In a stunning announcement made today, renowned 1:6 scale clothing merchants, Skip and Robin Are, have declared that this coming March 15th will mark the end of their long-run 1:6 scale clothing business, Project ARE. No more will GIjOE fans and customizers be able to order one of their superb 2-piece lycra frog man suits, multi-colored t-shirts, perfect fitting pants or other assorted uniform pieces with the simple the click of a button. What was once one of the premier “go-to” resources for a multitude of collectors is sadly, calling it quits. Skip’s announcement is as follows:
“Well, I wasn’t sure how or where to announce this, so I’ll start here. The recent death of my brother-in-law reminded Robin and me that life is short, and we still have many things we want to do. Unfortunately, we can’t do them and continue to make and sell our GIjOE items. After 2 decades in the hobby, we will stop taking orders for our sewn clothing on March 15th. We’ve had a great time and have made a lot of good friends. Thank you to all the wonderful customers we’ve had over the years. We have enjoyed the creative process, and every compliment we received both publicly and privately has brightened our days. Thank you all!”
—Skip and Robin Are
Bottom Line: This is sad news, indeed. Readers of The Joe Report will remember the previous article we did on Project ARE Action Outfitters (HERE) and the wide variety of products the talented Robin Are has been sewing (and selling) for collectors since 1996. Our sincerest and best wishes go out to both Skip and Robin in all their future endeavors. Their contributions to 1:6 scale GIjOE collecting, customizing and kitbashing were truly substantial and will be sorely missed.