1983 GI Joe Product Catalog – Part 4
The next section in the landmark ’83 catalog is all about battlefield equipment and vehicles. The Joe and Cobra teams’ arsenals expanded in their second year, and the battefield equipment assortment was the first to be spotlighted. The ingenious weapons accessory pack made its first appearance, and though the weapons were recolored, I still got a lot of use out of them. The bigger innovation to me were the battle stands. Now the figures could have a much easier time when trying to stand up on a living room carpet battlefield or a mountain made of a bedroom comforter. The PAC/RATs and Cobra SNAKE armor are in the same photo, and continue the first year’s commitment to providing fun accesories even at small price points.
The class of 1982 GI Joe artillery is joined by the new Whirlwind twin battle gun. This shot of all four artillery pieces is particularly interesting, as it showcases the early weapons together, in all their military green glory. And sorry kids, but none of them made sounds or fired missiles. You just have to imagine that on your own.
Finally, it’s on to the vehicles. For many of us, these were the meat to the action figures’ potatoes. In the armor photo, we see the Wolverine for the first time, along with Cobra’s new HISS tank. Both included new driver figures, but like the detail shots of the HQ, you had to buy the toy itself to get a good look at the full figures.
The last section is a look at the fast attack vehicles, with three mainstays and a couple of new additions. First up, the JUMP shows a brand new repainted version of Grand Slam. This one was an instant favorite with me, as I found there was something very alluring about the look of the silver pads. Maybe it was the sci-fi angle causing the hibernating Star Wars kid in me to come back to the surface. Yet another magical patch of snow appears in this panel, and at a perfect time to showcase the Polar Battle Bear. Like Snow Job, this vehicle was a huge hit with me, particularly during winter. I used to load it up with Joes, regardless of their readyness for the cold weather.
There’s one more piece of the catalog to cover, and it features aircraft, including one of the greatest of all the Real American Hero vehicles. Come back tomorrow for the final fold out, as our visit to the rocky terrain and blue skies of the 1983 catalog comes to a close.