Rob Buzan

Author's details

Date registered: December 4, 2011
URL: http://www.joeaday.com

Latest posts

  1. Kre-O Tactical Battle Platform — March 27, 2015
  2. Custom Arctic Adventurer — March 26, 2015
  3. 1982 JC Penney Christmas Catalog: GI Joe — March 25, 2015
  4. Ordnance Carrier (Geewunner.com) — March 24, 2015
  5. Animal Patrol John Eagle (Lanard CORPS!) — March 23, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Baby Jaye (2013) — 36 comments
  2. Stalker (1983) — 23 comments
  3. Metal-Head (1990) — 23 comments
  4. Duke (1992) — 23 comments
  5. Data Viper (2013) — 23 comments

Author's posts listings

Mar 27

Kre-O Tactical Battle Platform

Kre-O Tactical Battle Platform

By KansasBrawler Growing up, I never really had that strong of an attachment to the playsets. I loved Joe vehicles, but the Joe playsets were just a little too big to pick up and play, and that’s what I preferred. My brother and I had joint custody of the 1991 Joe Headquarters, but that was …

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Mar 26

Custom Arctic Adventurer

Custom Arctic Adventurer

Customs have been a fascination of mine within toy collecting for some time. The first time I can remember customizing a toy myself was back in the 80s, when I asked my mother to make a set of arctic clothes for my ’82 Snake Eyes and ’83 Stalker. I had been so smitten with issue …

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Mar 25

1982 JC Penney Christmas Catalog: GI Joe

1982-JCPenneyJoes

Here’s the first offering of the Real American Hero line in the JC Penney Christmas Catalog. I find these catalog shots fascinating for several reasons: the often missing or incorrectly assembled vehicles, custom made diorama elements, and non-Hasbro accessories. This setup looks quite hastily assembled in comparison to later gorgeous displays featured in 1983 and …

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Mar 24

Ordnance Carrier (Geewunner.com)

Ordnance Carrier (Geewunner.com)

One of the most unique aspects of the GI Joe series since its inception in the 1960s has been its attention to minute detail and mundane accessories. Sure, every fighting soldier needs a uniform, helmet and weaponry, but they also require the necessities of food, shelter and supplies. From items like canteens and mess kits …

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Mar 23

Animal Patrol John Eagle (Lanard CORPS!)

Animal Patrol John Eagle (Lanard CORPS!)

Hasbro’s 80s and 90s GI Joes were no strangers to animal companionship. Wait, that didn’t sound appropriate. I meant animal partners. Okay, not good either. Animal sidekicks. That’s better, I think. From Freedom to Lamont, the small Joes have had a great history of being paired with members of the animal kingdom. I wonder how …

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Mar 22

Dee-Jay (1993)

Dee-Jay (1993)

Poor Dee-Jay, stuck as an extra member of the less than popular Battle Force 2000. To further add to his misery, the guy debuted and died in the same comic issue. And don’t get me started about his funky boots. Possibly the explanation for his boots lies in BF2K’s mission as a testing ground for …

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Mar 21

Shuttle Crew Command Ring

Shuttle Command Ring

Now I can finally be an official pilot for that shuttle I picked up at the flea market! Thankfully, this thing kinda fits my pinky finger. Now my Sgt. Slaughter figure won’t berate me every time I try to fly the Crusader around  my living room. I feel like a kid who got a cool …

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Mar 20

Jungle Assault Recondo

Jungle Assult Recondo (Pursuit of Cobra)

By KansasBrawler I’ve never had any special affinity for Recondo. I never had him growing up so I don’t have any real memories of him and by the time Pursuit of Cobra Recondo came out, I’d only had the Assault on Cobra Island Recondo for a short time and he really hadn’t made an impression …

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Mar 19

Action Man Kick Boxer (1996)

Action Man Kick Boxer (1996)

Action Man in the 90s became a catch-all character, working in both the spy arena as well as sports themes. I suppose that shouldn’t be too surprising, as the UK’s cousin to GI Joe also delved into sports with a footballer and cricketer. In the 90s, sports were all about extremes, and this figure showcases …

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Mar 18

Captivating Cover: Marvel Comics GI Joe Issue 53

What could be a better 80s comics nostalgia blast than a GI Joe comic cover released as part of Marvel’s 25th Anniversary back in 1986? The special portrait covers still stand as some of my favorite Marvel covers, and even the Joe comic got in on the act. Judging by the illustration style, I think …

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