AdventureVault at the Movies: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

Yes, I know I’m a slowpoke, but last night I went and finally watched G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. When I was a kid, I watched the cartoon but I’ve never read the comic book.  I collected the toys back then also, but until the recent movie figures; the last Joe toy I bought was in the early 90’s. I don’t know everything there is to know about the brand, but I do know enough to get some of the “in jokes”.

Rise of Cobra Arctic Assault Snake
Eyes & Cobra Viper Commando

We had a great time at JoeCon. Nearly everyone we met was very nice, helpful, and loved G.I. Joe. The panels were exciting. The new product blew us away. In one word, it was awesome. There was only one bad side effect to the whole thing: since we've gotten back, we can't stop buying Joes. All of the ItsAllTrue Crew had been pretty good about not going crazy on ROC product so far. We knew it was solid, that there were some nice pieces in there, but we were holding out for some of the more 25th Anniversary figures.

Most Requested Figures:
More 25th Joes!!

Sometimes as toy collectors, we can look across our displays and only see the toys that aren’t there. They are the missing figures. The characters toy companies never got around to, never thought were important enough, or worse – the figures companies felt the need to show us at comicon in the “We’re Never Gonna Make These” case. Saturdays are for these figures…

If you've been coming to the site recently, you know that the ItsAllTrue Crew had a great time at JoeCon. We had a ton of fun, particularly being there first-hand when Hasbro revealed Pursuit of Cobra for 2010. There's some great figures coming up. Even if you're turned off by the movie-based theme, there should have been one or two figures in there that weakened your resolve just a little bit. I know I saw a ton of stuff I want now: ROC Beachhead, the Jungle Viper, "kills you from a 1000 ft" Snowjob, Arctic Shipwreck, Firefly, City Strike Scarlett, Zartan, Arctic Destro... just to name a "few".

Mr. Rant asks
“What would you do?”

We’re going to do something a little different today. Usually, I write my articles about something that frustrates, annoys, or upsets me. Since a lot of things in this world fit into those three categories, I’m never without something to talk about. But, every great once in a while, something happens in life and I don’t quite know how to react. This is one of those times...

Last Friday, the ItsAllTrue Crew headed up to Kansas City for the 2009 G.I. Joe Convention. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Even I had a pretty good time, except for one thing: the parachute drop.

IAT on the Road: GI Joe Con ’09
Kansas City – Final Round Up!

JoeCon is over and the ItsAllTrueCrew couldn't have had a better time. From the parachute drop, to the various panels, to some of the coolest new Joes, and to meeting Larry Hama, it was really one thrill after another. We've got pictures from all the major events we attended as well as some pictures from the floor and the various booths. AdventureVault has given us his lowdown on Friday's Hasbro Panel - check it out and if you have any questions, post them and we'll do our best to answer with what we remember. Finally, we round out our JoeCon Coverage with two reviews: the SDCC Destro 2pk and the International Jump Jet 2pk.

IAT on the Road: GI Joe Con 2009
International Jump Jet 2pk Review

When the ItsAllTrue crew decided to hit up JoeCon, we weren't thinking about exclusives. We knew about the Crimson Strike Team and we liked it, but they were out of our price range. We'd seen the promotion images for the other exclusives, but as we packed up and made the trek to Kansas City, we didn't really have time to appreciate them.

Then we got to convention hall, saw the convention exclusive case, and were hit by a very powerful wave of "I need that!". Collectors know it all too well. Some things, when they're in front of you, are able to reach out and get you in their grip. All of the exclusives were pretty snazzy in those cases, but none of them stood out to me like the International Jump Jet 2pk. I had to have it.