Over the years, we’ve not covered one of the most integral elements of the 1980s Joe toys: blueprints. These little extras, printed on the reverse side of vehicle/playset instructions were yet another tool in Hasbro’s world-building arsenal. If a kid were so inclined they could pore over the more technical aspects of their new plaything. Another brilliant low-cost marketing feature that made the line so unique and interesting.
Even a mail-in like the MANTA got the treatment. Such things made the Joe toys seem much less disposable than others of their time. I certainly took good care of my collection, even the paper instructions.