• Leatherneck (50th Anniversary)

    By KansasBrawler Of all the Joes that never got a proper update during the 25th Anniversary, I think I was most disappointed about Leatherneck. Yes, he got released with a

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    Mega-Vipers (1993)

    Is there anything more beautiful than an unabashedly crazy toy? I think not. It’s hard to fathom that this figure originated from the same toy line as 1983 Stalker, but

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  • Dino Hunters Ambush (1993)

    I just can’t decide which Dino Hunter figure is cooler–Low-Light or Ambush. I have an automatic preference for Low-Light, since he’s a childhood favorite character, and Ambush wasn’t released until

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  • Tiger Claw (2005)

    By Past Nastification There are figures that I like which defy my own guidelines. For example, I largely dislike ninja figures, but yet I find the Shadow Ninja figures fun.

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  • Mutt & Junkyard (1993 Battle Corps)

    There isn’t enough Mutt & Junkyard in our lives. Consider that he only had two distinct molds during the Real American Hero era, one release in the new sculpt period,

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  • Dee-Jay (Force of Battle 2000)

    By KansasBrawler Every team needs a communications expert and considering Battle Force 2000 was the Joe’s experimental weapons team, it made sense that they get their own communications expert so

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  • Low-Light (1993)

    I am not ashamed to say that I love the Dino Hunters. I’m not taking about an ironic or hipster love, but a straightforward nerdy adult who collects toys love.

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  • Talking Hall of Fame Duke in 1993 Hasbro Dealer Catalog

    The Hall of Fame talking Duke was pretty impressive for its day. Although sound chip toys were all over during the 90s, most didn’t offer the kind of randomization feature

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  • Blockbuster Blueprints

    By the end of the Real American Hero era, the blueprint concept had become an afterthought. Rather than being printed on the back of the instruction sheet as a dedicated

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  • General Hawk (1993)

    General Hawk returned to the pegs in 1991, and his look was one of the most significant departures from established lore. After all, he was first an artillery colonel, then

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  • Lift-Ticket (2013)

    Lift-Ticket made his way into the modern era along with the amazing Eaglehawk helicopter, part of the Retaliation toy line. Of course, neither the vehicle or driver appeared in the

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  • Corrosion (Force of Battle 2000)

    By KansasBrawler For me to like an international figure, it has to be a pretty big departure from its American counterpart. That’s why I’ve always been interested in Python Patrol

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  • Sky Patrol in 1991 International Catalog

    The 1991 international catalog is a great source of the kind of diorama setups that the US pack-in catalogs had moved away from. There’s something compelling about these toys in

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  • Coloring Time: Snake Eyes’ Judo Moves

    Snake Eyes gives old Storm Shadow the judo what-for in today’s coloring page. I like the clear view of Snakes’ wrist arrow-thingie. Unfortunate that we didn’t see him use it

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  • The Power of Packaging: 1987 Sneak Peek

    The Real American Hero series’ package art style gave equal weight to both the ridiculous and sublime. Sneak Peek has never been one of my favorite figures, but his card

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  • BAT Rocket Pack (Force of Battle 2000)

    By KansasBrawler I’m already on record here with my love of the old Cobra Rocket Pack and my love of B.A.T.s. For a souvenir set this year, the GIJCC decided

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  • Python Patrol at Toys R Us

    Sorry to make everyone sad, but here’s a classic TRU ad.

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  • Destro (2008)

    Are you an original Destro fan or Iron Grenadiers Destro fan? I find there are elements of both that I enjoy, be it action figure or comic portrayal. The 25th

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  • Havoc Chopper (Lanard CORPS)

    If there’s one thing Lanard packs into its vehicles, play value is it. I can’t think of any other budget toy maker that gives kids as much bang for their

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  • Quest Rover

    By Past Nastification GI Joe was dead, at least in 1:18th scale, in 1996. Like many of us now in our mid 40’s, even if 1:18 GI Joe wasn’t dead

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