Oct 09

Spearhead and Max (Funskool)

Spearhead and Max (Funskool)

As Funskool figures go, Spearhead and Max don’t fare too badly. There’s no oddly recolored or replaced weapon/accessory complement, and Spearhead wasn’t given a garish uniform variation. I originally picked this figure up thinking that his helmet would make for a useable replacement for my missing Night Force version. Not quite. I was surprised however …

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Oct 08

Carl “Doc” Greer (2014)

Doc (Kre-O)

Hasbro’s Kre-O has become more than a bit of an obsession for me since its GI Joe figures made their debut last year. When Collection 1 hit, I hadn’t intended to pick up more than a few choice figures that had sparked my interest. Once I bought a few blind bags and the Checkpoint Alpha …

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Oct 07

Serpentor (2008)

Serpentor (2008)

Included in the same DVD Battle Pack that also contained the oft-requested Sunbow version of Motezuma’s Skeleton, Serpentor is at least interesting. The third modern construction style version of Cobra’s Emperor, he bears somewhat more of a resemblance to his old self than the previous two versions. The result is a bit of recombinant plastic …

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Oct 06

ICYMI: Lady Jaye (2009)

I feel bad whenever I have to simply reblog something. Usually, it’s due to just running out of time in the day. (I do have a life, folks). However, I also think that throwing back to a past entry might put a figure back in front of some eyeballs that hadn’t caught it the first …

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Oct 05

Skyduster (2008)

Skyduster (2008)

What’s in a name? With the GI Joe brand since the Real American Hero era’s end, it seems at times a mire of copyright and/or trademark clearances. Mainstay characters like Hawk, Stalker and Scarlett have all been subject to moniker juggling. Heck, even lesser knowns like Starduster have had their code names go incognito and …

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Oct 04

Captivating Cover: Everglades Swamp Terror

Everglades Swamp Terror

Have the Joes ever fought in the actual Everglades before? I know there’s been swamp land in both cartoon and comic stories, but were they set in Florida? I don’t know, but the Water Mocassin seems the perfect Cobra ride for swamp-based misadventures. The only thing missing is Zartan. Maybe he’s in the boat. The …

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Oct 03

Strato-Viper (25th Anniversary)

Strato-Viper (25th)

Hasbro mail-aways were kind of a funny thing. Neither my brother nor I had the Night Raven, yet thanks to Hasbro’s mail-in offers, I have fond memories of the Strato-Viper from my brother’s collection. He saw a lot of use in my brother’s Cobra air force, manning the second seat of the Hurricane just about …

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Oct 02

Snake Eyes (2007)

Snake Eyes (2007)

Snake Eyes’ second figure design is one that seems to be high on collectors’ wish lists for remakes each time a new iteration of GI Joe toys appear. I can’t blame folks for wanting it, as the 1985 toy has been one of the most iconic looks for the brand’s most popular character. New portrayals, …

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Oct 01

Major Bludd (2008)

Major Bludd (2008)

So, Major Bludd, did they ever get him exactly right in terms of his original toy appearance? I think the Extreme Conditions Desert set came the closest. This one is meant to resemble his portrayal in the Sunbow animated series. The mold still retains too many bits of Zartan to look exactly like the Major’s …

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Sep 30

We interrupt this blog for baseball

Hey, when your hometown ball team is in a playoff game for the first time since version 2 Snake Eyes was on the  pegs, you deserve to take time off to watch the game. New post will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s Hardball. By the way–Go Royals!

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