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R.A.H.C. Guidebooks Presents: Rank & File Volume 2 & 3 Reprints!  Resource guides to collecting G.I. Joe action figures.
R.A.H.C. Guidebooks Presents: Rank & File Volume 2 & 3 Reprints! Resource guides to collecting G.I. Joe action figures.
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Welcome to the Rank & File volume 2 & 3 reprint Kickstarter campaign! The Rank & File guide series started off in 2015 and began archiving G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero's journey in the 4" format. These volumes contain every action figure and vehicle produced in the The Rise of Cobra, The Pursuit of Cobra, 30th Anniversary, Retaliation, 50th Anniversary, and Basic Asst. series. Volume 2 sold out in 2017 and volume 3 will be sold out any day now. Fan demand has reached the point of a potential Kickstarter rerelease! Kickstarter is the perfect opportunity to rerelease volumes 2 & 3 and update key elements in an ever-evolving toy line.

This Kickstarter is designed to let YOU, the fans, bring Rank & File's second and third volumes back to print. Within this Kickstarter are some options to purchase the volume 1.1 reprint alongside the reprints of volumes 2 and 3 as well as the R.A.H.C. guide that started it all! Not only are you able to pledge various amounts for these guides, there are some additional options to further enjoy the Rank & File experience.  

Volume 2:  You Decide!  

When I was wrapping up volume 2, I narrowed down the figure selection to key characters that broadly reflect the content inside.  Two covers were finalized and now YOU have the option to bring the unused cover to life!  Please pledge the option you prefer and the option with the most pledges will be produced.  Every option will then be fulfilled with the winning option.  

***UPDATE***

If you choose to pledge a level that includes multiple volumes, you may cast your vote that decides which Volume 2 cover is published in your survey upon completion.  Survey completion is required to give me your address and there is a notes section. Just cast your vote in the notes.

* This voting structure only applies to volume 2 but indicators are present on every reprint to distinguish old versus new volumes.  Minor improvements might be made before printing

Produced volume 2 cover
Produced volume 2 cover

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Unproduced volume 2 cover
Unproduced volume 2 cover

 

 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. Sorry, options for the Resolute series onward are not available.

One and Only Souvenir  

This pledge tier will be updated soon with a list of options. To continue with the notion transparency, 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. The kinks were ironed out with the Volume 1.1 Kickstarter and a final product is displayed below.

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

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 and more options are to come. 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

Seal of Approval 

R.A.H.C. Guidebooks Seal of Approval (final Seal is a gold foil stamp with a custom imprint).
R.A.H.C. Guidebooks Seal of Approval (final Seal is a gold foil stamp with a custom imprint).

Every reprinted guide, as well as the One and Only Souvenirs will be stamped with the official R.A.H.C. Guidebooks gold foil seal.  Any guide sold after the Kickstarter will not bear the Seal of Approval so pledge here to get yours!

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

Risks and challenges

This Kickstarter is the follow up comapaign to the Volume 1.1 Kickstarter held last August. The first of anything is typically a learning experience and I think all the kinks were then ironed out. Much like the first Kickstarter, I intend to be fully transparent and communicate via private message as well as in the comments and updates.

I have been self-publishing these guides for seven years and production runs smoothly. If you ordered a volume 2 or 3 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.

If you want to order multiple copies, multiple tiers, our have a custom pledge suggestion, you may simply combine the pledge into one tier ($50 volumes 2 & 3 plus 8x10" = $62 plus shipping and pledged in the "Why not both? ( Por qué no ambos?)" option).

***IMPORTANT SHIPPING COMMENTS***

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. It is important to note that if you want insurance or any other special request, you will need to clear convey your requests. Media Rate (U.S.A.) and First Class International are provided by the USPS to offer cost saving options. And we all know the adage, "you get what you pay for."

Any purchased prints (without a reprinted guide option) should be shipped within a few 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.

The "One and Only Souvenir" option will require the winners to give me a list of their top five choices (within the confines of what I specify) and they will be honored on 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 8"x10” 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, with this option, Noted Author can gaze endlessly at you and never judge.

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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: Theater Bravo (As Planned)

    This option is for one copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 2 and whose cover will be produced with minor updates to the original cover.

    **IMPORTANT**
    There are two listing for the reprint of volume 2. The option (either a reprint of the original cover or the unreleased alternate cover) with the most pledges will be the ONLY cover produced. If you pledge, please be willing to concede to either cover despite your pledge. See the Description for both options.

    Oh, and a huge Thank you!

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    Deployed: Theater Bravo (Improvised)

    This option is for one copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 2 and whose cover will be the unproduced alternate to the original cover.

    **IMPORTANT**
    There are two listing for the reprint of volume 2. The option (either a reprint of the original cover or the unreleased alternate cover) with the most pledges will be the ONLY cover produced. If you pledge, please be willing to concede to either cover despite your pledge. See the Description for both options.

    Oh, and a huge Thank you!

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    Deployed: Theater Charlie

    This option is for one copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 3 and a huge Thank you!

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    Why not both? ( Por qué no ambos?)

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

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    Old and New Bravo

    One copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 2 (winning cover option, see Description) and one copy of R.A.H.C. Guide.

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    Old and New Charlie

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

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    Three Count

    One copy of the reprinted Rank & File volume 1.1, one copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 2 (winning cover option, see Description), and one copy of the newly reprinted copy of Rank & File volume 3.

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    One & Only Souvenir

    This option is for one action figure referenced and photographed for the Rank & File volume 2 or volume 3 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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    Old and New (Congratulations, twins!)

    One copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 2 (winning cover option, see Description), one copy of the newly reprinted Rank & File volume 3 and one copy of R.A.H.C. Guide.

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    One & Only Souvenir (w a lime twist)

    This option is for one action figure referenced and photographed for the Rank & File volume 2 guide. AND one copy of Rank & File volume 2. 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 & Only Souvenir (w orange twist)

    This option is for one action figure referenced and photographed for the Rank & File volume 3 guide. AND one copy of Rank & File volume 3. 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 reprinted Rank & File volume 1.1 , one copy of newly reprinted Rank & File volume 2, one copy of newly reprinted Rank & File volume 3 and one copy of R.A.H.C. Guide.

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    One & Only Souvenir (w a lemon twist)

    This option is for one action figure referenced and photographed for the Rank & File volume 2 guide OR 3 guide AND one copy of Rank & File volume 2 reprint & one copy of Rank & File volume 3 reprint.

    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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    Climb the Mountain

    This is the opportunity 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.

    I'll be honest, if someone could've quantified resource guide insight to me and I would've known how much time I would've eliminated with trial and error alone, I would've paid more than $500. But, admittedly, that's easy for the seller of said insight to say.

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    Let's Do This.

    Your favorite option no one pledged during the previous Kickstarter is back!

    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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