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Enemy Leader (Demon Enemy, et al.)

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Feast your eyes upon the gloriousness that is Enemy Leader, a part of also-ran American (and National) Defense’s Demon Enemy line, and also released in the similarly packaged Commando Ranger (and Demon Ranger) line as “The Killer.” Whatever moniker you choose, isn’t this the most beautifully More >

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HEAT Viper (1993)

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I always found it strange that a late 80′s Cobra like the HEAT Viper was revisited just a few years after its original release. However, the late 80′s Alley Viper was also given new life in the Battle Corps series. I find both to be well done and worthy successors to their earlier figures, but with More >

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Slip-Stream (1986)

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When did Nintendo’s Mario join the Joes? In all seriousness, figures like Slip-Stream amaze me because the face is not an idealized, chiseled image of an idealized male, but more of an everyman. It’s something that the small Joe line has done since the beginning. Just look at Grunt from the first More >

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Range Viper (1990)

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I still have a tough time wrapping my head around the Range Viper’s look. Specifically, the head, but the rest of the figure kind of mystifies as well. I’ve always read the sculpting on the helmet as brains, which is symbolically odd, if that’s what it’s meant to represent. Why would Cobra, an More >

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New Field Report: Missile Defense Unit by KansasBrawler

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It’s time for a new Field Report. KansasBrawler checks in covering another battlefield accessory. This time it’s the Missile Defense Unit from 1984. Check it out!

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Cannonball (2005)

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Cannonball is another driver made entirely of reused parts. It’s not surprising considering he was released as a driver of a Direct to Consumer vehicle, the Rhino. The DTC line utilized a lot of existing molds, with some strategically inserted new parts and weapons. Cannonball’s body is made up of More >

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BUCKs (2005 Lanard Corps!)

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Lanard’s Corps! line broke its figures off into several sub-groups for a bit in the 2000′s (where have we seen that before?) There were the WASPs, an air based group; the ROOS, a rapid response team; the ORCAs, a group of water operations specialists; and the BUCKs, a bio nuclear containment More >

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Ozone (1994)

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The flurry of sub-teams at the end of the Real American Hero line is not looked on favorably by some Joe fans. This I feel is unfortunate, because the concepts introduced, while they ranged from the sensible to the outright goofy, brought some more variety into the toyline. The story from those More >

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Short-Fuze (1983)

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Short-Fuze is one of those original Joes who never really got his.moment in the sun. He was pretty quickly relegated to history after the first series of figures, and never received a revival in later years like Hawk or Grunt. The closest he came was with Downtown, another blonde mortarman, who More >

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Firefly (2002 Sound Attack)

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When does a repaint pass from odd to over the top? I think when gold boots and gloves come into play, there’s no turning back. This exclusive Firefly very nearly reaches Funskool levels of craziness. But you know what? It somehow works for me. It’s a crimson Firefly!

First off, who wouldn’t mind More >

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