Posing with two of my favorite cosplaying sisters! Both Gals will be appearing in this new Calender!
For those that have not heard of this fantastic calendar..this Baroness had to share this goodie! It not only celebrates the 50th Anniversary of GI Joe, the money that’s raised goes to help the Wounded Warrior Project!
Learn More At: Girls of The Finest!
Fund Raiser Girls of The Finest 2015 Calendar
Without further ado..an Interview with the Joe Colton Team, centering on this wonderful calendar!
1. Tell me how The Finest chose a Calendar. Why not an action figure or something?
The 50th anniversary of GI Joe is this year, and we wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone. At the time, we had not heard that Hasbro was doing anything special for the anniversary, so some of the members of our costume group, The Finest, came together and started floating ideas around. Since we are a costume group we wanted to showcase our amazing members and create something fun that GI Joe and Cobra fans everywhere could enjoy. We toyed with a lot of different ideas – some good, some bad, and some kind of silly. Then we just talking about what would be ideal for fans and that wouldn’t break people’s wallet, and thus, the idea for the calendar was born! The hardest part was coming up with a name. But we decided on Girls of the Finest!
2. How did you think of connecting to a charity?
We didn’t just want to produce a calendar, but we also wanted to give something back and support a charity directly linked to the spirit and ethos of GI Joe. It was logical that a charity benefiting veterans would be the choice, so the Wounded Warrior Project was selected. It was exciting to show our support for the Real American Heroes that make up the U.S. military and to thank them for their service and all the sacrifices.
3. How will you contribute to the charity?
All the net proceeds earned from this campaign will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Whatever money is left after we pay for the printing and distribution of the calendars and all associated perks will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project with our thanks.
If it’s successful this year, we will do it again, with a new set of female costumers and a new charity.
4. So you will do this again?
I really hope so! There are a lot of great costumers, themes, and ideas that were brought forward for this project, so there are lots of things that can be done for next year!
5. What is your goal?
Our goal is $7,500.
6. Why did you pick the crowd funding tool of Indiegogo and not another one?
Since we knew we would be donating our proceeds to charity, we specifically selected a crowd funding tool that allowed for this in their rules. Not all of them do! Indiegogo met our needs for this project.
7. How were the costumers picked?What costumes will we see? What’s the theme? What is the size of the calendar? Details!
Sure! We are fortunate to have a huge list of Finest members/costumers, and it was decided early on to feature a variety of characters in the calendar; not just “villains” or just “good guys.” We wanted an assortment of Cobra and GI Joe costumers, and we also wanted to represent Finest members from all regions of the country. This year’s calendar will include a female Cobra Commander, Cover Girl, a couple Scarletts, a couple Baronesses, Daina from the Oktober Guard, a Female Viper, Zarana, Zanya, a joint Cobra PR and Recruiter picture, and also a special December photo! The characters will be in classic uniforms complete with filecards! The calendar will measure 8 ½ x 11 in full color.
8. What are the perks?
Donate $5 and receive a thank you shout out on our Facebook, plus an exclusive Girls of the Finest postcard thanking you for your donation.
Donate $10 and receive a thank you shout out, an exclusive Girls of the Finest thank you postcard, plus an exclusive Girls of the Finest collectible trading card.
Donate $20 and receive all above incentives, plus a PDF version of the calendar.
Donate $25 and receive I just mentioned, plus a copy of the printed Girls of the Finest 2015 Calendar.
Donate $50 and receive all above incentives, plus an exclusive Girls of the Finest collectible patch (only 50 available – first come/first served!)
Donate $75 and receive all above incentives plus an exclusive Girls of the Finest t-shirt (only 50 available – first come/first served!)
Donate $100 and receive all above incentives plus you get to contribute to the calendar! That’s right, you get to name your own holiday that will be included on both the PDF and printed versions of the calendar! (Keep it clean!) (50 Available)
Donate $250 and receive all above incentives, plus you will be invited to a private Q & A chat with the creators of the calendar and select calendar models (subject to time and availability) (5 Available)
Recently, the costumers donated some *very* special unique perks!
* Zarana’s sunglasses!
* PR’s armband!
* Scarlett’s crossbow! (SOLD)
* The Baroness’s boots!
These perks are the actual items seen in all the photos that have been posted. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
9. Who will you be portraying in the calendar?
I will be portraying Daina from Oktober Guard. I costume a lot as popular female characters from comics and shows, but I really enjoy portraying strong characters who don’t get all the attention! Daina was perfect. She is tough as nails and mysterious. I first put together the Daina costume for the 2012 GI Joe Convention in New Orleans. The theme of that show and all the convention exclusives that year were based on the Oktober Guard, and it was a blast to assemble that costume since it required so much old Soviet/Eastern Bloc surplus equipment. When I ordered a lot of the old gear, some of it showed up caked with mud and smelling awful!
For all I know, half of it had actually gone to Afghanistan in the 1980s when the Soviets invaded.
It’s a given that almost any GI Joe costume will rely on military surplus, but putting together a 1980s-era Soviet costume was really an awesome project to take on!
10. Did everyone get their pictures done for the calendar?
Yes! Most of the girls hired photographers and had their shots done specifically for the calendar, so there will be plenty of “never before seen” pictures!
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Fund Raiser Girls of The Finest 2015 Calendar