Assembly Require 2013 Update! New Prints!

We have an update for Assembly Required 2013 and it’s awesome! Check out some more prints that will be available at the show and remember, if you go pick us up a set!

Do you miss the days as a kid when you spent hours battling Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization intent on world domination? Do you remember planning secret OPs with your friends to defend the world against the evil Cobra Command?

Join the growing ranks of G.I. Joe fans at the third annual Assembly Required Convention, November 16th, 2013 in Des Moines, IA. You’ll spot hard-to-find pieces for your collection, connect with fellow collectors from across the Midwest who share your passion, meet a renowned illustrator, speak to curators of G.I. Joe history and much more.


November 16th, 2013 • 9:30am – 5pm • FREE ADMISSION!
Des Moines Public Library (Downtown Campus) • 1000 Grand Ave • Des Moines, IA

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For the first time in Assembly Required’s history, we are pleased to announce that we will be having THREE panel discussions at this year’s event. These moderated panels with our Special Guests will no doubt blow your socks off with Joe knowledge & lore.

Enter your G.I. Joe custom in one of FOUR categories: 3 ¾ figures, 3 ¾ Vehicle/Playset, 12” figure and our NEW Category…Kre-o Diorama! Entries will be limited to two customs per person and each must use at least 50% existing Joe parts. Entries must be submitted prior to 12 p.m. on the day of the event. The winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. Must be present to win.

Young designers & artists will love the coloring table. They’ll be able to create their own backgrounds for a Micro Force Dio. Kids participating in our first ever “Live the Adventure” scavenger hunt are sure to have a blast. Mission details are classified & will be made known at the event!

Vendor Tables will be available for purchase. A limited number are available so please act fast. For more information, email us at Subject: VENDOR

Sign up for our email list and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a whole host of exciting prizes, including an assortment of single carded figures, vehicles and playsets. Grand Prizes include a lot of 20 Retaliation Night Vipers, Dollar General figures, Limited Edition Assembly Required prints, one of a kind art & WHOLE lot more. Keep checking our FB page for more reveals as we get closer to November 16th!

Sign up required for entry. Limit one free ticket per person. Drawing will take place at 6 p.m. You must be present to win.


Ron Wagner – Illustrator

Accomplished Marvel/IDW comic artist/Illustrator Ron Wagner will be signing and sketching at Assembly Required. Ron has been making his living as an artist for more than 20 years. He is a graduate of The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey. He has worked for major coming book companies such as Marvel Comics, D.C. Comics, Dark Horse and Image. He has drawn titles that include Batman, Superman, G.I. Joe, Punisher, Daredevil and The Flash.


Matt Brandenberg – Former Hasbro Prototyping Painter

Matt Brandenberg is a hobbyist and G.I. Joe fan from age 6. From 2009 to 2010 Matt worked in-house at Hasbro Rhode Island in their Rapid Prototyping department as a hand-painter for various products with a special focus on Transformers and G.I. Joe. Matt currently resides in Spirit Lake Iowa where he has worked as a caregiver for mentally ill individuals. He continues to create custom figures, perform in community theater and work on various writing projects.


Joe Declassified (

Joe Declassified brings the hobby to you! Joe Declassified is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to broaden the understanding of the hardcore enthusiast and casual fan of G.I. Joe alike. The staff are archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians of the best danged toy line ever. Joe Delcassified considers every hobbyist a member.

As such, Joe Declassified brings you the best traveling “museum” of G.I.Joe toys. Pre-production material, foreign production releases, and comic and cartoon oddities from every incarnation of Joe is their focus.


Chris “TOPSON” Murray – Joe Intel Contributor & Joe Declassified Staff/Contributor

Chris “TOPSON” Murray is an admin and contributor of, is staff, volunteer, and donor of Joe Declassified and a co-host of the Joe Declassified: Spec-Ops podcast. Chris is a stringently vintage-era G.I. Joe collector and also maintains the reputation of being one of the most revered pre-production collectors and historians in the hobby. Gyre-Viper had this to say about Chris who will be leading the Joe Declassified panel at Assembly Required:
“TOPSON became my mentor overnight. His influence on my collecting has been significant. Why is this important? Because we’re talking about me.”


Gary “Gyre-Viper” Head – Joe Declassified Staff & Goggle Enthusiast

Gary “Goggles” alias “Gyre-Viper” has been described as both archaeologist and curator of GI JOE’s past, present, and future. Gyre-Viper is staff member, volunteer, and donor of Joe Declassified and a regular contributor to sites like and, providing upfront and exclusive reveals, information, and artifacts from over 30 years of GI JOE’s history. In return, he’s earned massive ovations from the hobby’s elite: Sam Damon, owner of Joe Declassified says: “Gyre-Viper is a mentally diminutive roly poly with delusions of grandeur, who thinks that electrical tape on protective eye-wear for swimming is somehow indicative of cutting edge fashion. He’s the toy collector’s Ron Jeremy – willing to do anything for the notoriety, and with half the respect.” The laurels of reverence continue with Kevin Watts who exclaims: “I guess if my personality was permanently tied to a poorly chosen fashion accessory, I would be a jerk to the world, too.” The searing acclaim doesn’t stop there, as the absolute voice of the hobby, Justin Bell of Generals Joes had this to say about Gyre-Viper: “Gary Goggles Head has an irrational hatred of everything G.I. Joe released since 2009, which is ironic because he didn’t even start collecting until 2009.”
This will be Gyre-Viper’s third appearance at Assembly Required. Despite numerous requests by the show runners not to return.

We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s line up & exhibits! We look forward to seeing you there!

Yo Joe!

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