As expected, the Joe Club announced a second wave of their Figure Subscription Service at Joe Con last month. And now, they have revealed images of each figure, and put the new series on sale from now until May 22nd.
I’m not one to shill or troll, so I’m not here to try to convince you to sign up or NOT sign up for this subscription. Anyone who knows the Joe Club knows they have a tendency to be abrasive and often downright rude to the collectors’ community (yes, even Joe Club members, who pay membership dues to these very same guys). I know a lot of collectors are getting sick of the treatment and leaving the Joe Club behind… there’s really nothing wrong with that.
I don’t think there’s many people who like the Joe Club runners as people– we like the toys they produce and release as limited edition collectibles. I personally view it no differently than an actor or musician or director who makes great art but is a shitty person in real life. I don’t boycott Lethal Weapon because Mel Gibson is a crazy, racist creep. But I can kinda sorta understand why someone would, depending on their prerogative.
And so it’s with this consideration that we all must approach the second wave of the Joe Club’s Figure Subscription Service– are these toys cool enough to warrant lining the pockets of the Joe Club and enabling their caustic attitudes? I have my answer, I hope you consider yours…
In the meantime, here’s the word straight from the Club:
After the fantastic success of FSS 1.0, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club now brings you version 2.0! The FSS is only available to active club members. This service is an optional feature and is not included in the cost of your annual GIJCC membership.
The FSS 2.0 subscription set will consist of twelve different carded 3 3/4″ figures. You will receive six shipments starting in approximately September/October of two figures each month. Figures will be shipped in a surprise sequence (figure pairs will be the same for everyone each month). It will be a surprise each month as to which figure pair you receive! Your last shipment (6th shipment) will include your FREE mystery carded 13th figure!
The limited edition GIJCC Figure Subscription Service contains a variety of fan requested characters from all eras of the 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe A Real American Hero collection. The assortment includes 25th Anniversary style figures of characters from the classic 80’s, 90’s, new-sculpt, foreign editions, and unreleased 25th Anniversary characters as well.
FSS 2.0 available May 1st through May 22nd, 2013