|10/28/2013 - GIJoeCon 2014 Location and Hotel Announcement!
G.I. Joe's 50th Birthday will be celebrated April 10-13th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas.
You can make your hotel reservations now by going to the official convention website... Click Here!
The convention room rate is $142 and they will require a one night's deposit with your reservation. Don't wait until the rooms are all gone!
This will be a grand celebration of the world's first action figure! More details will be available in the coming weeks. We will start posting the convention set details and hope to have registration up by Thanksgiving (we are currently in the middle of a total re-write of the registration system to serve you better).
|10/22/2013 - G.I. Joe: Battleground launches Operation Takedown Tiger Force vs. Python Patrol event!
The Joes, still stinging from their wounds from the Congo Clash, adapt a new tactic to disrupt Cobra's operations. Using a system of radio towers, the Joes have managed to scramble most of Cobra's communications. The elite Python Patrol is called upon again to put an end to this disruption and bring Duke and Tiger Force to their knees!
Don't miss playing this exciting Operation Takedown event that pits the heroic Tiger Force Ops Commander Duke against the deadly forces of Python Patrol.
You can download and play G.I. Joe: Battleground for free on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android
devices... Click Here!
|10/11/2013 - Worlds Collide In New Transformers/G.I. Joe Ongoing Series from IDW Publishing in 2014!
IDW Publishing has announced that the two most popular comic book franchises of all-time, Transformers and G.I. Joe, will be going head-to-head in a brand-new ongoing series debuting next summer! Written and drawn by comic luminary Tom Scioli with co-writer and Transformers veteran John Barber, these classic characters will explode off the page like never before!
Based on the iconic Hasbro brands, this stand-alone series is set to explore the intriguing encounter between these starkly different teams. Cosmic in scale, the series will utilize Scioli's unique artwork to traverse the perils of space and pit the G.I. Joe team against the ominous threats of Cybertron. Featuring the characters synonymous with both Transformers and G.I. Joe this will be a team-up for the ages!
|10/08/2013 - G.I. Joe: Battleground launches Congo Clash event!
On a routine flight patrol, the Joe's Tiger Force has discovered a Cobra power base in the depths of the Congo. Tiger Force immediately engages in a heated firefight to destroy Cobra's energy source in the region. In response to this threat, Cobra sends out Python Patrol to turn the tide of the battle in Cobra's favor. Will Tiger Force or Python Patrol prevail and prove
they're the kings of the jungle? And more importantly, why is Cobra operating a power base out in the middle of nowhere? Find out when you play the Congo Clash event!
This thrilling event runs through October 15th. Also, players can now trade their favorite Joe and Cobra characters with each other. Trade and build the most powerful squads or trade to complete your collection of units. It's time to look through all of your units to see which ones you need and what you're willing to offer other players.
Download and play G.I. Joe: Battleground for free on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android
devices... Click Here!
|10/02/2013 - G.I. Joe Community mourns the passing of Sam Petrucci!
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that our friend Sam Petrucci passed away last week. Sam was instrumental in developing the art for the original G.I. Joe line back in the 1960s. He was an honored guest at many G.I. Joe Collectors' Club Conventions and was quite a character. Always with a sparkle in his eye, you had to watch Sam as he might just be pulling your leg with some of the stories he would tell. We will miss him greatly! Our deepest sympathies and
condolences go out to Sam, his family and the entire G.I. Joe community which he loved greatly. Below you will find his obituary which will be out in the paper
on October 3rd:
Samuel W. Petrucci, 86, resident of both Gilford NH and Fort Pierce FL, died unexpectedly Friday, September 27, 2013, in Scranton PA, from natural causes.
Born on December 22, 1926, Sam grew up in Medford MA and was the son of
Salvatore Petrucci and Mary Dunn. He lived a long and colorful life, regaling his friends and family with his many claims to fame. As a teenager, he worked as a bellhop at the Ritz Carlton in Boston where he carried telegrams to Eleanor Roosevelt, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Boris Karloff. At age 16, he joined the Navy and was the best radio operator on the USS Willard Keith. After the war, Sam studied art at Vesper George and went on to become a successful commercial illustrator, package designer and airbrush artist.
Sam’s career spanned six decades. One of his earliest clients was the
Hassenfeld Brothers Toy Company, for whom he illustrated many game and toy packages including Mr. Potato Head, and the Superman, Mighty Hercules and The Banana Splits board games. Most significantly, he designed the original logo and boxes for Hasbro’s G.I. Joe line of toys.
In recent years, he took great pleasure in being a special guest at G.I. Joe conventions where he signed autographs and met his many fans. In the late 1960s and 70s he worked on the team yearbooks for the Red Sox and for the Boston Bruins. Later, Sam was employed by the prestigious Gunn Associates in Boston where he designed packaging for many well known companies and products including Charleston Chew, Ocean Spray, Very Fine Fruit Juices, Gillette, Newport Cigarettes, Titleist, Marshmallow Fluff, Converse Sneakers, Polaroid, T.J. Maxx, Prince
Spaghetti, Salada Tea, Dennison, Bose, BASF, World Wildlife Fund, and
countless others. He often used himself, as well as his children and
grandchildren, as models for his illustrations. There’s even a Lassie
lunchbox that he designed in the Smithsonian Institute.
Sam was a voracious reader and enjoyed golfing with his buddies, fishing with his grandchildren, nature photography, alligator hunting, and painting wildlife and landscapes in oils. He was a member of the Vero Beach Art Club.
Back in the day, he was a regular at The Bayside and The Esquire bars in Revere. Sam personally designed the family home at Lake Shore Park on Lake Winnepesaukee and was admired for his countless talents. As he often pointed out to everybody, Sam was “The Best” at anything he chose to do.
Sam was married to his beloved Leona Petrucci (who passed away in 2008) and is survived by his children, Maureen Beaupre of Fernandina Beach FL, Ken Petrucci of Newburyport MA, Lisa Petrucci of Seattle WA, Linda Petrucci of New York NY, and Steven Petrucci of Peabody MA, as well as their spouses and numerous grand and great grandchildren. The Sambuca di Amore liquor company will also mourn his passing.
A memorial service to honor Sam will be held at a future date. He enjoyed watching the manatees swim around Fort Pierce, so memorial contributions may be left in his name to The Manatee Observation and Education Center, 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce FL 34950, www.manateecenter.com/index.php/support