For the past nine years,
the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has celebrated our hero with annual
conventions that have been hosted all over our great country. In reality,
it is you, the collector, who is the real hero as you have kept the
G.I. Joe flag waving proudly. You have shared your fun, enthusiasm,
and love for the greatest action figure ever with thousands of friends
and children. This year, we are calling for collectors of all ages to
join us in New Orleans as “Heroes Unite” from all over the
world for the 10th Annual International G.I. Joe Collectors' Convention
sponsored by Hasbro and the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club.
"We are very excited to be able to keep our International Convention
in New Orleans during the summer of 2006,” says Brian Savage,
Director of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club. “The convention
and toy show will be held just outside the French Quarter at the Sheraton
New Orleans Hotel, June 29-July 2, 2006. This great location puts you
right in the heart of the Crescent City's historic, entertainment, dining,
and nightlife districts.”
New Orleans is a great vacation destination. There is so much to do
in this historic city that we recommend you order a visitors guide from
the CVB at neworleanscvb.com. All activities (other than tours) will
be at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street with a special rate of $119
per night (regular rate is $169).
As in past years, there are two different outstanding convention sets
that every G.I. Joe collector will want to add to their collection.
Once again, the club has worked very hard to bring you only the highest
quality and most innovative sets possible!
The 3 3/4” set is entitled Cobra’s Most Wanted: Mercenaries!
The Cobra organization enjoys taking credit for their devious activities;
however, even Cobra Commander sometimes needs to accomplish his plans
in secret and let others do his dirty work. Cobra Commander has deemed
it time to strike deep into the heart of the Joe team and eliminate
one of its most beloved leaders. To ensure he has the best mercenaries
for the job, he has turned this contract into a twisted competition
by paying only the team or individual who fulfills the objective –remove
the specified Joe leader permanently.
Answering Cobra Commander’s call are two teams and one individual
who will vie for the prize payout. The first team is Major Bludd and
his Skull Squad known for their unorthodox tactics in getting the job
done. The second team is Overlord and his Coil Troopers who wield deadly
force, crushing every adversary while leaving no witnesses behind. And
the individual…a mysterious loner from South America. What a wrestling
match it will be as these three groups use their unique talents to strike
deep into the heart of the Joe team.*
So, to recap this outstanding set, you get fifteen different figures
with weapons and accessories consisting of Major Bludd and six of his
Skull Squad; Overlord and six of his Coil Troopers; and the mysterious
loner from South America. This set comes in the same style illustrated
box as the past three years’ sets and will make a terrific display
with your existing collection. Don’t wait to place your order.
This set is limited to 750 editions.*
The 12” set is our first ever convention Adventure Team set entitled
Fight For Survival: Polar Bear Attack! This set will combine
many of the items from the 1969 Fight for Survival set along with several
new items. One of the new items is a polar bear that stands 10 1/2 inches
tall. This ain’t no miniature abominable snowman! The Land Adventurer
Explorer will come with a blue parka with removable flag insignia. You
can pick if your Explorer is from the United States, Great Britain or
Canada. He will come with snow pants, white waffle boots, backpack,
cargo net, rope, goggles, 4 crates, sled, harness, 3 dogs, ice pick,
red snow shoes, rifle, binoculars, mittens, turtleneck shirt and an
AT flag! In addition, we have retooled the vintage dogs for the sled
team! You will also be able to add 3 more dogs (at an additional cost)
with connecting harnesses so that you can have a 6 dog sled team. This
year’s extra loose figure (for an additional cost) will be the
painted hair 1969 version of the Survival figure with the red parka
and removable flag insignia. This is one of the greatest AT sets that
has ever been made! We know you will love this first convention exclusive
Adventure Team set.*
New Orleans, LA
Like the most gracious Southern hostess, New Orleans welcomes visitors
with a genuine hospitality and singular flair. The city’s intricate
mélange of cultures creates a destination with many aspects to
its character. The city truly offers something for every type of visitor
from families with small children to singles wanting to have fun.
The city is full of complexities and contradictions, but its multifaceted
personality is what truly defines the city’s unmistakable charm.
New Orleans delivers unparalleled nightlife and the most family-oriented
are plenty of family outings, such as the Louisiana Children's Museum,
the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and the Audubon Zoo. All of
you history buffs will want to check out the D-Day Museum along
with the Confederate Museum. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the
IMAX theater, Mardi Gras World, Swamp Tours, Plantation Tours, French
Quarter Walking Tours, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Shops at Canal
Place and Riverwalk Marketplace, Jackson Brewery, or enjoy Buggy,
Riverboat, and Paddlewheeler rides. And of course, don't forget
that New Orleans is the birth place of Jazz and Cajun cooking! Speaking
of Jazz, the French Quarter is full of night life with over twenty
different live music and night clubs.
New Orleans is simple
and sophisticated, historic and contemporary, relaxing and energizing,
educational and recreational, rustic and refined. Still, with all of
these facets, a New Orleans experience is never anything but completely
authentic. The city’s marvelous eccentricities are born from a
rich heritage, respectfully and indelibly woven into the fabric of everyday
life there. New Orleans doesn’t act a part for its visitors; it
simply welcomes everyone with open arms.
Your week begins with two pre-convention tours. On Wednesday, June 28,
we will visit Oak Alley Plantation (oakalleyplantation.com), a National
Historic Landmark that was established in the 1700s. Next, we will have
lunch and listen to a special speaker at the world renowned D-Day Museum
designated by Congress as “America’s National World War
II Museum” (ddaymuseum.org). After lunch and our special program,
you will be on your own the rest of the afternoon to visit this national
On Thursday, June 29, we will leave early in the morning for an exciting
time aboard airboats in the Louisiana swamps at speeds up to 50 miles
per hour (airboatadventures.com). Later that day, we will depart for
lunch and a cajun cooking demonstration at Mardi Gras World (mardigrasworld.com)
where you can go behind-the-scenes and see the world’s largest
fleet of carnival floats. After our tour, we will depart for the world
famous Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. For those of you going on the
Thursday tour, you will be able to pick up your registration and sets
on Wednesday night at 8:30pm. This means you won’t have to wait
in the registration line on Thursday night.*
check-in will be on Thursday evening from 6pm-9:30pm and dealer
drop-off will start at 8:30 pm. If you sign up on or before March
31, 2006, your registration time will be from 6pm-8pm. If you sign
up after that date, you will not be allowed into registration until
after 8pm. All of your documents will be color coded so we will
know to which group you belong. In addition, walk up registrations
will not be taken until Friday morning. In order to purchase any
of the convention souvenirs on Thursday night, you must have on
your convention name badge. We also recommend that you bring some
self-adhesive address labels, in order to expedite your paperwork
with all of the dealers/contest entries so you won’t have
to write out your address and phone number each time.
morning will continue with late registration, dealer set-up and
seminars. Contest registration will be from 7 am-noon. We are working
on having another parachute drop on Friday morning, however we are
still looking for a location. Watch for announcements in future
GIJCC newsletters and online at gijoeclub.com.
On Friday morning, there will be special collecting seminars and
on Friday afternoon, we will open the sales floor for registered
Currently, Friday evening is open for you to enjoy New Orleans.
There is plenty of nightlife with everything from nightclubs and
fine dining to ghost tours and Jazz cruises on a vintage paddlewheeler
down the Mississippi river.
On Saturday morning, the sales floor will open early for registered
attendees with the general public being admitted at 10am. Collecting
seminars will run throughout the day. Hourly door prizes will be
awarded and you must be present to win.
||Saturday night at 7pm,
will be a new version of a couple of past events. We will be hosting
an “Awards Party” dinner which will be a mixture of
past years’ Casino Night and Awards Dinner.
Sunday will provide you with the opportunity to attend additional
seminars, spend more time in the sales room, along with the chance
to win more prizes. At 3pm, we will draw for two trips to the 2007
convention and you must be present to win. Make sure you are in
the Dealer Sales room at 3pm!
|Other special services
available include package shipping and a central courtesy room.
While there, be sure to ask where the room-to-room trading will
Start building your entries now! There will be five different contests
this year: Diorama (2 different sizes); Photography; Franken-Joe
Custom Figure (3 3/4” size) and the new Wheels for Joe which
is broken down into the obstacle course and Joe's Chop Shop where
vehicles will be judged on their uniqueness, “Joeness”,
paint scheme and customization.
Prizes for the contests
will be in “show dollars” which allow you to choose your
own prize from dealers at the show. There will also be a special area
for kids to display their G.I. Joe figures/scenes. Each child is limited
to one display that will fit inside a 15” x 15” space. If
you are planning to bring a display or any contest entry, please call
or email us (email@example.com) by June 1, to ensure that we
have space available. Contest winners will be announced Saturday night
at the “Awards Party” dinner event.
There are six different convention packages available:
The General’s Package consists of the 12” Adventure Team
convention Fight for Survival: Polar Bear Attack! set with
certificate of authenticity, convention medal, name badge, convention
patch, admittance to the sales room including a private sales room preview
on Friday and Early Bird privileges on Saturday, admittance to the “Awards
Party” dinner event along with $50 in gaming coupons and admittance
to all convention seminars. This year’s figure set is the first
of its kind! We have spared no expense on this set and we know you will
love it. Don’t miss this great weekend and this great set, register
TODAY! Cost for registration is $280 for non-members, or $230 for club
members. You will receive your convention items upon check-in at the
convention. Pre-convention tours are available for an additional charge.
General Package attendees will receive a special extra convention piece
not available with the non-attending packages, however you must pick
up your convention package in person. Please note: 6% New Orleans sales
amusement tax will be added to each attending order.*†
The American Hero’s Package consists of the 15 figure, 3 3/4”
Cobra's Most Wanted: Mercenaries! set with certificate of authenticity,
convention medal, name badge, convention patch, admittance to the sales
room including a private sales room preview on Friday and Early Bird
privileges on Saturday, admittance to the “Awards Party”
dinner event along with $50 in gaming coupons and admittance to all
convention seminars. Don’t miss this great weekend and this great
set, register TODAY! Cost for registration is $270 for non-members,
or $220 for members. You will receive your convention items upon check-in
at the convention. Pre-convention tours are available for an additional
charge. American Hero attendees will receive a special extra convention
piece not available with the non-attending packages, however you must
pick-up your convention package in person. Please note: 6% New Orleans
sales amusement tax will be added to each attending order.*†
The Aide’s Package includes the “Awards Party” dinner
event, name badge and admittance to all show events (tours additional).
This package can only be purchased in conjunction with the General’s
or American Hero’s package and is offered so that accompanying
family members can join in the fun. Cost is $75 per Aide for the first
package and (for club members) $60 for each family member beyond that.
Each General or American Hero package is limited to four additional
The Sergeant’s package includes convention medal, name badge,
convention patch, admittance to the sales room including the private
preview of the sales room on Friday and Early Bird privileges on Saturday,
and admittance to all convention seminars. Cost is $175 for non-members
or $150 for club members. This package does not include the “Awards
Party” dinner event or any products.
The Base Commander’s package includes everything in the above
General’s package (except admittance to show events and secret
attendance gift) with all items being shipped three to four weeks after
the show to your home base of operations. This package is for those
who cannot attend the show. Cost is $280 ppd for non-members, or $230
ppd for club members.* If you order this package after June 30, 2006,
shipping will be added to the cost.
The Homefront Hero’s package includes everything in the above
American Hero’s package (except admittance to show events and
secret attendance gift) with all items being shipped three to four weeks
after the show to your home base of operations. Don’t miss this
opportunity to own this great set! This package is for those who cannot
attend the show. Cost is $270 ppd for non-members, or $220 ppd for club
members.* If you order this package after June 30, 2006, shipping will
be added to the cost.
The first 100 General’s or Base Commander’s registrations
postmarked by March 31, will receive a special G.I. Joe size jacket
with the convention art on the back.
The first 100
American Hero’s or Homefront Hero’s registrations postmarked
by March 31, will receive a special Cobra Mercenaries cloisonné
In addition, 250 Generals or Base Commanders (provided that you are
a club member) have the opportunity to purchase the 1969 “Adventures
of” painted hair version (loose figure) with the red jacket, snow
pants, white waffle boots, backpack, rope, goggles, ice pick, red snow
shoes, rifle, binoculars, mittens, and turtleneck shirt (no box, certificate,
etc.) for $75. This will give you the opportunity to have both versions
of the figure. This is limited to one extra set per General or Base
Commander’s package purchased. You can also order an additional
set of dogs with harness connector pieces to enlarge your team (no packaging)
for $25. Please remember that our special convention figures will NEVER
be sold at retail stores and are extremely limited.
Also, 400 American Heroes or Homefront Heroes (provided that you are
a club member) have the opportunity to purchase a second set of 3 3/4”
Cobra's Most Wanted: Mercenaries! figures (no box, certificate, etc)
for $110. This will provide you with the opportunity to increase your
troops for maximum display impact. Please remember that our special
convention figures will NEVER be sold at retail stores and are extremely
limited. This is limited to one extra set per American Hero’s
or Homefront Hero’s package purchased.
Convention package confirmations will be mailed by the end of May. In
addition, if you are attending and want to substitute a prior year’s
convention set (if available) as your set this year, please call our
office for details.
Dealer booths are $300 and consist of two 8’ tables and one
6’ table and are approximately 11’ wide by 8’
deep. Single tables are $160. Dealer booth contracts and payments
postmarked by March 31 will receive a $25 discount (single tables
are not discounted and are not available in multiples, only one
per dealer). Just like last year, each Dealer Booth will receive
(their choice) either the 12” attendee surprise item or the
3 3/4” surprise item. Standard electrical hookups for all
booths or tables are $100 per hook up (total for all three days).
Telephone service can be provided at a cost of $125. Booths and
tables are limited.
||Placement in the ballroom
will be assigned in the order that the registrations are received.
The earlier your registration is received, the closer to the front
your booth will be. The entire facility is air-conditioned and carpeted.
Dealer’s product content must be at least 75% Action Figure
related. This means action figures or related G.I. Joe products.
General toys or dolls are not allowed. Dealers must collect the
New Orleans sales tax which is 9% and submit their tax to the City
of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana after the show. Forms
will be available at the show and no pre-registration is necessary.
This show will be heavily promoted. We will be running ads in all major
toy publications as well as in local newspapers and on local billboards.
The convention will also be promoted on our web site, which receives
over 1.2 million hits per month. How big is this show going to be? It’s
going to be another giant event! Dealers, you will not want to miss
this show as this is our first time in this part of the country.
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel can handle your in-bound shipments with
no handling charges provided that they do not arrive more than 72 hours
in advance of your arrival. If you need to ship incidental packages
to the show, you can send them to: G.I. Joe Convention, Your Arrival
Date, Your Name, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St, New Orleans,
LA 70130. Please number your boxes __ of __ to ensure the hotel keeps
them together. The hotel may charge 50 cents a pound for handling incidental
boxes. If you have large shipments, please call our office so that we
can give you directions on how to send a timed shipment so that you
don’t incur charges. A local shipping store will have a booth
at the show to assist you in shipping your items home. They will have
all types of packing materials and boxes available at the show as well.
Prices will vary according to distance and weight.
|The Sheraton New Orleans
Hotel exhibits the special charm of a unique, world-class destination.
Inspired by the vitality and elegance of this historic city, the
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel puts you in the heart of the Crescent
City's business, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. Our superb
location places us on historic Canal Street, bordering the French
Quarter, just steps away from the Mississippi River, Harrah's Casino,
the Aquarium of the Americas, world-class shopping, entertainment,
award-winning restaurants, and much, much more. Walk out of the
front door and onto the most celebrated parade route in the world
or cross the street and step into the legendary French Quarter.
RATE: Our special room rate of $119 per night is valid before and
after the convention. You can call 888-627-7033, 504-525-2500 to
make your reservation or you can use the link to our convention
hotel registration on the web at gijoeclub.com. Just follow the
convention banners. The Hotel does have a newly refurbished pool.
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotel for $13.00
(per person, one-way), $26.00 (per person, round-trip), or $24.00
(per person, round-trip for two or more people when purchased at
the airport). Three bags per person. Call 1-866-596-2699 or (504)
522-3500 for more details or to make a reservation.
Over $1,000 worth of prizes will be awarded. There will be two different
classes of Diorama Contests: Small Diorama (custom 1/6th scale figure)
15” x 15”, 1st $150, 2nd $75, 3rd $35; Medium Diorama 48”
x 30”, 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50. The contest winners will be
awarded show dollars that you can spend with any dealer at the show.
There will also be a Photography Contest, Franken-Joe (1/18th scale
only) Custom Figure Contest, and don’t forget our newest contest
Wheels for Joe, each with the following prizes in show dollars: 1st
$100, 2nd $50, 3rd $25. All contests will be judged by a jury.
If your Diorama is larger than the space allotted, you will be moved
up one class to the next larger contest. Please stay within the dimensions
for the contest you are entering. Each contest is limited to two entries
per person and you must be present to enter. Please do not bring any
entries that have won in past convention contests. Photography entries
can be black & white or color. All entries must be 8” x 10”
in size and they must be mounted. In addition, the photography entries
are not returnable. All winners will be announced Saturday night at
the “Awards Party” dinner event. Please let us know by June
1, if you intend to enter a contest so we can make sure we will have
enough space available. If you need a copy of the judging criteria,
please send a SASE. All entries must be in place for judging by noon
Collecting and customizing seminars will be presented on Friday, Saturday
and Sunday. Each seminar will last approximately 45 minutes and each
seminar seats approximately 200 people. Several different seminars will
be presented each day on various collecting topics, including a special
Hasbro Roundtable where you can speak directly with the Hasbro G.I.
Joe team. Seminar hosts will be announced in the GIJCC newsletter and
online at gijoeclub.com.
You can rest and relax with your friends in the Courtesy Room, which
will always be open. There will be refreshments available for all registered
attendees. Make sure you check the message board for the list of rooms
that will offer room-to-room trading.
evening, we have left the evening open for you to enjoy the sites
and sounds of New Orleans. On Saturday night, we have combined
our very popular Casino Night with our Awards Dinner into an “Awards
Party” dinner and Casino night, which will be a truly be
a fun and memorable evening. This event is at the Sheraton Hotel.
This will be a great evening and we want you to wear either your
favorite G.I. Joe costume or your favorite military uniform. Dinner
will be served at food stations throughout the venue and there
will be a special performance that will be extremely entertaining.
Each General and American Hero will receive $50 in gaming coupons.
Things will work a little differently this year. Due to local
laws, we can’t have an auction at the end but... we will
be offering door prizes to those who are actively playing during
the evening. When you win a door prize, you will get to pick from
the large assortment we will have on display at the show. These
will consist of all of the same type of great prizes we have had
at past Casino Nights! Dealers who donate items will receive gaming
coupons as well. Let’s all pitch in for charity and make
a big donation. Our last Casino night raised several thousand
dollars for charity.
Admission / Parking
General Admission for only the Dealer’s Sales Room is available
on Saturday: 9am Early Bird $50; 10am-5pm Regular Admission Adults
$9; Children $5 (4 and under free); and Sunday 9:30am-3pm. Prices
include 6% New Orleans Amusement Tax. You can park in the hotel
lot for $10 daily or $18 overnight. There is other parking available
in nearby lots off of Canal Street.
Hourly door prizes will be awarded at ten minutes to the hour each day
while the sales room is open. Prizes will include all different types
of G.I. Joe figures and memorabilia. At 3pm on Sunday, we will draw
for two free trips to the 2007 Convention (including domestic airfare).
You must be present in the Dealer’s Sales Room to win!
The week will begin with two pre-convention tours. Sign-up today! Your
whole family will enjoy these outings. If you sign up for the Thursday
tour, you will pick up your registration materials early on Wednesday
night from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm.
Wednesday, June 28, 7:45 am - 5:30 pm
American History Tour
leave early Wednesday morning for Oak Alley Plantation located on
the Mississippi River between the historic Louisiana cities of New
Orleans and Baton Rouge. Oak Alley Plantation has been called the
"Grande Dame of the Great River Road". Nowhere else in
the south will you find such a spectacular setting! The quarter-mile
canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years
old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival
style antebellum home (oakalleyplantation.com).
The design of the mansion combines several styles, the most notable
being the 28 classic columns surrounding the house. The columns
measure 8 feet in circumference and are solid brick. The bricks
were made in pie-shaped molds in order to achieve the circular form
of the columns. All the materials used in the construction of the
home were found or manufactured on the plantation with the exception
of the marble for the floors and fireplaces and the slate for the
roof, both of which were imported.
The house was designed for maximum protection from the fierce summers
of this area. The veranda extends approximately 13 feet from the
walls, keeping the home in shade most of the day. The tall windows
and doors face each other for cross ventilation and the ceilings
are 12 feet high. Most important are the 16 inch thick walls throughout
This is truly a unique opportunity to visit a pre-Civil War plantation
as it looked back in the 1800s.
At 11:00 am, we will depart for the D-Day Museum and lunch (included).
This museum is a world class facility which operates under the Smithsonian
Institution Affiliate Program. The 16,000-square-foot gallery of
The National D-Day Museum is divided into four, state-of-the-art,
interactive exhibits that intermix oral histories from veterans
worldwide, artifacts, documents and photographs with hands-on activities
and never before seen film footage. These series of exhibits take
Museum visitors through the weeks and days leading up to the many
D-Days of World War II, including the largest D-Day of the European
conflict on June 6, 1944 when the Allies landed on the beaches of
Normandy to the other decisive air and sea assaults that led to
victory in Europe and the Pacific.
only does the museum house artifacts from the European Theatre but
it also has a 5,000 square foot exhibit dedicated specifically to
the many D-Days that took place in the Pacific Theater. This gallery
includes photographs, videos, artifacts, maps, quotes, newspaper
headlines, interactive touch-screens and oral histories.
Our speaker during lunch will be one of the curators at the museum.
After this presentation, you will be able to enjoy all of the exhibits
at your own pace for the rest of the afternoon. Transportation can
be taken at anytime back to the Sheraton until 5:30 pm.
Cost: $80 per person + 6% New Orleans Sales Tax
June 29, 7:15 am - 5:00 pm
Swamp Boat - Mardi Gras - Aquarium Tour
depart early in the morning for our Airboat Adventures Swamp tour
(airboatadventures.com). Each airboat seats six passengers and can
travel at speeds up to 50 miles per hour over the swamp. During
this 2 hour adventure, you’ll experience “up close and
personal” the natural essence of life in the swamp. This will
be the thrill of a lifetime!
Around 10:30, we
will depart for Mardi Gras World for a behind-the-scenes (mardigrasworld.com)
look at the world’s largest fleet of carnival floats and
speak with some of the artists who create them. We will also enjoy
a cajun cooking demonstration and lunch (included) during our
our tour, we will take the Mardi Gras World shuttle back to the
ferry for a short ride and walk (2 blocks) over to the Audubon Aquarium
of the Americas, New Orleans’ state-of-the-art facility, situated
on the banks of the Mississippi River.
This facility is regarded as one of the best in America. Its underwater
tunnels allow visitors to marvel at a Caribbean Reef and a re-creation
of the Gulf of Mexico, complete with sharks. There is also a walk-through
Amazon rainforest and an exhibit displaying the inside story of
swamp life. The Aquarium features every type of aquatic creature
from jellyfish and sea horses to sea otters and penguins.
You will have
the rest of the day to explore the Aquarium on your own and then make
a short four block walk back to the Sheraton. What a great day in New
Orleans this will be!*
Cost: $90 per person + 6% New Orleans Sales Tax
Convention Evening Dress/Dietary Concerns
For the Saturday “Awards Party” event, please wear your
favorite G.I. Joe costume or your favorite Military uniform. This will
make the event truly a night to remember! If you have any special dietary
concerns we need to prepare for, please let us know 30 days in advance.
The G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Wants You!
We have spent many long hours planning and researching this event. We
have provided for all of your needs. This event is designed so that
every member of your family will have a terrific time. With everything
that is going on in the world today, you owe it to yourself and your
family to take time out and attend this once-in-a-lifetime weekend of
G.I. Joe collecting. We want every member of the club to attend because
this is your event! If you are interested in handing out flyers in your
area, please contact us and we will be happy to send some to you.