Jun 26

Dusty (1985)

Dusty (1985)

It’s amazing to consider just how many GI Joe figures that still resonate with collectors were part of the 1985 assortment. I’ve often wondered how much of our affection for the year’s toys can be attributed to the Sunbow animated series. When I see this first version of Dusty, I’m reminded of two things: the …

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Jun 26

New Field Report: GI Joe Stamp and Sticker Set by Jeremy

  Jeremy has submitted another great Field Report. It’s all about a few interesting non-toy GI Joe items. I love this kind of stuff. Check it out here.

Jun 25

Keel Haul (1985)

Keel Haul (1985)

I wasn’t fortunate enough to have a USS Flagg as a kid, so I have no nostalgic memories for Keel Haul, unless you count looking at the Flagg in the 1985 catalog for hours upon hours. Keel Haul encompasses what I think is one of the great strengths of the Real American Hero era: the …

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Jun 24

Vapor (1990)

Vapor (1990)

Yet another Cobra pilot subjected to physical modifications, I have to wonder: is Cobra telling the people who volunteer that they may at some point have their craniums cracked open to accommodate electrodes, or their DNA modified to turn them into heinous monsters; and if so, who the heck is volunteering? I mean, I can …

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Jun 23

Tracker Kwinn (2004)

Tracker Kwinn (2004)

Sometimes, Hasbro gets points just for having the chutzpah to get a figure out to market, even if it doesn’t live up to expectations. In the case of Kwinn, could any figure made mostly of existing parts live up to fan wishes? I can remember wanting a toy version of the infamous mercenary ever since …

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Jun 22

Cybor Trooper (1996 CORPS!)

Cybor Trooper (1996)

Lanard’s CORPS! toy line has had a long long history of repaints. In my time of collecting the series, I’ve found that the original versions of the figures are increasingly harder to find than the myriad of repaints produced through the 90s. The Max Power series featured many of the original molds in a variety …

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Jun 21

Capt. Grid-Iron (Funskool)

Capt. Grid-Iron (Funskool)

It’s been a while since a Funskool India figure graced this blog. Okay, okay, it’s really only been a week, but this was an exciting pick up for me. This is one figure that I have been trying to track down for some time. I had originally attempted to pick it up online a few …

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Jun 20

Night-Viper (2006)

Night-Viper (2006)

A lot has been said about the GI Joe figures of the golden years of 1982 through 1986, but I’m here to tell you again not to overlook some of the later releases. The Night-Viper figure is hands-down one of the most amazing figures of the Real American Hero era. The Night-Viper’s purpose, sculpt, and …

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Jun 19

Gung Ho (2004)

Gung Ho (2004)

Much was made of Night Force this year, with the convention exclusive set focusing on the popular GI Joe sub-team. Believe it or not, Night Force got a little bit of love during the second o-ring era. First there was a two-pack during the Spy Troops series, then a second set within Valor vs. Venom. …

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Jun 18

Destro (2002)

Destro (2002)

When you think of Destro, the image of the stoic silver mask and red collared black jacket probably are the first things that come to mind. You may also think of wrist rockets, and maybe a cool backpack case filled with weaponry. How would you feel about a Destro figure if most of those iconic …

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