Kindle Worlds stories provide the newest member of the G.I. Joe team

G.I. JOE fans made their voices heard this last week, voting for their favorite new character to join the 2016 G.I. JOE toy lineup. Four characters (Adventure Team Marcus, Cobra Blackjack, Cobra Whisper and Stiletto) were selected from the 90+ original G.I. JOE stories available at Kindle Worlds and the fans spent a week discussing, campaigning, and ultimately voting for their favorite. The one-week voting campaign garnered thousands of individual votes and stimulated some meaningful online conversation. Our thanks go out to the G.I. JOE community, to Amazon.com and their amazing Kindle Worlds program, and especially to the four authors whose unique characters sparked such impressive feedback. If you haven’t had a chance yet, follow the links below to learn more about the four finalists:

Adventure Team Marcus, from Jim Beard’s “G.I. JOE Adventure Team – Mystery of the Sunken Tomb”

http://www.amazon.com/G-I-JOE-Adventure-MYSTERY-Novella-ebook/dp/B00U9S7QQE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text

Cobra Blackjack, from Troy Osgood’s “G.I. JOE: Brainstorm”

http://www.amazon.com/G-I-JOE-Brainstorm-Kindle-Worlds-ebook/dp/B00UTZXENQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text

Cobra Whisper, from Justin Bell’s “The Price of Peace: Snake Bite”

http://www.amazon.com/G-I-JOE-PRICE-Kindle-Worlds-ebook/dp/B00K3ST2OO/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text

Stiletto, from Bill Nedrow’s “G.I. JOE: Body Count”

http://www.amazon.com/G-I-JOE-Count-Kindle-Worlds-ebook/dp/B01188JOOA/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text

Every character received notable support, but the winner is Stiletto, from Bill Nedrow’s third Kindle Worlds novel – G.I. JOE: Body Count. The opportunity to write a character into G.I. JOE lore meant a lot to Bill, “It’s incredibly gratifying to know that I’ve made a small contribution to such a storied and beloved franchise. As I encouraged people to vote for Stiletto, I struggled to articulate how important this opportunity was for me. I hope that the G.I. JOE community will understand the excitement I’m feeling at knowing that my character will hold a place in their collections.”

The design and development team at Hasbro is already working on Stiletto’s debut figure, which will arrive as part of the 2016 G.I. JOE toy lineup. Thanks again to Jim Beard, Justin Bell, Bill Nedrow, Troy Osgood and all the amazing authors who have contributed G.I. JOE stories to Kindle Worlds.