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Snow Job (2010)

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Christmas of 1983 still stands as one of my best GI Joe memories. That year, I received almost all of the 1983 figures, plus the incredibly cool (even though it was essentially cardboard) Cobra Missile Command Headquarters. Included in this haul was a three pack that included Snow Job, who quickly More >

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Iron Grenadier (2008)

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The Iron Grenadier was a troop type that I missed out on during its initial run in the 80′s. I’m sorry that I did, because as an adult collector it holds a lot of interest for me. I like Destro’s break off into his own force, as I’ve always thought of him as a very capable leader in his own More >

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Ninja-Ku Storm Shadow (2008)

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As an homage to an Argentinian figure I’ll probably never get my hands on, this was a welcome addition to the collection. You could say that this figure as well as the same year’s pilot Scarlett were Hasbro’s first forays into giving fans some some exclusive and elusive foreign variations of More >

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Major Altitude (1993)

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Major Altitude, a mail-in figure included in a two pack with the uniquely crazy repaint of Interrogator, comes from a year that was chock full of exclusive repainted figures. While the figure mail-ins began as a way to obtain as yet unreleased figures like Duke and Major Bludd, there were also More >

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Tunnel Rat (2011 Renegades)

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Continuing with another figure that’s been camped out on my queue all year, it’s Renegades Tunnel Rat from the 30th anniversary series. The Renegades figures were pleasing in the aspect that they didn’t rely too heavily on the animated style. The figures for the most part can stand next to other More >

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Cobra Commander (2011 Renegades)

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Here’s another figure that’s been sitting in my queue for entirely too long. I’ve promised myself that I would clear out all these figures in the on-deck circle before the year is out.

It’s not that I don’t like this version of the Commander, but I just haven’t been able to think of much to say More >

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Deep Six (2008)

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Can Deep Six catch a break? His first figure, while iconic, wasn’t much usable outside of his vehicle. His second, a very well done throwback to the deep sea diving suits of old, was stuck with a visorless bright orange helmet. This version was a noble attempt, but it doesn’t well represent the More >

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Underscoopfire’s 50 Greatest Cobra Characters

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They say a hero is only as interesting as his villains. That’s certainly been true with GI Joe and Cobra. The followup to the greatest Joes list has been posted, this time presenting the Cobras. Again I was part of Underscoopfire’s panel who chose among the dozens of Cobra characters and troops to More >

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Cobra Ninja Viper (2012)

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When I saw the Amazon exclusive Renegades four pack, I was intrigued by three of the figures, with their incredibly different design styles. I didn’t pull the trigger on picking up the set until it recently dropped in price. I’m glad I did, as the style of the two ninja figures is a cool departure More >

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Lightfoot (1988)

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Some GI Joe figures are quite realistic and close to their actual military subject matter in terms of design. Others have been extrapolated out to the next generation of technology, the “five minutes in the future” that we hear about so much. Still others just make you scratch your head. I’ve been More >

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