Cobra Officer Prototype

I grabbed this image way back in the 2000s from an eBay auction. If you were into collecting back then, you probably remember the plethora of auctions originating from China. Among these were pre-release offerings of figures that made it to retail, but more interesting were the toys we never saw on shelves. This Cobra Officer image was labeled as

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Battleground Art: Mutt & Junkyard

The GI Joe Battleground mobile app was a treasure trove of character art, and it spanned all the various eras of the Real American Hero series. Case in point is this DTC version of Mutt & Junkyard. While I still think the original release of the figure is one of the greats, I also enjoyed seeing another interpretation in the

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Demon Ranger Cardback

From the land of the the cheapest and craziest of 80s Joe knock-offs comes Demon Ranger! My absolute favorite enemy-centered toyline ever, and a much more inventive series name than Remco’s The Bad Guys. However, the individual character names are where things fall apart. Instead of colorful code names, simply add a plain first name and rank. Voila! My favorite

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Footloose (2005)

By Past Nastification Say, it’s Shipwreck! Wait, that’s not Shipwreck, but only because it has Alpine arms! It’s… Footloose? Yes, it’s Footloose. Despite being a near head-to-toe repaint, not to mention the too-short chest/back, this is a pretty enjoyable figure. Most of the body, even the head, came from an earlier boat driver/SEAL version of Shipwreck. Topping the parts off

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