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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Sep 15

Crimson Guard (1985)

Crimson Guard (1985)

Can you believe it’s taken me this long to get to this figure? What have I been waiting for these last three years? Well, I’ve tried to keep the “big gun” subjects spread out a bit. After all, you wouldn’t want to end up stuck with reading about stuff like Switch Gears repaints and 2002 …

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Sep 14

Captivating Cover: Mountain Attack!

Welcome again as I take a look at a GI Joe book and judge it solely by its cover. Why? Because it’s fun, that’s why. This time, the subject is a Marvel coloring book, entitled Mountain Attack! It looks to be action packed, maybe even in the vein of the opening of a Bond film. …

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Sep 13

Barbecue (1985)

Barbecue (1985)

Barbecue is one of the figures that I distinctly remember buying as a kid. It was during one of many family trips to Sears, and most every time we went into the store, and weren’t in a rush, I took a look at the toy aisle. Funny thing, I still do the same when I …

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Sep 12

Resolute Flint

Rwsolute Flint

by KansasBrawler I find it kind of amusing that I’ve professed my Flint fandom a few times on this blog, yet I’ve never actually reviewed my favorite modern Flint from the Resolute box set. The Resolute set really showed how impressively customizable the new figure construction could be. Using a bare minimum of new parts, …

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