Category Archives: Contests and Giveaways

The First Annual “Ultimate 1:6 Figure Contest” Hosted By OneSixthSlaves Currently Underway

Custom 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper by Miguel Tavares (Photo: Miguel Tavares)

HOOah! Do you like realism at 1:6 scale? This superb custom 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper was created by Miguel Tavarez and it’s absolutely TOP-NOTCH all the way. (Photo: Miguel Tavarez)

Breaking: The online 1:6 collectors and customizing forum, OneSixthSlaves (aka the “O.S.S.”) is sponsoring its first-ever “Ultimate 1:6 Figure Contest” and promises to award “prizes that will blow you away” to its competition’s lucky winners. According to an official news release from the group:

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“The O.S.S. and The Bloodbath affiliate are proud to present the first ‘Annual Ultimate 1:6 Figure Contest.’ The contest will contain three categories, including Ancient & Historical, WWII, and ‘Nam & Modern. You can pm (personal message) entries to me or our staff. All entries must be submitted by December 25th 2015. Entries will be judged by a panel of Bloodbath veterans and a few poop-throwing monkeys.”

So real—you FEEL! The piercing blue eyes, real hair and finely painted skin tones of this SS Panzer tank commander are extremely realistic. His almost gaunt physical condition make us think he represents the last of the German tankers, perhaps struggling on the Eastern Front to survive the mighty Russian counter-attack. Excellent work, Miguel! (Photo: Miguel Tavares)

So realyou can “FEEL.” The piercing blue eyes, real hair and finely hand-painted skin texture of this SS Panzer tank commander are strikingly realistic. His almost gaunt physical condition make us think he represents the last of the SS Panzer tankers, perhaps struggling (and starving) out on the Eastern Front, hoping to survive the Russian Army’s relentless counter-attack. Excellent work! (Photo: Miguel Tavarez)

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“Contest rules are as follows: Single figures/groups or dioramas are allowed. Vehicles are allowed but are not the main focus. No outdoor shoots. Neutral background like grey, brown or black. No nudity. No sadism and or extreme gore. No Nazi death camps and or anything to do with pajamas and gas. To enter you must join the O.S.S.”

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Which Way, Mate? Miguel’s British Royal Army soldiers appear to be discussing the best route to take, perhaps to “A Bridge Too Far.” Out-STANDING details! (Photo: Miguel Tavarez)

Miguel Tavarez (aka the “Starving Artist”) (Photo: Miguel Tavarez)

 Bottom Line: This contest sounds like a BLAST! If you’re a collector, fan, customizer or modeller who enjoys creating the “ultimate” in 1:6 scale, then this competition sounds like “a must” for you to enter. For the latest contest intel, its prizes and how you can take part in all the fun, we recommend you join the O.S.S. forum HERE. For some top-notch customizing inspiration, we recommend you view the work of master customizer and modeller Miguel Tavarez over on his Facebook page found HERE.

Finally, after the contest is over, please let us know if you were declared a winner. We’d love to feature photos from the “Ultimate 1:6 Scale Figure Contest” and its award-winning custom figures and dioramas on The Joe Report. Best of luck to one and all!

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Official Hasbro Commemoration of G.I. Joe’s 50th Anniversary Appears Unlikely; Company Inaction Creating Alternative Fan-Celebrations

Speak out! Determined to "spread the good word" about GIjOE on its 50th Anniversary, faithful fans such as Tearle Ashby are taking advantage of opportunities to discuss, display, and demonstrate the original and BEST version of "America's Movable Fighting Man" to audiences at libraries, schools, and even museums, such as Tearle's recent appearance at the in Sarasota Springs, NY. (Photo: Richard Goldenberg)

Speak out! Determined to “spread the good word” about GIjOE on its 50th Anniversary, faithful fans such as Tearle Ashby (above) are taking advantage of opportunities to  display, demonstrate, and discuss the original and BEST version of “America’s Movable Fighting Man” to groups at libraries, schools, and even museums. Here, Tearle recounts the history of GIjOE at a recent appearance at the New York State Military Museum in Sarasota Springs, NY. (Photo: Col. Richard Goldenberg, Joint Force Headquarters)

Clearly, GIjOE still has plenty of fans at "Boy's Life" magazine! This page is just part of some great coverage he recently received in the February 2014 issue. Out-STANDING! (Photo: Carin Reddig)

Clearly, GIjOE still has plenty of fans at Boy’s Life magazine. This page is just part of the great coverage he recently received in the February 2014 issue. Out-STANDING! (Photo: Carin Reddig)

Disgruntled GIjOE Fans “Refuse to Forget”

Riddle Me This, Batman: What are collectors of 1:6 scale GIjOEs to do—in 2014? With few new 12-inch releases planned, even the simple act of going out to a toy store to pick up a “50th Anniversary Commemorative GIjOE” has been taken away from them. What are fans to do when Hasbro—GIjOE’s own creator(!)—barely acknowledges the iconic 12-inch line’s existence anymore, much less celebrates (in any appreciable way) its half-century of sales and enduring popularity?

Fortunately, despite Hasbro’s laissez-faire attitude towards its former flagship brand (many would argue that Lego has now assumed that mantle), “Joeheads” around the world have begun demonstrating that they are not yet ready to lay down and surrender. In fact, many are viewing 2014 not as the END of the epic GIjOE saga, but as the end of its beginning; preferring to look forward instead—to the NEXT 50 years of collecting!

GIjOE collector and "advocate," Tearle Ashby, poses proudly with members of his superb 1970s Adventure Team at a special "50th Anniversay" exhibit held in the museum in Sarasota Springs, NY. (Photo: Col. Richard Goldenberg, Joint Forces Headquarters)

GIjOE collector and advocate, Tearle Ashby, poses proudly with members of his superb 1970s Adventure Team at a special “50th Anniversary” exhibit held this month in the New York State Military Museum in Sarasota Springs, NY. (Photo: Col. Richard Goldenberg, Joint Force Headquarters)

No room for Joe? While we're being somewhat melodramatic, there's no denying that toy store shelves will feel barren and dull without 12-inch GIjOEs in 2014. (Photo: Ross Franklin)

No room for Joe? While it may seem a bit melodramatic, there’s no denying that toy store shelves will seem barren and dull without 12-inch GIjOEs in 2014. (Photo: Ross Franklin)

The “Bare-Shelved Realities” of 2014

As with the first so-called “end of GIjOE” in 1978, the current disappearance of 12-inch product from store shelves and its subsequent evaporation from Hasbro’s line-up en toto, leaves little doubt that “America’s Movable Fighting Man” is (once again) entering a period of corporately-forced “product retirement.” Anxious fans and collectors are already wondering, how long will Joe be away this time? Of course, no one outside of Hasbro’s boardrooms can answer that for sure, but it probably will be quite a while before we see 12-inch GIjOEs on store shelves again.

Nevertheless, a handful of resolute Joeheads have begun showing that they simply “refuse to forget” GIjOE, especially during its all-important 50th anniversary. In fact, in ever-increasing numbers, die-hard fans have begun creating their own unique ways and means of celebration, pushing past the apathetic executives of “the big H” to post their ideas on public forums such as Facebook, The Trenches, and The Sandbox. Supporting businesses too, have begun to chip in their own celebratory products and ideas. For example…

Opinions about the club's JoeCon 2104 exclusive have been strong, running against box's lack of an illustration, preferably from renowned Joe artist, Larry Selman, to its blatant use of the "Codename" tag made famous by Joe's competitor, Captain Action.

Opinions about the GIjOE club’s box design for its 2014 12-inch exclusive range from disappointed to mixed. Probably for budgetary reasons, the club chose to go with an all-black box with red logo, completely devoid of any supporting photos or illustration. As the theme is supposed to be based on a Green Beret figure, it’s a shame they didn’t commission a special 50th Anniversary painting from renowned Classic Collection artist, Larry Selman. In addition, the use of “Codename” surprises many, as it was most recently made famous by Joe’s 12-inch competitor, Captain Action. Stranger and stranger! (Photo: CIGCC)

The GIjOE club's "official" 50th Anniversary t-shirt looks fine, but the logo chosen is from the 1980s-'90s. A minor point? Or a major mistake? The answer depends on your scale allegiance and/or preference for accuracy. (Photo: GIJCC)

Every 50th anniversary deserves a t-shirt, and this is what the club came up with. We suppose it’s okay, but the logo depicted is from the 1980s. Is that a minor point or a major mistake? The answer likely depends on your scale preference and/or penchant for accuracy. To be honest, we’re not too thrilled. (Photo: GIJCC)

The GIJCC Has Become “The Tip of the Spear”

In the absence of any official leadership from Hasbro, “spearheading” GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary during 2014 has fallen to the independently-run GIjOE Collector’s Club (GIJCC). Their upcoming JoeCon 2014 in Dallas,TX, with its 12-inch “Codename: GIjOE” exclusive 2-figure set (see HERE) is the closest thing fans will see resembling anything “official” being produced for Joe’s 50th Anniversary.

Depending on your perspective, this “passing of the torch” to the club can seem like a good thing or a bad thing. They (the club) have made no bones about their desire to merge the worlds of RAH and Cobra with that of the Vintage and Adventure Team fans, skewing conventions more and more towards collectors of “the little Joes” over the years. Indeed, with each passing JoeCon, collectors of 12-inch figures have felt more and more sidelined. At last year’s event in Indianapolis (see complete review HERE), it was almost embarrassingly one-sided.

The GIjOE Collector's Club is the only known businesses creating and selling officially licensed "50th" merchandise such as tees and caps. Attendees of this year's JoeCon can get them at the convention, and leftover copies are typically sold from the club's website. (Photo: GIJCC)

The GIjOE Collector’s Club is the only known businesses creating and selling officially licensed “50th” merchandise such as tees and caps. Attendees of this year’s JoeCon can get them at the convention, and leftover copies are typically sold from the club’s website. (Photo: GIJCC)

Remember toothat the club’s convention figures are NOT created by Hasbro. They are completely designed and created by the club (under license from Hasbro) and always in VERY limited quantities. Bearing all this in mind, as the Codename: GIjOE 12-inch sets are the only “official” figures being produced for Joe’s 50th, they’re bound to sell out quickly. If you can afford to pick one up, we recommend that you (and Mr. Mastercard) act sooner, rather than later.

In lieu of Hasbro’s lack of 50th products and obvious corporate indifference, numerous “unofficial” items have begun to circulate among fans in celebration GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary. For example, copies of this superbly made commemorative t-shirt are currently being given away for FREE to the lucky winners of Patches of Pride’s “Operation: Joe Karma 2014″ prize giveaway. (Photo: Mark Otnes)

In lieu of Hasbro’s lack of 50th products and obvious corporate indifference, numerous “unofficial” items have begun to circulate among fans in celebration of GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary. For example, copies of this superbly made commemorative t-shirt are currently being given away FREE to lucky winners of Patches of Pride’s “Operation: Joe Karma 2014″ prize giveaway. WOW! (Photo: Mark Otnes)

“Unofficial” Celebrations Led by Fans Hoping to “Spread Joe Karma”

Independent 1:6 scale-related businesses and GIjOE fans are, of course, free to celebrate GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary in any way that they choose, as long as they do it in ways that don’t enable them to profit from the sale of items that may infringe upon the intellectual property or trademarks of Hasbro. One such “unofficial” effort comes to us from Patches of Pride owner, Mark Otnes, who has created nifty little “unofficial” 50th t-shirts and is giving them away as part of a unique promotion dubbed, “Operation: Joe Karma 2014.” When pressed for details, Otnes replied:

“GIjOE has given so many people so much pleasure for so long, that we were as shocked as anyone when Hasbro decided to let its 50th anniversary pass by practically unnoticed. So we thought giving away ‘freebies’ every day during 2014 could be the start of some sort of an ‘unofficial’ celebration. We hope fans enjoy the gifts and will spread their own ‘Joe Karma’ around as a result.”

Volunteering Your Time—For GIjOE!

It’s always a good idea to help spread some “Joe Karma” around, any way that you can. And one of the best ways fans are helping to celebrate GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary is by sharing their collection and passion for the hobby with others; hauling the best of their collections out to libraries, VFW halls and even museums; speaking about Joe collecting, and giving of their TIME—for Joe.

One example that stands out so far this year, occurred February 8th at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. According to the official press release we received from Colonel Richard Goldenberg of the NY Army National Guard:

“…to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of GIjOE, Tearle Ashby, who provided the figures for our ‘Toys and Tanks’ display, including vintage GIjOE, reproduction figures from the Timeless and Classic collections, 21st Century Toys, BBi, Dragon and others, will speak about GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary in a program at the museum on Saturday, Feb. 8th. Here’s another open invitation for GIjOE collectors in the Northeast to make the trip to Saratoga Springs, view the exhibit and maybe look up Tearle and give him incentive to start a Capital Region GIjOE collector’s group!”

Sure, WE know how cool GIjOEs and other 1:6 action figures are. But what about all those poor souls who don't know anything about our amazing hobby? Imagine the THRILL and surprise unsuspecting passersby must feel seeing displays such as this for the first time. Volunteer to show YOUR collection at a library, school, or museum near you TODAY! (Photo: Lori Van Buren / Times Union)

Educational, exciting and eye-popping! Imagine the THRILL of seeing displays such as this one for the first time. In honor of GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary, why not volunteer to show off YOUR collection at a nearby library, school, or museum? (Photo: Lori Van Buren / Times Union)

Depending on the facilities, sharing your collection can be as "low tech" as bringing a few figures to your child's classroom, or "top-level" as this museum display featuring dust-proof plexi display cases, poster-sized blow-ups of vintage catalogs, and television displays running DVDs of original commercials or GIjOE documentaries. Fantastic! (Photo: Lori Van Buren / )

Depending on the facilities, sharing your collection can be as “low tech” as bringing a few figures to your child’s classroom, or as “top-level” as this museum display featuring dust-proof plexi display cases, poster-sized blow-ups of vintage catalogs, and television displays running DVDs of original commercials or GIjOE documentaries. You’re only limited by your imagination! (Photo: Lori Van Buren / Times Union)

The sincerity and detmination "not to forget" GIjOE's 50th Anniversary is written all over Tearle Ashby's face, as he speaks at a recent gathering in New York to discuss the impact GIjOE has had on his life, and that of millions of other fans around the world. (Photo: Col. Richard Goldenberg / Joint H)

The sincerity and determination “not to forget” GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary is written all over Tearle Ashby’s face. What an inspiring fan! (Photo: Col. Richard Goldenberg / Joint Force Headquarters)

Bottom Line: Hasbro and the GIjOE Collector’s Club are both businesses first and foremost, each making their respective decisions based upon what they believe will generate the most profit revenue. Fans may be disappointed by some of their decisions, but business—is business. The passions and emotions of devoted fans cannot move mountains, nor can they alter these immutable facts. BUT…there are many things you CAN do in 2014 to celebrate GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary. For example…

Create a custom figure of a relative or famous military hero. Customize a vehicle or build a diorama. Take photographs of your efforts and share them with your family, friends and fellow fans. Display your collection at libraries, toy shows, schools and museums. Act as a local “advocate for GIjOE” like super-fan, Tearle Ashby (shown at right) and give a talk about the 1:6 scale hobby. Hand out any “extras” (gear, figures, etc.) that you may have as free gifts to others in a generous show of “Joe Karma.”

Whatever you choose to do, if you’re waiting for Hasbro to hold your hand in 2014, you can stop waiting. According to all trusted and currently available sources, other than the activities being planned for this year’s JoeCon 2014, nothing further of an “official” nature is being prepared to celebrate GIjOE’s 50th. For simple business reasons, the “Big H” has decided to take a very laid back attitude toward GIjOE’s anniversary, and that’s just a fact fans will have to live with. But we can still REFUSE—to forget. Go, JOE!

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Patches of Pride Owner Announces Company’s Plan to “Spread Joe Karma” By Giving Away 365 Free Prizes to Customers, 1 Per Day, During 2014

opjoekarmalogoIn an audacious plan of goodwill and fan fellowship, Patches of Pride (PoP), a manufacturer of 1:6 scale miniature patches, decals and related miniature accessories, has announced its intention to “help spread Joe karma” in 2014 by rewarding 365 of its faithful customers and fans with free gifts. According to PoP company founder and representative, Mark Otnes:

“We were sitting around the office the other day, just talking about how we felt Hasbro had ‘dropped the ball’ bigtime for GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary. That led to kicking around ideas about what, if anything, we could do to help rectify the situation.

Someone pointed out that the national GIjOE club was hosting JoeCon 2014 in Dallas, but to be honest, nobody seemed to be very interested in attending. Most felt fans of the original 1:6 scale GIjOE had been forgotten and excluded from the activities at the 2013 JoeCon in Indy, and there was little desire to repeat that experience.

So… after about an hour of back-n-forth grumbling, we realized that if anything substantive was going to be done in 2014 to honor and respect GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary, it would have to have to come from the fans— and be FOR the fans, aka ‘Joe karma.’

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That’s when a lightbulb went off. After we had  replaced it with a new one (HA), an idea came to us… GIjOE is all about being helpful, heroic, and making people happy. So what better way to honor that tradition than by giving BACK to the very fans who made its success so long-lasting and worthwhile? That’s how ‘Operation: Joe Karma 2014’ was born. In addition to donating $1 (from every order received over $25) to the USO, every single day during 2014, we’ll be giving away free prizes to our customers, ranging from store credit, to gift certificates, vintage comic books, GIjOE action figures, uniform sets, equipment packs, and even vehicles. We’re even going to surprise fans following us on Facebook. It’s going to be quite a ride in 2014!”

Bottom Line: As far as we’ve been able to determine, no other 1:6 scale-related company has EVER made such an abundant, year-long offer of “Joe karma” to its fans and customers. And the company’s donations to the USO are like icing on the cake! Patches of Pride continues to break ground with its efforts to reach out and “give back” to fellow fans and collectors of GIjOE, Action Man and related 1:6 scale action figures. If you’d like to learn more about PoP’s “Operation: Joe Karma 2014,” we recommend you go HERE now. And…Happy 50th Anniversary, GIjOE!

“Christmas Caption Contest” Now Underway; w/MIB “Ghostbusters” Action Figure As Prize

This photo from the Patches of Pride website reveals the prize for their "Christmas Caption Contest" is a brand-new "Winston Zeddemore" action figure from the highly-prized "Ghostbusters" line of Adult Collectibles from Mattel. We've seen these figures up close. They are GREAT. (Photo: Patches of Pride)

This photo from the Patches of Pride website reveals that the prize for their current “Christmas Caption Contest” is a brand-new “Winston Zeddemore” action figure from the highly prized “Ghostbusters” line from Mattel. We’ve seen these figures up close and they are superb! (Photo: Patches of Pride)

Who wants to be a Superhero? No one more than ol' Captain Action himself, obviously! And one lucky superhero and action figure fan will have a chance to win the exact figure shown in the photo above. According to online 1:6 scale dealer, Patches of Pride, the company has recently announced that it is giving away the brand-new figure (over on its Facebook page) to celebrate an upcoming celebrity interview article to be published soon here on The Joe Report. (Photo: Mark Otnes)

This brand-new Captain Action figure was donated by Patches of Pride and given away in November to celebrate TJR’s recent celebrity interview with John Stork. (Photo: Patches of Pride)

Who ya gunna call for 1:6 scale cloth patches, decals, AND—free contest prize giveaways?

It’s come to our attention that 1:6 scale dealer (and TJR sponsor) Patches of Pride (PoP) is giving away free 1:6 scale stuff —again! A quick visit to the company’s website HERE or its Facebook fan page HERE reveals details about an event they’re calling the “Christmas Caption Contest.” Curious, we picked up the TJR Hot-line and called PoP’s proprietor, Mark Otnes

TJR: We see you’re holding another contest. Why so soon? Didn’t you just give away a brand-new Captain Action on your PoP Facebook page last week?

“Yes, that’s right. I know it seems sort of soon, but to be honest, we LOVE giving away free stuff to all of our faithful customers and fans. We’ve been in business since 1998, and many of them have been supporters of PoP from the very beginning. Prize giveaways are one way we feel we can ‘give back’ and express our thanks to the worldwide 1:6 scale community.”

TJR: Sounds like you enjoy spreading that “Joe Karma” around. Could you tell us more about this new event?

“Sure! Currently, we’re hosting an all-new contest, based on the time-honored idea that encourages entrant participation and rewards creativity. To enter, all you have to do is write a caption to complete a GIjOE photo-cartoon and email it to us HERE at Patches of Pride. All of the entries will go into a big hopper, and on December 15th, we’ll hold a staff meeting in the conference room where we’ll read them all aloud, one at a time. Whichever one makes us laugh the most—and loudest—WINS!”

This graphic from the "Past Contest Winners" page on the Patches of Pride website shows winner Kent Williams of Pueblo, CO, and the prize he received, a MOC USAF GIJOE uniform set. (Photo: Patches of Pride)

This graphic from the Contest Winners page on the Patches of Pride website shows previous winner Kent Williams of Pueblo, CO, and the prize he received, a MOC USAF GIjOE uniform set. (Photo: PoP)

This graphic from the Patches of Pride website shows their "Safecracker Contest" had not just one, but TEN winners. (Photo: Patches of Pride) Click to enlarge.

This graphic from the Patches of Pride website shows their “Safecracker Contest” had not just one, but TEN winners. (Photo: Patches of Pride) Click to enlarge.

TJR: Your company has built quite the reputation for giving away free prizes. What other sorts of contests do you hold?

“Well, over on the Patches of Pride website, we have what we call a “VIP Mailing List” (HERE) where customers can sign up and receive occasional emails about our VIP members-only contests. Most of them are trivia question contests that we like to call, “Are You Smarter Than a Joehead?” Those are very popular. Then there’s the “Let’s Give Something Away Free” contests we hold over on our Facebook fan page (HERE). Those are pretty straightforward giveaways. You just leave a comment and you’re eligible. What’s not to like about that? And now and then, we’ll have special giveaways like our “Safecracker Contest” or this newest “Christmas Caption” one, that require a little more thinking or skill. It sort of ‘culls the herd’ a little and makes it more challenging—and FUN—when they win.”

TJR: Finally, could we possibly share the first panel of your “Christmas Caption Contest” with our readers? I’m sure there are many clever 1:6 fans out there who could write the missing punchline for you and would love to have a chance to win that great Ghostbusters figure.

“Sure thing. The more the merrier! And please remind them to send their funniest captions directly to our PoP email box HERE. Enjoy!”

The first panel of Patches of Pride's "Christmas Caption Contest" features a (giant?) can of the very same "GIjOE Beer" that was recently discussed here on The Joe Report. (Photo: Patches of Pride)

The first panel of Patches of Pride’s “Christmas Caption Contest” features a can (or barrel?) of the very same “GIjOE Beer” that was recently discussed in an article here on The Joe Report. Contest ends 12-16-2013. (Photo: PoP)

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Bottom Line: With all their contests and the large number of free prizes being given away by Patches of Pride, it seems like a “no-brainer” that 1:6 fans should keep the company’s website bookmarked and pay them regular visits. We recommend that you also “like” PoP’s Facebook fan page HERE so as to keep an eye on their daily activities.