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Welcome to the Rank & File volume 1 reprint Kickstarter campaign, a fundraiser designed to reprint the volume that started it all!
Welcome to the Rank & File volume 1 reprint Kickstarter campaign, a fundraiser designed to reprint the volume that started it all!
Welcome to the Rank & File volume 1 reprint Kickstarter campaign, a fundraiser designed to reprint the volume that started it all!
153 backers pledged $9,577 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to the Rank & File volume 1 reprint Kickstarter campaign! The Rank & File guides started off in 2015 and began archiving G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero's journey in the 4" format. This volume contains every action figure and vehicle produced in the 25th Anniversary and Resolute series. Volume 1 has been sold out for over a year and fan demand has reached the point of release! This was the perfect opportunity to rerelease volume 1 and update key elements in an ever evolving toy line.

This Kickstarter is designed to let YOU, the fans, bring Rank & File's first volume back to print. Within this Kickstarter are some options to purchase the volume 1 reprint as well as the volumes 2 and 3 that are currently available as well as the R.A.H.C. guide that started it all! Not only are you able to pledge to pay for these guides, there are some additional options to enjoy the Rank & File experience.

Strike a Pose

Such a handsome author, yes?
Such a handsome author, yes?

 

Above is a sample of the 8x10" print you would be receiving if you chose this wonderful option.

Action Shot

Final piece is 5x7" and 300 dpi on quality print paper
Final piece is 5x7" and 300 dpi on quality print paper

 Above is a sample of the Action Shot pledge.  You may pick your favorite 25th Anniversary action figure in the very pose used in the Rank & File guide's backgrounds.

One and Only Souvenir

I will updating this portion regularly to help illustrate the final piece.  To continue with the notion of open and transparent, this is an option that was heavily researched to get fair pricing as well as get a great looking piece together.  I have talked to all the required vendors and they are ready to go the moment I give them the word.  To be quite honest, I wasn't sure how well this would go over and didn't want to invest too much into something beforehand that I didn't necessarily have to.

Below is the sample of the certificate of authenticity that will be included in the the "One and Only Souvenir" option.

Austin Powers 3 keeps coming to mind when I see this.
Austin Powers 3 keeps coming to mind when I see this.

 Below is an image of the "One and Only Souvenir" options.  Your generosity so far has helped me open my collection to all.  I think there is something for everyone!

Click the image to go to a larger image, if the Kickstarter image is not readable.
Click the image to go to a larger image, if the Kickstarter image is not readable.

 

One and Only Souvenir Composite
One and Only Souvenir Composite

 

R.A.H.C. Guidebooks Seal of Approval (mock-up).
R.A.H.C. Guidebooks Seal of Approval (mock-up).

 

Thank you for your time and your contribution and let's make the Rank & File guides remain available for all fans, collectors, and enthusiasts.

Risks and challenges

To be up front, this is my first Kickstarter and I ask that any hangup that may occur during the time the Kickstarter is running be shown patience. I have been self-publishing these guides for six years and production runs smoothly. If you ordered a volume 1 option, you will have your order in hand within two months (provided money collection goes smoothly). Clear communication will be in order to convey any issues. All guides will be shipped media mail within the United States and First Class International for foreign orders. Special situations will be addressed after the Kickstarter has ended. As of 8/3/2017, volume 1 is pretty much ready to go to the printer now.

Any purchased prints should be out within two weeks of money collection. If you order the action figure package, you will convey to me your action figure of choice via the payment portion of the Kickstarter.

As it stands, the portion I foresee being a challenge (though not much of one), is the "One and Only Souvenir" option that is action figures displayed in the Rank & File volume 1 guide. This portion is being written before the Kickstarter was published and I intend to create one option that will require the winners to give me a list of their top ten choices (within the confines of what I specify) and they will be honored within a first paid basis. If this is a popular option that becomes too tedious, modifications will be made.

**It is important to note that the images in the Rank & File guides are cleaned up in post production to remove dust and major inconsistent factory errors on the sample. I want to be fully transparent when I offer these one of a kind action figures and say they might not match 100% with the image in the reference guide (for those who like to track the minutia).

This Kickstarter is designed to raise money and that notion, along with Kickstarter fees, are calculated into the various donation levels. This Kickstarter is designed to be a fun experience for all of those who participate.

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    Pebbles Build the Strongest Mountains

    Thank you for contributing the reprint and revival of Rank & File volume 1!

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    Strike a Pose

    Contribute here and receive one signed 8x10” print of your favorite “Noted Author” James M. Kavanaugh Jr. to add to your Rank & File collection, place at the head of your dinner table, or show off to all your friends. If you don’t have friends, this photo can become your friend. Either way, Noted Author can stare at you endlessly with this option.

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    Action Shot

    One print of your favorite 25th Anniversary* action figure in an action posed (as seen in the backgrounds of volume 1) and showcased on the Rank & File explosion background.

    *This option is only available for the 25th Anniversary.

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    Deployed

    This option is for one copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 1 and a huge Thank you!

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    Deployed

    This option is for one copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 1 and a huge Thank you!

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    One-Two Punch

    One copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 1 and one copy of Rank & File volume 2.

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    Old and New

    One copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 1 and one copy of R.A.H.C. Guide.

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    Three Count

    One copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 1, one copy of Rank & File volume 2 and one copy of Rank & File volume 3.

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    One and Only Souvenir

    This option is for one action figure referenced and photographed for the Rank & File volume 1 guide. The one of a kind souvenir will include a displayable certificate of authenticity, a trophy base and plaque, a displayable cylindrical container, and a bubble shell to contain the action figure and certificate of authenticity. List of options will be made available soon.

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    One and Only Souvenir (w a lemon twist)

    This option is for one action figure referenced and photographed for the Rank & File volume 1 guide. AND one copy of Rank & File volume 1. The one of a kind souvenir will include a displayable certificate of authenticity, a trophy base and plaque, a displayable cylindrical container, and a bubble shell to contain the action figure and certificate of authenticity. List of options will be made available soon.

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    The Complete Collection

    One copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 1, one copy of Rank & File volume 2, one copy of Rank & File volume 3 and one copy of R.A.H.C. Guide.

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    Climb the Mountain

    This is the chance to have four one hour phone/Skype conversations (in person if local) about how to create your own action figure or reference guide and infrequent follow up contact about your endeavor.

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    Let's Do This

    You've heard the stories and now live the adventure! We go out for a weekend night and hit the town, party like it's 1999, rock out, whatever you want to call it. There are no guarantees, but maybe a few regrets. Winner handles all travel and expenses.

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