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Collecting the art of G.I. Joe: Volume 4 (1988-1989) is a celebration of the painted art of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero!
Collecting the art of G.I. Joe: Volume 4 (1988-1989) 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 five 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, newsletters, puzzles, 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, Volumes 1 – 3!

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, over the last two years I ran three kickstarters to print Accufoil Softcovers of Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 2 (1984-1985), and Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987)!

Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volumes 1–3 (1982-1987) with Accufoil covers
Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volumes 1–3 (1982-1987) with Accufoil covers
 

We delivered all three 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 4!

Flash forward a few months and thanks to Chad Hucal, we are ready to go to press with Volume 4! Volume 1 featured 62 unique pieces of art, Volume 2 featured 95, and Volume 3 featured 126. Volume 4 is bigger than ever, featuring 147 unique pieces of art! You can preview the entire book here

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! You’ll be glad to know the price hasn’t changed, we’re holding the line at $35 for the Accufoil Softcover.

Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 (1988–1989) is ready to print!
Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 (1988–1989) is ready to print!

 

The 3DJoes poster series continues!

Now that all of the 1988-1989 artwork has been restored, it is time to continue the 3DJoes poster series! We will produce two new 24”x36” posters, one featuring the figures and another featuring the vehicles.

1988-1989 Vehicles and 1988-1989 Figures
1988-1989 Vehicles and 1988-1989 Figures

How about some pristine Catalog Art posters too?! 

These two posters are very special. They feature the 1986 and 1987 catalog art like you’ve never seen them before! We were able to secure two original Kodak Ecktachromes of the original catalog paintings. These are basically two super high resolution transparencies used back in the analog 80s to deliver high resolution artwork. We’ve scanned these Ecktachromes and restored the scans to remove dust and any other unintended artifacts. The resulting posters will be a centerpiece of your collection.

Catalog Art from 1986 and 1987!
Catalog Art from 1986 and 1987!

 

STRETCH GOAL! Blast-off with a life-sized Defiant!
STRETCH GOAL! Blast-off with a life-sized Defiant!

 

Blast-off with a life-sized Defiant offset lithograph print! 

Many of you have asked for a life-sized Defiant box art print, so that's what we are going for next! The life-size Defiant print will measure 28.5”x47” just like the original box art. It will cost $4,558 to print. Add in 25% for shipping and 10% for Kickstarter fees and we'll need to raise another $6,276.25 to get there. Oversized lithographs are terribly expensive, but we are happy to try to make this happen. If you want to see this poster come to life, add $30 to your poster pledge and tell all of your like-minded friends about this project. Thanks and Yo JOE! 

PROJECT EXPENSES:

$7,605 Volume 4 (offset interiors, foil cover, bagged, 650 copies) + 1/4 shipping + 10% Kickstarter fees = $10,456.88

$5,792 Four 24”x36” posters (1000 of each) + 1/4 shipping + 10% Kickstarter fees = $7,964

GOAL: $18,420.88 

$4,558 Life Size 28.5”x47” Defiant (1000 prints) + 1/4 shipping + 10% Kickstarter fees = $6,276.25

STRECH GOAL: $24,688.13

*Surprise* Your reward for scrolling to the end is the stretch goal spoiler! I'm setting the goal for this Kickstarter at $18,420, and have offered rewards featuring the first goal's deliverables. If we approach the third goal, all poster backers will be allowed to add a life sized Defiant poster to their order for just $30!  

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

Thanks and Yo Joe!

Carson

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges
I have already successfully produced the Volume 1 book and six 24”x36” offset posters with two very reliable local vendors. I do not foresee any issues with getting all three of these 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/pg/3DJoes/photos/…

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/pg/3DJoes/photos/…

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    "1988-1989 POSTERS" (vehicles+figures)

    The 3DJoes poster series continues! We will print every 1988-1989 carded figure on one 24”x36” poster and every vehicle and playset 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 1-3. Your $30 pledge earns you a spot on that list and our heartfelt thanks!

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

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    "CATALOG ART POSTERS" (1986+1987)

    These two posters are very special. They feature the 1986 and 1987 catalog art like you’ve never seen them before! We were able to secure two original Kodak Ecktachromes of the original catalog paintings. These are basically two super high resolution transparencies used back in the analog 80s to deliver high resolution artwork. We’ve scanned these Ecktachromes and restored the scans to remove dust and any other unintended artifacts. The resulting posters will be a centerpiece of your collection.

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

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

    Stock up and save: add additional NEW posters for only $30/pair.

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    “GRUNT" (Volume 4)

    One copy of Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 (1988-1989). 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 1988-1989.

    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 1-3. Your $35 pledge earns you a spot on that list and our heartfelt thanks!

    Stock up and save: add additional copies of Volume 4 for $30 each.

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    “RE-ENLIST!" (Vol.4 + 1988-89 posters)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 (1988-1989) AND two new 24”x36” 3DJoes 1988-1989 figures and vehicles posters!

    Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 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 1988-1989. This soft cover book will feature 80# paper and an epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound cover!

    The 3DJoes poster series continues! We will print every 1988-1989 carded figure on one 24”x36” poster and every vehicle and playset on another 24"x36" poster. All contributors are also eligible to purchase previous 24"x36” 3DJoes posters for $10 each.

    Stock up and save: add additional posters for $25/pair, and add additional copies of Volume 4 for $30 each.

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    “RE-ENLIST!" (Vol.4 + catalog posters)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 (1988-1989) AND two new 24”x36” 1986 and 1987 Catalog Art posters.

    Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 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 1988-1989. This soft cover book will feature 80# paper and an epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound cover!

    The 1986 and 1987 Catalog Art posters are very special. They feature the 1986 and 1987 catalog art like you’ve never seen them before! We were able to secure two original Kodak Ecktachromes of the original catalog paintings. These are basically two super high resolution transparencies used back in the analog 80s to deliver high resolution artwork. We’ve scanned these Ecktachromes and restored the scans to remove dust and any other unintended artifacts. The resulting posters will be a centerpiece of your collection.

    All contributors are also eligible to purchase previous 24"x36” 3DJoes posters for $10 each.

    Stock up and save: add additional posters for $25/pair, and add additional copies of Volume 4 for $30 each.

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    “1st LT!" (Vol.4 + all 4 new posters)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 (1988-1989), two new 24”x36” 3DJoes 1988-1989 figures and vehicles posters AND two new 24”x36” 1986 and 1987 Catalog Art posters.

    Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 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 1988-1989. This soft cover book will feature 80# paper and an epic card stock AccuFoil 11"x16" wraparound cover!

    The 3DJoes poster series continues! We will print every 1988-1989 carded figure on one 24”x36” poster and every vehicle and playset on another 24"x36" poster.

    The 1986 and 1987 Catalog Art posters are very special. They feature the 1986 and 1987 catalog art like you’ve never seen them before! We were able to secure two original Kodak Ecktachromes of the original catalog paintings. These are basically two super high resolution transparencies used back in the analog 80s to deliver high resolution artwork. We’ve scanned these Ecktachromes and restored the scans to remove dust and any other unintended artifacts. The resulting posters will be a centerpiece of your collection.

    All contributors are also eligible to purchase previous 24"x36” 3DJoes posters for $10 each.

    Stock up and save: add all four additional posters for $50/set, and add additional copies of Volume 4 for $30 each.

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    "VOLUMES 1-4"

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Volume 2 (1984-1985), Volume 3 (1986-1987), AND Volume 4 (1988-1989).

    Relive the 80s with the first eight years of painted G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art! These four volumes total nearly 300 pages and feature every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product released from 1982-1989.

    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 Volumes 1-3. Your $125 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.

    Note, this is a heavy package, so international shipping will be expensive.

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    "NEW RECRUITS!"

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Volume 2 (1984-1985), Volume 3 (1986-1987), AND Volume 4 (1988-1989), PLUS two new 24”x36” 3DJoes 1988-1989 figures and vehicles posters AND two new 24”x36” 1986 and 1987 Catalog Art posters.

    Relive the 80s with the first eight years of painted G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art! These four volumes total nearly 300 pages and feature every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product released from 1982-1989. 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 Volumes 1-3. Your $175 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.

    The 3DJoes poster series continues! We will print every 1988-1989 carded figure on one 24”x36” poster and every vehicle and playset on another 24"x36" poster.

    The 1986 and 1987 Catalog Art posters are very special. They feature the 1986 and 1987 catalog art like you’ve never seen them before! We were able to secure two original Kodak Ecktachromes of the original catalog paintings. These are basically two super high resolution transparencies used back in the analog 80s to deliver high resolution artwork. We’ve scanned these Ecktachromes and restored the scans to remove dust and any other unintended artifacts. The resulting posters will be a centerpiece of your collection.

    All contributors are also eligible to purchase previous 24"x36” 3DJoes posters for $10 each.

    Stock up and save: add all four additional posters for $50/set, and add additional copies of Volume 4 for $30 each.

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    "ALL IN!" (4 BOOKS + 16 POSTERS)

    One copy of Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Volume 2 (1984-1985), Volume 3 (1986-1987), AND Volume 4 (1988-1989), PLUS every 24”x36” 3DJoes posters AND the life size 44"x31.5" U.S.S. Flagg - that's 16 posters!

    Relive the 80s with the first eight years of painted G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art! These four volumes total nearly 300 pages and feature every carded figure, vehicle, playset, poster and peripheral product released from 1982-1989. 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 Volumes 1-3. Your $175 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.

    The 3DJoes poster series continues! We will print every 1988-1989 carded figure on one 24”x36” poster and every vehicle and playset on another 24"x36" poster.

    The 1986 and 1987 Catalog Art posters are very special. They feature the 1986 and 1987 catalog art like you’ve never seen them before! We were able to secure two original Kodak Ecktachromes of the original catalog paintings. These are basically two super high resolution transparencies used back in the analog 80s to deliver high resolution artwork. We’ve scanned these Ecktachromes and restored the scans to remove dust and any other unintended artifacts. The resulting posters will be a centerpiece of your collection.

    All contributors are also eligible to purchase previous 24"x36” 3DJoes posters for $10 each.

    Stock up and save: add all four additional posters for $50/set, and add additional copies of Volume 4 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 fifteen 24”x36” posters, all four 17"x21" prints, the life size U.S.S. Flag poster, and all four volumes of the book, plus some cover flats!). Finally, they will receive top billing on the 3DJoes.com Collecting the art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 supporters page!

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