Jan 08

Action Man Scuba Diver (1993)

Action Man Scuba Diver (1993)

Although I was a collector and fan of the Hall of Fame GI Joes in the 90s, I wasn’t blind to the limitations and issues with the figures. The bodies weren’t nearly as well articulated as their predecessors. Rather than ball joints and multi pivot points, the HoF figures incorporated the sort of bend and …

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Jan 07

Escape From Doom!

Escape From Doom!

This promotional catalog from 1990 features the Micro figures and vehicles prominently on its cover. This is one of the most interesting diorama shots from the various GI Joe catalogs, not only because of its atmosphere, but also its scale. Those are some tiny figures, vehicles and buildings. An interesting take on the usual “small” …

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Jan 06

Destro (2011 City Strike)

City Strike Destro (2011)

City Strike Destro, more popularly known as Money Bags Destro, was an absolute bear to find. It marks the only modern figure for which I’ve paid a premium price. It hurt a bit (mainly because I’m a bit thrifty when it comes toy purchases) but I’m glad I picked up the figure. He’s a great …

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Jan 05

Red Dog (1987)

Red Dog (1987)

No, it’s not the Miller offshoot beer from the 90s, it’s the former American football placekicker cum Slaughter’s Renegade member. As a kid, I admit that I didn’t really get the Renegades. They just seemed to me like some oddly attired group that didn’t really fit into the existing Joe group. I suppose that was …

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Jan 04

Duke (2008)

Duke (2008)

Sometimes as a collector of large, long lived toy lines, you get burned by the repetition of main characters. Often, it doesn’t hurt so bad to buy multiple versions of one person. For instance, the vintage Star Wars line, for all its representations of Luke, Han and Leia, the big three were wearing outfits significantly …

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Jan 03

Joe A Day Activity Time: Connect the Dots!

Connect-the-Dots

Today’s visit to the world of activity and coloring books is inspired by KansasBrawler’s recent run of the latest convention exclusive Eco Warriors themed figures. It’s a connect the dots activity that reveals one of the Real American Hero line’s final playsets. And boy, it was a doozy. Not in terms of size or complexity, …

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Jan 02

Zombie Initiative Repulsor

Repulsor (2014)

by KansasBrawler Going into Joe Con this year, Repulsor was a pretty big surprise to some (like me) and a disappointment to others. I was extremely intrigued by the concept of a new named Cobra (and one that had an animal to boot) and though I was at first a little let down by the …

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Jan 01

Storm Shadow (2000)

Storm Shadow (2000)

There’s something interesting about this starkly decorated Storm Shadow. Part of the short-lived o-ring rebirth at the beginning of the millennium, he was packaged with his sword brother, Snake Eyes. While Stormy was outfitted in all-white, Snakes had emblazoned his unit’s logo on his pant leg. So much for stealth on both accounts. It’s ironic …

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Dec 31

50 Favorites from 50 Years of GI Joe: Day 4

08 VAMP

It’s the final part of our year-end look back at 50 years of GI Joe, and we’re up to what collector types have dubbed the modern era. What happens ten years from now? Will it be the post-modern era? I don’t even want to think about it. Anyway, since the beginning of the Real American …

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Dec 30

50 Favorites from 50 Years of GI Joe: Day 3

SONY DSC

Although the Real American Hero line wrapped up in 1994, GI Joe wouldn’t stay down for long. With two attempted relaunches in the form of Sgt. Savage and Extreme, the brand branched out beyond what had come before. Though both of the attempted refreshes were unsuccessful, Joe marched on with more large scale figures, and …

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