Nerdversity interviw with Dan Klingensmith author of 3.75 Joe featuring Gary from WOJM

3.75bookcoverSam (rev) Sears (myself) hosts this interview with Dan Klingensmith author of the upcoming book 3.75 ” Joe that delves into the origins of the 80’s and early 90’s big toyline, from it’s origins, designs, the creators stories, to unused concepts. Sam is joined by hosts Alex “Jaxs”, new comer Nate Blaine, and we were blessed to have What’s on Joe Mind Host Gary Godsoe as a host this episode as well.

You can Listen to it embedded below or on Stitcher  HERE or Itunes key word nerdversity101 (note there were some technical issues that delayed this podcast being up, there is more info below)

We discuss Dan’s interest in the brand and segway to his book. We discuss the Flagg’s Origins, an alternate take on the B.A.T. (Battle Android Trooper) as well as an interesting early spin on Major Bludd and more. We then discuss the current state of the G.I.Joe brand and our hopes for the future.

This episode was plagued with issues. It was recorded prior to the Buzz Dixon interview but the data, after editing, become corrupted and i had to re edit the podcast, and even during the podcast, Nate Blaine lost service, my computer over heated which caused some confusion. We will try have Dan on again the in the future to make up for it but Gary and Alex really kept things going and I really thank them for it!

If you want to hear more from Dan @ his facebook page for his book and this group for his podcast covering behind the scenes of the toyline with the creators themselves. His old page also has a great set of pics as well

 

3.75 INCH JOE by Dan Klingensmith Jr. Book announcement.

3.75bookcover3.75 INCH JOE

from Steel City Publishers:

Steel City Publishing LLC would like to announce the Fall 2014 release of: “3.75 Inch Joe: Inside the Minds of the Creators 1982-1994”

G.I.Joe* is one of the most recognizable and well known action figure lines in history, yet there is no full story showing the creation process of the G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero brand that ran from 1982-1994.
Well that’s about to change with the release of “3.75 Inch Joe: Inside the Minds of the Creators 1982-1994″ !!
Although there have been many books written about G.I.Joe, what makes “3.75 Inch Joe: Inside the Minds of the Creators 1982-1994” unique is the fact that the information shared within the book comes from exclusive interviews with former employees who worked on the G.I.Joe Brand. Some of the things to expect include:

• The inspiration and influences behind the different figures and vehicles
• Alternate names for figures and vehicles
• Insider stories regarding the changes that occurred during the design process
• Conceptual designs and photographs that will show the progression and different stages of creating a figure or vehicle
• And much more…

This book will have a limited run and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a Non-Profit Organization. The expected release date will be Fall 2014! More information will come in the near future regarding the size of the book and what it will cost. I appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience over the last few years!
Thank you

Publisher: Steel City Publishing LLC

*Every effort has been made to locate the copyright holders of some select material used in this book. Should there be any omission, we apologize and shall be pleased to make the appropriate acknowledgements in future editions. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.

Neither the author nor the publisher are sponsored by or associated with Hasbro, Inc., or its affiliates. G.I.Joe, all associated character, vehicle, and group names, and their respective likeliness’s, are trademarks of Hasbro. © 2014 Hasbro. All rights reserved. Hasbro Inc. assumes no responsibility for the content of this book. This book is a result of the author’s independent research on the subject matter and is intended to provide information for collectors.

 

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The the first 3.75 Inch Joe Podcast is now Live.

334inchjoeDan Klingensmith, the man behind the cool customized Toddler cars I shared a few weeks ago, and more importantly the upcoming Creating G.I.Joe A Real American Hero book. has released his first episode in a new ongoing podcast series.

3.75 Inch Joe will focus on the designers and creators at Hasbro and allow them to tell their stories, talk about the G.I.Joe brand, and the Toy industry in general.

Listen to the first episode HERE which features. Kirk Bozigian, former VP of Boys Toys at Hasbro as well as Greg Berndtson, former Design Director of G.I.Joe.

Stay Tuned for more as Dan has already agreed to share info about his upcoming book in an interview with Nerdversity (our official podcast if you didn’t notice from the banner!)

-revsears.