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Gristle (1993)

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1993 saw the continuation of the previous year’s DEF, albeit in a less obvious manner. Each of the second year Joe drug fighters and Cobra criminals were folded into the regular Battle Corps assortment, and given normal accessories in place of the previous Battle Flash weaponry.

Gristle comes to us More >

Snake Eyes (2009)

Snake Eyes (2009 Rescue Mission)

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All black Snake Eyes figures are things of beauty to me. There’s something great about the simplicity of that first figure from 1982, clad in just one cast shade of black plastic. Through the years, there have only been a handful of figures to go this route, one of which I’ve covered here More >

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BTR-Ticles: Sledgehammer

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by Twitziller

The Built to Rule Sledgehammer, available as part of the second series of BTR sets in limited release in 2004, is a new design with a new name.

In its primary mode, the Sledgehammer is a low-slung one-person mini-tank with working treads, an armored body, and a dual missile launcher More >

Atomic Man (2014)

Atomic Man (2014 Kre-O)

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In 2014, the year of GI Joe’s 50th anniversary, what sort of figures are being released to pay tribute to the brand’s 1960s origins? Well, none to speak of. In fact, the only homage toys celebrating the first generation of Joes, outside of a Collectors Club convention exclusive offering, are Kreons More >

Kamakura (2004)

Kamakura (2004)

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Kamakura had quite a bit of exposure during the 2000s relaunch line. In just three years, he had three small figure releases, plus a 12 inch figure. His first version, the dreaded banana headed, Action Attack monstrosity, stands as one of the downright goofiest figures of the era. This one More >

Ultimate Cobra Commander

Field Report: Ultimate Cobra Commander

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by KansasBrawler

Ultimate Cobra Commander is one of the reasons I was glad I just bought the entire Retaliation super wave online. I’m not sure what I would have thought of him the first time I saw him in person. He was a bubble figure. I wound up with a lot of versions of “classic” Cobra Commander More >

Lady Jaye (2014)

Lady Jaye (2014 Kre-O)

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The Kre-O love train just keeps rolling on. In the midst of so much angst about the status of the GI Joe brand, these little guys (and now gals) are tiny bricky bits of happiness. The overt cheeriness of the Lego-esque Joe world is a welcome counterpoint to all the doom, gloom and outright More >

Cesspool (1991)

Cesspool (1991)

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The Eco Warriors sub-set hasn’t generally been regarded as one of the Real American Hero line’s shining moments. Part of the ever increasing trend toward splintering the GI Joe concept into action feature filled offshoots and more socially conscious action toys, the set remained only for one year More >

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BTR-Ticles: Night Prowler

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by Twitziller

The Built to Rule Night Prowler is the first of two micro sets offered in the second series of BTR in 2004. Like other second series sets, the figure is no longer visible through a clear window on the front of the box.

In its primary mode, the Night Prowler is an armed go-kart or More >

PCC2014

50 Years of GI Joe – Panel Audio

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Yesterday, along with fellow Joe fans Brian of Codename: Iowa and Andrew AKA Twitziller, I presented a history of GI Joe panel at Planet Comicon in Kansas City. We also included our thoughts on where GI Joe may be going, as well as a rundown of fan sites and projects. We even had time for a bit of More >

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