Nov 02

Assembly Required 2014 is coming…

And Joe A Day will be there. If you’re at all able to travel to it–go! The show is a great experience for collectors of all ages. There are also fun activities for kids, which is aces in my book. The guys from Code Name: Iowa also put together some brilliantly designed posters and paperwork …

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Nov 02

Cobra C.L.A.W.S. (2004)

Cobra CLAWS (2004)

The Cobra CLAWS mold was quite well traveled from 2002 to 2004. It seems like whenever a fill-in troop builder or driver was needed, the CLAWS was there to fit the bill. This particular flavor was the driver of the Venom Striker, a crimson-hued redeco/remold of the Joe team’s assualt quad from earlier in the …

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Nov 01

Zombie Initiative Steel Brigade Commander

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by KansasBrawler The way figure sets of any size work, there’s always one weak figure. It doesn’t matter if it’s a figure three pack at retail or a fifteen figure set like the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club does every year for Joe Con, there’s always one figure that, for whatever reason, manages to get the …

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Nov 01

Captivating Cover: Marvel GI Joe #49

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Destro and Dr. Mindbender abscond from a well lit tomb with a mummy who is…alive? Talk about sensationalistic. I guess you gotta do what you gotta do to sell comics. In all seriousness, I love one eye peeking out of the bandages. The audaciousness reminds me of American International horror/sci-fi posters of the 50s-60s, in …

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Oct 30

The 5 Coolest Vintage GI Joe Costumes

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Every year around this time, stores of all types set up their Halloween displays, and one standby within them are costumes. It’s an amazing thing to think about, actually. As time has passed, and  the old five and dime stores gave way to retail chains, the seasonal Halloween section has somehow survived. I find this …

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Oct 29

Return of the Monstro-Vipers!

What better monster to cover on Halloweek than…a mega monster? And a Pay-Doh flinging one at that? It’s the Monstro-Viper!

Oct 28

Crystal Ball’s Revenge!

Crystal Ball (1987)

Some toys are I think unfairly ridiculed. I’ve always been a fan of the underdog and the misfit, and GI Joe has had its share of goofballs and weirdos. I dig them all. I really dig Crystal Ball. As a horror fan, how could I not? He looks straight out of Hollywood’s version of Transylvania. …

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Oct 27

Toxo-Zombie Returns!

Toxo-Zombie

For me, zombies just don’t hold the same sway that the classic monsters command. Guys like Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, the Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon are true personalities. Each has either a compelling backstory, or a driving purpose to them. Zombies work well as nameless horde type of threat, but there’s only …

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Oct 27

Introducing Halloweek 2014

Fall is such an amazing time in my little corner of the world. The leaves are changing into the most amazing shades of reds, yellows, and oranges. There’s that perfect time of the year when the changed leaves just start to fall, and the temperatures get a bit cooler, the sun goes down a little …

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Oct 26

Grunt (1997)

Grunt (1997)

Ever get a new shirt that you really like, and can’t wait to wear it somewhere friends and family can see, and hopefully tell you how much they like it too? If that was Grunt in 1997, he’s probably still waiting for his shirt compliments. He’ll probably be waiting another seventeen years. After his pants …

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