Feb 08

Roadblock (2002 Sound Attack)

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I feel the urge from time to time to present figures that I feel just haven’t gotten their due. I like finding figures that have been overlooked among the hundreds of other GI Joes released throughout the years. There are I feel quite a few unheralded greats hiding among their more well known and well …

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Feb 07

Grand Slam and HAL (1983)

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No, it’s not the title of a TV show in which a former baseball slugger and the computer from “2001: A Space Odyssey” team up to solve crimes. But if I had my way, it would be. The story of the relaunch of GI Joe goes that it was intended originally as a vehicle line. …

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Feb 05

The Enemy AKA Cobra Trooper (1983)

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Well, here it is folks, the original Cobra trooper. It’s taken a while. I’ve covered the weird and the wild over the last year and a half, but somehow this guy hadn’t fallen under my gaze till now. Wait a minute, isn’t the code name Cobra? Not according to the file card. Although, the early …

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Feb 05

Buzz Boar (1987)

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The Buzz Boar brings to my mind an alternate universe in which Journey to the Center of the Earth was adapted to film by Toho Studios in the 1960’s. With its saw blade in place of a nose drill, it looks like the kind of thing one might have seen burrowing into the earth in …

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Feb 04

Metal-Head (1990)

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Who would’ve thought that the words memorable character and DIC GI Joe could co-exist in a sentence? They can to me, thanks to this guy. The series was crawling with lukewarm characters, due to some pretty pedestrian writing and voice acting. There were exceptions of course, and Metal-Head was one of them. Now, I have …

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Feb 04

New Field Report: Mako (2013 True Heroes) by Twitziller

Twitter friend and wordsmith supreme @twitziller has contributed a Field Report. It’s Mako, part of the latest assortment of Toys R Us’ military and adventure toy line True Heroes. Check it out right here.

Feb 03

Stretcher (1990)

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This figure as a concept is a nice change-up from the usual idea of what a GI Joe combat medic does. While Stretcher is a medic, and can patch up wounded troops, he is primarily known for transporting them from the field of battle.  A flying platform is a nice piece of equipment to have …

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Feb 02

Badger (1991)

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Badgers? We ain’t got no badgers. We don’t need no badgers. We don’t got to show you any stinking Badgers! Sorry, couldn’t resist. I suppose the Badger filled a similar spot to the old VAMP, albeit in a bit of a scaled down size. While this is not as small a vehicle as you would …

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Feb 01

Monkeywrench (1986)

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Out of all the 80’s Dreadnoks, I think Monkeywrench most resembles a regular biker gang hooligan. He doesn’t have any new wave hairstyle, funky glasses or armor plated jeans. Instead, he’s decided to accessorize with patches and bandanas. In the end, he’s not too wild looking, just a long haired dude in jeans, vest and …

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Feb 01

New Field Report: Thunder (1984) by Flag Points’ Dave

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Dave from Flag Points checks in with a Field Report, and it’s a classic from 1984: the man, the myth, the legend: Thunder! I echo his sentiments about this figure. It’s a great one.

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