Sep 25

Baroness (2008)

Baroness

I was so jazzed when the 25th Anniversary series started to break into cartoon and comic subjects. I had longed for Sunbow specific character designs and exclusive ‘toon personalities since the 80s. When I picked up the wave that contained this Baroness, my excitement quickly subsided. It was simply the Cobra five pack body repainted …

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Sep 24

Laser Defense Patrol Power Cycle

Laser Defense Patrol

If there’s one question I’ve gotten zero times in relation to this blog, it’s “Rob, when are you gonna cover some of the licensed GI Joe ride-ons produced by Coleco in the 1980s?” Well, all zero people who ever asked, here you go. The Laser Defense Power Cycle is an amazingly 80s kid’s vehicle. When …

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Sep 23

Nullifier (1988)

Nullifier (1988)

How many times have we heard about Cobra pilots and the extreme punishment their bodies are put through? It seems if they’re not genetically modified, they’re subjected to some horribly gruelling training regimen. The Nullifiers are no different, as their file cards posit. The color scheme, or lack thereof, is in contrast to the incredible …

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Sep 22

Captivating Cover – Operation: Weapons Disaster

Operation: Weapons Disaster

Weapons Disaster? Holy cow, what a bleak title. I wonder if said disaster is in reference to the Cobra STUN, one of the strangest villainous vehicles of all time, and also the sort of mad contraption that only could have come about in the 80s. After all, it’s the same decade that produced this. Not …

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Sep 21

Deep Six (1984)

Deep Six (1984)

Back in 1984, I bought Deep Six and  his vehicle, the SHARC, because of both the Marvel comic and the figure’s action feature. The comic heavily featured Deep Six and his ride in an iconic issue that also fully debuted Zartan. How could I have resisted begging my parents to buy me every toy that …

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Sep 20

Amigurumi Storm Shadow

Amigurumi Storm Shadow

Storm Shadow joins the ranks of amigurumi Cobras. With his knitted shuriken and dagger, he’s ready to assume his place among the plush coils of Cobra Commander’s evil organization. Of course, his presence within such a dishonorable lot is only a means to an end, as he hopes that his efforts will lead him to …

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Sep 19

Dr. Mindbender (25th Anniversary)

Dr. Mindbender

by KansasBrawler I’ve always been a fan of the more sci-fi elements of G.I. Joe. Growing up on the cartoon, that meant an instant affinity for Dr. Mindbender. He looked pretty crazy, but man, he really appealed to my kid brain. Dr. Mindbender was one of the first named Cobras I remember having and I …

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Sep 18

Dial-Tone (2014)

Dial-Tone (2014)

Usually with these Kreons, the printed graphics are what give the biggest impression of the original figure’s design. With Dial-Tone however, his gear, particularly his comm backpack is so ingrained with the figure’s identity that any new iteration has to make some sort of callback to it. I wondered how the unique communications backpack would …

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Sep 17

Snow Storm (1994)

Snow Storm (1994)

How’s this for a late run RAH figure? Snow Storm had three color schemes in two years. Pretty amazing, but not too surprising when you consider just how many of the 1993 Battle Corps figures were repainted in 1994. I suppose the heavy mold reuse that year was part of the writing on the wall …

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Sep 16

Thunderhawk with Matt Trakker

Thunderhawk and Matt Trakker

If you’re a modern era GI Joe collector, you know that MASK leader Matt Trakker is now connected to GI Joe thanks to a 2008 25th anniversary figure. I thought the idea of bringing the two properties together was pretty brilliant, and was disappointed that the concept stopped with Matt. So why am I covering …

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