Mar 16

Firefly (2007 Sigma 6)

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Most of the impetus for this blog comes from reconnecting and finding a continuing use for my collection, the breadth of which sometimes makes me question my sanity. Earlier in the week, a couple of GI Joe news items got me thinking about Sigma 6 Firefly. First, there was the news of the Toys R Us exclusive …

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Mar 15

Hat Trick LeMonde (CORPS!)

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Sacre bleu! Tank tread boots! Zeut alors! Up until a short time ago, I actually thought his name was Hat Trick Lemonade. Can you believe that? I think that name is much more fitting than LeMonde. It certainly matches the figure in terms of sheer wackiness. Part of the funky Corps! sports series figures, he …

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Mar 14

Lady Jaye (2013)

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I have to say that I’ve been somewhat disappointed in the amount of Retaliation product on the shelves so far. Maybe that will change in the weeks to come, but it sure doesn’t seem like retailers are very high on ordering mass quantities. Can you blame them, considering how the Rise of Cobra performed, and …

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Mar 13

Dusty (2002)

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Dusty had one of the most easily recognizable designs in the vintage era, with his all-over desert camo and distinctive helmet with cloth attachment. The new sculpt era, for all its perceived issues, got quite a few things right, especially in terms of character selection. Sure, the poster boys Duke and Snake Eyes were present, …

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Mar 12

Cobra Imp (1988)

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The Imp is an impressively squat and stocky little one man missile tank with a secret. What look like three large missiles hide an extra surprise payload. Just for this reason, it’s a neat addition to the Cobra ground forces. I also find a lot to like in the design itself. It has a real …

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Mar 11

Justin Case and Recon Rover (Lanard STAR Force)

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Despite having one of the most insufferably cutesy code names, Justin Case is one of my favorites of the later o-ring Corps! molds. Like many of his line mates, he was repainted and repackaged for a variety of series. The STAR Force sub-line presented him in a very unique color scheme that was a far …

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Mar 10

Black Major (1983 Action Force)

The Black Major is another member of the Action Force enemy, the Red Shadows. I find these early Action Force figures endlessly fascinating, not only for their visual appeal, but also for the comic storyline that revolved around the Red Shadows and its transition into Cobra. It’s an interesting alternative to the US comic mythos. …

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Mar 09

Windchill (1994)

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Originally the driver of the Arctic Blast, Windchill was thrown in with another cold weather vehicle, the Blockbuster, late in the Real American Hero era. The most impressively large of the GI Joe snow vehicles, it boasted an incredible salvo-firing missile launcher, and was quite a good vehicle considering its later release date. Windchill hasn’t …

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Mar 08

Agent Mouse (2013)

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Finally, we get an action figure version of one of the unproduced Sgt. Savage characters. I’ve been waiting seventeen years for a Mouse figure to display alongside the Sarge, D-Day and the others. I’m just so jazzed about this…wait, what? This is a character named Mouse from GI Joe: Retaliation? Oops. It’s good to see …

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Mar 07

Sub-Zero (1990)

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While the last bit of snow remains on the ground, I’m still in a bit of a winter mood. Not arctic, but winter. Funny how these two terms seem to be so interchangeable in GI Joe. The last time I checked  winter is a season, and the arctic a location. The arctic is cold, with ice …

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