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Collecting the art of G.I. Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987) is a celebration of the painted art of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero!
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How did this start?

Over the last four years, in addition to creating interactive 360 photography for 3DJoes, I have been photographing and scanning every piece of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art that I can get my hands on. I started with the 1982-1994 carded figures (which can be viewed on the Yearbook page) and then moved into documenting the vehicle boxes, catalogs and offers, books, newsletterspuzzles, posters and more. All are accessible via the print and licensed tabs at 3DJoes.

Once the art is photographed and scanned, we digitally restore these files by removing creases, tears, price tags, hand writing and the like to create as clean an image as possible.

Digital Art Restoration
Digital Art Restoration

Enter 3DJoes posters.

Before long, I had collected and documented enough carded figures to start making posters. Back in 2014 I ran a kickstarter and funded printing of 3 new posters! These posters are still for sale, and proceeds help cover the $1,750 a year it costs to run 3DJoes. You can pick these up for $10 each through this kickstarter!

Enter Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe, Volume 1 and Volume 2!

I fielded countless requests for a G.I.Joe art book since the first carded figure poster debuted. Most often people tell me they love the posters but they are running out of wall space. So, in the summer of 2015 I ran a kickstarter to print an Accufoil Softcover of Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), and again in the fall I ran another kickstarter to print an Accufoil Softcover of Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 2 (1984-1985)!

Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983) and Volume 2 (1984-1985) with AccuFoil cover
Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983) and Volume 2 (1984-1985) with AccuFoil cover

We delivered both volumes on time as promised, thanks in large part to some fantastic print vendors and my local Triangle Joes who pitched in and helped me with fulfillment.

Triangle Joes to the rescue!
Triangle Joes to the rescue!

Now it’s time for Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe, Volume 3!

Flash foreword a few months and thanks to Chad Hucal, we are ready to go to press with Volume 3! Volume 1 featured 62 unique pieces of art, while Volume 2 featured 95. Volume 3 (1986-1987) is bigger than ever, featuring 126 unique pieces of art! You’ll be glad to know the price hasn’t changed, we’re holding the line at $35 for the Accufoil Softcover!

The cover will once again be card stock with an AccuFoil print, and the 80# pages will be saddle stitched, so the two page 11x16” spreads can lay flat and art will not be lost to the gutter!

Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987) is ready to print!
Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987) is ready to print!

The 3DJoes poster series continues!

Now that all of the 1986-1987 artwork has been restored, it is time to continue the 3DJoes poster series! We will produce two new 24”x36” posters, one featuring the box art of the Terror Drome and another featuring the rest of the 1986-1987 Vehicles.

Two new 24"x36" vehicle and playset posters!
Two new 24"x36" vehicle and playset posters!

We are also producing two new 17"x21" posters with two beautiful 1987 images: 

Two new 17"x21" posters: "Tomahawk Rollout" and "1987 Melee"
Two new 17"x21" posters: "Tomahawk Rollout" and "1987 Melee"

PROJECT EXPENSES:

$4,000 Printing Volume 3 digital interiors (500qty) 

$4,000 Printing Volume 3 offset AccuFoil covers (2,000qty)

$3,000 Printing two new 24”x36” offset lithograph posters 

$2,000 Printing two new 17"x21" offset lithograph posters

$1,000 boxes and tubes 

$4,000 shipping on $15,000 sales (shipping averaged 20% of total sales on the Volume 1 Kickstarter) 

$1,500 KS/Amazon fees on $15,000 sales (fees averaged 10% on the Volume 1 Kickstarter) 

GOAL:

$15,000 to print and ship Volume 2 and two new 24”x36” posters

STRETCH GOAL:

$17,000 to also print and ship the two new 17"x21" offset lithograph posters

Please have a look at the rewards, back this project today, and tell your friends to jump in too!

Yo Joe!

Carson

Risks and challenges

I have already successfully produced Volumes 1 and 2 and eight 24”x36” offset posters with two very reliable local vendors. I do not foresee any issues with getting the new posters and books produced quickly and to the highest quality.

To see the progress of a previous poster, have a look at this album:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…

A note about quality: these posters, like the six previously produced, will be professional grade. You will not be disappointed! Check out the specs below and my eBay feedback.

Paper details: All 3DJoes posters are printed on 65 lb. sterling premium gloss paper stock. According to my printer, 65 pound paper is the thickest you can use and still roll them without creasing or damaging. It wont easily crease, pinch, or wrinkle. These posters are definitely frame worthy, but the paper is thick enough that if you just want to tack them up, that will work too.

Printing details: We use a four color printing process (CMYK), not digital. Four color prints are much higher quality than digital laser prints. To see behind the scenes at the printer, check out my "3DJoes of the 80s" album on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/media/set/… ).

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    "GREEN SHIRT"
    (Thank you!)

    All Kickstarter backers will receive a thank you on 3DJoes.com, just like the previous backers for Volumes 1 and 2. Your $10 pledge earns you a spot on that list and our heartfelt thanks!

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    "THE MOTOR POOL"
    (Two new 24”x36” 1986-1987 vehicle posters)

    The 3DJoes poster series continues! We will print the Terror Drome on one 24”x36” poster and the rest of the 1986-1987 vehicles on another 24”x36” poster. All contributors are also eligible to purchase previous 24"x36” 3DJoes posters for $10 each.

    All Kickstarter backers will receive a thank you on 3DJoes.com, just like the previous backers for Volumes 1 and 2. Your $30 pledge earns you a spot on that list and our heartfelt thanks!

    Stock up and save: add additional posters for $25/pair.

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    “GRUNT"
    (Volume 3)

    One copy of Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987). Limited to 500 copies!

    This 78 page 8"x11" celebration of the painted art of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero features every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product featuring painted art released from 1986-1987.

    This soft cover book will feature 80# paper and an epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound cover!

    All Kickstarter backers will receive a thank you on 3DJoes.com, just like the previous backers for Volumes 1 and 2. Your $35 pledge earns you a spot on that list and our heartfelt thanks!

    Stock up and save: add additional copies of Volume 2 for $30 each.

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    "1987 FOREVER!"

    Two new 17"x21" 3DJoes posters!

    By popular demand, "Tomahawk Rollout" and "1987 Melee" will be printed for this Kickstarter campaign only, and limited to 200 copies!

    All contributors are eligible to purchase previous 3DJoes posters for $10 each. Domestic shipping is $10. International shipping will be an additional $15 charge.

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    “RE-ENLIST!"
    (Volume 3 and two new 24”x36”1986-1987 vehicle posters)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987) AND two new 24”x36” 3DJoes posters!

    Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 2 is a 78 page 8"x11" celebration of the painted art of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero. It features every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product featuring painted art released from 1986-1987. This soft cover book will feature 80# paper and an epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound cover!

    The 3DJoes poster series continues with the Terror Drome on one 24”x36” poster and the rest of the 1986-1987 vehicles on another 24”x36” poster!

    All contributors are eligible to purchase previous 3DJoes posters for $10 each.

    Stock up and save: add additional posters for $25/pair, and add additional copies of Volume 3 for $30 each.

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    “1st LT!"
    (Volume 3, two new 24”x36”1986-1987 vehicle posters, AND two new 17"x21" posters)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987), two new 24”x36” 3DJoes posters AND two new 17"x21" posters!

    Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 is a 78 page 8"x11" celebration of the painted art of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero. It features every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product featuring painted art released from 1986-1987. This soft cover book will feature 80# paper and an epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound cover!

    The 3DJoes poster series continues with the Terror Drome on one 24”x36” poster and the rest of the 1986-1987 vehicles on another 24”x36” poster!

    All contributors are eligible to purchase previous 3DJoes posters for $10 each.

    Stock up and save: add additional posters for $25/pair, and add additional copies of Volume 3 for $30 each.

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    "TRIPLE WIN!"
    (Volumes 1, 2 and 3)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Volume 2 (1984-1985) AND Volume 3 (1986-1987).

    Relive the first six years of painted G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art! These three volumes total 220 pages and feature every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product released from 1982-1987.

    These soft cover books feature heavyweight paper and epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound covers!

    All Kickstarter backers will receive a thank you on 3DJoes.com, just like the previous backers for Volume 1. Your $95 pledge earns you a spot on that list and our heartfelt thanks!

    Stock up and save: add additional copies of any volume for $30 each.

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    "NEW RECRUITS!"
    (Volumes 1, 2, and 3, PLUS two new 24”x36” 1986-1987 vehicle posters)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Volume 2 (1984-1985) AND Volume 3 (1986-1987) PLUS Two new 24”x36” 1986-1987 vehicle posters.

    Relive the first six years of painted G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art! These three volumes total 220 pages and feature every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product released from 1982-1987. These soft cover books feature heavyweight paper and epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound covers!

    The 3DJoes poster series continues with the Terror Drome on one 24”x36” poster and the rest of the 1986-1987 vehicles on another 24”x36” poster!

    All contributors are eligible to purchase previous 3DJoes posters for $10 each. Domestic shipping is $20 since posters and books ship separately in boxes and tubes. International shipping will be an additional $20 charge.

    Stock up and save: add additional 24”x36” posters for $30/pair, and add additional copies any volume for $30 each.

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    "RAWHIDES!"
    (Volumes 1, 2, and 3, PLUS two new 24”x36” 1986-1987 vehicle posters AND two new 17"x21" posters)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Volume 2 (1984-1985) AND Volume 3 (1986-1987) PLUS Two new 24”x36” 1986-1987 vehicle posters AND two new 17"x21" posters.

    Relive the first six years of painted G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art! These three volumes total 220 pages and feature every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product released from 1982-1987. These soft cover books feature heavyweight paper and epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound covers!

    The 3DJoes poster series continues with the Terror Drome on one 24”x36” poster and the rest of the 1986-1987 vehicles on another 24”x36” poster!

    By popular demand, "Tomahawk Rollout" and "1987 Melee" will be printed for this Kickstarter campaign only, and limited to 200 copies!

    All contributors are eligible to purchase previous 3DJoes posters for $10 each. Domestic shipping is $20 since posters and books ship separately in boxes and tubes. International shipping will be an additional $20 charge.

    Stock up and save: add additional 24”x36” posters for $30/pair, and add additional copies any volume for $30 each.

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    "ALL IN!"
    (Volumes 1, 2 and 3 PLUS every 24"x36" poster AND every 17"x21" poster produced)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Volume 2 (1984-1985) AND Volume 3 (1986-1987), PLUS all ten 24”x36” 3DJoes posters AND all four 17"x21" 3DJoes posters.

    Relive the first six years of painted G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art! These three volumes total 220 pages and feature every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product released from 1982-1987.

    These soft cover books feature heavyweight paper and epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound covers!

    Enjoy all ten 24"x36" 3DJoes posters (see them all at 3DJoes.com/posters):
    1. 3DJoes of the 80s (featuring every figure from 1982-1989)
    2. 3DJoes of the 90s (featuring every figure from 1990-1994)
    3. Carded 1982-1985 (featuring every carded figure from 1982-1985)
    4. Carded 1986-1987 (featuring every carded figure from 1986-1987)
    5. Vehicles 1982-1983 (featuring every vehicle and playlet from 1982-1983)
    6. Vehicles 1984-1985 (featuring every vehicle and playset from 1984-1985, except the USS Flagg)
    7. 1985 U.S.S. Flagg
    8. Vehicles 1986-1987 (featuring every vehicle and playset from 1986-1987, except the Terror Drome)
    9. 1986 Terror Drome
    10. Rolodex 1982-1985 (featuring each character's file card from 1982-1985)

    Enjoy all four 17"x21" 3DJoes posters (see them all at 3DJoes.com/posters):
    1. “To the Rescue”
    2. ”Stars and Stripes Forever”
    3. "1987 Melee"
    4. "Tomahawk Rollout"

    Domestic shipping is $20 since posters and books ship separately in boxes and tubes. International shipping will be an additional $20 charge.

    Stock up and save: add additional 24”x36” posters for $10 each, add additional life size U.S.S. Flagg posters for $20, and add additional copies of either volume for $30 each.

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    "The Ultimate 3DJoes Experience!"

    Three 3DJoes backers get to come be a part of the 3DJoes magic (airfare not included). They will tour the 3DJoes studio to see how the site is made, they will bring one of their favorite G.I.Joe related objects to be scanned and immortalized on 3DJoes. If they are a cosplayer, they can even get scanned in costume! They will also return home with every 3DJoes item in the store (all ten 24”x36” posters, all four 17"x21" prints, the life size U.S.S. Flag poster, and all three volumes of the book). Finally, they will receive top billing on the 3DJoes.com Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 supporters page!

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