Mar 06

Patriot (1992)

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There are a few GI Joe vehicles that have become iconic, that remind one of a magical childhood time of fun and innocence. Toys that when you see them, make you say, “Ooh, I had that. It was so cool!” Then there are a few that elicit the response, “What the hell is that thing?” …

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Mar 05

Zangief (1993)

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What’s the least likely three words you’d ever think to see strung together on a GI Joe package? How about Russian Bear Wrestler? This is Zangief, from the Street Fighter II sub-series, a set of figures that were based in the popular video game and branded with the GI Joe logo. Crazy? Of course. It …

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Mar 04

Operation: Gator Blast (2001 Double Duty)

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“Fully equipped with all the gear to complete two missions!” Over the course of the GI Joe line, Hasbro hasn’t been afraid to experiment with new ideas and permutations of our favorite toyline. The cynical might say this is sometines borne of desperation for sales, such as the far-out Super Joes of the 70s, or …

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Mar 03

Hiro Yamato (Lanard CORPS!)

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With all the ninja action that promises to take place soon in GI Joe Retaliation, and the plethora of ninja action figures soon to be on the pegs, I figured that covering Lanard’s CORPS! ninja would be appropriate. Like a few other figures from the line, I was initially confused about whether the guy was …

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Mar 02

Cobra Trooper (2013 Kre-O)

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The Kre-O figures are some of the most fun I’ve had with GI Joe in a long while. They blend nostalgia with a sense of building set fun to create a highly addictive and enjoyably innocent set of toys. The Cobra Trooper figure distills what makes this series so enjoyable. The hallmarks of the classic …

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Mar 01

Stalker (1992)

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Gather round, friends, and I shall regale thee with a legendary tale of action figure hunting from the halcyon days of the 1990’s. In those days there existed the Half Price Store, in whose hallowed halls the adventuring collectors of the day would find bounteous amounts of the previous years’ action figure releases. Their names …

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Feb 28

Frostbite (1985)

It’s been snowing a lot in my corner of the world over the last two weeks, and I saw it as an opportunity to break out some of the cold weather themed figures that I hadn’t covered yet. I had been finding it difficult to set up photos for them, since some sort of snowy …

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Feb 27

Grand Slam (2006)

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The original Grand Slam was one of my favorite figures early on in my childhood GI Joe collecting days. It actually remained so and saw regular use even through the release of many more colorful and specific characters. Something about it resonated with me. I guess design wise it was the red pads, the deep …

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Feb 26

Flint (2013)

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What a difference a little paint and parts swapping can make. I wasn’t overly impressed with the Duke figure upon which this Flint is based. I suppose some of it was due to the color, and some the character. The prospect of more Channing Tatum Dukes on the pegs doesn’t fill me with excitement. Flint …

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Feb 25

Firefly (2013)

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When movie action figure lines are released, they usually contain multiple versions of the main characters, usually each with a different action feature. I find it a bit strange that the first movie Firefly released is this one, but I can see the reasoning to get the more kid-friendly figure out first. Features are what …

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