Apr 19

Flint (1994)

Flint (1994)

The final assortment of the Real American Hero era included some unsung figures that transcend their 90s origin. That decade at times gets some unfair derision among collectors. While there were a large amount of ridiculous and strange ideas going on, with every sort of sub-team and action feature you could think of, the figure …

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Apr 18

Python Tele-Viper (1989)

Python Tele-Viper (1989)

Question: are certain members of Python Patrol meant to be individuals? I know that Cooperhead is, but some of the other figures’ file cards change the terms from previous releases like “these” to “he’s”, and also frequently “this guy” which leads me to believe some may not be troopers, but rather single operatives. Then again, …

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Apr 17

Enemy Weapons Officer (Demon Enemy)

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Uh, yeah. So as you can see, the 80s weren’t the height of cultural sensitivity in terms of the toy aisle. If you thought Lanard’s Bengala or Tracker Tom were bad in terms of stereotypes, check out the face sculpt on Enemy Weapons Officer. He hails from National/American Defense, the same also-ran series that brought …

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Apr 16

Bazooka (1985)

Bazooka (1985)

Though I have a great fondness for the Sunbow cartoon, I do have a bone to pick with its portrayal of Bazooka. Did he have to sound like such a dunderhead? The file card describes him as a decisive fast thinker, and maybe he is to some extent (witness the ending of the Bazooka Saw …

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Apr 15

Frag Viper (1989)

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Wow, did Cobra ever branch out their specialized troops in 1989. Talk about diversification. The year gave rise to urban ops, night troopers, anti-tank specialists, land and air drivers, not to mention several funky Iron Grenadier types. Kids who wanted to troop build must have been in hog heaven. By the way, did anyone troop …

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Apr 14

Video Review: Venomization Chamber (2005)

Because no one demanded it! Here’s another video review. Some of these toys just can’t be done justice with pics and text–especially the ones with groovy lights and sounds. Not that my camerawork or rambling does it justice, but hey, I’m new at this video thing. Also, be sure to take some Dramamine before watching. …

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Apr 14

Planet Comicon 2013

Planet Comicon

I was fortunate to attend, (just one day after this year’s JoeCon) the local comic convention, Planet Comicon. This is the first year in a much larger venue, and the entire show has been appropriately scaled up. There were creators and media guests galore, including a GI Joe connection in the movie Snake Eyes himself, …

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Apr 13

Storm Shadow (2007 Cobra Legions)

Storm Shadow (Cobra Legions)

The beginning of the 25th anniversary series held a lot of promise. Sure, the first multi pack releases had their share of construction and articulation issues, but the availability of small GI Joes on store shelves again was cause for excitement. When the initial offerings performed so well that a second set of Cobras were …

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Apr 12

Iron Grenadier (2007)

Iron Grenadier S6

Even though Sigma 6 ran a bit short on the villain side, the figures that were released impressed. Keeping the Cobras focused on a core group also gave the line a nice appropriate focus, considering it was primarily figure centric. Though there were a few classic personalities I would liked to have seen (Baroness, Major …

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Apr 10

Cobra BAT v5 (2005)

BAT V5

The BAT has a long history in the GI Joe mythos. First appearing in 1986, they were new grist for the mill in Cobra Commander’s attempts to Rule the World. The robotic troopers also made the perfect enemy force for the Sunbow cartoon, as there were probably no mandates from Standards and Practices against shooting …

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