chair one evening recently as his home was “stormed” by five heavily armed police officers, two of them carrying machine-guns. Details of Driscoll’s startling encounter with England’s finest were first made public in an eye-opening article in the Daily Mail, which reported:

“There were five police officers at the door, two of them carrying submachine guns. And they were ready to smash the door open… They had come in search of a deadly mortar tube – spotted in the background of a picture that Mr Driscoll had posted on Facebook. Mr Driscoll, 43, did indeed have a mortar in the home and promptly showed it to the squad. It was a toy.

The Facebook photo that started it all. Note the ominous bipod leg of the mortar. And the TV remote. And the baseboard. And the plastic dog. And the action figure. Call the police! (Photo: Ian Driscoll)

The Facebook photo that started it all. Note the ominous bipod leg of the mortar. And the TV remote. And the baseboard. And the plastic dog. And the action figure. Call the police! (Photo: Ian Driscoll)

After inspecting the model mortar, the rather embarrassed team of officers apologised and took their leave. ‘I couldn’t believe someone thought it was real,’ said Mr Driscoll, a model maker, at his home in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. ‘It’s tiny and quite clearly a toy. I can’t stop laughing. I think it’s hilarious.’The mortar (in the Facebook photo) was near to a TV remote control which showed how small it was. Nevertheless, someone called in the police. ‘I was stunned.”

A newspaper article revealing the stunning decision of a Seattle school district to expel 10-year old Jeffrey Parks for bringing his GIjOE to school. (Photo: Google News)

A newspaper article revealing the stunning decision of a Seattle school district to expel 10-year old Jeffrey Parks for bringing a 1″ GIjOE toy to school. (Photo: Google News)

Sleepless  EXPELLED in Seattle

There have also been many occasions where children were called into the principal’s office (or worse) for bringing any part of “America’s Movable Fighting Man” onto school grounds. In a famous 1997 story from Seattle, WA (note this was long before 9/11, Colombine, Newtown, etc,.), 10-year old Jeffrey Parks was not just suspended from his elementary school—he was EXPELLED. The Spokane Review reported Jeffrey’s “date with GIjOE destiny” this way:

“The Seattle School District suspended a 10-year-old boy for bringing a replica of an Army-issue handgun to school. That inch-long plastic gun also belonged to G.I. Joe, an action figure that’s been a favorite of boys since 1964.”

Public reaction to the Seattle school’s heavy-handed treatment of a 10-year old GIjOE fan ranged from bemused incredulity to outright astonishment. In Texas, the San Antonio Express News had this to say about Jeffrey’s expulsion:

“Once schools reopened after the holidays, the ‘silly season’ started again. Jeffrey Parks, 10, was expelled Monday from John Rogers Elementary School in Seattle for carrying to the school an 11-inch G.I. Joe doll whose accouterments include a 1-inch plastic pistol.”

This figure and his weapon were enough to get 3 children suspended from school in Spokane, WA. (Photo: Spokesman-Review)

Suspended in Spokane

In a similar incident, 8-year old Austin Anderson and two other children were suspended from their school in Spokane, WA, for bringing GIjOE toys to school. According to the story in the Spokesman-Review

“A third-grader, along with two other boys, was suspended Friday from Bemiss Elementary School for bringing toy guns to the northeast Spokane school. But, according to third-grader’s mother, the toy guns her son carried in his pocket were for GI Joe action figures. The guns are from only 1 inch to 3 inches long — half the size of a pencil. The boys were told Friday they would be suspended.”

9-year old Patrick Timoney learned the hard way that GIjOE weapons, even as small as this, are unwelcome at his school in Staten Island, NY. (Photo: ParentDish)

9-year old Patrick Timoney learned the hard way that GIjOE weapons are unwelcome at his school in Staten Island, NY. (Photo: NYDN)

Busted by a LEGO Cop

On the other side of the country, 9-year old GIjOE and LEGO fan, Patrick Timoney, of Staten Island, NY, made the mistake of taking a 2″ long GIjOE weapon to school. Yes, you read that right—TWO INCHES! In Patrick’s case, his parents (including an ex-NYPD police officer Dad) were less willing to accept the school’s threat of immediate suspension and countered with a threat of their own—to sue. In an article in the New York Daily News, we learn:

“Laura Timoney went ballistic when she received a call from her son’s school. Staten Island fourth-grader Patrick Timoney was in tears because he was being threatened with a suspension by P.S. 52 principal, Evelyn Matroianni.

His crime? Possession of a 2-inch toy gun, which Patrick had placed in the hand of a LEGO police officer during a lunchtime toy break. ‘The toy gun is not the issue,’ Laura Timoney tells the Daily News. ‘A lack of common sense is the issue.’ After a meeting was held between parents and school officials, it was decided that Patrick would not be suspended over the wee weapon.”

TIP for all school officials: Always remember to tape your evidence to a piece of paper to prevent losing it during a child’s suspension or expulsion hearing. (Photo: Mark Otnes)

Taped to a Piece of Paper

In Alabama, 9-year old GIjOE fan, Austin Crittenden, endured similar indignities, humiliations and threats of suspension. According to an article about the incident published in the Free Republic:

“Nine-year-old Austin Crittenden expected to be out of school for at least a week and was awaiting a Monday hearing to determine his punishment for bringing a plastic G.I. Joe handgun to school earlier this week. Vicki Stewart, Austin’s grandmother and guardian, said the third-grader’s principal “had to tape the gun to a piece of paper to keep from losing it.”

Fun with the TSA

Judy Powell (Photo: Daily Mail)

Children aren’t the only ones having tiny, 1″ toy guns confiscated by authority figures. In a similar story of modern-day absurdity, employees of TSA airport security in Los Angeles revealed an almost pathological blindness to common sense in a recent passenger screening situation. Grandmother Judy Powell of the UK, had purchased a brand-new, 10th Mountain Division GIjOE (the great one with the skis) as a gift for her grandson and found out the hard way how times have changed. Here’s how her story was reported in the UK Daily Mail

“A British tourist told last night how airport staff seized a 2-inch gun from a toy soldier she was carrying home for her grandson. Judy Powell, 55, bought the ‘GI Joe’, a U.S. version of Action Man, during a holiday in America, as a gift for seven-year-old George. But she had not reckoned with the zeal of staff at Los Angeles International Airport.

As she prepared to catch her return flight to London she was stopped and searched. Guards pulled the toy, still in its box, from her hand luggage and relieved it of its tiny replica Armalite rifle. Not content with that, Mrs Powell says, they then asked her if there were any grenades with the toy.

‘I thought they were joking but they were not smiling,’ said Mrs Powell, from Walton on the Hill, Surrey. ‘They were deadly serious.’ It has to be questioned, however, how much of a risk an 11-inch GI Joe could pose to U.S. national security. ‘I bought the toy in Las Vegas for my grandson,’ said Mrs Powell.

The 10th Mountain Division soldier with skis and other related equipment and weaponry was one of Hasbro's finest GIjOEs. (Photo: ebay)

The 10th Mountain Division soldier with skis and other related equipment and weaponry was one of Hasbro’s finest GIjOEs. (Photo: ebay)

‘I’d bought him a GI Joe on a previous visit to America and he wanted another one dressed in a snow suit and skis. The toy was still in its box and was in the hand luggage simply because I’d forgotten to pack it in the suitcase.’ But when Mrs Powell put the bag through the X-ray machine, GI Joe’s weapon was picked out by staff as dangerous. ‘The woman who first examined the box called over her supervisor and they asked me to take the toy out of its box. ‘Then they examined the toy as if it was going to shoot them and looked at the rifle.’

‘They told me if GIjOE wanted to keep the gun I’d have to return to the check-in and put it in my suitcase. ‘I couldn’t believe it. They said if I didn’t check it into the hold of the aircraft they’d confiscate the gun.’

7-year old George Powell at home in the UK with the 10th Mountain Division GIjOE his grandparents purchased for him—SANS weapon. Thanks a lot, TSA! (Photo: UK Daily Mail)

7-year old George Powell at home in the UK with the 10th Mountain Division GIjOE his grandparents purchased for him—sans weapons. (Photo: Daily Mail)

In the end Mrs Powell, who was with her husband Blake, told the security staff to take the gun.’I was really angry to start with because of the absurdity of the situation,’ she said. ‘But then I saw the funny side of it and thought this was simple lunacy. The whole world is going MAD if we resort to such stupid measures! I can understand them wanting to ban things that are weapons or look like weapons. But surely common sense has got to take over at some point.’

Young George was less amused when he received his gift, minus gun. ‘He was really upset,’ said his mother, 29-year-old Becky, also from Walton on the Hill. ‘He knew the toy was missing an important part. My husband and I explained to him what had happened to GI Joe’s gun but he just kept shaking his head and saying it was silly. ‘How do you explain that sort of crazy thinking to a child?’

The power of a picture was painfully demonstrated by a group of terrorists who claimed this image of a 1:6 action figure was an actual American soldier that they were going to behead. (Photo: )

The power of a picture was painfully demonstrated by a group of terrorists who claimed this image of a 1:6 action figure was an actual American soldier that they were going to behead. (Photo: Al Mujahedeen )

Confusing 1:6 Scale with 1:1 Scale

The vast majority of collectors who get into some sort of trouble do so innocently. By contrast, in 2005, a group of terrorists INTENTIONALLY tried to intimidate and instill fear in the public by posting a very provocative photograph online. According to a recap of the incident on About.com:

“A photograph of what Islamic militants claimed was a captured U.S. soldier in Iraq turns out to be a toy action figure. The would-be hostage is better known as “Special Ops Cody,” a military action figure created by Dragon Models USA.

A militant group calling itself the Al Mujahedeen Brigade posted a photograph of the doll with a gun to his head, claiming that it was a kidnapped soldier named John Adam. The group threatened to behead him if Iraqi prisoners were not released by U.S. forces. There is no word yet on the fate of the doll.”

Bottom Line: It appears we’ve entered a very “WEIRD” time in human history. We suggest you double-check your carry-on luggage, remind your children about “no toys to school,” and as GIjOE fan and collector Chung Kim wisely warned us...”Be careful what you post on Facebook!”

Happy 90th Birthday, General Chuck Yeager!

General Chuck Yeager (Photo: PMN  III)

USAF fighter pilot, test pilot, aviation pioneer and American hero, General Chuck Yeager (Photo: PMN III)

The only Chuck Yeager action figure produced so far is this unlicensed, somewhat simplistic version produced in Japan by OK Gangu. Clearly General Yeager deserves better than this! (Photo: Toys McCoy/OK Gangu)

The only Chuck Yeager action figure produced so far is this unlicensed, somewhat simplistic version produced in Japan by OK Gangu. Clearly General Yeager deserves better than this! (Photo: Toys McCoy/OK Gangu)

Please take a moment today to wish aviation and American hero, General Chuck Yeager, a very happy 90th birthday. As you may recall, Yeager was the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound in the USAF’s experimental Bell X-1 rocket plane, dubbed the “Glamorous Glennis.”

You may also recall how in the wonderful film, “The Right Stuff,” as the fame of the U.S. space program’s “Mercury 7” astronauts grew, press coverage of Yeager’s own accomplishments greatly (and unfairly) diminished.

Interestingly, Yeager has also been one of the most overlooked American heroes in the terms of 1:6 scale action figure collecting. As of this date, the only figure produced to honor General Yeager has been an unlicensed, rather generic-looking boxed pilot ($175 US), produced about 10 years ago by Japanese clothing and toy manufacturer, OK Gangu/Toys McCoy. How did a clothing company branch out into toys? According to the BigRedMoon website…

“We have to remember that Toys McCoy is really a division of The Real McCoy Company, a manufacturer of clothing; high-quality jackets, pants, etc. They also produce motorcycle helmets and related clothing. Textiles and plastics manufacturing must have been the nucleus that lead to their action figure production.

After all these years, it’s unclear if any Yeager figures are still available from Toys McCoy, and why Hasbro, Hot Toys or Sideshow haven’t produced a tribute figure of their own remains unknown. Imagine all the uniform, equipment and diorama possibilities available! Geez, what’s the guy gotta do to get some toy company “respect?”

Closeup of the figure reveals a nifty jacket with a YEAGER name tag. (Photo: Toys McCoy/OK Gangu)

Closeup of the figure reveals a nifty jacket with a YEAGER name tag. (Photo: Toys McCoy/OK Gangu)

This closeup of the Yeager figure reveals a face more akin to Dennis Quaid (also in "The Right Stuff") and items that were clearly cloned from other company's parts. Note the hands? Obviously copies of CC hands. And that helmet and mask? Yup. We've seen those before elsewhere too! (Photo: OK Gangum)

This closeup of the Yeager figure reveals a face more akin to Dennis Quaid (also in “The Right Stuff”) and items that were clearly cloned from other company’s parts. Note the hands? Obviously copies of CC hands. And that helmet and mask? Yup. We’ve seen those before too. (Photo: Toys McCoy/OK Gangu)

Bottom Line: Despite being largely ignored by action figure companies, General Yeager remains HUGELY popular with aviation and military history buffs. He even has his own website (found HERE), and you can email a personal birthday wish to this amazing man by jumping to THIS PAGE.

TJR’s Video Pick of the Week #11: “Firing the .50 Cal!”

Some days you just want to go out on the range and shoot at old cars about a half mile away. Watch, as these young British soldiers train to get accustomed to the awesome firepower of the classic American-made Browning .50 cal machine-gun. This short video has great audio and lots of nice closeups of the soldiers, their uniforms and helmets, as well as the weapon and its AWESOME ammo belt feeding out from its ammo box. Toward the end, you can even see some tracer bullets streaking downrange. This would make for a great 1:6 scale diorama scene!

DFW Club Announces Date of Second Official “G.I.Joe and Action Figure Show,” Sept. 21, 2013

The Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, TX (Photo: GCC)

The Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, TX (Photo: GCC)

According to a recent press release sent to The Joe Report from Michael Milstead of the DFW GIjOE Collector’s Club, plans for a second official DFW GIjOE and Action Figure Show have already been confirmed and the date and place have now been set. Here’s the intel so far…

“The DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show is back for 2013! The members of the Dallas / Fort Worth GI Joe Collectors club are extremely pleased to announce our second official show. Both the attendance and the overwhelming positive response received from the 2012 show far exceeded the clubs expectations, so we figured we’d do it again.

So what’s changed? Well, we’re changing our venue and doubling our vendor space. Table cost will be $50 each before September 1st, and will then be $65 after that date. Booths will be $110 for a three table U shape sales area. The booth price will increase to $140 after September 1, 2013.

For those of you that are interested in reserving table space you might want to do that sooner rather than later as we’re already starting to receive requests from individuals who want multiple table space/booths and we sold out early for the 2012 show.

As the name of the show states, this show is just not solely about GI Joe in his various incarnations or size but about his action figure brethren as well. So, no matter what your taste in action figures you’ll be able to find it at the show.

This interior view of the convention hall during a past consignment show, reveals a great deal of space for dealers and fans alike. (Photo: localnewsonly)

This interior view of the convention hall, taken during a past consignment show, reveals a great deal of space for dealers and fans alike. (Photo: localnewsonly)

The convention hall appears to be a definite jump up in size for the 2013 Show. This year’s event looks like it will be BIGGER and BETTER in every way. Hoo-EEE! Here are the show’s specifics as provided by the DFW Club:

When – Saturday, September 21, 2013

Where – The Grapevine Convention Center

1209 South Main Street

Grapevine, Texas 76051

Time – 10:00 – 4:00

If you have any questions please feel free to E-mail Michael Milstead at milsteaddfwjoe@yahoo.com. If you would like to participate in this show as a vendor please contact Keith Holmes, the show organizer, at showhost@dfwjoe.com.

All GI Joe and action figure collectors are welcome and admission is just $5.00 per person at the door. Family admission will be $10.00. Boy Scouts in uniform, Military, Police, Firemen and other Law Enforcement Personnel will be allowed in FREE with a current and valid ID. For all of the up-to-date information check out the DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show Facebook page.

Bottom Line: This is a “Must See Show” for all GIjOE and action figure fans. And with a bigger hall, more dealers, and more collectors attending, it’s bound to be even MORE fun than last year’s event! So mark your calendar now—and don’t miss it!

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