Category Archives: GIjOE Collector’s Clubs

G.I. Joe Club Announces (2!) New Club Exclusives: 12″ Super Joe Commander and (WILD) “Darkon-Gor”

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Get a Grip! This new Super Joe Commander from the GIjOE Collector’s Club FINALLY comes with the highly desirable super-articulated body and gung-ho gripping hands. Out-STANDING! We really dig that monstrous scorpion, too. It’s WEIRD and WILD. (Photo: GIJCC)

Out of the blue, fans and collector’s of 12-inch GIjOEs suddenly have 2 brand-new and brand-authentic GIjOE action figures available to them for purchase. According to the following official product description recently provided by the GIjOE Collector’s Club (GIJCC):

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“The SuperJoe Commander (SJC) is a 12-inch figure homage to the short-lived 8-inch Super Joe figures from the late 1970s. The SJC is a SUPER-articulated figure that comes dressed in his classic black uniform with insignia, yellow piping and tall black pull-on boots. His hair and beard are flocked (unlike the 8-inch figure’s molded beard) and he comes with an ‘Ion Emitter’ and ‘Plasma Rifle’ presented in the classic SuperJoe color scheme. Also included is an enemy beast mutated by Terron Industries and a mini comic. 

Merging the concepts of two 1970s Super Joe figure concepts, Darkon and Gor, Darkon-Gor is a SUPER-articulated 12-inch figure homage that continues the story of Sebastian Gorman from the 2013 GIJoeCon ‘Secret Mission To Dragon Island’ figure set. Gorman’s fate was left a mystery, but NOW it is revealed. He comes in a green uniform with belt, tall black pull-on boots, backpack emitter, and his Vac-Metalized Lightning Lance and mini comic. Quantities are SUPER limited. Approximate shipping first part of April.” —GIJCC

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Darkon-Gor will strike you down—with his giant chrome lighting bolt!(?) The club’s new Darkon-Gor action figure is certainly an attention-getter at full 1:6 scale. He too, comes with a super-articulated body and black “gloved” gung-ho gripping hands. While he may have been a snoozer collectible for many fans at his original diminutive 8″ size, the club’s new 12-inch version is positively TOWERING over other Joe villains! (Photo: GIJCC)

Bottom Line: What the…? WOW! These are some crazy-looking GIjOEs. We were never really fans of the 8″ Super Joes line ourselves (other than Terron), but when you super-size them all up to 1:6 scale, they take on a whole new dimension of possibilities. These guys are REALLY interesting. You can learn more about the original 8″ Super Joe Commander HERE and Darkon HERE.

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First Pic!——G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Reveals New “Return to the Lost Temple” 2-Figure Exclusive, a 1:6 Scale Set Created For JoeCon 2017 Attendees

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WOWZA! Here’s the first (and only) pic of the contents of the JoeCon 2017 12-inch, 2-figure exclusive set, “Return to the Lost Temple.” Out-STANDING! (Photo: GIJCC) Click to enlarge.

So much for stringing fans along for months in advance

This year, instead of posting numerous little “teaser” pictures online in an obvious attempt to pique collector interest and increase JoeCon convention attendance, the GIjOE Collector’s Club has decided instead to simply post one BIG pic and be done with it. And WHAT a pic it is! This solitary image answers a multitude of fan questions and in one fell swoop, reveals the contents contained in the club’s upcoming, exclusive, 2-figure (12-inch) set for JoeCon 2017. Further description is also forthcoming in the club’s official press release, which states:

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“This year’s 12-inch convention set is based on the vintage Marine Jungle Fighter and the Adventure Team, Jungle Survival accessory set. It comes with: Painted Head Figure; Marine Jungle Uniform; Belt; Canteen and Cover; .45 and Holster; Boonie Hat; Vinyl Shoulder Radio; Flame Thrower; Tall Brown Boots; M-16 Rifle; Machete and Scabbard and Dog tag; Flocked Head Figure; Jungle Survival Uniform; Tall Black Boots; Belt with Canteen; two Snake Anti-Venom Pouches; Pith Helmet; Yellow Short Radio; First Aid Kit; Compass; Machete and Scabbard; Tranquillizer Rifle; Equipment Storage Crate; Dog Tag; Knuckle Knife; Snake and Golden Cobra Staff. It also comes with a Mini-Comic with a surprise ending!”

Bottom Line: You know you want it. So call or visit the GIjOE Collector’s Club today!

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Psst! Have You Seen the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club “Stealthy” Deep Sea Diver Uniform Set, Matey?

Man-o-MAN! JoeCon 2016's "stealth" DSD suit is definitely a keeper. We won't be throwing this swimmer back! Excellent! (Photo: GIJCC)

Man-oh-man-oh-Deep Sea Diver MAN! JoeCon 2016’s “stealthy” DSD suit is clearly a keeper. We won’t be throwing THIS fish back in the sea. Excellent work and truly BAD A–! (Photo: GIJCC)

According to the GIjOE Collector Club’s official press release re: this photo…

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“This is the reproduction 12-inch 1969 Aquanaut stripped of his long box gear and redressed in ONE of the uniform sets included in the larger outer box that holds the entire 12-inch convention set. “DIVE INTO DARKNESS” is a new spin on the classic DSD look of the vintage 12-inch G.I. JOE. There are things in the hidden darkness of the ocean floor. For his own safety, Joe must ‘blend in’ to avoid the attention of creatures both unseen and unknown.

This second uniform set comes with:

– Black Dive Suit
– Black Gloves
– Silver-tone Diving Helmet
– Oxygen Pump and Hose
– Compass
– Brass-tone Weighted Belt & Harness
– Brass-tone Weighted Brown Boots
– Treasure Chest
– Treasure Coins
– Dive Knife and Sheath” —GIjOE Collector’s Club

Bottom Line: A picture’s worth a thousand words. (Phew! That saves us a lot of typing!)

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Bummer!———It’s Official: The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Is “Not Taking Any New Memberships”

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Where will fans go in 2017? GIJCC founder Brian Savage meets with collector’s during last year’s JoeCon 2015 in Springfield, IL. (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

Well, this is a sad day. According to an official post from the GIjOE Collector’s Club on Facebook:

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“Thank you to each and every one of you that has supported us over the last 20 years. We have a great 2016 planned, with the FSS 4.0 currently shipping and info on FSS 5.0 right around the corner!  In regard to memberships, some quick follow ups. If you are a member as of March 16th, 2016 you will be able to purchase the FSS 5.0. If your membership expires during the time period when the 4.0 or 5.0 are shipping, you STILL can pay the installments (if that is the option you selected) and you will receive all your figures as you normally would.

As far as concerns over auto renewals after March 16th. As we have said, we are not taking any new memberships after this date, so there are no auto renewals as there will be no memberships to renew. With less than 3 days left to sign up for the GIJCC though, don’t miss this last opportunity to be part of the Club that has been a part of G.I. Joe for 20 years! You can sign up HERE.

Finally, back to the very first point. Thank you! Thousands upon thousands of you have supported the Club over the years and right now, as of today, the GIJCC is as strong as it ever has been! That is because of all of you, your love for 12 inch G.I. Joe, the Real American Hero line and everything in-between! So many of you truly enjoy what the GIJCC offers and enjoy what we do and none of what we have done would have been possible without you. You are an amazing fan base and thanks to all of you who continue to have an important impact on the hobby! You all are what makes this fun to do!” —The GIjOE Collector’s Club

Bottom Line: We want to thank Brian Savage and all of his wonderful staff for the many years of superb service they’ve provided to fans and collectors of GIjOE and GIjOE-related action figures. Our sincerest and best wishes to all of them in all of their future endeavors. Go, GIjCC!

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JoeCon 2016’s “Eight Ropes of Danger”Accessory Set to Include Reproductions of Vintage Deep Sea Diver’s Uniform, Equipment———and Much More!

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Get Ready to Blow Some Bubbles—This first pic of the club’s exclusive 12″ uniform set for JoeCon 2016 reveals that it will include a faithful reproduction of Hasbro’s original DSD. (Photo: GIJCC)

Dive! Dive! Dive! If this is the last 12-inch exclusive set the club will ever produce, then they’re definitely going to go out with a BANG. In addition to the set’s two outstanding repro boxes and fully dressed Aquanaut figure we’ve already shown you, this exclusive will also include everything you see in the photo (above). Here’s the official tally, according to the club’s official press release:

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“This is the reproduction 12-inch 1969 Aquanaut stripped of his long box gear and redressed in ONE of the uniform sets included in the larger outer box that holds the entire 12-inch convention set. THE EIGHT ROPES OF DANGER is one of the most iconic accessory sets ever made for 12-inch G.I. Joe. It is featured on the art for 1969 Aquanaut’s ‘red top’ long box and comes with:

– White Dive Suit
– White Gloves
– Brass-tone Diving Helmet
– Oxygen Pump and Hose
– Compass
– Octopus
– Silver-tone Weighted Belt & Harness
– Silver-tone Weighted Black Boots
– Treasure Chest
– Treasure Coins
– Dive Knife and Sheath”

Bottom Line: This is pretty much what fans expected to see in this set, but what we’re not so sure about, is what the club’s “stealth” Aquanaut uniform will look like. Stay tuned, Aqua-NUTS! 🙂

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Savage Reissues Cryptic Statement Many Believe Foretells the End of Fun Publications’ Operation of Official G.I. Joe Collector’s Club, Stating, “All Memberships Will End December 31, 2016”


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In an official statement received from the GIjOE Collector’s Club today, Brian Savage concluded a rather routine update of the registration progress at JoeCon 2016 with the following statement:

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Brian Savage, GIjOE Collector’s Club (Photo: GIJCC)

“Please note the following:  March 16 is the last day you can join the GI Joe Collectors’ Club.  If you are interested in receiving the discounts for GIJoeCon, the 2016 FREE figure(s) or in FSS 5.0 you will need to be an active member as of March 16.  All memberships will end December 31, 2016.

We appreciate your support over the last 20 years.” —Brian Savage

Bottom Line: Yes, we’ve reported on the rather unclear phrasing of Brian’s press releases before (see HERE), but with the addition of this new “We appreciate your support” line, it’s beginning to look more and more like this be the final year for the GIjOE Collector’s Club; at least in its current form as operated by Savage and Fun Publications. At the moment, we’re not sure when (or if) Brian will issue a clarification, but we promise to keep a sharp eye on the situation and pass along any updates ASAP. Stay tuned!

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2nd Pic of G.I. Joe Club’s “Aquanaut” Reveals Reproduction of Rare “Red Top” Coffin Box

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Deep Sea DANGER— Are you drooling yet? Does your GIjOE collection feature this box? Will DSD Joe survive this attack by a giant octopus? Only YOU can answer these questions! (Photo: GIJCC)

Bottom Line: The GIjOE Collector’s Club really knows how to “reel us in,” doesn’t it? By releasing just one photo at a time, they intend to build suspense, tension, and INTEREST in their upcoming 12-inch exclusive figure set for JoeCon 2016. What are YOU thinking about now? Hmm…

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1st Pic of JoeCon 2016’s Exclusive “Aquanaut”

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JoeCon 2016’s 12-inch “Aquanaut” exclusive figure (Photo: GIJCC)

Holy Harpoons, Joe! The GIjOE Collector’s Club has just released the first pic of actual product from its upcoming 12-inch exclusive figure set for  JoeCon 2016. According to their press release:

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“This is the vintage-styled action figure from the 2016 GIJoeCon 12-inch boxed souvenir set. The set features this spot on reproduction of the rare and hard to find 1969 release of the Adventures of G.I. Joe AQUANAUT. 

Between the years of the original military themed G.I. Joe of the mid 1960s and the Adventure Team of the 1970s, there was a version of G.I. Joe produced for only ONE YEAR in 1969. These figures and uniform sets featured the now legendary “red top” packaging. Only two figures were produced that year and the Aquanaut was one of them.

The AQUANAUT comes fully outfitted in his classic black turtleneck sweater and black pants (which were unique to the 1969 release), sailor cap, boots, shoulder holster with revolver, and dog tag.He will also come in a reproduction long box INSIDE the larger outer box for the set.” —GIjOE Collector’s Club

Bottom Line: So far it looks pretty good. We’re especially diggin’ his black sweater. Ahoy!

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This Just In!———G.I. Joe Collector’s Club Reveals First Pic of 12″ Exclusive Set for JoeCon 2016

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Look out, Joe! This is the first photo released by the GIjOE Collector’s Club revealing the box cover art for an upcoming 2016 convention 12″ figure exclusive. Absolutely TOO COOL! (Photo: GIJCC)

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The Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO, site of JoeCon 2016. (Photo: Embassy Suites) Click to enlarge.

Despite rumors running rampant regarding the national GIjOE club’s somewhat questionable future (see article HERE), Brian Savage and his dedicated and talented staff clearly intend to move forward with their plans to host JoeCon 2016 this coming June, and to produce a new convention exclusive boxed set for fans and collectors of 12-inch figures. Yesterday (Friday), the club released an online version of JoeCon 2016’s official information brochure (see that HERE) and news for 12″ collectors appears to be quite good.

Here’s what the brochure revealed:

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“The Adventures Of G.I. Joe Underwater Diver featuring The Eight Ropes of Danger and Dive into Darkness—This set commemorates the very short run of the 1969 ‘Adventures Of’ series and features a 12” G.I. Joe Aquanaut in a reproduction of a ‘red-top’ long box along with his ‘pork pie’ cap and pants, sweater, dog tag, Label revolver, brown shoulder holster, and black boots.

He also comes with a reproduction Eight Ropes of Danger diving accessory set and a new Dive into Darkness stealth version of the same diving accessory set. All of these items will be packaged together in a display box featuring art from the ‘Adventures Of’ era.”

Bottom Line: This new convention exclusive would be a worthwhile addition to any fan’s 12″ collection. However, as usual, such high-end “swag” from the GIJCC doesn’t come cheap. This set will cost club members $350 and non-members will have to fork out a whopping $440. So…we suppose whether or not you’re interested will (as always) depend on the “depths” you’re willing to take your credit card debt. Of course, we’re nuts for this stuff, so we say…“Dive! Dive! Dive!”

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Is it Over? 9-Word Sentence in the G.I. Joe Club’s Official Magazine Sparks Concern & Confusion

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Burying the Headline— A short, 9-word sentence in the January 2016 issue of the GIjOE Collectors’ Club official magazine has set off “alarm bells” among the ranks of its membership. Take a close look at the paragraph above that begins with “Please note.” Many believe that the second sentence not-so-subtly announces an impending death-knell for the club. What do YOU think? (Photo: Mark Otnes)

Whether he meant to or not, the GIjOE Collectors’ Club (GIJCC) President and Editor-in-Chief of Fun Publications (FP), Brian Savage, has created a mini-firestorm of concern and confusion among the faithful members of the GIJCC. If this is still news to your eyes and ears, dear reader, then here is the “alarming” sentence many believe has declared the foreseeable end of the mighty GIJCC:

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Brian Savage, GIjOE Collector’s Club (Photo: GIJCC)

“All memberships will end with the December 2016 issue.” —Brian Savage

Whoa. That’s not good news. At first reading, the meaning of the sentence seems clear enough, perhaps even ominous—but is it really? Could it simply be a misunderstanding? Or semantics? Perhaps it’s merely an example of a how a hastily worded sentence can lead to unintended confusion or misinterpretation. Of course, only Savage and FP know the answer(s) for sure, but they’re not talking. So, while we wait for further clarification on the issue, let’s consider the following two possibilities:

#1: The Club is Merely “Resetting” Its Membership Calendar.

If everything’s still fine and dandy at the GIJCC and FP, Savage’s sentence may merely mean the magazine is resetting its signup date, and thus the calendric policy that it utilizes for processing annual memberships. It’s possible they’re moving to a single signup month, one wherein all members must enroll and pay their dues (i.e. the month of January?). Establishing such a system may help provide the club with a more predictable budget and revenue-stream for its wide variety of club events, exclusives, etc. This may be a naive supposition on our part, but the only other alternative appears to be…

#2: It’s OVER. Savage and Fun Publications are Getting Out of the Toy Fan “Biz”

Yes, sadly, the many doomsayers out there in Joeland may be correct. The end of the GIJCC may now be in sight. However, at the moment, Savage and his club are refusing further comment. And rather than circling their wagons financially, the GIJCC continues to steam full-speed ahead with plans for JoeCon 2016 in Colorado this upcoming June.

Then there’s licensing. Hasbro isn’t a cheap partner, to be sure. Keeping their officially sanctioned status may be becoming too costly a burden for the club to bear. And don’t forget, Savage and FP also run a similar club organization for fans of Transformers, hosting annual conventions known as “BotCons.” Apparently, those fans (and customers of FP) are now facing a similarly depressing “end of times” scenario. According to one renowned expert…

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Chicago GIjOE Club members, Kevin Bolger (left) and Tave Lamperez (right), at a previous Joe Show in Algonquin, IL. Bolger weighs in on the current “sentence” controversy below. (Photo: Mark Otnes)

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“It looks like this may be the end for the national GIJCC. Brian hasn’t confirmed anything so far, but he’s also not denying that all memberships will END in December 2016. And it appears this is the end of Brian Savage and Fun Publications helming the Transformers’ Club as well (see Allspark article HERE).

I’m not sure if the end of licensing with Hasbro was Brian’s choice or Hasbro’s. I remember a number of years hearing what the cost of the franchise was, but it was some real high $ amount. There has been some folks wishing that someone else would take it all on, but I doubt there will be any takers.

We’ll see what happens, but the conversations on the GIJCC Forum asking about the future seemed to be unanswered from the Club. Why would all memberships end on December 2016 unless this was the end? I’m not sure that anyone would really want to take on the big franchise cost to do an official Hasbro-sanctioned club, or want to do it as a business.

It’s really too bad, as the national Club did bring together folks together, especially in the early days of the internet. It gave incentive to those of us who would run into a fellow Joehead at a flea market or in the aisles of Toys R Us in the early ’90s, to actually get together at a large show devoted to our hobby.

I helped to start one of the local Chapters (the Chicago Division of the GIjOE Collectors’ Club) which had a good run. Hopefully, Joelanta and smaller Regional shows will continue to help fill the in-person void. And places like the Trenches provide something more frequently.” —Kevin Bolger, Chicago, IL

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The only official club reply to repeated fan requests for clarification reads as follows:

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“In regard to GIJCC memberships, the only information we have at this time is what is posted online. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!” —GIjOE Collectors’ Club

Bottom Line: If Savage’s 9-word sentence was unintentionally misleading and simply led to confusion based on ambiguous or overly succinct wording, then we hope he clarifies the situation quickly, stilling the racing hearts of thousands of anxious fans. If, however (and sadly), he meant what he said in the first place… then you’d better take a closer look at your own local club divisions and help prepare them to “fly solo” sometime in the near future. Stand by for updates!
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