Feb 10

Road Bullet (1995)

Road Bullet (1995)

Extreme times call for extreme firepower, and extreme times also call for extreme motorcycles. Hell, extreme times call for extreme everything. While GI Joe Extreme left a lot to be desired with regards to figures, especially when compared to the Real American Hero series, I found the vehicles to be quite fun and refreshingly different. …

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Feb 09

Ice Viper (2014)

Ice Viper (2014)

Man, was my first impression of this figure ever wrong. I initially covered it quickly as part of a video review of the Battle Below Zero pack, and didn’t really put much thought into it at the time. I really regret that, as upon closer inspection, it’s a pretty amazing figure. For a modern driver …

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Feb 08

The Doc (Z Force Medic)

Z-Force Medic

Every military force needs a field medic, and Action Force was no different. I find the early Action Force figures fascinating not only for the quality of their sculpts, but also for their resemblance to real world military uniforms and equipment. While Hasbro’s 80s GI Joes were positioned 10 minutes into the future, much of …

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Feb 07

Red Ninja Viper (2004)

Red Ninja Viper (2004)

Is there a more iconic GI Joe ninja figure than the original 1984 Storm Shadow? For me, the first one remains the favorite, for nostalgic reasons, as well as the perfect simplicity of the mold. The Red Ninja Viper, part of the Ninja Cobra Strike Team (that’s not a typo, by the way) was released …

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Feb 06

Serpent Armor and Viper Commando

Serpent Armor

by KansasBrawler I have to say, with the wide variety of store exclusives in the Rise of Cobra line, it’s really hard for me to pin down a favorite one. While I still can’t quite do that, I can say that I think Target probably got the best ones. The mini-vehicle and figure sets were …

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Feb 05

Captivating Cover: Cold Hard Cash

Big Money Destro

Admit it, folks–this is how you’ve always wanted to see Destro: standing in a huge pile of cash. The only thing missing here is the Pimp Daddy suit. What a joy. This Scholastic storybook tells that tale of Destro’s theft of the US Government’s new $100 printing plate. What will happen now that Destro is …

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Feb 04

Hulkbuster Squad Soldier (2008)

Hulkbuster

Not Iron Man’s huge armor from the new Avengers film, it’s part of a two-pack of figures released during the last Hulk film. Hulkbuster had a totally different context back then, as they’re a squad of soldiers, led by Emil Blonsky, who later became the Abomination. According to the package, the group is made up …

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Feb 03

Dr. X (1995)

Dr. X (1995)

Would-be world conquerors are an interesting lot. Imagine the amount of work that must go into building a worldwide evil organization, funding a crazy scientist (if you’re not also one yourself) to invent a world destroying device or two (always have a backup disaster) and hire and train enough thugs, mercenaries and miscreants to do …

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Feb 02

Iron Grenadier (2003)

Iron Grenadier (2003)

One of the more imposing Cobra figures released during the relaunched small Joe era, the revamped Iron Grenadier was an instant favorite with me. I didn’t have any attachment to the 80s version, as it was available first during the time I had dropped out of toy collecting. Maybe that’s the reason I accepted this …

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Feb 01

Free “Fridge” Action Figure!

Free Fridge Ad

If you need any further proof that GI Joe was a big deal back in the 80s, check out this fantastic ad for the 1986 tie-in mail-in figure, the Fridge. I wonder what would happen if I called that 900 number? Maybe the Fridge would answer, and I could ask him if Mike Singletary really …

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