It’s been a long way getting here, but the first, ever Figure Subscription Service by the GI Joe Collector’s Club is ready to launch…
We hadn’t heard any actual updates from the GI Joe Club regarding their 13-figure subscription series for some time, but that all changed today as the Club finally put the Subscription up for sale. Originally slated to launch last Spring, the project ran into more than a few obstacles since but it’s finally ready to go.
Here’s what the Joe Club had to say to gear up for the big day:
The launch of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Figure Subscription Service is imminent; we will notify you the link when we make the service active. While we are loading the final details, here are some things to remember:
1. You must be a member of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club to take advantage of the Figure Subscription Service.
2. There is NO reason to rush the site or be in a hurry as this is a build to order system. We will build as many as you order, so we cannot run out. YOU CAN ORDER AS MANY AS YOU WANT, there is no limit.
3. What you do need to be concerned about is the closing date of the subscription service, which ENDS on September 4th at midnight.
4. You can either pay In Full or by Installment. There will be 3 installments. When you subscribe and choose pay by Installment, you will be billed for the first two months’ shipments. Then sometime during the second month, you will be billed for the 3rd and 4th months’ shipments and sometime during the 4th month you will be billed for the final 2 months’ shipments.
5. Your free surprise 13th figure will come with your final shipment during the 6th month.
6. The figures will be shipped in random order. All members receive the same figures each month. The figure pairings will not be preannounced. So if you don’t mind, when you get your shipment each month, PLEASE do not go online and tell what you received. We want each shipment to be a surprise for as many members as possible.
7. The cost is $294 if Paid In Full (plus shipping) or three Installments of $98 (plus shipping). Please note that there is a $3 online processing fee for each billing. We take Visa, Discover or MasterCard. Unfortunately we cannot accept Money Orders or Checks for this offer.
8. If you pick a shipping service that does not include insurance or if you don’t pick the insurance, we do not have any responsibility for replacement of lost or damaged or misdirected orders.
9. If you move or need to change your credit card during the program, you can log into your account and change it there. This will change all of your future FSS billings and shipments. We will also be sending you reminders to check your address and cc before each billing/shipment goes out. We are not responsible for shipments that are lost due to incorrect shipping information on file.
10. We are waiting on the final schedule from China so we don’t know exactly when the first figures will ship. We hope it will be by Christmas. We will announce this as soon as we get the final schedule.
11. Some of the figures (single figures) MAY be available in the Club Store after the subscriber’s figures ship. These will be at a price of $32 per figure. There is no guarantee of availability of any of the figures in the club store. If you want to ensure getting these limited edition figures, you need to subscribe to the service.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Joe Club’s sometimes questionable behavior, but I think the products they put out have been by and large stellar– from Dial Tone and Footloose to this Summer’s Oktober Guard vs. Iron Grenadiers set, they have a solid idea about what Joe toys collectors really want and do a good job of realizing them in a practical way.
The Figure Subscription Service promises quite a few long-time fan wants, including Cover Girl and Big Boa, and from what we’ve seen so far the figures look great. A subscription service has a lot more arms and legs than just listing an item for sale, and I do admire that the Club has stuck with this project through all the growing pains it’s caused… It’s commendable, considering what a small scale organization the Joe Club really is (especially considering a major company like Mattel is four years in and is still struggling with sub logistics).
Like all the Joe Club products, the high price point for these limited run figures is going to turn away most non-extremist Joe collectors (e.g. people who are not me), but I for one am really looking forward to finally getting the chance to own this new series.