Rank and File Volume 2 | July 01, 2016
Posted by: pluv

The adventure continues to evolve in Rank & File A Guide to Third-Generation 4 G.I. Joe Action Figures!

After a brief hiatus in 2006 that allowed G.I. Joe to flourish in other areas, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero went in a new stylistic direction that is still predominately used today! Not only did fans get to revisit some of their most cherished icons within the G.I. Joe mythos, they were also introduced to new characters that are now known and loved.

The Rank & File guide volume 2 displays every G.I. Joe action figure produced between the The Rise of Cobra and The Pursuit of Cobra series, complete with every accessory and variation produced. Not only are the accessories shown, they were carefully cataloged in an upcoming section that will guarantee the proper shade of accessory goes to the appropriate action figure. To top it off, every vehicle and play set released in the 4" era is documented and every easily removable piece is shown individually photographed, ensuring collector completion.

This full color, 52-page resource manual beautifully illustrates the two series' 180 action figures, 55 vehicles and every accessory, including all known variations. Not only is every accessory present and accounted for, they have each been assigned a unique number and identified throughout the resource guide. Each action figure was carefully examined between its initial run and any further re-releases to ensure accurate samples are clearly and concisely presented, perfect for the collector who is identifying individual action figures or sorting through unorganized lots.

Whether you are a seasoned or rejuvenated collector, enthusiast, or toy vendor, the Rank & File series is the decisive compilation for G.I. Joe action figures, vehicles and play sets produced between 2007 to today. Let the Rank & File Guide serve as a reference for completion or a scrapbook to the next big turning point of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Basic Information

The MSRP for The Rank & File Guide Volume 2 is $20 and available at http://www.rahcguide.com. Buyer will pay all additional shipping and handling costs. If you have purchased the R.A.H.C. guides before, the process will be very similar. This guide was self published and produced in quantities reflecting previous sales so do not hesitate in ordering if owning a guide is a priority.

You may join the mailing list at: rahc.guide@gmail.com and like on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/RAHCGuide to get the latest updates between press releases.

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NJC #91 Swim Suit Edition | June 29, 2016
Posted by: pluv

One of my favorite things growing up was seeing the Swim Suit Special Specials from Marvel comics. They were always fun because it showed the characters in their downtime. Since this NJC is due at the end of August, I thought it would be fun if we took our favorite characters and showed what they look like when they aren't all geared up to fight. That's right any character, any genre, from any form of media in their swim attire.

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Due Date - Monday, August 29th 12:00pm (noon) Eastern Standard Time
Send board name, character name, where the character came from if it isn't obvious, and 3 pics to projects@joecustoms.com.

Liberty 2215 Group Project | June 23, 2016
Posted by: bucky

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Liberty 2215 Story:

The year is 2215 AD.

The last 20 years has seen the Cobra Organization dominate global warfare and eliminate most competition. An uneasy treaty has been formed with the last remaining armies of the world-Cobra, the M.A.R.S. Corporation, and Extensive Enterprises. The treaty allows Cobra control over the a majority of the Western Hemisphere and what remains of Europe, MARS in control of Scotland, the British Isles and the western half of the United States , while Extensive Enterprises dominates the Asian Peninsula. Australia has become a wasteland, a place of nomads, drifters and soldiers for hire known as Dreadnoks.

In 2198, As Cobra grew to power, a small determined band of freedom fighters took up the mantle of a long forgotten team of soldiers form the 21st century, codename: GI JOE. The ragtag coalition of men and women fought Cobra on every front, until they were betrayed by one of their own, and Cobra slaughtered the team, with the last of the new incarnation of GI Joes, Redwolf Iron Knife, falling to the sword of Serpentor in the year 2207.

After the betrayal, Lincoln Hawk ascended to the leadership position in which he was genetically created for: Serpentor, the Cobra Commander.

The world moved on, and back to as normal as it could. The oppressive Cobra regime kept the world in check, as MARS and Extensive Enterprises felt the strain and stress of manipulated economies and proxy wars, until Extensive Enterprises fell under the weight of Cobra.

James McCullen Destro, head of MARS, knows that the uneasy treaties of the past will soon come to an end. He is growing older and knows that he wants to make the world a better place for future generations of his family. For over the last 500 years, his family has made a business of supplying weapons to either side of any conflict. As he looks at the current way of life, he realizes that his family and himself have helped feed the snake that now is crushing the world in it's death grip.

He sends his only son, American born Dane McCullen Destro back to the United States to recruit and reform the legendary GI Joe team, and supply them with the needed hardware and infrastructure they need to make a change in the world.

The Original:

http://www.joecustoms.com/projects/proj ... ?p=liberty
the continuation:
http://www.joecustoms.com/projects/libe ... index.html

The teams:
You may create figures from GI Joe, Extensive Enterprises, Cobra, M.A.R.S., dreadnoks, or unaffiliated - provided you can tie them into the universe through your story.

The figures/vehicles:

You may create figures for this group project in the format you feel most comfortable with.

The submissions:

The "rules"/claiming:

You may have up to 5 entries, from any faction you chose. You can mix and match!
That can be:
5 individual characters
Any "team" that consists of more than 1 figure will count as 1 entry. (example- let's say you build two identical bodyguards for Serpentor.. that's 1 entry).
Any vehicle will count as 1 entry.

With the exception of the characters listed in the new story, there is no need to claim. If you want to name your character so no one can use that same name, or pick one of the ones listed in the new story, you may do so.

Remember, all the freedom fighters from the original series are dead. Gone.

Use your imagination. It's been awhile since Cobra destroyed the 2198 group, and an even longer time since the original Joe team-steer clear of making great-great grandkids of Ice Cream Soldier and don't reuse names of characters from the original stories. Make original characters. Go wild. Have fun!


All entries will be due by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, September 4th.

Spero - Animal Warriors of the Kingdom Kickstarter is LIVE | May 26, 2016
Posted by: pluv

Kickstarter link - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/th ... he-kingdom

Spero Studios was founded by Jason Bienvenu and Brandon Gary, inspired by the 4 inch toy lines of the mid 70's, 80's and 90's, Spero focuses on bringing back the fun and joy from these eras with high quality products featuring modern articulation and accessories!

Our first offering is inspired by The Kingdom Comic book featuring the animal warriors from the first story arc.

Series one features the main Protagonist "Pale" and his Clear "Spectral" variant as well as 4 army builder characters to fill out the ranks of your ape armies! Each figure stands a little over 4 inches tall; features 18 points of articulation as well as weapons and accessories.

Kickstarter goes Live June 1st!

http://www.sperotoys.com
http://www.facebook.com/KingdomActionFigures

http://www.instagram.com/sperotoys


Thanks!
Jason

Pay It Forward Box INTERNATIONAL Round(s) | March 31, 2016
Posted by: pluv

You asked for it, nay, you demanded it. For Round 9 and possibly 10, the Pay It Forward box will be touring the globe on holiday. You need to have been an active member for the past 6 months on the forum, not reside in the United States of America, and follow all of the rules laid out in the main PIF thread, viewtopic.php?f=24&t=33548. After bucky gets your PM's we'll figure out a route for the box that makes the most sense.