Oct 01

Major Bludd (2008)

Major Bludd (2008)

So, Major Bludd, did they ever get him exactly right in terms of his original toy appearance? I think the Extreme Conditions Desert set came the closest. This one is meant to resemble his portrayal in the Sunbow animated series. The mold still retains too many bits of Zartan to look exactly like the Major’s …

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Sep 30

We interrupt this blog for baseball

Hey, when your hometown ball team is in a playoff game for the first time since version 2 Snake Eyes was on the  pegs, you deserve to take time off to watch the game. New post will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s Hardball. By the way–Go Royals!

Sep 29

Law (Funskool)

Law (Funskool)

Say what you will about Funskool’s GI Joe output in the 2000s, but there was no shortage of toy features built into the line. Sometimes there were even a few clever add-ins that had no domestic corollary. Case in point–Law. I can’t think of a figure that I’d be more surprised to see provided with …

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Sep 28

Field Report: GI Joe Shampoo

Joe Shampoo1

by Jeremy Troublemagnet Today, Joe A Day friends, we talk about follicle hygiene. Throughout life, until we’re bald, we’ll be using shampoo–and what better way to clean your lettuce than with some GI Joe soap! Today I have before you Flint, Bazooka, and Sarge Slaughter in all their rigid glory! These beauties are from the mid- 80’s,some as …

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Sep 27

Sgt. Stalker (2008)

Sgt. Stalker (2008)

Stalker is one of the Joe characters that I always buy, regardless of whether he’s a new mold or a simple repaint. Released as part of Target’s exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack, he was one of seven figures included in the set. This was one of those times when the word “ultimate” wasn’t just hyperbolic. Heck, …

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Sep 26

B.A.T. (25th Anniversary)

BAT (25th)

by KansasBrawler I’ve always loved the science fiction elements that are a part of the G.I. Joe brand. Cobra La came at just the right time for my kid brain to latch onto it and I think it’s pretty darn cool even if most Joe fans think it was a terrible idea. Another element I’ve …

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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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