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Duke (1997)

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I had thought that Stars and Stripes Breaker would be the pinnacle of bad Joe figures. It was lazily produced and ineptly accessorized. It was unadulterated, high octane action figure poo. Could another figure come close to it in sheer disappointment? Duke comes pretty close, especially More >

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Dusty (2000)

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When is a desert trooper not a desert trooper? When he’s been repainted for the 2000-2002 Real American Hero Collection, a line populated with a share of the cool, the strange and the lackluster. Wait, that’s pretty much any Joe line.

The ’91 Dusty mold is, like many others from the same year, More >

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Action Sailor (1994)

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1994 was such a bittersweet year for a Joe collector, well, at least for this Joe collector. Having jumped back into collecting just three years earlier, not only was I starting to gain some ground on picking up the figures I had missed, but I was excited at the prospect of new figures on the More >

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Heli-Viper (1992)

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As much as the Interogator was an incredible figure attached to a throwaway vehicle, the Heli-Viper tips the scales back. You wouldn’t think that Hasbro would spend a lot of effort including a great newly designed figure with a vehicle that was all gimmick. I’m sure the designers figured the kid More >

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Crossfire (2001)

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Combine parts from two molds that later in the decade would become some the most overused in recent memory, and what do you get? Rock ‘N Roll–I mean Crossfire, the new machine gunner introduced in the Real American Hero Collection series.

The arms and torso belonged to Big Ben, and the waist and More >

GI Joe Costuming

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I’ve seen fans dressed up as Cobras and Joes at San Diego Comicon and JoeCon, but hadn’t ever talked to anyone about the work that goes into making these costumes. Joe A Day visited Con X in Kansas City, MO this weekend and found members of the cobrasfinest.org costuming group in attendance. Check More >

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Countdown (1989)

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Finally, I’m covering a Joe astronaut figure that wasn’t first a Star Brigade member. The mold did get repainted to death for the later astronaut sub-line, but I find this original version to be the best. Like other 1989 GI Joes, his interest for me lies in his accessories.

I recall seeing this More >

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Arctic VAMP (Sigma 6)

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The Sigma 6 small scale vehicles were at once amazing and frustrating. Most were great new designs, and far beyond the previous vehicle offerings of the new sculpt era. Which leads me to the frustration: the vehicles weren’t compatible with our favorite scale. Some could be (and were later More >

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Air Raid (2009)

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Ode to Air Raid

Though your moniker may be Franklin Talltree, You don’t look much like Airborne to me, Was your name the result of laziness or pure chance? Whatever the case, Nice pants.

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Fox (Lanard CORPS!)

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I had always thought that this figure was a villain, but upon looking at his bio card, he’s apparently not. He certainly has a villainous look about him, and a strongly German World War II era uniform. The eyepatch takes his appearance one step further into the “bad guy” arena.

But not so, as the More >

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