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In a surprising announcement, the official GIjOE Collector’s Club has revealed that it will host its next collector’s convention, JoeCon 2015, April 9th-12th, in a town located smack dab in our own cornfield, er… backyard, Springfield, IL. Despite popular opinion, this Springfield is NOT the home of TV’s The Simpsons, but it IS the state’s capital city and final resting place of our nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. In addition, this part of the country is also the home of The Joe Report (we’re headquartered just down the road a piece in the sleepy college town of Champaign-Urbana), the wonderful Central Illinois GIjOE Collectors Club, 1:6 scale accessories manufacturer, Patches of Pride and much more. So while we have obvious reasons to be thrilled with the club’s choice of location in 2015, we can’t help but wonder how other Joe fans, collectors and dealers will feel. How do YOU feel?
Spoiler Alert! Since GIjOE fandom will be coming to us, instead of the other way around, we thought we’d save you some of the suspense of waiting for official convention details from the club and give you an unofficial idea of what’s in store for visitors to the area. Besides Springfield’s neat, orderly, downtown area, the club will undoubtedly conduct group tours of the city’s superb Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and the historic Lincoln’s Tomb. Both are well worth your time and we heartily encourage anyone who has not visited the sites to do so. As to details regarding the convention itself, according to an official announcement by the GIJCC:
“For G.I.JoeCon, there is no place like Springfield! The 2015 G.I.Joe convention to be held April 9th – April 12th in Springfield, Illinois. Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention G.I.JoeCon, announced today that next year’s amazing convention will take place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center April 9th thru April 12th in the wonderful city of Springfield, Illinois. In 2015, fans from the Midwest and across the world will be able to celebrate another year of G.I. Joe at this exciting event! You can make your hotel reservations now!”
“In the coming weeks, pop culture enthusiasts from around the world will be able to register for G.I.JoeCon 2015 through the G.I.JoeCon.com online registration system. Fans and collectors who register for G.I.JoeCon as an American Hero or General package holder will receive an exclusive G.I. Joe convention figure set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Saturday night Casino Night and Awards party. Finally, American Hero and General package attendees will also receive a special bonus G.I. Joe item to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.
For all the information regarding the G.I.JoeCon show activities, hotel updates and the exclusive figure offerings, remember to stay tuned to GIJoeCon.com. And for a sneak peek at this year’s convention set theme be sure to check out G.I. Joe VS Cobra Issue 7, on comic book shelves this December!”
Finally, we asked Springfield native, renowned GIjOE fan, collector, artist and vintage expert, Scott McCullar, for his thoughts on the show being held in his hometown. Scott’s currently overseas in Japan, but he replied on Facebook:
“The 2015 International G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention is coming to where I live in Springfield, Illinois in April. I may not sleep for four days, but if I do, I can do so in my own bed just down the road. Those that know me well, know that I am a vintage G.I.Joe and (British) Action Man action figure collector. I look forward to meeting many of my fellow Joe collectors that I often buy, sell and swap pieces with in our hobby. I can’t believe it is coming to Springfield. I’ve traveled to Atlanta and New Orleans for these types of collector’s conventions. Now, I just drive 2 miles down the road to the Prairie Capital Convention Center.”
Bottom Line: That last line in the club’s description (about GIjOE vs Cobra) seems to imply whatever 1:6 scale convention sets are created MAY be RAH-themed, but that remains to be seen. Whatever their plans, with the show being only a short trip down the highway (for us), it’s a no-brainer that the complete staff of The Joe Report will be there to cover the events. What are YOUR thoughts regarding the show’s location? Please leave your comment(s) here today. Thanks!