GI Joe Folding Tray (1987)
What shapes who we are and what we will become? Too deep a question to solve on a toy blog but maybe this tray holds some of the answers? Hasbro was a master of licensing in the 80s, their licenses festooned things from shampoo bottles to tents and everything in between. Sometimes the quality of art helped these items transcend their utilitarian purposes. For me this tray was an example of this transcendence. Due to the release timeframe of the tray I must have been a teenager when it was released, but I fondly remember eating dinner on one nightly for years. Growing up on the farm meant lots of dinners late at night after chores were done, often in front of the TV.
I remember studying all of the different action taking place in the picture.
Lt. Falcon is front and center and looks card art perfect.
Who are these Vietnam era soldiers? They don’t appear to be standard green shirts.
Is that Quick Kick in the back of the Tomahawk?
I love to see the Flagg off in the distance.
I also liked the inclusion of classics Recondo and the Dragonfly along with the current offerings.
Did my intrinsic interest in art drive a fascination with pieces like this or did they spark that interest? We may never know…