Jan 19

Enemy Attack Cannon (Geewunner.com)

Enemy Attack Cannon (Geewunner)

The custom toy hobby has always fascinated me, both as a collector and a creator. Over the years, I have delved into super hero customs, Star Wars and of course GI Joe. The customizing community often creates joyful little bundles of fun, producing figures and vehicles that most likely would not be possible via normal …

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Jan 18

GI Joe Survival Beverage (2000)

GI Joe Survival Beverage

What sort of non action figure product did Hasbro license out during the years between the Real American Hero years and the small Joes relaunch? How about horribly sugary and absolutely unhealthy drink snacks? Yeah, thanks for the diabetes, guys. Is this the stuff Outback drinks when he’s out in the wilderness? I’m sorry, he …

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Jan 17

Special Force Units (Lanard CORPS!)

Special Force Units

The multi-pack figure concept has been a huge part of the Lanard CORPS! marketing strategy for most of its history. A cursory search for carded figures often turns up three packs, eight packs and even twenty-four packs. Yep, at one point, you could buy twenty-four CORPS! figures in one fell swoop. Amazing. The line continues …

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Jan 16

25th Anniversary Cutter

25th Anniversary Cutter

by KansasBrawler Figures like Cutter are what really killed me about the 25th Anniversary line. I loved Cutter growing up (though my only version was the really awesome D.E.F. version). The figure I had was great and reading his filecard, I found out he and I shared a birthplace. That was really awesome to my …

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Jan 15

“Gold Head” Steel Brigade

Steel Brigade (Gold Head)

As mail-ins go, the later issue Steel Brigade figure is pretty interesting. The original is by no means a slouch, and by the 90s had been quite a novel approach to offering kids a special figure. Though no parts were chosen by the young fans, the bio and specialties were generated from choices marked on …

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Jan 14

Crimson Guard Officer (2008)

Crimson Guard Officer (2008)

With all the focus on the Crimson Guard as an elite force of Cobra soldiers, it’s a bit surprising that the group didn’t get another official officer figure until this Toys R Us exclusive. Part of the Senior Ranking Officer sets, it’s a flashier repaint of the 25th Anniversary CG mold. The same year saw …

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Jan 13

Captivating Cover: Secret of Starfish Island

The Secret of Starfish Island

Here’s an oddly sedate cover for a coloring book. Lady Jaye, Mainframe and Roadblock staking out what appears to be a Cobra submarine base. Not exactly the bombastic cover of Marvel issue #1, is it? How can you produce an action coloring book and not have one single person on the cover flying at the …

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Jan 12

Action Sailor (1996)

Action Sailor (1996)

In 1996, I was still collecting vintage 60s GI Joes. I had amassed a little assemblage including a boxed original Action Soldier, a loose complete Green Beret, and a partially complete Scramble Pilot. Unfortunately, I would sell my collection within a few years, as college expenses mounted. Bummer. Enter the Masterpiece Edition figures. At a …

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Jan 11

Albert “Alpine” Pine (2014 Kre-O)

Alpine (2014 Kre-O)

I am still impressed that so many characters were possible with the limited number of parts available within the Kre-O universe. From the simplest, like Rock N Roll, to the elaborate like Nemesis Enforcer, the Hasbro team managed to get the most bang for their limited bucks. Alpine was a figure I’d hoped to see …

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Jan 11

Outback (1993)

Outback (1993)

This more subdued color scheme followed up the Battle Corps’ repackaging of a planned (and colorful) Eco Warrior Outback. I don’t recall if either version was difficult to find, as the last two years of the Real American Hero line lingered on shelves in my area. When Outback was revealed as part of last year’s …

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