• Planet Comicon 2018

    Local con time came a bit earlier this year, and JAD was there to cover it again. The Joe toy presence at this year’s Planet Comicon was very light among

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  • Crimson Guard (2008)

    The Desert Assault Squad set was an interesting mix of known and new Cobra troopers. Along with Frankensteined figures, the pack also included two straight remolds of the 25th anniversary

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  • 25th Anniversary Zap

    By KansasBrawler Zap is another figure I have a weirdly complicated relationship with. I wasn’t old enough for the original Zap figure to have been on my radar. The first

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  • Venom Cycle Cobra Viper (2003)

    Who hasn’t wished for an army of Vipers at some point? I know I have. While I’d love to build up masses of the 1986 version, I just wasn’t in

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  • Cobra Officer (2004 Comic Pack)

    As hit or miss as the comic packs were, I sure do miss them. Actually, I miss o-ring GI Joes at retail in general, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

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  • Action Force Datafile: SAS Trooper

    Battle Action Force featured datafile entries in addition to the main series story. These pin-up style pages gave extra details about the various characters, forces and vehicles in the Action

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  • Chuckles (25th Anniversary)

    By KansasBrawler Over the years, I’ve become increasingly of two minds about the figures in the Cobra Island sets. The Joes especially haven’t held up well over the years. I

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  • The Power of Packaging: 1985 Bazooka

    1980s GI Joe often gets the brunt of jokes about wacky uniforms. If I had a nickel for every time a (usually online) media outlet writer made an overly precious

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  • Gunners (Outfight Gold)

    Released by Chinese minifigure maker Dargo, the series with the supremely odd title Outfight Gold offers military styled figures in an all-gold color scheme. When I first saw a picture

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  • Serpentor Unofficial Minifigure

    The hits keep on coming with the recent spate of unofficial GI Joe-based minifigures. I’ve been smitten with the entire assortment, and am hopeful we’ll see more. Who knows with

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  • Ralph “Steeler” Pulaski (2008)

    I could say that time has not been kind to some of the 25th anniversary figures, but plenty of these guys looked pretty darned goofy when they first hit the

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  • The Power of Packaging: Cobra Pogo Ballistic Battle Ball

    I will arm wrestle anyone who impugns the quiet dignity of the Cobra Pogo Ballistic Battle Ball. Like the finest art, the Pogo and its package presentation bring the inherent

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  • Kre-O Water Moccasin

    By KansasBrawler I don’t know why, but until recently, I’ve never been that big on Joe boats. I remember loving the Tiger Fish as a kid, but I really don’t

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  • Desert Viper

    By Past Nastification This figure is in my collection, but I have no recollection of it. I discovered it the other day and it triggered absolutely no memories. Hasbro pumped

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  • The Power of Packaging: FSS Iron Klaw

    I’ve only partaken of a single FSS product thus far. While I’d love to dive in to the offerings, finances have prevented me from doing so. I managed to find

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  • Alley Viper (2002)

    The original Alley Viper figure was an unknown to me until I came back to collecting in the early 90s. The concept instantly hooked me, and the color scheme and

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  • Pathfinder

    By KansasBrawler Part of what I loved about the Joe line as a kid was the wide range of specialties that characters had. Sure, there was some overlap between guys

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  • The Power of Packaging: 1985 Quick Kick

    Quick Kick gets some grief for his look, particularly when folks take his specialty out of context, or more often, when discussing his first appearance in the Sunbow cartoon. What

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  • Xamot (2005)

    If there’s been one (make that two) figures Joe ‘toon and comic fans have yearned for over the years, it’s Tomax and Xamot in their Extensive Enterprises business suits. I

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  • Cobra Viper (2006)

    The Viper has a storied history of releases during the new sculpt era. One would think such an iconic Cobra trooper would have been a slam-dunk success, a license to

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