• Micro Force Grunt

    By Past Nastification “Deformed” toys typically hold little appeal for me. Star Wars Galactic Buddies, or whatever they’re called… The cutesy Marvel figures with oversized eyes… Anything ever made by

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  • Gung Ho (2001)

    Okay, GH needs to get some sun. Milky and somewhat translucent, the odd skin color was symptomatic of the RAH collections years’ Caucasian figures. Some folks prefer the vintage plastic

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  • Clutch (1983)

    Clutch was my favorite character in the early Marvel comics issues. Rather than a cookie cutter personality, he was a colorful and opinionated (to put it mildly) presence among his

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  • Vehicles in 1987 Dealer Catalog

    The hits just kept on coming in 1987. If the figures that year veered further into pulpy and weird directions (particularly on the Cobra side) the vehicles followed suit. That’s

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  • Static Line (Project: Downfall)

    By KansasBrawler Sometimes a figure in a con set really surprises you. With the Zombie Initiative set, I wasn’t expecting to be as impressed as I was with T’jbang. With

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  • General (Red Lasers Army)

    Hawk is one of those first series 1980s figures that I hoped would get a revisit in his original garb. The 2000s comic packs gave us the (then Colonel ranked)

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  • The Power of Packaging: 1986 Sci-Fi

    Sci-Fi was a worthy update to Flash, although I still have a soft spot for the original laser rifle trooper. I had no problem with the character’s bright uniform, and

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  • McDonalds Dr. Mindbender

    By Past Nastification Throughout the 1980’s heyday of the A Real American Hero line GI Joe never made any appearances as McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. Like Charlie Brown energetically dislodging

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  • Skydive (Project: Downfall)

    By KansasBrawler The only other member of Sky Patrol I was familiar with as a kid was Skydive. He was part of KansasBrother’s collection so he’d show up in joint

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  • In The Cards: Greenshirt Commando

    Hailing from the GI Joe trading card game, the Greenshirt Commando presents a modern take on a concept as old as the original animated mini-series, the generic trooper. While the

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  • Cross-Sell Corner: Peter Pan Book & Record

    Joe puts the hard sell on parents! Other book and record sets available are shown on the back of the booklet itself, and Joe helpfully points out how beneficial they

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  • Spider-Man Issue 268 Featuring…Duke?

    When the Marvel Comics iteration of the GI Joe comic was going on, a few references to the Marvel Universe made it into the series. But do you remember what

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  • Captivating Cover: Order of Battle Issue 2

    The Order of Battle series’ most famous addition to GI Joe lore is perhaps the short-lived addition of Rocky Balboa to the team. The very next issue retracted the character,

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  • Proto-Renegades from 1987 Dealer Catalog

    Many of the figures pictured in dealer catalogs are early mock-ups or prototypes. Case in point today are the Renegades from 1987. Whether it’s the hand painted or rough head

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  • Cross-Sell Corner: 1988 Vehicle Packs

    You may have noticed that the last week has featured more than the usual amount of non-figure reviews from me. That's due entirely to the Great JAD HQ Flood of

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  • Cobra FANG II in International Catalog

    From the 1991 international catalog comes this beautiful shot of the FANG II. This vehicle is one of the more under-rated of Cobra’s air forces. Maybe I’m partial to it

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  • Commodore 64 GI Joe

    Honestly, this one escaped my notice until recently. As a kid, I paid some attention to the video games released to computer setups that I could never afford, but I

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  • Duke Hustles Marvel Comics in 1985

    Hey kids! Duke says you can subscribe to Marvel comics at last year's prices! Sweet, now I can renew my Rom sub! Comic house ads are always interesting to check

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  • Night Vultures (Project: Downfall)

    By KansasBrawler I don’t have any childhood memories of Night Vulture. Truthfully, I don’t recall seeing any of the Air Commandos figures on the pegs when I was a kid.

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  • Gun Station (2003)

    By Past Nastification This playset/weapon is another of the New Sculpt era’s overlooked quality items. Released as a “Gun Station”, despite its lack of any guns, it came with Big

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