Aug 05

Captivating Cover: Combat Ready!

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I never thought I’d use the terms generic and ninja commando in the same sentence, but this early 2000s coloring book has forced my hand. I’ve found the most interesting coloring book covers of the past incorporated either a multi-character scene, or even an out of the ordinary fourth wall breaking subject. Speaking of which, …

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Aug 04

Storm Shadow (2009)

Storm Shadow (2009)

The ninjas just keep on comin’. Seems like at times you just can’t swing a plastic nunchaku in a GI Joe line without hitting one of the masked marvels of PJed mayhem. The Rise of Cobra movie series was no different, as the two most prominent ninja in the storyline were released over and over. …

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Aug 03

Copperhead (2009)

Copperhead (2009)

Until the recent Toys R Us product, the Rise of Cobra seemed to have been the last great gasp of GI Joe store exclusives. I was figuring that when Retaliation hit last year, there would have been the usual run of repaints, repacks and multi-figure sets at Target, Walmart and Toys R Us. Such was …

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Aug 02

Joe Moment of Zen: Action Packs!

Crossing chasms via ropes must have been a popular pastime in 1987. It’s the Joe A Day Moment of Zen…

Aug 01

30th Anniversary Lifeline

Lifeline (30th)

by KansasBrawler Lifeline has always been a bit of an odd duck. My brother had him and we used him a lot since you can’t have a Joe team without a medic, but that pacifist angle is a bit difficult to deal with. I’ve always followed it more along the lines of the filecard…which actually …

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Jul 31

We Need a Medic! (Again)

Medi-Viper

When searching through my figures for new subjects, I often come across items that I’ve already covered. Sometimes I look at them and think they deserve more exposure, or I just feel the need to talk about them again. Such is the case with this figure. The Medi-Viper is a character that will be familiar …

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Jul 30

Barrel Roll (2003)

Barrel Roll  (2003)

Barrel Roll is one of the coolest figures of its time. What? Yes. How much cooler can you get in a GI Joe line when a new character not only starts an intriguing storyline, but also includes a disguisable vehicles? To start off, Barrel Roll introduced a new specialty that’s interesting, a high altitude sniper. …

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Jul 29

Captivating Cover – Operation: Night Flight

Operation: Night Flight

I used to love Night Flight, with its eclectic mix of music videos, old-timey short films and just plain oddness. It’s too bad such a thing doesn’t exist any longer, and probably won’t ever again. I long for the golden age of cable TV, a time before an endless mess of instantly available viewing material …

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Jul 28

Razor Trooper (2004)

Razor Trooper (2004)

No, it’s not the code name for the Cobra barber. Instead it’s a trooper based upon another named Cobra agent. Razorclaw was an individual released during Valor vs. Venom, and as such, had been genetically modified by Dr. Mindbender. Surprisingly, the man was given his own cadre of troops to lead, all of whom shared …

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Jul 27

Retaliation Joe Colton

Retaliation Joe Colton

by KansasBrawler Yipee-kai-yay, Mr. Falcon! Sometimes, a toy run surprises you. I called an audible on a trip where I was actually flying solo for a change and swung in to Toys ‘R’ Us even though I wasn’t really looking for anything. Imagine my surprise when, after all their post-Christmas reorganization, there was a fresh …

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