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Get Your Pepperoni Pizza Slice and a Cup of Coke Ready—1:6 Scale Arcade Games Are Coming Soon For Use In All Of G.I. Joe’s “Man Cave” Dioramas

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Get your roller disco skates on and head over to your local 1:6 arcade. 2018 will see the arrival of an entire line of GIjOE/Barbie-scale standup video games. (Photo; Replicade Amusements)

Bottom Line: If you collect GIjOEs and 1:6 scale props, grew up in the 1970s, and remember whiling away your teenage years in dark, video game arcades, then THIS story is definitely for you. Thankfully, it’s already been written for us by “Mighty” Mike Fahey, who lays out all the details on a new, exciting (and expensive) 1:6 scale product line—miniature standup arcade games. So… crack Joe’s tiny knuckles, line up some quarters, and prepare for all-night arcade game action HERE!!!

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G.I. Joe Club Announces Plans To Release “Really Limited” Set of 4 “Black and White TV Edition” 12-Inch Figures As Their New 2018 Club Exclusives

Remember watching all of those great color TV shows back in 1964? Probably not. While “test programs” had been broadcast in color as far back as 1953, few people living at that time (outside of those working for one of the “Big 3” networks) ever had an opportunity to view them that way. Why? The reason was primarily financial. There were countless hours of content being produced, and at the time, it was simply too cost-prohibitive to film and/or air all of that new programming (or commercials) in full color. As a result, cheaper black-n-white (B&W) television broadcasting (and B&W television sets) remained the industry standard until the mid-1960s, and the first images children ever saw of Hasbro’s new “Movable Fighting Man,” were aired solelyin black and white.

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As First Seen on TV!— The 4 new GijOEs coming from the GIJCC in 2018 will have NO colors (other than black, white and related gray tones) in their figures, uniforms, or coffin box packaging. This final “colorless” effect will either result in drab, dull and boring figures…or it will look absolutely STUNNING (we’re betting on the latter). Final judgement, as always, will rest “within the (color-blind) eyes of the beholder.” (Photo: GIJCC)

Indeed, while Hasbro’s initial run of GIjOE TV commercials in 1964 provided viewers with tantalizing glimpses of its new line of figures, uniforms, equipment and packaging, fans had to use their imaginations to envision all of the colors that were NOT being shown on their monochromatic B&W television screens. It wasn’t until all those children were able to visit their local toy stores in person, that they were finally able to SEE the panoply of COLORS comprising Hasbro’s wonderful new world—of GIjOE.

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WHOA. This is a COLOR photo?!— The GIJCC swears that this photo is in FULL COLOR. It’s the heads that are in B&W. What the..? AMAZING! (Photo: GIJCC)

To commemorate GIjOE’s first TV appearance, some 53+ years later, the GIjOE Collector’s Club (GIJCC) has announced that they will be releasing (4) new vintage-style 12″ GIjOE action figures—wholly devoid of color. Their skin tones, painted hair and eyes, uniforms and equipment, even all of their boxes, will be produced and “toned” in simple shades of black, gray and white. No other colors will be utilized at all. According to an official club post on the GIJCC website:

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“Just a couple of notes: Yes, everything will be in gray tones. This is a set of figures, not just a one-off, so they will display well together. In addition to the Action Soldier, there will be an Action Sailor, Action Pilot, and Action Marine as well in this series. You will get the 12″ gray-tone figure wearing shorts and the accessories and box are the add-ons that complete the set. These will be REALLY limited. Yes, it’s a novelty, but something that harkens back to the ORIGINAL days of Joe as he was first seen. The box images came off of the original commercials. The box is the width of the talker boxes to accommodate the accessories.” —GIJOE Collector’s Club

In the past, the GIJOE Collector’s Club has produced 12″ GIjOE exclusive figures with NO colors in (or on) them at all (i.e. clear, see-through plastic), with a green head (HERE) and even one that glows-in-the-dark (HERE), but this new idea for 2018 is something truly unique—a full line of 4 vintage-style figures completely devoid of color save for tones that were visible on an old black-n-white television in 1964. WOW.

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B&W Uniform Sneak Peak Pic—According to a quote from the club, “A ‘black and white’ G.I. Joe Action Soldier will need a ‘black and white’ field jacket!” Hey guys, you can throw away that Pantone book. You won’t need it for this job! (Photo: GIJCC)

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This teaser ad from the GIJCC newsletter provides a mock-up of what the final Action Soldier should look like. We look forward to seeing the real thing! (Photo: Paul Michel)

Bottom Line: Our sincerest thanks go out to taphatt2012 for the video clip shown above, and to the GIjOE Collector’s Club for their continued efforts to bring new and exciting 12″ GIjOE products to an ever-eager market of collectors. Some fans will quickly peg these upcoming figures as “must have” collectibles, while others may view them another way altogether. So far, WE like what we see VERY much. Stand by for more intel as it becomes available!

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Blimey! New UK Royal Mail Stamps To Commemorate 1960s-70s Vintage Toys Including (Yes!) Action Man

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Geronimo! This new 2017 stamp from the UK Royal Mail commemorates vintage toys, specifically the 1960s Action Man “Red Devil” paratrooper figure. (Image: UK Royal Mail)

HOT OFF THE WIRES: According to an article posted today over on the Sun.co.uk:

“The series of ten toys – all made in the UK – will be released on August 22. They are available to buy from 7,000 post offices across the UK and on the Royal Mail website.

Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker said ahead of the launch:

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“British toymakers enjoyed a reputation for quality and innovation. These nostalgic stamps celebrate 10 wonderful toys that have endured through the decades.”

Characters in the set feature the nation’s favourite toys from the past 100 years. These include Sindy dolls, which were launched in Britain in 1963, and Action Man, which first appeared on the market in 1966. The iconic Red Devil Action Man figure will feature in the stamps.

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Which of these vintage toys do YOU remember? (Photo: UK Royal Mail)

The Royal Mail website is offering a selection of products ranging from £4.50 to £29.99. Sets available include postcards, just the stamp set and and a framed version. Some enthusiasts can pick up a Classic Toys Edenbridge First Day Cover for £8.22 , which is personalised with the recipient’s name and address and cancelled with a Toys Hill, Edenbridge postmark. There’s also an Edinburgh First Day Cover – but both are only available until August 22.”

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Holy, Ephemera! Sometimes, the brochures and “press packs” that accompany the release of new postage stamps can be more exciting to own than the stamps themselves. (Photo: UK Royal Mail)

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Return to Sender? NO WAY! These “First Day of Issue” envelopes feature all 10 vintage toy stamps and will ROCK your ephemera and philatelic collections’ world. Crikey! (Photo: UK Royal Mail)

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Action Man’s Been Framed! Perhaps the most displayable and desirable collectible of this set would be the 10 FRAMED stamps. Yes, they’ll mail them to you already professionally matted and framed. All you have to do is hang them up—and ENJOY! (Photo: UK Royal Mail)

Bottom Line: These are tiny but VERY desirable collectibles for all fans of GIjOE and Action Man. Fans in the U.S. and elsewhere may have to order their stamps online, but that’s a no-brainer in this day and age. Simply go HERE now, mate. Go, ACTION MAN!

 

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New G.I. Joe Club Pic Confirms Exactly What Is Inside “Return to the Hidden Temple” Boxed Set

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Gaze Upon Them— Here’s a peek INSIDE the JoeCon 2017 12″ exclusive box. (Photo: GIJCC)

Bottom Line: Just a quick update to our previous article of May 11th, 2017. Here’s what’s you’ll find inside the 2017 JoeCon 12-inch exclusive boxed set. Surrounded by black foam, you’ll find two excellent uniformed figures (one painted-hair w/nose-picker hands and one fuzzhead with KFG grips). Both come with oodles of equipment, a giant snake, the mystical serpent’s staff thingy, a convention lapel pin and a mini-comic book (not shown). Is all this new Joe-swag worth the club’s usual asking price of $375 (for club members) or $460 (for non-members)? As the Bible revealed, snakes can be QUITE tempting to many humans. Will YOU succumb to their shiny seducements?

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Space Ghost 1:6 Scale Custom Action Figure—WOW!

Ready for ACTION— Once again, customizer extraordinaire, Wayne Faucher, has produced a 1:6 scale action figure that the rest of the world will covet with envious eyes. His amazing new Space Ghost action figure is a spot-on, 1:6 scale masterpiece. Zowee! (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Click to enlarge.

Look Out, Zorn! Wayne Faucher Creates Custom Space Ghost Action Figure in 1:6 Scale

Holy Asteroids! That jut-jawed, baritone-voiced, onesy-wearing, powerband-shootin’ outerspace superhero of the 1960s has FINALLY been given the 1:6 scale “star treatment” he’s so long deserved. We’re tongue-in-cheek-talking here, of course, about the inimitable namesake character from Hanna-Barbara’s 1966 Saturday morning TV cartoon—Space Ghost (SG).

As you may recall, Mr. “Ghost” (first name, “Space?”) was every little ’60s kid’s favorite intrepid cosmic avenger. He was a true defender of the the defenseless and a battler of all things weird, sinister—and MONSTROUS. For 42 action-packed episodes, no matter how dire the predicament or struggle, Space Ghost always managed to blast his way out—and into our hearts!

Nice, but TOO SMALL— For years, fans have had to satisfy their cravings for all things Space Ghost at much smaller scales. In fact, 3.75″ remained the norm, but some newer figures promise to reach as tall as 1:12 scale (or 6″). This blister-packed mini-Ghost and Blip set by Jazwares is typical of current offerings. (Photo: Michael Crawford)

Back in 1966, bleary-eyed children would plop down on the livingroom floor early Saturday morning to eat bowls of Quisp and other sugary cereals, content in the knowledge that after a rousing 15-minute episode of exciting outer-space/alien/monster action, Space Ghost would arise triumphant and restore the universe to its good and proper course again (just in time for another GIjOE commercial, ‘natch). However, as SG fans well know, after an all too brief 42-episode run, the beloved cartoon suddenly vanished within its own cloaking spaceship (The Phantom Cruiser) and would not to be seen again until 1994, when the show’s characters were resurrected and recast in Cartoon Network’s offbeat talkshow spoof, “Space Ghost—Coast to Coast.”

Sit Long and Prosper— Getting up early to watch cartoons on tiny televisions was a rite of passage for children during the 1960s and ’70s. What time do YOUR kids get up? (Photo: ClipArt Kid)

51 years after his television debut, Space Ghost continues to live on indefinitely in reruns. A plethora of smaller-scale toys, action figures and other “merch” have (thankfully) FINALLY been created, and videos on YouTube will keep the beloved character’s legacy alive and well for future generations. Nonetheless, and despite SG’s obvious popularity, it remains a mystery to thousands of 1:6 scalers as to why this space superhero has never been successfully “captured” (in 1:6 scale) by any major toy company. Is this another sign of the “demise” of 1:6 scale?

Custom Cartoon Perfection— As this closeup clearly reveals, Wayne Faucher’s new 1:6 scale custom Space Ghost action figure is a very accurate representation of the ’60s cartoon character. His headsculpt, figure, costume—it’s all perfect. Spaaace Ghooost! (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Click to enlarge.

After some research, we were able to find a 1:6 scale Space Ghost costume on the internet (made for Captain Action figures), and even the 1:6 scale headsculpt utilized by Wayne for his custom project (shown above). Typically, putting all the pieces together (head/body/costume/accessories) requires the skills of a talented customizer like Mr. Faucher who states:

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“I’m happy to finally have a 1/6 scale Space Ghost on my shelf. He’s one of artist Alex Toth’s most striking creations, and it’s finally been made possible with the help of yet another stunning head sculpt by the (very) talented Todd Grimes. It’s spot on, and I couldn’t have done this custom figure without him! Todd’s work can be found on Shapesways.com.

 
As you may recall, Space Ghost was created by Mr. Toth while in the employ of Hanna Barbera studios back in 1966. Only one season was produced (probably due to growing concern over violence on TV) but it’s been rerun ad infinitum ever since. I really hope people are aware of the original series, as it ranks right up there with Jonny Quest (which Toth also worked on with artist Doug Wildey) as one of the classics of television animation.” —Wayne Faucher

Step to the Left, Step to the Right— In this side view, Space Ghost appears to be doing a “do-see-do” at some square dance hoedown. Boogie DOWN, SG! (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Click to enlarge.

Close, but no Cigar— The upcoming Space Ghost figure by Mezco looks promising at first glance, but it turns out to be only in 1:12 scale or approximately 6″ tall. D’oh! (Photo: Mezco) Click to enlarge.

Bottom Line: Toymaker MEZCO has announced plans for a 1:12 scale Space Ghost (see pic at right) which would come in at about 6″ tall. That’s really not going to do it for most fans of 12-inch action figures. And what’s with the evil-looking Blip figure? Why did they decide to make the little guy look like some sort of possessed primate? Oh well, we’ll continue to keep our eyes open for a Captain Action or other 1:6 Space Ghost figure, but don’t hold your breath. It looks like it’s an uphill struggle to get ANY new 1:6 figure made these days. Our sincerest thanks go out to Wonderful Wayne Faucher for all his help with this article. You sir, are ‘da MAN. Finally, here are a few more pics of Wayne’s amazing SG custom and a video clip from the original show. Enjoy!

ZZAPPP!!! Get back in your volcanic crater, you mindless Lava Monster! (Photo: WEF) Click to enlarge.

Courage in Profile— Todd Grime’s excellent headsculpt perfectly recreates the cartoon version from the 1960s. Out-STANDING work, Mr. Grimes! (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Click to enlarge.

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G.I. Joe Collector’s Club’s 2017 “Man of Mysteries: The Arcane Adventurer” Promises to Be One of the WEIRDEST Adventure Team Members EVER Produced

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What the…? 2017’s GIJCC incentive figure will leave many members scratching their heads. Part magician, part Ghostbuster, part time-traveller(?), the new “Arcane Adventurer” is destined to become one of the weirdest GIjOEs ever produced. Ala-Ka-What-the-heck-is-this-guy? (Photo: GIJCC)

Ala-KAZAMM!— Here are the most recent pics of the GIjOE Collector’s Club’s upcoming (albeit unusual) “Arcane Adventurer;” a new 12-inch incentive figure that will soon be shipping out to “active” 2017 club members. To be honest, we’re not quite sure what to make of this guy.

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You’ll Get!— Members who select the 12-inch option will soon receive THIS mysterious figure in the mail. ZING! The club’s already made his pants disappear! We’re diggin’ that gray AT sweatshirt, though. Out-STANDING! (Photo: GIJCC)

Here’s the club’s official press release describing the figure:

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“This is the Man of Mysteries: The Arcane Adventurer! He is all decked out in this MOCK UP image, in his add-on accessory set (purchased separately). When the adventure gets too weird, the team calls in THIS GUY!

This Club Exclusive 12″ Action Figure comes FREE to active members who select the 12″ option dressed in his shirt and shorts. The add-on set (purchased separately) will complete the figure! The accessory set will include:

– trench coat
– pants
– shoes
– AT amulet
– goggles
– glow-in-the-dark samurai sword
– satchel case
– dimensional scanner
– glow-in-the-dark “mummy case”
and MORE!

This FREE figure wearing shirt and shorts ONLY will be sent to any G.I. Joe Club member that selects the 12″ figure option and whose membership is active by March 16th, 2017. Make sure you’re an active member of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club to receive 12 monthly issues of the Club Magazine, access to Club Exclusives, Discounts for the International G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, and your choice of a FREE 3 3/4″ or 12″ G.I. Joe action figure for 2017!”

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A Rare Gem, Indeed— This new figure also comes with a unique AT amulet shaped like a scarlet gemstone. Pretty sweet. Just imagine all the magical possibilities! (Photo: GIJCC)

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Look Out, Luke!— This latest pic reveals that the Arcane Adventurer’s samurai sword is actually some sort of glow-in-the-dark lightsaber. Holy, Han Solo! (Photo: GIJCC)

Bottom Line: Active members should all keep a “mystical eye” on their mailboxes. This strange “Arcane Adventurer” will be “materializing” in their zip codes soon!

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WHOOSH!—UK’s 3-D Design Wiz, Harry Peters, Teams Up With Famed U.S. Customizers Wayne Faucher and Roland Delaune to Create New 1:6 Bell Rocket Pack

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Prepare for TAKE-OFF!—The new Peters/Faucher/Delaune 1:6 scale Bell Jet Belt, shown in unpainted front view. On sale now! (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Exclusive to The Joe Report

Will Sell For Less Than Half the Price of Proposed Version by Executive Replicas 

Longtime contributor, field reporter, and expert customizer of 1:6 scale, Wayne Faucher, wrote in recently with the following exciting new product intel—exclusively for readers of The Joe Report!

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Wayne Faucher (Photo: WFT)

“Hi Mark! I thought I’d let you in on this first. No one, outside of the 3 people involved in this project, has seen this yet. So…if ya wanna share it, you and your readers will have the exclusive intel first—and I know you all dig that! 

You may recall my Lost in Space John Robinson (with the Jet Pack) custom garnered some notice a few years ago within the 1/6 community (see our article on that amazing custom by Faucher HERE, ed.). Afterwards, I had a ton of people inquire about the possibility of mass-producing a 1/6 Bell Rocket Belt. Well, that project didn’t seem feasible at the time. But now, with the advent of 3D printing—it’s become a reality!”

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3/4 View (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Exclusive to The Joe Report

“I’ve been consulting with the amazingly talented Harry Peters, a 3D designer in the UK who makes his work available through the cutting-edge Shapeways website. Make no mistake—this is really Harry’s baby. He poured his heart and SOUL into it after my friend Roland Delaune and I showed him my initial prototype and inquired if it was even possible to produce.”
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Harry’s Got Your Back— The curved backshield of Peters’ Bell Jet Belt conforms to the body of any James Bond, Lost in Space, or Adventure Team “Rocketeer” figure. Absolutely AMAZING attention to detail from every angle. (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Exclusive to The Joe Report

“Harry seemed pretty confident that such an item could in fact be done, and so we proceeded. I acted as a consultant and provided some reference materials, being careful to point out the (many!) inaccuracies of my prototype. Well, Harry not only rose to the task but he clearly surpassed any expectations that Roland and I had.”
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Exploded View reveals the various parts of the pack, including jet nozzles, tanks and back shield. WOWZA! (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Exclusive to The Joe Report

“When it comes to accuracy and detail, Harry’s 1:6 Rocket Belt leaves my scratch-built version in the dust! It’s currently available for sale over on the Shapeways site HERE. No, it’s not cheap. But with word that the Executive Replicas John Robinson figure w/Jetpack may have been indefinitely delayed (see HERE), this really is IT when it comes to a 1/6 scale Rocket Belt. And it’s available NOW for less than HALF the price!”
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Fits like a glove—Mr. Bond seems quite happy with the scale and extraordinary quality of Mr. Peters’ Jet pack. Now… let’s go get SPECTRE! (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Exclusive to The Joe Report

“Again, I was really just a consultant and cheerleader on this project, Roland was the one who first hooked up with Harry for a few other Lost In Space pieces and Harry was the (very) creative force behind it all. Also, note that these images feature the 1/6 Bell Rocket Belt right out of the box. NO DETAILING or painting has been done, so you can imagine how dynamite this thing would look with a little work! And I want to be clear about one more thing: Roland and I aren’t making a DIME off of this product. We just appreciated Harry’s work so much that we thought it deserved to be shared with a wider audience than just the two of us. Enjoy!” —WEF
We knew our faithful readers would want to know more about the realities of the 3D product-making process, so we decided to contact the inimitable Harry Peters directly. Thankfully, he quickly replied and generously provided the following exclusive insider-intel:
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“The Bell Rocket Belt has been far and away the most rewarding modeling commission I’ve had the pleasure to work on. Despite source material differing greatly between various versions of the pack that existed, Roland, Wayne and I eventually found enough high-resolution images from the prop used in the James bond film Thunderball and of the ‘Bell No. 2 Rocket Belt’ (one of the last remaining examples in good condition, which currently resides in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum) to piece together an accurate reconstruction.”

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Side view (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Exclusive to The Joe Report

“Since we’d managed to gather so much quality reference material, I decided to try and make it as accurate as I possibly could, down the the finest details I could glean from the photographs, (even going as far as to add a pivoting hinge so the rockets could be directed using the handles). I kind of ran away with it, unsure exactly how well these tiny details would resolve when printed at 1:6 scale. What I ended up with was this design with a level of detail more accurately represented a 1:1 scale replica as opposed to 1:6!”

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Back View (Photo: Wayne Faucher) Exclusive to The Joe Report

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Harry Peters, UK (Photo: Harry Peters)

“The risk of course was how well these details would actually come across once 3D printed, and there’s always an element of risk when you’re 3D printing with a company like Shapeways, since all the printing and shipping is handled by their engineers in their own factory. Because of this, I rarely get to see my own designs outside of my computer screen as I’m entrusting the task of making them a reality to a third party. Thankfully, though, Shapeways are incredibly good at what they do and, despite working with them for the past 3 years now, the level of detail that they are able to reproduce always surprises me!I’m currently looking forward to adapting the design of the Bell Rocket Belt to match the famous Lost in Space Jetpack prop (bicycle seat and all!) to list alongside the original recreation.” —Harry Peters, UK

We also wondered about Roland Delaune’s contributions to this outstanding new product. Thankfully, Roland promptly sent in his own exclusive intel revealing the following:

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“I actually met Wayne inadvertently through The Joe Report when I read your August 25th, 2012 article on him. I have been a HUGE  fan of the Irwin Allen series Lost In Space since I was about six years old, and when I saw the absolutely AWESOME custom figures that Wayne had made (John Robinson with Jet Pack, and John with Space Suit) I knew I had to have them.

Not expecting  a reply, I messaged Wayne over on The Trenches Forum and asked him about his custom Lost In Space figures. I was shocked when he not only answered me, but answered question, after question, after question, on ad nauseam! We have since gone on to be good friends.

I stumbled onto Harry Peters in much the same way, but through Shapeways Inc. I was looking through the Shapeways website when I noticed a 1/6 scale Lost In Space helmet for sale. It was very similar, but was different in a lot of ways from the version used in the TV show. I bought that one and tried to adapt it to make it look more like the original, but in the end I ruined it.

I messaged Harry and asked if it would be possible to make some changes to the design, and he said yes! So that started a series of back and forth emails, with myself making suggestions and Harry making the changes. After about 15 emails, Harry had changed his
design to match the on-screen version exactly.

Wayne and I both bought versions of the re-designed helmet, and Harry went on to create the backpack (which Wayne had originally built from scratch), a 3-button control panel that attaches to the red vest on the space suit, and even a 1st season Lost In Space laser pistol. All of these products are now on sale on Shapeways through Harry’s shop, MiniatureMachine.

After seeing what could be done with 3D printing and Harry’s talent, the Bell Rocket Belt was the next logical step. The rest, as they always say, is 1:6 history!” —Roland Delaune

Bottom Line: The advent of 3D printing and the increasing use of it by 1:6 scalers is an exciting development in our beloved hobby. Apparently, if we can dream it, talented people like Wayne, Roland and Harry can make “it” become a reality! Our sincerest thanks to all three gentlemen for their generous contributions to the hobby (and to this article). You guys are the BEST! —Mark 🙂

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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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1:6 Scale Baseball Caps and Related Sports Gear Revisited——Outfitting Your G.I. Joe For Game Day

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Vending Machine NFL Caps for GIjOE— These NFL team logo caps look great on any 1:6 scale action figure. Minor paint overspray can be easily touched up. (Photo: Bryan Mays) Click to enlarge.

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Play Ball! This closeup reveals the 1:6 scale MLB batting helmets produced by Rawlings—perfect for 12-inch GIjOEs. Go, RANGERS! (Photo: Mark Otnes)

If you’ve been with us since 2012, then you may recall that the first-ever article published HERE on The Joe Report was a short account regarding the discovery of a 30-piece set of 1:6 scale MLB baseball batting helmets at a local Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Champaign, Illinois. Manufactured by Rawlings, the tiny helmets (see at right) proved to be a huge hit with GIjOE kitbashers (and sports fans), and the article itself helped us to “kick off” the collaborative and informative nature of this beloved online blogazine.

Today, another faithful follower and “eagle-eyed TJR field reporter” helps us revisit that self-same first topic, reminding us of both past and present 1:6 scale sports headgear and jerseys, including some new hats that he found recently—in a vending machine. According to Bryan Mays:
“I love The Joe Report and how creative all the folks out there are, as well as all the great GIjOE history your blog has uncovered. Your TJR ‘Christmas List’ article a few years back (see HERE) really got me hooked, especially when I saw that photo of a GIjOE holding a toddler’s corn-popper Christmas ornament made by Hallmark. Right then, I knew that Joe Report readers were my kind of people! I wanted to drop you a line and see if you or your readers knew of any NFL gear (or even MLB or NHL for that matter) that would fit our 1/6th scale buddies. I am passing along what little I’ve learned on this subject as well, which admittedly, isn’t too much, but here we go:
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What Team Does YOUR Joe Support? Outfit your GIjOE sports fan with one of these new 1:6 scale NFL team caps found both in vending machines and websites online. Their quality may not be perfect, but with a little touch-up paint, the will be! (Photo: Bryan Mays) Click to enlarge.

A few years back, I bought several hats out of a vending machine that do fit 1:6 scale GIjOEs (see above). They are still available online (HERE) as ‘Premium Football Caps Vending Capsules.’ The hats themselves sometimes have a bit of paint overspray, but they were only $1 from that vending machine, so no biggie.
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Have it YOUR Way— These nifty 1:6 scale football player jerseys were distributed by Burger King a few years ago and can still be found numerous places online. Take care when putting these on your GIjOE however, as those neckholes can be very tight. (Photo: IMGUR) Click to enlarge.

I also found that those Burger King NFL jerseys from about a decade ago (see above) do not work easily with 1:6 GIjOEs—at least not without some modification. Right out of the bag, their neckholes are simply not large enough to fit over Joe’s noggin. You’ll need to either enlarge the neckhole by stitching and sewing, or remove and reinstall Joe’s head in order to get the jersey to go on the figure.
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Higher Quality, But Untested— Have you tried these caps on a GIjOE? If so, we’d love to hear from you. They look GREAT! (Photo NFL store)

I’ve haven’t had time to test those the new NFL MadLids football team ballcaps (see at right), but they’re starting to hit Target stores now and look to be very detailed, even including a little New Era logo. I also haven’t tried any of those Upper Deck mini jersey offerings, neither NHL nor MLB. It is possible they will have the same (tight) neck issues as those Burger King ones. I’d be interested in hearing if any other Joeheads have tried them and/or if they know of any other ballcaps or sports jerseys that work well with 12″ GIjOEs. 
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How Great is THIS? Imagine all the action figures you could outfit with these great NFL “Mini Jerseys.” We’re not sure when they came out, or if they’re still available, but hopefully, they’ll easily fit onto GIjOE without any major modification. It’d be a shame to have to alter them. Of course, if you can yank off and replace your Joe’s head, then any tight neckhole problem is moot. If you know more about this exciting line, please write in. We’d love to hear from you. Thanks! (Photo: Upper Deck)

Happy holidays to all, and thanks again for putting out such a great site, Mark! I hope my article is enough on-topic to be of interest/help to you and to the rest of the 1:6 scale community that loyally follows The Joe Report.” Sincerely—Bryan Mays
Bottom Line: Our sincerest thanks and best wishes go out to Bryan Mays for his generous contributions to this article. We had not heard of (or seen) many of the items described above. It looks like its time for us to start searching the ‘net (and our local stores) again. Happy Hunting!
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Fan-Created G.I. Joe Ephemera—Picking Up Where Collector’s Club Leaves Off, James Kavanaugh Jr. Heads Up a Talented Team of Graphics Experts to Produce Exclusive Posters, Cards, and Boxes To Be Given Away Every Year at JoeCon—For FREE!

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Utilizing Vintage Design to Promote RAH GIJoes— At first glance, you’d think this professionally created mini-poster is one of the original product brochures produced by Hasbro back in 1964 to promote its new line of 12″ GIjOE action figures and accessory sets. But you’d be wrong, my friend. In actuality, this masterpiece depicts GIjOEs of the more modern-era (3.75″) RAH variety. Produced by a team of graphics professionals spearheaded by James Kavanaugh Jr., this limited-edition (300) fan-produced poster is a superb example of how far some die-hard fans will go to further expand upon and refine GIjOE’s “universe.” (Framing by Sam Sears. Photo by: James Kavanaugh) Click to enlarge.

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Incognito Imagineer?— Apparently a man of many faces and talents, James Kavanaugh is also the chief designer of some of the world’s greatest GIjOE “faux ephemera.” (Photo: James Kavanaugh)

Bumping Into a Graphics Guru— When we first met James Kavanaugh Jr. at JoeCon 2015 in Springfield, IL, he was surrounded by about a dozen wide-eyed fans. They were all eager to get a closer look at James’ offering of expertly created GIjOE fan-graphics; including such nifty items as mini-posters and 3.75″ mini-boxes. Surprised by the professional quality of the items arrayed on his tables, we were sure they would be priced accordingly (i.e. expensive) and were stunned when he informed us that they were actually being given away to JoeCon 2015 attendees—for FREE!

If you know anything about the high costs of producing and printing quality graphic projects (and we do), then you’ll know we’re talking about some serious money here. For example, individual copies of James’ RAH posters could easily range upwards of $30 apiece (if outputted with high-end plotters or printers). Such JoeCon “freebies” can actually be very expensive to make (and very valuable to collect).

Clearly, this segment of GIjOE fandom isn’t a cheap corner of the “sandbox” to play around in. The large amount of time required to produce such quality pieces can ring up a hefty tab, and we were eager to learn what sort of “madness” drives Kavanaugh in this regard. Thankfully, he kindly assented to the following exclusive interview—for faithful readers of—The Joe Report!


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TJR: Thanks for speaking with us today, James. As fellow graphic designers and “brothers-in-arms” in the visual and communication arts profession, we’d love to hear the story behind your amazing GIjOE print projects; especially that stunning RAH mini-poster (shown at top).

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With a Wink and a Nod—GIjOE fan, collector and graphics expert, James Kavanaugh Jr. continues to produce and distribute GIjOE graphics at each JoeCon—for FREE! (Photo: James Kavanaugh Jr.)

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“The poster is a long answer to a short question. I pigeonhole myself as a RAH (Real American Hero) collector and since the 2005 convention, I’ve been making and handing out free custom file cards and package card backs.

They were originally designed to supplement the GIjOE club’s membership figures because the club was only providing a quick bio on the back of each membership card.”

TJR: What a excellent idea! And you still give all these cards and posters away for FREE?

“Yes, that’s right. Every year I make 300 for JoeCon and an extra (exclusive) 100 for the awards dinner as a token of my appreciation to all the wonderful people I’ve met at the shows.”

TJR: That’s very generous. You have some serious “Joe Karma” coming your way. Do you work on these projects all alone, or do you enlist the aid of other talented Joeheads?

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GIjOE Fan and Expert, Gary Godsoe (Photo: Gary Godsoe)

“Gary Godsoe is my right-hand man in these projects, and Ace Allgood was my go-to guy for reference photos, accuracy, and overall expert vintage opinion. I’ve also utilized the amazing skills of John Jett, Troy McKee, Andrew Hall and Todd Weinzeirl.”

TJR: That sounds like an “A-Team” of GIjOE experts. Are you a big fan of both the RAH and 12″ GIjOEs?

“Honestly, I was born in 1977 and grew up in an almost childless neighborhood with no older relatives, so  I knew nothing about 12” GI Joe. I assumed that he was just Barbie’s ‘Army boyfriend.’  And sadly, certain aspects of the 12” figure as a whole are simply lost on me. Nonetheless, I wanted to work backwards and explore GIjOE’s 12” history by undoing the RAH line. 

It began one day when I was thinking about the TV series ‘Gotham.’ I assessed that the show took the core of the Batman story, pulled it apart, and reassembled its disparate pieces into a new configuration. That made me wonder, what if the RAH line had been released back in 1982 with a more 12” style approach?”

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Giving Proper Credit— Contributors to each of Kavanaugh’s projects receive official credit bylines such as those listed in the corner of Jame’s RAH poster. (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

TJR: Where did you take the project from there?

“Over time, the project evolved into various interpretations of the RAH portion of the GIjOE hobby, each a reflection of the current time. For example, in 2009, I inducted Bullet-Man into the ‘Crappy Figure Brigade.’ And in 2010, I did a Ted Williams card back for the love-to-hate-to-love subgroup of fans that support, shall we say, the more ‘unique’ G.I. Joes ever produced.”

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Packaging Fans Take Note— The classic GIjOE designs from the 1960s hold up VERY well today, as this closeup of James Kavanaugh’s poster clearly reveals. Hello, Hasbro? Are you seeing this? Here’s a great way to bring all GIjOE fans together under one “visual umbrella.” (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

TJR: What did you decide to produce for GIjOE’s 50th Anniversary?

“For the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe, I wanted to do something more dynamic and more in tune with the roots of G.I. Joe, not a RAH ‘off-year,’ so I developed the 4-inch boxes. They were designed to assume the role of a vintage package for the modern visage of G.I. Joe. They were also designed to emulate the vintage packaging as closely as possible, while fully selling the more ‘realistic’ aspects of the RAH.”

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Realistic Detail on Every Panel— The attention to detail on Kavanaugh’s projects is stunning; UPC codes, fine print, choke warnings, it’s all there. Look closely at this GIjOE “Infantry” box— there are even pictures of its related uniform and accessory sets depicted on the side panels at barely 1″ high. Get out your magnifying glass, because you’ll need it to read it! (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

TJR: You’ve made mini-boxes, posters, and even authored books on RAH GIjOEs. But your new poster seems to be targeting fans of the vintage 12″ GIJOEs. What inspired the change?

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Debonair Author— James Kavanaugh Jr., renowned RAH GIjOE expert and “Human Chameleon,” demonstrated yet another of his handsome and distinctive “looks” while discussing his new book, “Rank & File, a Guide to 4″ GIjOE Action Figures,” at a convention held in the UK. (Photo: Tree-Bot)

“I wanted to do something a bit more abstract in relation to my previous work and also do something for a wider audience than RAH collectors. My RAH research showed me that, in many ways, early RAH was still thought of in terms of small 12” figures with names and an enemy.  This poster gave the RAH figures height, removed the names and gave them the interchangeable dynamic that was left behind in the transition. My goal was to also simulate a marketing approach to ‘higher ups’ so that the viewer feels like they’re looking at a conceptual pitch.”

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Collect ‘Em All— Kavanaugh’s wide variety of GIjOE-related creations have become a new collecting segment all of their own and it’s easy to see why. The cover of his new book, Rank & File, utilizes design inspired by the ’80s RAH comics. Get your copy HERE today!

TJR: Your poster is a superb demonstration of how Hasbro could have brought fans of both eras together by appealing to the heart-strings of older collectors while reviving vintage packaging design. What did your A-Team of experts think of your unique retro-poster concept?

“The early idea was difficult for me to convey, I had a hard time articulating my thoughts to my core consultants. They kept simplifying it as a 12” Grunt (like the figure in the 1994 Hall of Fame). The base figure is the Action Soldier male, not ‘Grunt’ as the RAH guys know him. The vintage RAH art is familiar to RAH collectors and was used to help accentuate the packaging while guiding the viewer to its hybrid conclusions.

I then divided the 82-84 line into Basic and Deluxe package options and used almost the exact character themes given to us in those respected years. I stripped away the unique shades of green that each RAH character is typically assigned (ex. Zap was light green while Grand Slam was dark olive) and tried to create as many reusable plastic parts a possible.

Customizable variations of the core product were also paramount.  The human essence of both lines was diversity so I wanted to assume the base figure was ‘available’ in various hair colors and skin colors.  But to take it a step further, the consumer could mix and match figures with outfits as they choose.”

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A Face All Fans Can Love— Whatever the scale, GIjOE’s “first face” was an iconic design that continues to resonate strongly with collectors worldwide. (Character art: John Jett/Andrew Hall) Click to enlarge.

TJR: What else should fans (of both eras) know about the content depicted in your poster?

“The versatility of the 12” line was there for the consumer to choose. So showcasing the iconic vintage 12” head was paramount in order to drive home the idea that this concept was 12”.  John Jett was the artist that nailed the various looks. The verbiage used in the poster derives heavily from the vintage RAH catalogs, and the fictitious Asst. #’s are based on the original Asst. numbers used in the original 1982 products (the ‘H’ is fake in all the numbers and the ’15’ is just the convention year).  My projects always have Easter Eggs in them.”

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Gutsy, Not Glamorous— Kavanaugh’s poster also features a GIJane action figure. Never meant to be a “pin-up” girl, the various depictions of Jane depict determined looking, capable fighting women instead. Out-STANDING! (Character art: John Jett/Andrew Hall) Click to enlarge.

TJR: Tell us about that GIJane figure. She’s a great addition to the poster!

“The real ‘twist’ with this poster’s concept was the inclusion of a female soldier. This fictitious, femme-fatale figure would’ve been sold separately—but equally—with the male. This led me to make the female look more in sync with the male figure, while still retaining female features. I will apologize beforehand when I say the female nurse isn’t the most attractive female action figure representation (in my opinion). Thus, John Jett was tasked with developing a more striking female. But hey, don’t get me wrong, she’s not posing for a glamour shot.  She’s here fight for freedom!

She’s obviously (to RAH guys) an abstract notion of Lady Jaye. However, the reason why I gave her a javelin thrower is not for RAH accuracy. I would’ve been inclined to give her a rifle like her male counterpart (though I’m sure some market research would’ve resulted in girls wanting some sort of ‘non-rifle’ weapon) but it hit me that GI Joe reflects contemporary pop culture and Hunger Games is a huge hit right now. The female star is called Katniss and fights with a bow and arrow. Of course, a traditional bow and arrow would’ve looked awkward compared to the male’s rifle, but a javelin shooter bridges that military gap and still gives girls the sort of heroine they’d want.”

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A GIJane With a Bow— Katniss from The Hunger Games inspired and impacted Kavanaugh’s depiction of the GIJane action figure shown on his poster. However, the movie character’s bow-n-arrow had to go and was replaced with a rocket-propelled “javelin” (instead of a rifle). (Photo: Lion’s Gate)

I asked John to produce a woman that looked like she means business, yet wouldn’t scare away female consumers.  The goal was for her to have an assertive demeanor. Then, females could utilize the basic accessories like the male, yet have their own exciting ‘looks’ that filled all roles.”

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Words to Live By— Real American Heroes need real mottos to steel their nerves in battle. The copy on James’ poster reminds kids and adults to fight the good fight—with GIjOE! (Photo: Mark Otnes)

TJR: Any closing thoughts on this poster and/or your reasons for creating it?

I believe vintage GI jOE could use as much attention as possible and I just wanted to do my part. Hopefully, this poster showed commonalities between both lines and illustrates how, with some minor changes, Hasbro could’ve painted a totally different picture of the brand’s landscape. With the proverbial product ‘well’ running dry or at least tapering off, maybe collectors who prefer one line over the other will decide to cross over into new territory so to speak, and further round-out their own perspective of the hobby.”

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Bottom Line: Our sincerest thanks and best wishes to James “the Chameleon” Kavanaugh Jr. for all of his generous contributions to the GIjOE collecting hobby and to this article. You can reach James on Facebook HERE and find his books on Amazon HERE. Go (or Yo), JAMES!

 

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