Nov 08

Assembly Required 2014

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I was graciously invited to have a table at Code Name Iowa’s Assembly Required this year. The show was, once again, an amazing collector and kid friendly experience, with the same sort of incredible design work to its printed material and fun kid-centered activities that have made it such a blast in the past. Mrs. …

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Nov 07

Zombie Initiative Lab-Rats

Lab-Rats

by KansasBrawler Part of what I find myself enjoying about the GIJCC’s con sets is that they are able to include great concepts into sets that might not necessarily be successful at retail by virtue of orienting their product towards older collectors like me. A prime example of this is the Cobra Lab-Rat from the …

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Nov 06

Wow! Thank You!

Tonight I was surprised beyond anything I could imagine. It’s not often that I’ve been speechless here at the blog, but this had me searching for words. I can say that I am truly grateful to my amazing wife for putting this “special mission” together, and for her sister in being an amazing behind-the-scenes contributor. …

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Nov 05

Cobra Viper (2004)

Cobra Viper (2004)

I went totally ape feces for the new sculpt viper mold. From the first funky red number, to this one and the subsequent classic inspired repaints, I’ve got a veritable army. Can I explain why? The only thing I can think of these days is that I wanted to make up for the fact that …

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Nov 04

Paris Pursuit Storm Shadow (2009)

Storm Shadow (2009)

It’s good that someone got Stormy out of his ninja pajamas. Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic 1984 figure and the traditional 80s ninja in media, but variety adds spice. Not to mention, film often dictates a change in design that is less fanciful. A well-designed costume can even become a character unto …

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Nov 03

Cobra Night Trooper (2005)

Cobra Night Watch Trooper (2005)

The Cobra Night Watch has been one of the more interesting additions to the Enemy forces since the days of the Real American Hero line. While other new troop types like the CLAWS just didn’t seem to stick as time went on, the Night Watch has had its time in the spotlight (no pun intended) …

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Nov 02

Assembly Required 2014 is coming…

And Joe A Day will be there. If you’re at all able to travel to it–go! The show is a great experience for collectors of all ages. There are also fun activities for kids, which is aces in my book. The guys from Code Name: Iowa also put together some brilliantly designed posters and paperwork …

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Nov 02

Cobra C.L.A.W.S. (2004)

Cobra CLAWS (2004)

The Cobra CLAWS mold was quite well traveled from 2002 to 2004. It seems like whenever a fill-in troop builder or driver was needed, the CLAWS was there to fit the bill. This particular flavor was the driver of the Venom Striker, a crimson-hued redeco/remold of the Joe team’s assualt quad from earlier in the …

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Nov 01

Zombie Initiative Steel Brigade Commander

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by KansasBrawler The way figure sets of any size work, there’s always one weak figure. It doesn’t matter if it’s a figure three pack at retail or a fifteen figure set like the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club does every year for Joe Con, there’s always one figure that, for whatever reason, manages to get the …

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Nov 01

Captivating Cover: Marvel GI Joe #49

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Destro and Dr. Mindbender abscond from a well lit tomb with a mummy who is…alive? Talk about sensationalistic. I guess you gotta do what you gotta do to sell comics. In all seriousness, I love one eye peeking out of the bandages. The audaciousness reminds me of American International horror/sci-fi posters of the 50s-60s, in …

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