<Munch munch> Oh, hi again! Sorry, you just caught me finishing up my last box of GI Joe Action Stars cereal. It was pretty dry, but I think all that added sugar must act as a preservative. Anyway, I just slathered it in plenty of milk and it wasn’t too bad. Now I can get on with sending away for my free Starduster figure. Man, six to eight weeks seems like such a long time to wait for a figure. Waitaminute, what? The offer expired twenty-five years ago? Dangit! Ugh–why does my stomach feel awful all of a sudden?
Would I have been odd as a teenager to be buying box after box of GI Joe cereal just to mail off for a little plastic figure? The checkout ladies at the grocery store probably thought so. “It’s for my…uh…little brother. He loves the stuff…yeah.” Truth be told, that’s not how I got mine, but I did have a similar experience in my college years when I’d have to buy several boxes of Froot Loops to get that Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise figure.
The former trapeze artist turned GI Joe came first courtesy the infamous cereal mail-in, and was also available later alongside Hasbro Direct’s other Joe mail-ins. He’s quite the mish-mash of molds, and even saw a few parts variations over the years. Yeah, it’s a pain to get all of his different versions.
On to Joe fiction: Starduster made appearances in comics and animation–okay, okay, only if you count the cereal promos and commercial. Hmmm, can you consider that canon?
What more can I say–it’s a fun if goofy figure. So let’s see: circus background, baby blue uniform, cereal shape featured prominently on helmet. I’d say the Joe team has a solid cereal mascot on its hands. And he’s got a jet pack. Take that, Cap’n Crunch.