50 Years of GI Joe – Panel Audio


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 >

The Finest - Flint and Buzzer

GI Joe Costuming – Planet Comicon 2014


Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s yearly comic book/pop culture convention is going on again in my hometown. I stopped in today to scope it out, and check out the GI Joe presence. Last year, I ran into members of The Finest, a GI Joe costuming club. This time, the group also had a table at the show. In More >

Desert Battle Snake Eyes II

Field Report: Desert Battle Snake Eyes II

by KansasBrawler

Every time a new wave comes around, there’s a dangerous temptation to name a new figure the best version of its character ever. During the Pursuit of Cobra line, Hasbro had this tendency to make an amazing version of a figure in one wave and then just a couple waves down the line More >


Incredible Shrinking Joes!


Decades before Kre-O was a thing, the Real American Hero era Joes were shrunk down and available as micro figures, packed along with their “normal” sized brethren. Turns out, there was also a mail-in offer for a set in 1989. The pamphlet told the story of the Joes actually being shrunk by Cobra. More >


Zartan/Hawk Morphing Set


Nice concept, but some decidedly lazy execution. Two figures that are essentially the same, and a Zartan wearing Zubaz? Very strange. The transforming Zartan has been a cool concept since the days of the Ripcord/Zartan storyline in the original Marvel comic. This set however strikes me as too much More >

GI Joe 50th Panel

GI Joe 50th Anniversary Panel


Being the 50th anniversary of GI Joe, I thought I would contribute a little something to the informal fan celebrations that have been happening this year. To that end, I’ve recruited a valiant Midwestern special mission force. Its purpose: to pay tribute to the world’s first action figure as well More >

Depth Ray-Box-Front

BTR-Ticles: Depth Ray

by Twitziller

The Built to Rule Depth Ray, available as part of the first series of BTR sets released in 2003, is part of the tradition of small G.I. Joe submarines such as 1984’s SHARC, Barracuda from 1992, and the Polar Shark from the Rise of Cobra film of 2009.

In its primary mode, the Depth More >

Recondo (2010)

Recondo (2010)


Poor Pursuit of Cobra Recondo. Forever stuck staring at his boots. Well, at least he has a nifty mask to hide the shamed look on his face. By the way, what the heck is that thing, a disguise or an artifact he’s picked up during his missions? Whatever the case, it gives the figure an Adventure Team More >

Hiro Yamato

Hiro Yamato (Lanard CORPS!)


If you’re not a fan of repurposed and repainted action figures, you would do well to avoid the 1990s CORPS! figures. This version of Hiro Yamato popped up sometime in the 1990s, along with others, like his fellow martial artist teammate Dragon Han. There were several rounds of repeated camo and More >

Shadow Tracker

Field Report Friday: Shadow Tracker

by KansasBrawler

I love seeing new characters in the Joe line. When I was growing up, I was always more excited to see new names listed on the back of the card than I was name of guys that I already had. For the most part, I liked my originals, so the newer version didn’t appeal to me (I mean, I More >

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