Assembly Required 2013

We interrupt our regular Sigma Saturday post to bring you special coverage of Assembly Required 2013. This is the third year for regional event hosted by Codename: Iowa, and the group pulled out all the stops to put together an event that was impressive all-around.

With a great new venue, the presence of well known Joe fan groups like Joe Declassified,, and even a few panels, it had all professionalism of a JoeCon, but also maintained its own distinct, accessible feel. There were even activities for the kids, who could complete a Top Secret misison and receive their own GI Joe “resupply rations.” It was great to see little ones having fun at a Joe event.

The associated ephemera of the show has impressed me since the first series of minimalist poster images hit online. This year the posters continued with another set based on the 1985 figures. The event program, guest name tag stickers and even a special kids’ scavenger hunt pamphlet exhibit the same kind of creativity that pays homage to vintage printed materials while bringing their own new stylized flair. The three event posters available are also strikingly cool.

Enough of my yakkin’, check out a gallery of pics below. Great job, guys! I’ll definitely be making the trip again next year.


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