JoeCon After Action Report: Day 1
As you all know, Joe Con kicked off on Thursday. After a five hour drive from SD to Colorado, my brother and I touched down in Loveland. Joe Con was a belated birthday present for him and so far, it’s been a blast. We were in the first round of non-Golden Ticket pickups and thank the maker for that. As usual, the line for the opening night of the Club Store was pretty ridiculous. The two of us spent three hours in line for souvenirs, and while it was a wait, it was definitely worth it. We spent the time chatting with Joe fans (and met a Joe A Day reader in person who looked like he was traveling with his dad for Joe Con and told his dad he would show him Joe A Day, so more readers) and joking around while waiting.
Man, did the GIJCC bring the heat for exclusives, though I will say that I’m shocked that none of the vehicles were original Sky Patrol vehicles. The figure set is solid and the attendee exclusive this year was Air Raid. For souvenirs figure, there was a two pack of glider pilots, Skymate and Cloudburst and a three pack of Heli-Vipers (using the great Ultimate Cobra Commander copter pack for a change). On the vehicle front, Sky Patrol was bolstered with a Skystriker (and though I’m tired of seeing the Skystriker, the chromed box art looked pretty awesome, just not $160 awesome), a Sky Patrol Sky Sweeper and on the Cobra front, the A.D.D.E.R.S. take to the sky with the Cobra Hydra piloted by an Aero-Viper. They’re impressive though I’ll admit personally I’m a little bummed that we didn’t get a Sky Hawk, Sky SHARC, Sky Raven or Sky HAVOC (though my wallet is probably pretty happy it didn’t work out that way since those would have been hard to pass up). The paradrop figure was revealed early and for sale today and it’s one my favorites, Freefall. I’m glad I had the opportunity to buy him in advance so I don’t have to worry about trying to catch one at the paradrop. After all, that’s a great event for kids. I’ll be more than content to watch the Con kick off with that and not get in the thick of trying to grab toys. I will also say, man was the Club Store line an endurance test. It was like the Bataan Death March with toys at the end. I try and stay positive about how the GIJCC handles things, but that really tested my positivity. I’ll admit, the Hydra was probably a silly purchase since I’d passed on it before, but I’m glad I talked my brother into getting himself a Sky Sweeper. After all, YOJO (You Only JoeCon Once). Overall though, so far, so interesting…