Monday, June 26, 2017

JoeCon 2017 Customs Part 02

Probably the most complex diorama that I have ever seen for these scale figures. The guys at Joelanta usually have a massive display, but it uses 1/6th scale figures, so it definitely tends to be a lot bigger.

I don't recall who made this diorama and I believe that it won first prize.

If so, well deserved!

JoeCon 2017 Customs Part 01

Just a quick highlight of some of the customs on display at JoeCon 2017. 

A proper kilt-wearing Destro.
Serpentor, as he should be!
An awesome custom of Payload.
Upgrade to the Cobra FANG.
GI Joe on vacation!
Update to Mission to Spy Island.
Excellent paint job on a Mobat with Steel Brigade infantry support.
Cobra meets Megatron. Innovative use of a FLAK.
Budo's Temple.
GI Joe Helicarrier approaching the crashed Ark of the Autobots.
Cobra Serpent Armor
Night Force USS Flagg
Surprise! One of the worst vehicles in the history of the brand gets an awesome custom paint job.
An abandoned Rolling Thunder. The GI Joe team unleashed its missiles but had been crippled by a Cobra counter attack. Now abandoned, nature begins the reclamation process.

Excellent work by all of the presenters!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

JoeCon 2017 - Marauder, Inc

I'm pretty sure I've reviewed various Marauder products over the past several years. My most "notorious" and most inadvertently popular post is a review of my first shipment of Marauder weapons. From seven years ago! The picture has been hijacked several times over the years. Once, it was featured in an anti-gun post about these weapons being available in Georgia to just about anyone. Yeah... machine guns... pulse rifles... Whatever...

Fast forward a few years and Marauder cranks out their own brand of military figures. I buy a few and am just blown away by the detail and high quality of the product.

Just a year or so ago, maybe a little longer, the guys at Marauder crank out a line of female soldiers, the Valkyries, and some update male torsos and head sculpts. Just beautiful stuff! 

I prefer military action figures, so Marauder definitely gets my attention with my extra spending money.

So JoeCon 2017 rolls along and Marauder has a table in the dealer room. I don't see it right away and eventually I find my way over to it. The deals they had... Sweet merciful lord in heaven... the deals...

They had special convention exclusives of their "Val" figures for some very low prices! They had probably at least a dozen specifically packaged male and female figures exclusively for the convention. Straight from their website, these same kits would have easily been closer to double the convention price.
I bought five figures... Couldn't help it. 
I had to force myself to stay away from them!
Home and working on the figures. I liked that bearded blond head sculpt, so he'll be my update of Rock n Roll.
So much stuff...
Nearly complete, I think.
Green uniform with black highlights.
More awesome coolness!
Female trooper, still not satisfied yet.
No worries! Half the fun is just figuring out how you want the gear to be loaded.
Update to Shooter? Probably.
She's still a work in progress.

I've got one more Val that I'm working on. I bought a t-shirt torso, so she'll be different than the two fully loaded Vals.

I'll be writing another post in the near future once I finish up my Vals. If you haven't bought anything from Marauder and you call yourself an action figure collector, I question your commitment!

How about you? What's your favorite piece from Marauder?

JoeCon 2017 JoeDeclassified Sightline

There was booth at JoeCon that I failed to mention in a previous post. JoeDeclassified is a group of collectors who have undertaken the mission of uncovering the history of the development of the GI Joe brand. They've uncovered numerous prototypes and drawings of amazing bits of GI Joe history.

One of their key members, Gary "Goggles" Head, died a couple years ago from a sudden heart attack. He died, I think, in the summer of 2015 and his death was a huge loss to the community. 

I never met Gary Head in person and only had marginal impact with him online. His death did have an impact on my life because I could have easily followed his path were it not for the strange events of the summer of 2016 that led me to my quadruple bypass surgery on my heart last July. Wow! Almost a year ago now.

The guys at JoeDeclassified built 1000 free Sightline figures that were in honor of Gary "Goggles" Head and just gave them away. For free.
I am fortunate that I was able to grab one of these figures at the show and this figure will always be an important part of my collection.

Like I've said before... get your shit checked out.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

JoeCon 2017 Dealers Room

Just a quick post about the Dealer Room at JoeCon 2017. I wish I had taken a few shots of the overall look of the room, but it was similar enough to what I've seen at Joelanta in the past, and I just didn't get any pics.

A few highlights: Dan Klingensmith, Jr. was there with his series of GI Joe books that featured a lot of behind the scenes information about the creation of the line. Awesome books and I should invest in them in the future.

Carson Mataxis was there with his Art of GI Joe books, along with his awesome posters. I picked up his poster of the Defiant Complex box art - full sized! It's beautiful! I definitely need to get it framed. I also grabbed the poster of the cross sell catalog from the year that the Defiant was released. another awesome poster! Check out Carson's work at 

Raginspoon was there with custom head sculpts and gear. Very nice stuff!

Boss Flight Studios was there with some of their figures. Or was it a seller of Boss Fight stuff? Not sure. Beautiful stuff, but I'm more into military figures. Plus, if you attack me on Facebook for my beliefs, I respond with my wallet.

Marauder Gun Runners was there with some stellar deals on some exclusively priced figures. So much win! Awesome guys as well! Marauder has always had some exceptional customer service and they rock. I've got an upcoming post in the days ahead just about Marauder.

There were dozens of other booths, but I can't think of them all at this time. Great deals nearly everywhere!

Two plastic tubs full of USS Flagg parts. So sad... Maybe some good bits for dioramas?
A battered Defiant Complex that looked just a little worse than mine did before I started breaking it down for parts. Poignant reminder of the glory of such an incredible set.
Tubs of o-ring figures! Loose and ready for customs! While there were several vendors who had complete figures for sale, it was also a bit entertaining to see these tubs. The figures were built well and are still holding up after all these years. Once the dealer room opened up to the public on Saturday, it was cool to see dads and sons dig through and buy fist fulls of GI Joe figures.
So this is the basis of the Club figure, Corrosion! Nice to see this guy mint on the card! The club did a good job on recreating Corrosa.
Hey, look! A $900 USS Flagg in the box! Very nice! Sort of tempting, but I've never really been tempted enough to pursue adding this to my collection. Figures are much easier to store than a 7' aircraft carrier!
Hey, look! It's Andre Bynoe and his lovely wife Jane! Andre was onsite, promoting his DioWarriors site and store. I've known Andre for several years online through,, and Facebook. We've also chatted on and off over the years about 3-D printing. Much of his product that he has are 3-D printed. He's really investing a lot into another realm of props for dioramas with his 3-D work. Very cool stuff!
All designed and printed by Andre! He's got plans to have this available in kit form in the future. Sign me up!
Steam punk mech that is mostly 3-D printed. Very cool!
Prototypes for Andre's alien figure line. Very cool and very creepy! I'm looking forward to see this line develop.
Amazing detail work from Andre! And it's 3-D printed! How cool is that?
Marauder Gun Runners... Oh, Marauder... I bought five of their figure sets at the show... Later in the day, on Saturday, I just had to stay away from them. They were my biggest temptation at the show.

Were you there? What did you pick up at from the dealer room?

Friday, June 23, 2017

JoeCon 2017 - Package Pick-Up

My first ever JoeCon!

Here's the basic rundown of how the beginning of JoeCon week proceeded. My wife and I left the north side of Atlanta at around 9:00 am on that Tuesday before and headed south. A brief stop at her sister's house to chat for a few minutes and grab the keys to her condo at Ormond Beach.

Part of the trip down to Florida would involve stopping and shopping along the way. Our daughter is getting married in October and my wife has been looking for a dress for the wedding. We stopped at the Dillard's in Macon and then hit two more in Jacksonville. A trip straight through would have been around 7.5 hours. We pulled into the condo at around 10:30 that night! Not a big deal to me (happy wife, happy life).

We spent Wednesday doing some more shopping in the Daytona Beach area. For those keeping score, she found a dress! Thursday rolls around and it's just a day hanging out at the condo, waiting to hit the road to Orlando. We had loaded a bunch of my wife's sewing and quilting supplies in the car and had set up a nice little sewing/quilting area with a nice view of the ocean.  My time at JoeCon would also serve as a mini quilting retreat for her.

I think I headed out toward Orlando at around 3:00 pm and arrived at around 4:45pm. I knew I had long drives ahead of me, each way and each day of JoeCon. I figured that the free condo, a tank of gas, and a little bit of a hassle with the drive from Ormond Beach to Orlando twice a day were worth not having to pay hotel prices in Orlando.

Once I got to the Disney Dolphin Resort and made my way down into the bowels of the convention area, the first, most obvious sight of JoeCon appeared before me - the lines. Initially, there was just one line, but that was quickly divided into the Golden Ticket holders and then us regular attendees. My thoughts on the Golden Ticket concept in a later post.

I was checking Facebook for the reveals of the JoeCon exclusives and I finally made my way up to the banners that showcased all of the Force of Battle 2000 related exclusives.

I've always seen these types of banners online when JoeCon attendees began revealing all of the assorted goodies at the show. I must confess to a bit of a giddy feeling seeing these banners first hand. At this point, I also picked up the order form for the exclusives. The plan was to wait in one line for the Con set and then wait in another line for the Con exclusives. There's usually complaints from various folks, but I really didn't care. Generally part of the Con experience, plus you get a chance to meet other Joe collectors while waiting.

I'll break down my thoughts on each of the exclusive items from the Club.


In the left picture are the Marauder snowmobiles. While they looked cool enough, the price tag was a bit higher than I would have liked and I passed on them. The right picture is of the Sky Serpent and the Vector/Conquest. I was never really impressed enough with the Sky Serpent mold when it came out as a vehicle tied to GI Joe Renegades. I passed on it then and passed on it this time. Sure, there's an exclusive pilot figure with it, but I skipped it. The Vector jet is beautiful. The crisp clean white plastic along with the other colors were quite reminiscent of the original BF2000 Vector. Very pretty and very tempting! But not $132.00 tempting! I passed.

Next up are the figure sets and another pass by me. The "Ultimate Enemies" was pretty cool. Yes, we've got Dee-Jay! The Club did a fine job of recreating Dee-Jay in modern form. But who the hell is Corrosion? Apparently, Corrosa was a South American character that was a straight repaint of the Dee-Jay mold. Fair enough, I suppose. Yes, please! I bought the limit of two sets. Below that picture are the BAT Rocket Packs. I never really liked this original Cobra jet pack, so it was pretty easy for me to skip this set.

The next picture is of the Laser Viper three-pack. Limit one per attendee! Dang it, I would have bought another set! The Club wasn't able to reproduce the original Laser Viper back pack weapon and went with Sci-Fi's rifle and back pack. Works for me!

Of course, the last picture is of the Force of battle 2000 15 figure set. Much more on the set to follow!

Just having the set in my hand made me smile like a silly kid! So cool! 

Much more of my JoeCon 2017 review and thoughts to come in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Special thanks to Gray Childs for passing out liquid refreshments while everyone was waiting in line! So cool to meet other new folks at the show!

Were you there? Did we meet? Leave me a comment!

Monday, June 12, 2017

JoeCon 2017!

Heading to JoeCon 2017 tomorrow! I'll be onsite on Thursday. My Facebook page for the blog will be the first place for pictures. I'll be Tweeting as well. More in depth coverage will be after I return!

Stay Tuned!