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Iceberg (1986)

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Iceberg was the opposite of Snow Job, accessory-wise. Where the Joe team’s first arctic trooper came equipped with snow traveling gear, Iceberg has nothing. Not even a pair of snow shoes.

He did get a rifle, and a handily colored white one at that. I’ve often wondered why Snow Job didn’t get a More >

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Rock ‘N Roll (1983)

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There are so many ’82-83 Joes that to me seem so iconic, I have a hard time deciding which one would be my choice to be the definitive early figure. Sometimes I think it’s Grunt, other times it’s Flash or Clutch, or even Snake Eyes. Then again, it could be Rock ‘N Roll. I guess I’ll never decide. More >

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Volga (1998)

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According to the file card info, this is the Oktober Guard member usually known as Daina. Was there another rights issue going on, or did the Hasbro team at the time just think that Daina needed a proper code name? Then again, is it really her, since the hair is red?

This figure is light years More >

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New Field Report: International Action Force (1993) by Acer

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Reader and frequent commenter Acer has a review of the 1993 International Action Force mail-in. I’ve covered the included mail-in Budo on the site before. It’s a great set all around, especially if you like the 90′s thing. Check it out in Field Reports.

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Spearhead and Max (1988)

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Spearhead and Max are a weird, inexplicable pair. First, there’s the weird, inexplicable colors. Spearhead wears the orangiest of camo patterns. I don’t know what alien planet’s vegetation he’s meant to blend into, but he’s certainly not bland. Even his backpack is orange. Was somebody colorblind More >

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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 gunnerĀ introducedĀ in the Real American Hero Collection series.

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

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