Mar 17

Short Fuze (1982)

Short-Fuze (1982)

As a kid, I had only Flash (my first Joe figure) and Snake Eyes in the straight arm format. Both figures were well loved by little me. Flash’s right thumb breaking off (a side effect of putting his laser rifle in his hand a lot). Snake Eyes often accompanied me on trips to visit relatives …

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Mar 16

Cobra Commander (2012 Retaliation HISS Driver)

Cobra Commander (2012 HISS Driver)

That’s a mouthful, huh? I wanted to be able to differentiate from the other Cobra Commander figures released as part of the Retaliation line. I was actually surprised to see the Commander as a driver figure. It’s kind of an oddity, considering that named command level Cobras have usually been paired with smaller vehicles, like …

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Mar 15

Goodbye Flag Points, Hello Toy Department

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I’ve been fortunate enough for the past two years to be a regular part of the Flag Points podcast. Unfortunately, it came to an end last week with the release of Episode 45 Part 2. It was an epic, fun and positive end to a podcast that was a great experience for me. I appreciate …

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Mar 14

Planet Comicon 2015: Life-Size GI Joe Bivouac

For the past few years, I’ve covered Kansas City’s Planet Comicon, and the appearances there of the GI Joe costuming club The Finest. Each year they’ve featured characters such as Flash, Major Bludd, Flint and Lady Jaye. This year, they’ve added a new element: a life-size playset. The Bivouac battle station has been recreated down …

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Mar 13

Crazylegs (Pursuit of Cobra)

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By KansasBrawler Ah, phantom waves…the bane of every collector’s existence. It always seems like some really good stuff gets shunted off into final, hard-to-find waves of toy lines. Be it the WarriorsThree from Thor, Kwinn and company from Retaliation or the great figures in the last wave of Pursuit of Cobra, it’s always maddening when …

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Mar 12

The Power of Packaging: Talking Adventure Team Commander

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There just aren’t enough shouting bearded men on kids’ toys these days. What the hell, toy companies? In all seriousness, there just aren’t enough painted packages any more. I liken it to the almost lost art of the movie poster, in which photographs and photorealistic renderings have taken the place of evocative and stylized art. …

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Mar 11

Terron (1978)

Terron (1978)

It’s Terron–the Beast from Beyond! If the GI Joe brand lacked one element during its first generation of toys, it was an enemy. Sure, the concept of the original military line was meant to be open-ended–that’s what GI Joe himself was. But the nature of boys’ play almost always involves an antagonist. I see this …

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Mar 10

Attack Glider (Geewunner.com)

Attack Glider (Geewunner.com)

Of all the GI Joe toys I had as a kid, the Falcon glider was at once one of the most fun and frustrating. Made of foam, not the most robust of construction materials, the Joes’ glider didn’t last through many adventures. Within days of its purchase, I had made some hasty (and not quite …

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Mar 09

Armadillo (1989)

Armadillo (1989)

Sometimes collectors bellyache when toy makers remold and repaint figures and vehicles. The situation is understandable, from both sides of the equation. The toy manufacturer is, after all, in business to turn a profit. This often results in cost cutting measures to ensure the most bang for their buck. Collectors sometimes get frustrated when an …

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Mar 08

1994 Toy Fair Catalog: Star Brigade

1994 Toy Fair Star Brigade

Just an image tonight. Let the spacey goodness wash over you.

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