1992 Trace Plates Toy Fair Catalog Spread
I remember first seeing trace plates from ads for the Mighty Men and Monster Maker kit. The commercial (see it here) was burned in my brain. This GI Joe set, released in the 90s, and based on many of the DIC era figures, is along similar lines, although you build two parts of a scene rather than new characters. Now as GI Joe stuff goes, it’s cool, but this is also the sort of gift you might have gotten from a relative who:
a. Didn’t really “get” what you meant by wanting GI Joes. Almost everybody had a clueless auntie out there.
b. Wanted to play it safe and avoid getting you a figure or vehicle you already had. Understandable, and respectable.
c. Was one of those “we want you to have something useful” types. Ugh.