Jun 02

Lamprey (2009)

2009 Lampreys

Sometimes I can be a little harsh when it comes to the 25th anniversary figures. It’s just that some of the figures ended up a little less than stellar, thanks to parts reuse and the like. I tend to be more of a fan of the o-ring style, but I still pick up the modern …

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Jun 02

New Field Report: Rice Krispies Lifeline (1991) by Acer

Acer returns with another Field Report. It’s the mail-in Rice Krispies Lifeline from 1991. You know the one, with the disappearing sidearm, thanks to Frostbite’s legs. Check it out here.

Jun 01

Chief Torpedo (2004)

SONY DSC

The original Torpedo is a classic of the early years of the Real American Hero era. He’s a great figure, but outside of an underwater setting, his usefulness is limited. The Sunbow cartoon often had Torpedo running about in white t-shirt and jeans; not the most battle-ready of outfits, but more at home in a …

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May 31

Monstro-Vipers (1993)

Monstro-Vipers (1993)

Bet you didn’t know that there was a GI Joe figure with poo flinging action. Okay, it’s really called a gut bomb, and I suppose it’s more along the lines of throwing vomit or a hair-ball, but can you blame me for making the connection? After all, the toy looks somewhat ape-like, and we all …

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May 30

Dusty (2004)

Dusty: The Next Generation

This redesigned version of Dusty from the Valor vs. Venom series is recognizable as Mr. Tadur thanks to his wearing a variation on his old helmet, complete with the fancy neck protector in the back. I remember for a moment in the 80s when those little flaps on hats were quite popular. Especially on painters’ …

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May 29

Snake Eyes (1993)

Snake Eyes (1993)

Looking back at the 80s and 90s GI Joe figures, I’m amazed at the number of different versions of Snake Eyes offered in those years. Toy marketing was obviously different back then, as the core characters weren’t always included each new assortment. But Snake Eyes seemed to get a refreshed place on the shelves every …

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May 28

General Flagg (1992)

This figure was such a huge surprise to me in ’92. When I first saw the name, I wondered if someone at Hasbro had forgotten about the team’s original commanding officer being killed in the Marvel comic. It wasn’t until I actually bought the figure and read the file card that I understood what was …

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May 27

Quick Kick (1985)

Quick Kick

On this Memorial Day in the US, I thought I’d remember another GI Joe team member who met his fate in the pages of the Marvel Comic. One of several Joes who were killed in action during the Trucial Abysmia mission, Quick Kick was among those who survived the SAW Viper’s murderous onslaught, but was …

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May 26

Tunnel Rat (2004)

Tunnel Rat (2004)

GI Joe figures of the 80s and 90s were based on a common sculpt size. There were a few that stood a bit taller, wider or bulkier here and there, but for the most part you could count on Joes and Cobras being around the same size. Tunnel Rat has always been portrayed as being …

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May 25

Free Fall (1990)

Freefall(1990)

Guess what? It’s a figure from 1990 that I really love. Have I mentioned before that 1990 is one of my favorite GI Joe years? Soon, I will have covered them all, and you won’t  have to hear me sing their praises on and on. Even then however, I’ll probably still find ways to talk …

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