• The Power of Packaging: Action Force Roboskull

    I am intrigued by the Action Force packaging for a couple of reasons. The bold and angular style of the box layout is an interesting counterpoint to the American GI

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  • Action Force 30th Anniversary Commemorative Special (bloodforthebaron.com)

    While the internet is a wonderful tool and an amazing resource, there’s something about holding a book in one’s hands that can’t be fully replicate online. As a toy collector,

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  • Resolute Roadblock

    By KansasBrawler Resolute did a lot of great things for the Joe brand. I appreciated the more adult oriented cartoon and the modern take on the Joes was very well

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  • Vehicle Play Tent

    Now this is a play tent I can get behind (if not into). While many kids’ tents simply went the usual route of printing images of the characters and their

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  • The Power of Packaging: Retaliation Night Viper

    It’s not often that we focus on modern card art in a TPOP feature, but I find the Retaliation line look speaks to an issue that’s all to common in

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  • Leatherneck (50th Anniversary)

    By KansasBrawler Of all the Joes that never got a proper update during the 25th Anniversary, I think I was most disappointed about Leatherneck. Yes, he got released with a

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    Mega-Vipers (1993)

    Is there anything more beautiful than an unabashedly crazy toy? I think not. It’s hard to fathom that this figure originated from the same toy line as 1983 Stalker, but

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  • Dino Hunters Ambush (1993)

    I just can’t decide which Dino Hunter figure is cooler–Low-Light or Ambush. I have an automatic preference for Low-Light, since he’s a childhood favorite character, and Ambush wasn’t released until

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  • Tiger Claw (2005)

    By Past Nastification There are figures that I like which defy my own guidelines. For example, I largely dislike ninja figures, but yet I find the Shadow Ninja figures fun.

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  • Mutt & Junkyard (1993 Battle Corps)

    There isn’t enough Mutt & Junkyard in our lives. Consider that he only had two distinct molds during the Real American Hero era, one release in the new sculpt period,

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  • Dee-Jay (Force of Battle 2000)

    By KansasBrawler Every team needs a communications expert and considering Battle Force 2000 was the Joe’s experimental weapons team, it made sense that they get their own communications expert so

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  • Low-Light (1993)

    I am not ashamed to say that I love the Dino Hunters. I’m not taking about an ironic or hipster love, but a straightforward nerdy adult who collects toys love.

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  • Talking Hall of Fame Duke in 1993 Hasbro Dealer Catalog

    The Hall of Fame talking Duke was pretty impressive for its day. Although sound chip toys were all over during the 90s, most didn’t offer the kind of randomization feature

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  • Blockbuster Blueprints

    By the end of the Real American Hero era, the blueprint concept had become an afterthought. Rather than being printed on the back of the instruction sheet as a dedicated

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  • General Hawk (1993)

    General Hawk returned to the pegs in 1991, and his look was one of the most significant departures from established lore. After all, he was first an artillery colonel, then

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  • Lift-Ticket (2013)

    Lift-Ticket made his way into the modern era along with the amazing Eaglehawk helicopter, part of the Retaliation toy line. Of course, neither the vehicle or driver appeared in the

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  • Corrosion (Force of Battle 2000)

    By KansasBrawler For me to like an international figure, it has to be a pretty big departure from its American counterpart. That’s why I’ve always been interested in Python Patrol

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  • Sky Patrol in 1991 International Catalog

    The 1991 international catalog is a great source of the kind of diorama setups that the US pack-in catalogs had moved away from. There’s something compelling about these toys in

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  • Coloring Time: Snake Eyes’ Judo Moves

    Snake Eyes gives old Storm Shadow the judo what-for in today’s coloring page. I like the clear view of Snakes’ wrist arrow-thingie. Unfortunate that we didn’t see him use it

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  • The Power of Packaging: 1987 Sneak Peek

    The Real American Hero series’ package art style gave equal weight to both the ridiculous and sublime. Sneak Peek has never been one of my favorite figures, but his card

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