Help for the Head/Capua Family

Filed under: Website — Nomad @ 3:47 pm  

With permission of Gary’s wife Elizabeth, we’ve created a donation method via Declassified for you to contribute funds directly to the family if you so wish. (Note: this is a different donation address than general Declass donations.) This will allow them to receive funds without having to pay any taxes under our charter. We plan to do a more organized fundraiser later, but several people have been expressing their desire to help as soon as possible. Simply click on the button below.

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Thank you,

Sam Damon
Joe Declassified


Mourning a Friend

Filed under: Announcement — Nomad @ 12:18 pm  

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What am I supposed to say?

Within the last 24 hours, one of the best lives I’ve known has been snuffed out. My friend and confidant, Gary Head, AKA Gyre-Viper, is now gone. There’s a huge, gaping hole that he’s supposed to be occupying, and it won’t be filled.

For those that didn’t know him, Gary left behind a girlfriend and three beautiful children. As he was someone who was long without his own parents, I know it would pain him to no end to know that his kids will grow up never having the opportunity to truly know and understand their father as we do only in our later years. Gary won’t have the opportunity to bring them along on the ride that was his adult life. As my own son approaches an age where I begin to share this hobby with him, I know that he will never get to meet Gary. For all of that, I am devastated.

Also, for those unaware of our inner workings, Gary was a large contributor to what you’ve come to love and enjoy as Joe Declassified. Since joining us in 2011, Gary was the most prolific of our staff. He created the JDSO podcast, organized many of our public appearances, and was recently appointed as our Media Director – taking under his wings the panels and magazines that we produce. It was Gary that started up our give-away contests, and much of the money to fund those came from his own pocket. Gary was in fact the first “outsider” (not one of the original group of friends involved in Declassified from the beginning) that I brought on to the staff. His infectious enthusiasm and love for charity were big motivators in our burgeoning friendship. To many of you, Gary was the face of Declassified that you were most familiar with. He often liked to joke with me that it was “his organization,” due to the misinterpretations of our public audience. And I loved him for it. We’ve been at this game for 9 years now, and in his short time with us, I can honestly say that Gary contributed much of the drive and aggressiveness that has enabled us to do what we have done as of late. I don’t think you’ll truly realize what he brought to your lives. His impact here was immense.

Gary was a polarizing figure in our hobby – to those who weren’t friends or fans, I can only say that you didn’t “get the joke” in a sense. If you were one of those that didn’t get Gary, I am truly sorry. He left an imprint for sure, and I encourage you to revisit his writings with a different set of eyes. It is a testament to the man, though, that when I first brought him on to the staff here at Declass, his preeminent concern was the effect that his polarizing reputation would have on the organization. I’ve never been one to dance around detractors, so as always buddy – fuck it – I’ll take the hit. And I’ll take any hits for Gary until I, too, am gone. The fact that so many consider him their “best friend” tells you what kind of love and energy he had for others. Gary was a giver, every step of the way.

I’d like to leave you guys with this. Below is an excerpt from one of my oldest emails from Gary. At the time, I was in Afghanistan, and missing the first convention since I started Joe Declassified. I asked Gary to stand in to manage our booth, and I share this because I believe his words here were a direct and accurate reflection of his love and enthusiasm not only for the hobby, but what we were trying to accomplish:

Hope all is well with you.
I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to be part of the booth this year. It meant a lot to me. And I had an amazing time. It meant a lot to me just to be able to have a dealer pass and spend extra time talking to Warden more so than not. The entire experience was invaluable. So thank you. Anything you ever need, I’m there. Hopefully I did the booth some justice and hopefully you haven’t heard any terrible things about me hehheeh.
Roshan kinda made me promise that I wouldn’t tell you this but it’d be wrong not to. No one came through with counter top cases and so on Friday Roshan drove hours in traffic to
get wood and plexi glass on his own dime just so the booth
could be the best it could be. He did this because of the amount of respect he has for YOU and of course Declassified.
Also… Chris Murray took the time to build the cases and volunteered his time at the booth just as much as Gary Godsoe and myself did. The response to the booth was really great this year. It seems a lot of people put the Declassified booth on their feedback forms this time around as well. Anyways… you were very missed by everyone and everyone hopes you’re safe. Again thank you so much for the trust and opportunity. It may not seem like it should be such a big deal but it amplified my con experience a thousand fold. So thank you. And take care.

You left a huge wound, man. There is so much more I want to say…
Til Valhall

Sam Damon
Joe Declassified


Joe Declassified – Issue #6 – Star Brigade, is up!

Filed under: Website — Nomad @ 4:58 am  

Issue # 6 is now online! Learn more than you ever wanted about Star Brigade, including a checklist of every Star Brigade toy from around the world.  Kirk Bozigian guest-writes!

The direct link is

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Check it out, and then head to the forum to the and let us know what you think, or ask any questions you have!


Ultimate Custom Contest Winners!

Filed under: Website — Nomad @ 5:23 pm  



As the custom submissions began to come in for our Ultimate Custom Contest, a few things were immediately made clear: First, that some amazing people with top-notch talent had decided to participate. Secondly, that some truly inspiring work can be accomplished in a very short amount of time.

I want to seriously thank all our participants. One of the key hitches in the contest, despite what we feel were some overwhelming prizes, was the fact that the contest winners had to be willing to donate their work. The fact that each of these individuals supported us in such a manner is beyond flattering. I’m pressured to live up to their support.

Thanks as well to our partners-in-crime, Pluv and the gang from Joe Customs, as well as our guest judges – including Hasbro’s own John Warden. While the participants did their best to make sure our judges were drooling over customized eye-candy, our judges lent their time, analysis, and commentary.

Enough from me. You’re here to see some great work.

Grand Prize:



Contest entries due in by mid-night!

Filed under: Website — Nomad @ 12:29 pm  

If you’re entering anything in the Ultimate Custom Contest, your entry must be received by damnedmp@gmail.com by mid-night PST.


Forum issues

Filed under: Website — Nomad @ 10:13 pm  

Yes, the forums are being a bit wonky. We will let you know as soon as they are back up. Thanks for the patience.


The JoeDeclassified/JoeCustoms Ultimate Custom Contest!

Filed under: Website — Nomad @ 12:01 am  

Joe Declassified and Joe Customs have joined together to bring you the ultimate custom contest! Here at Declassified, you know we love the history of the G.I. Joe brand and we love the production process – which leads to your chance to recreate unproduced Joe toys in order to win some pretty swell prizes.

Custom contest rules:

1. Customs may be figures or vehicles.
2. Any customs created for any prior contest, or that have been shown prior on the web are automatically disqualified. Customizers should submit a photo with their entry that shows their construction materials with any dated item (magazine, etc) created after the contest start date.
3. Customs must be of an unfinished Hasbro product (Rocky, for example). Anything that ever existed in any state of design is eligible. Please see the references at the bottom for further inspiration.
4. All entries are due no later than 15April2013.
5. All prize-winning customs become property of Joe Declassified, and will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to help support future Declassified endeavors. If contest winners do not wish to participate in the fundraising process, we will select the next highest rated customs to take their place.
6. No more than 3 custom entries per individual.
7. Entries MUST include real name, any online screen names, city and state of origin. All entry photos should be submitted to damnedmp@gmail.com. Please include no more than 10 photos per entry. Any questions or clarifications of contest rules should be sent to the same email address.
8. All judges and Joe Declassified staff are automatically disbarred from entry.

The Prizes:

1st prize: Carded wave 14 Storm Shadow

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Joe Declasssified #5 – Brazilian – now online!

Filed under: Website — Nomad @ 3:25 pm  

Issue # 5 is now online! Check out our special Brazil issue, including a checklist of every G.I.Joe action figure produced in Brazil!

The direct link is

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Check it out, and then head forum to the and let us know what you think!


JDSO (podcast) Episode 8!

Filed under: Website — Nomad @ 1:07 pm  

JDSO Episode 8 is now up on podbean and ready for your listening enjoyment. Jump on and learn as the crew talks with G. Wayne Miller (author of Toy Wars), discusses some unproduced licensed Joe items (Star Brigade shoes!), and find out the connection between G.I.Joe and X-Force.

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Direct link to the episode.

Share your thoughts in the open thread.


Canceled Rise of Cobra 2-Packs

Filed under: Website — Cmderinchief @ 8:11 pm  

Canceled Rise of Cobra 2-packs:

-Zap vs Nano-B.A.T.
-Budo vs Dr. Mindbender

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