Tag Archive: Convention Exclusive

Nov 21

Zombie Initiative Toxo-Viper

Zombie Initiative Toxo-Viper

by KansasBrawler In my opinion, the one glaring hole in the 25th Anniversary line was how many late 80s army builders got missed in favor of additional version of named Cobras that we’d already seen somewhere in the line. While the Hazard-Viper from the 30th Anniversary line was a spiritual update of the Toxo-Viper in …

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Nov 14

Zombie Initiative Outback

Zombie Initiative OUtback

by KansasBrawler Every good zombie story needs that one character who is prepared for the zombie outbreak. For the Zombie Initiative, the GIJCC decided to make it be Outback—and I love that choice. As the Joe’s resident survival expert, Outback has the requisite skills to survive a full-on zombie apocalypse and while that’s not quite …

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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 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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Apr 24

Red Shadows Staff Car (2010)

Red Shadows Staff Car (2010)

2010’s Vacation in the Shadows set marked the end of Collector’s Club exclusives based on the o-ring format. I still miss the older construction style, but I suppose things have to move on. The use of the Indiana Jones German troop car makes a lot of sense, as the original Red Shadows trooper figures were …

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Apr 13

Comandos Helicóptero (2009)

Comandos Helicóptero (2009)

Wrapping up four days of convention vehicle coverage, it’s one of the items that I was most pleasantly surprised to see during my years of buying the Collector’s Club exclusives. The Comandos Helicóptero was part of the 2009 offerings, and the whole set is special to me, since that year’s con was held in my …

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Apr 12

Cobra Ferret ATV (2006)

Cobra Ferret ATV (2006)

The Ferret is one of the 80s Joe vehicles that I don’t think I’ll ever get fed up with. Others from the same period, like the AWE Striker, have really worn out their welcome. To me, the Ferret stands out much like the HISS tank in that respect. I don’t care if they released it …

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Apr 11

Steel Brigade Skyhawk (2005)

Steel Brigade Skyhawk (2005)

The 2005 convention marked my first experience attending a JoeCon. Located in Minneapolis, it was within a reasonable driving distance from home, and the set theme had really piqued my interest. The black, red and gold of the Iron Grenadiers looked amazing, and the prospect of a new IG villain, General Mayhem, was great. I …

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Apr 10

Dreadnok Cycle (2004)

Dreadnok Cycle (2004)

Remember when convention exclusive vehicles’ secondary market prices didn’t reach instananeous and stratospheric heights? Up until a few years ago, one could initially pick up many JoeCon items for a 20 to 30 percent mark-up. Some items from those days, like this Dreadnok Cycle, weren’t all that popular at their time of release. Today, many …

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Apr 09

Cobra Red Ninja (2007 Sigma 6)

Cobra Red Ninja (2007)

It’s convention time again. Unfortunately, I’m not able to attend this year. However, I thought I would take the time to catch up on a couple of subjects I haven’t covered in a while: one of which is convention items. Today, it’s just a taste of what’s to come. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be spotlighting a …

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