For over 39 years, G.I. Joe has protected our homelands, fed our imaginations and defeated evil. He sets the standard that no other action figure can meet. G.I. Joe wants you to join us June 26-29 in San Francisco, CA at the Hyatt Regency Burlingame as we honor our Defender of Freedom.
This exciting family weekend celebrating G.I. Joe will be a ton of G.I. Joe collecting fun! Sponsored by Hasbro and the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club, this family-oriented event guarantees a great time for beginning and experienced collectors alike. Be part of this historic event everyone will be talking about for years to come!
This year, we are producing another 12" two figure set and a 3 3/4" fifteen figure set. These sets will be a great addition to everyone's collection and a cherished collectible for years to come!
The 12" figure set is Kursk - The Greatest Armored Battle of All Time. This set is based on the WWII Eastern Front battle of Kursk between Russia and Germany. Our figures will be a Russian tanker and a German tanker and just like last year, they will be talkers with a new casting of the vintage foreign head and the Timeless body. Oh yes, they will speak Russian and German and are limited to only 500 sets!
The Russian figure comes with his 1943 Gymnastiorka (shirt, 2) with Excellent Tanker Badge and Guard's Badge, Breeches (2 pairs), Canvas Tanker Helmet, black Tanker Jumpsuit, Boots (2 pairs), Sam Browne Belt with Buckle, Tokerev TT33 Pistol w/clip, black leather style Tanker Helmet, Binoculars & Goggles (2 pairs), PPSH-41 Submachine Gun, and the most beautiful black leather pre-war Tanker Jacket with insignia you have ever seen!
The German comes with his Army Green Panzertruppen Shirt, Trousers, gray undershirt (2), Boots (2 pairs), Binoculars (2 pairs), cloth Crush Cap (2), Head phones and Throat Microphone (2 sets), Goggles (2 pairs), Splinter Pattern Camouflage Jumpsuit, Belt with Buckle and Holster (2), and Luger (2).*
You can experience most of the fun and excitement of San Francisco without a car! Because of the hotel's close proximity to the airport, you can take the free shuttle to the airport and hop the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit System) to anywhere in the city you want to go. This is a fabulous area you will want to visit with your entire family! Don't miss this great opportunity to create those life-long family memories.
Our week will begin with two pre-convention tours and a diorama building class. Each of these tours will be fun for the whole family. On Wednesday, we will be visiting the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Woodside. At the foundation, we will spend time inspecting the world's largest collection of heavy armor. Next we will be off to the San Francisco waterfront to visit a WWII submarine the Pompanito, and Alcatraz Island.
On Thursday we will visit the USS Hornet a WWII Aircraft Carrier and then up to the wine country to visit an operating vineyard. Because of its popularity last year, we are once again offering a special diorama building class taught by Patrick "Dolman" Kelly of Diorama Dreams.
Registration will be on Thursday evening from 6:00-8:30 pm and contest registration will be from 8:30-10:00 pm.
Friday morning will continue with late registration, contest set-up, dealer set-up and seminars. We will also have a special parachute drop early Friday morning. Last year we had a 10 story outdoor parachute drop. This year we will have the world's largest 10 story indoor parachute drop (must be 14 years or older to participate). We are going to attempt everyone's parachute drop at the same time with 3 3/4" jumpers (provided). We are planning to have over 500 jumpers in the air at once! This will be great fun!
On Friday morning there will be special sollecting seminars. On Friday afternoon, we will open the sales floor for registered guests. On Friday evening, (because of your requests) we will continue with our ever-popular charity "Casino Night" with prize auction.
On Saturday morning, the sales floor will open early for registered attendees with the general public being admitted at 10 am. Collecting seminars will run throughout the day. Hourly door prizes will be awarded and you must be present to win. There will also be a "play pit" full of G.I. Joes for your kids' enjoyment. This year's awards dinner on Saturday night will be at the hotel.
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 3:00 pm, we will draw for two trips to the 2004 convention and you must be present to win. Don't leave early and miss out on all the great prizes!
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 be held.
Special events include our Custom Figure/Mini-Diorama Contest (all figure sizes), a Photography Contest, "Franken-Joe" 3 3/4" Contest and a Diorama Contest. 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 contest entry, please call by June 1, to ensure that we have space available.
Registered Attendee Packages
There are six different convention packages available:
The General's Package consists of the 12" convention set Kursk - The Greatest Armored Battle of All Time with certificate of authenticity, convention medal, name badge, convention patch, 3 3/4" figure used in the parachute drop, admittance to the sales room including a private sales room preview on Friday and Early Bird privileges on Saturday, admittance to the Casino Night activities, admittance to the parachute drop, admittance to the Saturday night awards dinner and admittance to all convention seminars. This year's figure set is outstanding! We have spared no expense on this set and we know you will love it. Cost for registration is $355 for non-members, or $325 for club members. You will receive your convention items upon check-in at the convention. Pre-convention tours are available for an additional charge.*Ý
The American Hero's Package consists of the 15 figure, 3 3/4" Operation Anaconda: Ambush at Cobra Island set with certificate of authenticity, convention medal, name badge, convention patch, 3 3/4" figure used in the parachute drop, admittance to the sales room including a private sales room preview on Friday and Early Bird privileges on Saturday, admittance to the Casino Night activities, admittance to the parachute drop, admittance to the Saturday night awards dinner and admittance to all convention seminars. Don't miss this opportunity to own this great troop builder! Cost for registration is $230 for non-members, or $200 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 non-attending packages.*Ý
The Aide's Package includes: Saturday's awards dinner, admittance to the Casino Night activities, name badge and admittance to all show events (tours additional). You will be able to watch the parachute drop but you will not be allowed to toss the figures Friday morning. 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 $80 for the first Aide, additional immediate family member Aides (children, 18 and under) are $60 each.
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, admittance to the Casino Night activities and admittance to all convention seminars. Cost is $155 for non-members or $145 for club members.*Ý
The Base Commander's package includes: everything in the above General's package (except admittance to show events) 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 $355 ppd for non-members, or $325 ppd for club members.
The Homefront Hero's package includes: everything in the above American Hero's package (except admittance to show events) 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 $230 ppd for non-members, or $200 ppd for club members.
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 and a clear G.I. Joe Membership figure from 2002.
The first 100 American Hero or Homefront Hero registrations postmarked by March 31, will receive a special Cobra Island cloisonné lapel pin.
In addition, 100 Generals or Base Commanders have the opportunity to purchase a second set of Kursk - The Greatest Armored Battle of All Time figures (no box, certificate, etc., does not include the parachute figure) for $160. This will give you the opportunity to have a second set to display without disturbing your boxed figures. This is limited to one extra set per General or Base Commander's package purchased. Please remember that our special convention figures will NEVER be sold at retail stores and are extremely limited.
Also, 300 American Heroes or Homefront Heroes have the opportunity to purchase a second set of 3 3/4" Operation Anaconda: Ambush at Cobra Island figures (no box, certificate, etc., does not include the parachute figure) for $100. 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 or Homefront Hero's package purchased.
Convention package confirmations will be mailed by the end of May. In addition, if you 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 $280 and consist of two 8' tables and one 6' table and are approximately 11' wide by 8' deep. Single tables are $150. Dealer booth contracts and payments postmarked by March 31, will receive a $20 discount (single tables not discounted). Standard electrical hookups for all booths or tables are $200 per booth (total for all three days). Telephone service can be provided at a cost of $245. 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. Dealers can attend the Casino Night. You will receive gaming coupons based upon your donations for the charity auction. Dealer's product content must be at least 85% G.I. Joe related. Dealers must have a valid California sales tax number and collect the 8.25% local sales tax (forms will be sent upon receiving your registration).
This show will be heavily promoted. We will be running ads in all major toy publications as well as in local newspapers and other venues. The convention will also be promoted on our web site, which receives over 1.2 million hits per month.
The Hyatt can handle your in-bound shipments provided that they do not arrive more than 72 hours in advance of your arrival. Please be aware that there may be a handling charge per box received if they have to store it. You will want to coordinate your shipment with the hotel to avoid unnecessary charges. If you need to ship packages to the show, you can send them to: Hyatt Regency, G.I. Joe Convention June 27-29, (your name) arriving guest (date), 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010. Mail Boxes Etc. 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. Items will be shipped via UPS. Prices will vary according to distance and weight.
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is only minutes from the airport terminals. There is a free shuttle that runs every 20 minutes from the curb in front of each terminal. You do not need to call upon arrival, just go to the curb and look for the sign. Rooms at the Hyatt are at a special convention rate of $129 per night. This is more than 50% off their standard rates. Call and reserve your room now before the room block is filled up. The deadline or hotel reservations is May 23. After this date, they will begin to release space in the block. You can make hotel reservations by calling 800-720-0059 or 650-347-1234 and identifying yourself as an attendee of the G.I. Joe Convention. For those of you with vehicles, parking at the hotel is $13 overnight. If you are there for only the day, the parking is $1 per hour. The hotel also has a great pool. Don't delay in making your reservation, because last year, we ran out of hotel rooms!
Contests include the Custom Figure/Mini-Diorama contest (for all figure sizes), a diorama and a photography contest. Over $2,000 worth of prizes will be awarded as show dollars that you can spend with any dealer at the show. Prizes are as follows: Diorama Contest 1st $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $125; Custom Figure Contest 1st $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $75; "Franken-Joe" 3 3/4" Contest 1st $150, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, Photography 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50. Here are some of the rules: Diorama entries MUST fit on a tabletop and are limited to 4 feet wide by 30 inches deep. Team entries are allowed. The entry is limited to 4 feet wide by 30 inches deep per person on the team. All prizes must be split among team members. If you have more than 4 team members, your diorama cannot be larger than 8 feet by 5 feet. Custom Figure/Mini-Diorama entries can be 12" scale or 3 3/4" scale. Each entry should consist of not more than 2 figures. Your entry MUST fit in a space of 15"x15". "Franken-Joe" entries are limited to 4 figures per entry.
Photography entries can be black & white or color. All entries must be 8"x10" in size and they must be mounted. In addition, the photography entries are not returnable. All winners will be announced at the dinner on Saturday night. 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. You are only allowed 2 entries per contest. All entries must be in place for judging by noon on Friday.
This year we are continuing the diorama contest between recognized regional GIJCC chapters. The theme for this year's local division diorama contest is "Special Operations Forces". Your local group's Special Operations Forces diorama must fit on two 8-foot tables (5 feet x 8 feet) and contain no more than 50 figures. If your division plans to enter this contest, please notify us by June 1, so that we can have the appropriate space available. The winning chapter will have $500 donated to a charity of its choice.
Collecting and customizing seminars will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each seminar will last approximately 45 minutes. Signs will be posted in the hotel to direct you to this area. Each seminar will seat 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.
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.
On Friday evening, we will be having the ever popular Casino Night! There will be many different Casino games provided for your enjoyment. Each General, American Hero and Sgt. will receive $50 in gaming coupons. Additional $100 coupons will be available for donations of $20. At the end of the evening we will host an auction with many different types of prizes, everything from prototypes to vintage figures. Dealers who donate items will receive gaming coupons as well. Let's all pitch in for charity and make a big donation. Last year we raised almost $5,000.
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 3:00 pm on Sunday, we will draw for two free trips to the 2004 Convention (including domestic airfare). Don't leave early because you must be present to win.
The week will begin with two pre-convention tours. Sign-up today! Your whole family will enjoy these tours.
Wednesday, June 25, 8:00 am-8:00 pm
Military History/Alcatraz Tour
At 8:00 am the group will depart for the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Woodside. The foundation has the world's largest collection of heavy armor. In their four buildings and restoration shop, they have everything from a WWI American T-17 to a Soviet T-72 Main battle tank. They even have a scud missile launcher. These vehicles belong to a private collector and tours such as this, are not available to the public. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see so many historic vehicles in one location. Around 11:30, the tour continues north to San Francisco where the group will drive along the Embarcadero and the waterfront to Fisherman's Wharf where tour members will have time for lunch (on your own) at one of the restaurants overlooking the bay. You will also have time before or after the Alcatraz tour to visit the Pompanito, a World War II submarine. The group will then take the ferry to Alcatraz Island, now a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The site of the first lighthouse built on the Pacific Coast, Alcatraz is best known as the infamous former federal prison that once held such notorious criminals as Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, and Machine Gun Kelly. Individuals will take a special guided tour of the prison cellhouse; their audio guides for this tour will be the guards and inmates who occupied the island during the Federal Penitentiary era. Upon arrival back at the wharf area, the group will visit nearby Pier 39, a shopping and restaurant complex which overlooks the Golden Gate. Individuals can dine at one of the restaurants, enjoy the specialty shops, and view the sea lions which frolick on the docks by the pier. The group will then head back to the Hyatt Hotel, with drop off by 8:00 pm. If time permits, you may also want to visit the Jeremiah O'Brien, one of only two fully-restored operating World War II Liberty Ships (additional cost at the ship of $7). Lunch and dinner will be on your own, as directed by your tour guide. $60 per person.
Thursday, June 26, 8:30 am-6:30 pm
USS Hornet/Wine Country
At 8:30 am the tour will depart for the former Alameda Naval Air Station near Oakland where the group will visit the USS Hornet Air and Sea Museum, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that is a national historic landmark and one of America's most decorated ships. The group will then take the leisurely drive to the wine country, one of the premier wine producing regions in the world. Upon arrival in Napa Valley the group will have lunch on their own. The Napa Valley rolling hills and meadows will leave tour members think ing that they are in France. We will be visiting the fascinating "Wine Discovery Center." This new facility will educate group members to the world of winemaking in an entertaining manner by utilizing exhibits and interactive displays. Afterwards the group will tour the demonstration vineyard and then enjoy a traditional tasting of a selection of estate-bottled wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Moscato. We will visit one or two different vineyards as time permits. The group will then drive south through Marin County, cross the famed Golden Gate Bridge, and then continue to Burlingame, with arrival back at the Hyatt by 6:30 PM. Cost is $65 per person.
Diorama Building Class
This year we are again offering a special diorama building class taught by Patrick "Dolman" Kelly of Diorama Dreams. This class will start on Thursday morning at 9:00 am and run until 5:30 pm. There will be additional sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday it will run from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. On Saturday you will have a couple of hours instruction in the afternoon with final clean up and display on Sunday morning. We all want to see what you have built over the weekend! This class will provide you with professional instruction, supplies and support while you build your own two figure diorama (figures not included). After you take this class, you will be prepared to take on any size diorama project! This is one educational opportunity you will not want to miss. The class size is limited to 25 people, and the cost is $150 per person. This class is geared for adults. You must be 16 or over to participate.
Want to go shopping? The Burlingame Hotel Shopping Shuttle is FREE...no hassle, no parking, no directions. It is the easy and convenient way to shop and dine in Burlingame. The Burlingame's Hotel/Shopping Shuttle runs 7 days a week from 11:15 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. On Saturday the last daytime shuttle arrives at the Burlingame Avenue Station at 2:40 p.m. Evening Shuttles are available on Friday and Saturday. Service begins again at 6:45 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. Fridays and begins again at 3:45 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Discover Burlingame's fine restaurants, shops & hotels. We want you to discover the charm of the Bay Area's finest in shopping and dining. To ride the free shopping shuttle, be out in front of the Hyatt Regency: Days: 11:20, 11:50, 12:20, 12:50, 1:20, 1:50, 2:20, 2:50 Evenings: 6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 8:20, 8:50.
Dress for the awards dinner is smart casual, no shorts or t-shirts. Be aware that Northern California can be quite cool in the evening. You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater.
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 great time. With everything that is going on in the world today, you owe it to yourself and your family to attend this great 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.
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*Convention packages, guests, contents, activities, tours and quantities are subject to change without notice. **Additional waiver must be completed and on file before you can participate in the parachute drop.
A fun filled event for the whole family!
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