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Final Pic of JoeCon 2015’s 12″ Exclusive Revealed!

The 12" exclusive for JoeCon 2015 (only 1 figure included) (Photo: GIjCC)

What You See is What You Get—Almost. The 12″ exclusive for JoeCon 2015 (Photo: GIjCC)

Bottom Line: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, if that’s the case, we should probably just shut-up and let this latest pic from the GIjOE Collector’s Club do all the talking. And if you’re still on the fence about purchasing this expensive exclusive, maybe the club’s final press release on the subject will convince you one way or the other. It reads as follows:

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“The 2015 G.I. JOE Convention boxed 12-inch figure set includes: one (1) 12” 1969 styled G.I. JOE figure and two complete uniform sets all packed in a collector friendly souvenir box. ‘ADVENTURES OF G.I. JOE – ADVENTURER’ Inside the larger presentation box, you will find this excellent reproduction 12” G.I. JOE Adventurer with a reproduction of the “red top” box he came packaged in back in 1969. ‘THE FANTASTIC FREE FALL’ This is one of the most iconic accessory sets made for 12” G.I. Joe. It is featured on the art for 1969 Adventurer’s ‘red top’ long box. ‘DESCENT INTO DARKNESS’ Dressed all in black, G.I. JOE is on a stealth mission and must avoid detection. Don’t miss this fantastic 2015 GIJoeCon 12” Souvenir Box Set!”
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5TH PIC OF 2015 JOECON’S 12″ EXCLUSIVE RELEASED!

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Same pilot, DIFFERENT uniform! JoeCon 2015 12″ Exclusive Set pic #5. (Photo: GIJCC)

Bottom Line: Make that TWO parachutes. The second—sorry, THIRD uniform—included in the GIjOE Collector’s Club 12″ exclusive set is an interesting “stealth mission” ensemble featuring a SECOND, uniquely detailed black helmet and BLACK “Mae West” life vest. Combine this outfit with the orange one and the basic t-shirt outfit and you get THREE complete outfits along with the two repro “red top” boxes, 2 parachutes and various supporting equipment. There’s still (at least) one photo to be released. We can’t WAIT to see what else comes with this set. According to the club’s official press release, here’s the latest intel regarding this increasingly exciting set:

“This is the reproduction 12-inch 1969 Adventurer stripped of his long box gear and redressed in ONE of the uniforms sets included in the larger outer box that holds the entire 12-inch convention set. “DESCENT INTO DARKNESS is a new spin on the classic pilot look of the vintage 12-inch G.I. JOE! Dressed all in black, G.I. JOE is on a stealth mission and must avoid detection! The second uniform set comes with:

Black pilot helmet with visor and oxygen mask
Black flight suit
Black Mae West vest
Black parachute
Black Parachute pack 
Signal light 
Flashlight
Tall black boots”

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New “PlastiMake” Product Provides Alternative Method to Create Replacement Parts For G.I. Joe Vehicles, Etc., Without a 3-D Printer———By Hand!

Plastimake, a simple plastic molding compound that enables you to make small plastic parts with your own hands. (Photo: Plastimake)

Plastimake is a simple plastic molding compound that enables you to make and mold small plastic parts with your bare hands (and various sculpting molds and tools, too). (Photo: Plastimake)

Sometimes a new product or idea comes along that collectors of GIjOEs (and vintage toys in general) only have to look at for 1 second to realize that it holds numerous possibilities for their hobby. Plastimake is one such product. As soon as we saw the company’s video demonstration (shown below), we realized that we’d stumbled upon yet another solution to the age-old toy collector’s dilemma of missing or broken plastic parts.

Wassamatta? Can’t afford to hire a professional sculptor to recreate that missing plastic tow hook or other odd part? No problem. Can’t afford one of those new-fangled 3-D printers that require CAD software knowledge or scanning technology? No problem. Is your missing or broken part so small than these expensive solutions seem like taking a sledgehammer to kill a mosquito? No problem! Plastimake or its competitor, Thermomorph, may be the answer you’ve been waiting for.

Bottom Line: This information is all so new that we don’t know much more than you do at this point. But hobbyists who prefer to “make their own” 1:6 scale miniatures and work with their hands will DEFINITELY find these new products appealing. It’s looks similar to working with Play-Dough, and the fact that it’s infinitely reusable means you don’t have to worry about wasting $. If you goof up, simply reheat and try again. And AGAIN! It doesn’t take a genius to envision hundreds of ways these products could be utilized for the GIjOE/Action Man/Geyperman hobby. There are many videos about this subject already posted on YouTube, but we suggest you start with the following. (You may be seeing your future!)

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4th PIC OF 2015 JOECON’S 12″ EXCLUSIVE RELEASED!

The 2015 JoeCon 12" exclusive figure comes as shown, plus more! (Photo: GIjCC)

The 2015 JoeCon 12″ exclusive figure comes as shown, plus more! (Photo: GIjCC)

There’s not a lot of surprises here, but at least the club has finally confirmed the figure will come with a helmet. Overall, he’s pretty cool looking, though not necessarily ground-breaking (unless his ‘chute doesn’t open—HA). According to the club’s official description:

“This is the reproduction 12-inch 1969 Adventurer stripped of his long box gear and redressed in ONE of the uniforms sets included in the larger outer box that holds the entire 12-inch convention set. FANTASTIC FREEFALL is one of the most iconic accessory sets made for 12” G.I. Joe! It is featured on the art for 1969 Adventurer’s “red top” long box and comes with:

Gold pilot helmet with visor and oxygen mask 
Orange flight suit 
Yellow Mae West vest 
Parachute 
Parachute pack 
Signal light 
Flashlight
Tall black boots”

Bottom Line: Yes, you can easily recreate most of this with items from your “spare parts” bin. Yes, it comes with 2 nifty repro boxes. Yes, you’re essentially paying $340 or $410 for those two nifty repro boxes. Yes, we’re still on the fence about whether to buy one, too. Stay tuned for more pics!

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3rd Pic of 2015 JoeCon’s 12″ Exclusive Released!

Things are getting interesting— Especially for fans of the vintage 12-inch GIjOEs. The most recently released pic from the GIjOE Collector’s Club reveals some of what will be included in this year’s JoeCon exclusive, including…ANOTHER BOX! (Photo: GIjCC)

Bottom Line: The GIjOE Collector’s Club continues to play 12-inch GIjOE fans like fish-on-the-line, teasing and tugging at our 1:6-lovin’ heartstrings in a blatant and (effective) attempt to boost sales and attendance to this year’s JoeCon in Springfield, IL. We have to admit their efforts appear to be working, and the latest 12-inch “teaser” photo reveals the following juicy intel:

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This year’s 12” Convention set is unique as it features a vintage styled reproduction figure and uniform ALONG with an additional NEW uniform based on the patterns and tooling for the reproduction uniform set!

Inside the larger presentation box, you will find this excellent reproduction 12” G.I. Joe Adventurer with a reproduction of the “red top” box he came packaged in back in 1969. Only two figures were offered in the line that year, as G.I. Joe was transitioned from the original military line to the Adventure Team line of the 1970s.

He comes with his tan pants, white tee shirt, boots, shoulder holster with revolver, dog tag and cap. The tan cap and tee shirt alone are highly sought after by vintage G.I. Joe collectors. The box for this figure is also difficult to come by. In the 2015 set, they all are offered as licensed reproductions for the very first time.

 

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First Pic! 2015 JoeCon’s 12″ Exclusive Revealed

A rough prototype pic of the box for the JoeCon 2015 12" exclusive set

Geronimo! A rough prototype pic of the box for the JoeCon 2015 12″ exclusive set. (Photo: GIjCC)

The GIjOE Collector’s Club finally revealed today (in a newly released PDF file) that it is definitely creating an exclusive 12-inch figure for fans and collectors of the original 1:6 scale line. It’s yet another parachute-themed set, this one dubbed “The Adventures Of G.I. Joe Test Pilot featuring Fantastic Freefall and Descent into Darkness.” <phew!> The cover of the set’s box (currently only visible in this low-resolution version) looks like it will be quite a nice tribute to the old “red top” boxes from 1969, combining an action photograph of the figure as it parachutes down with artwork of his ’60s jet fighter going down in flames behind him. According to the club’s description:

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“This set commemorates the very short run of the 1969 “Adventures Of” series and features a 12” G.I. Joe Adventurer in a reproduction of a “red-top” long box along with his tan cap and pants, white t-shirt, dog tag, Label revolver, brown shoulder holster, and brown boots. He also comes with a reproduction Fantastic Freefall parachute accessory set and a new Descent into Darkness night-ops version of the same parachute accessory set.* All of these items will be packaged together in a display box featuring art from the “Adventures Of” era.” ($340 for members, $410 for non-members)

Bottom Line: The GIjOE Collector’s Club is famous for its outstanding 12-inch convention exclusives. Oddly, their description didn’t list the Freefall pilot’s key piece of equipment, his distinctive gold, white and black helmet with “G.I. Joe” stenciled on it, but we’re sure that’s going to be included (right?). Anyway, let’s hope so. All in all, this appears to be real winner (if only it wasn’t so EXPENSIVE). One final thing to remember: As the club continues phasing out 12-inch collectors, the quantities of their 1:6 scale products are sure to become more and more limited. Therefore, we recommend you keep your eyes peeled for future updates regarding its availability. We can’t wait to see some more (sharper) photos of the actual set. Should be VERY cool! Go, JOE!

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NEW Products! Working 1:6 Scale Desk Lamps

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Let There Be Light! This superb 1:6 scale, adjustable miniature desk lamp comes complete with bulb and battery for only $1. Available at most Dollar General Stores NOW. Great for your next diorama! (Photo: Gary Stair)

Here's what the lamp looks like in the store. Happy Hunting! (Photo: Gary Stair)

LED Power! Here’s what the lamp looks like in the store. Happy Hunting! (Photo: Gary Stair)

Bottom Line: Our sincerest thanks go out to eagle-eyed Field Reporter, Gary Stair, who filed the following exciting report over our model 33 teletype machine today. According to Stair:

“Hi Mark, Maybe some of the other 1:6 scalers would love these little desk lamps I found recently at Dollar General. I purchased a couple in the black color, but they’re available in red, blue and white as well. Pretty COOL! They also come with batteries and a push button on-off switch at the top, just like 1:1 scale versions—and they’re even adjustable. Amazing! Enjoy!” —Gary Stair
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Let’s get to work! Stair’s GIjOE prepares to plan his next mission, aided by the bright light of his nifty new 1:6 scale desk lamp from Dollar General. Absolutely perfect! (Photo: Gary Stair)

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At such a low price point, it’s a no-brainer for collectors and customizers to pick up 2 or 3 of these 1:6 scale desk lamps for use in their dioramas. EXCELLENT work, Gary! (Photo: Gary Stair)

Captain Action's not getting any younger, and he could use some extra lighting for his desk, too! (Photo: Gary Stair)

Captain Action’s not getting any younger, and could use a light at his desk, too! (Photo: Gary Stair)

UPDATE—THIS JUST IN:

We realize that not everyone has a Dollar General store in their area, so we started to search around online for similar products. While we couldn’t find any other miniature 1:6 scale desk lamps for $1 (that price is INDEED a bargain), we were able to locate an even better-looking version for a shade under $10. They’re called “Tiny Tim Book Lights” and they’re widely available in most bookstores and online at places like Amazon HERE. Yes, you can buy 10 of the Dollar General versions (if you can find them) for just 1 of the Tiny Tims, but Tim’s details appear to be superior. So, you know… Whatever you decide—Happy Hunting, 1:6ers! 

More expensive? Yes. Better? Maybe. These "Tiny Tim Desk Lights" are similar and slightly superior to the dollar store versions, but they're also much more expensive. Caveat Emptor!  (Photo: Amazon)

More expensive? Yes. Better? Yes. These “Tiny Tim Desk Lights” are similar to the $1 versions, yet are clearly superior in terms of detail. They’re also (much) more expensive. (Photo: Amazon)

Here's what the "Tiny Tim" lights look like in their packages. We love them, but recommend that you shop around before deciding! (Photo: Amazon)

Here’s what the “Tiny Tim” lights look like in their packages. We love ‘em, but recommend that you shop around before deciding. (Photo: Amazon)

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