Jul 22

Duke (2008 Tiger Force)

Tiger Force Duke

As much as Duke gets grief from collectors now and again, I’ve not really had a problem with the character. Maybe that comes from being a fan of the Sunbow cartoon, and the great voice acting of Michael Bell. Now that I’m thinking about it, Duke really didn’t do much in those first few mini-series …

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Jul 21

Operation Star Fight (1987 Storybook)

Operation Star Fight

GI Joe not only dominated the boys toys aisle in the early 80s, but also assaulted all fronts of the market with a barrage of ancillary merchandise meant to raise the visibility of the brand. Much like the pioneering Star Wars sales juggernaut, the GI Joe characters were plastered on everything from puzzles to plates …

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Jul 20

Torpedo (1983)

Torpedo (1983)

Torpedo was one of the first GI Joes I bought myself. After getting Cobra Commander in a school trade, and Flash from a trip to Wards with my dad, Torpedo was one of the new for 1983 figures that caught my eye. I picked him up at the same Wards from which I had acquired …

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Jul 20

New Field Report: Retaliation HISS and Cobra Commander

The prolific KansasBrawler has another modern GI Joe Field Report subject to share. It’s the HISS and Cobra Commander from Retaliation. I really like the Cobra Commander figure here, despite the reduced articulation. But don’t just listen to me, check out KB’s review here.

Jul 19

411 (1997 Bronze Bombers)

411 (Bronze Bombers)

Do I kick myself in the butt for not buying up a pile of the 1990’s Bronze Bombers set that showed up at Toys R Us? Sure, but hindsight is 20/20. When these guys were on the shelf, I think my reaction was wonder at the use of actual GI Joe molds, then bemusement at …

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Jul 18

Croc Master (2008)

Croc Master (2008)

Croc Master, being part of the Cobra class of 1987, sometimes gets the business from collectors. The year is often cited as the beginning of the Real American Hero series’ downhill slide from the heights of early 80s greatness. If you look back at the year as a whole though, there are quite a few …

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Jul 17

Mutt & Junkyard (2008)

Mutt & Junkyard (2008)

The 25th anniversary series mainly appealed to me as a way to obtain some of the old card art without paying out the wazoo for them. Card art was probably as big a factor for me in what made GI Joe stand out from other toy lines as the figures themselves. The individual portraits were …

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Jul 16

Zartan (2008)

Zartan (2008)

Zartan? I don’t know any Zartan. I don’t either, at least not one that rides a Power Wheels version of the Chameleon. Sorry to start out with that observation, but it is the poorest excuse for a vintage homage in all the 25th anniversary line. Zartan can’t even sit on this truncated mess of a …

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Jul 15

Q Force Deep Sea Defender (1983 Action Force)

Deep Sea Defender (1983)

I’ve covered Action Force, GI Joe’s sort-of cousin from across the pond, several times. Up till now, the figures I’ve covered have been members of the Red Shadows, the UK exclusive enemies of the 80s Action Force team. Much like Cobra, the enemy forces were both a strange and terrifying lot, with shadowy leaders, robots …

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Jul 14

Cross Hair (2003)

Crosshair (2003)

What’s preferable on a GI Joe figure: molded flesh color or painted? That was one of the debates raging during the relaunched GI Joe era of the early to mid 2000s. I really didn’t cone down on either side of the argument, but I think now that the pure toy loving side of me would …

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