Posts tagged 25th Anniversary

Bazooka (2008)

Sgt. Bazooka (2008)

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Bazooka wasn’t a popular character with me as a kid. The cartoon version was a goofball, and the figure just didn’t capture my imagination. Most of the Joes I received as a kid collector came from infrequent trips to the toy store, or special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. The only More >

Cobra BAT (2008)

Cobra BAT (2008)

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I find myself much more interested in this figure than many others of his time. Everything seems to come together. Maybe the original BAT design lends itself well to the highly detailed modern style, or the non-human characteristics just allow for the collector eye to be more forgiving than with More >

GI Joe Hawk (2008)

GI Joe Hawk (2008)

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Hawk’s 1986 redesign was one of my favorite figures as a kid, edging out other greats from 1986. I suppose I liked him based on his comic appearances, despite the fact that the action figure didn’t resemble the comic Hawk in hair color. Not a huge deal to me as a kid, because I was also a cartoon More >

Cobra Commander (2008)

Cobra Commander (2008)

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Cobra Commander with a cape? Fabulous, absolutely fabulous. Only the truly motivated world conquering megalomaniacs among us would dress up to this level of snickerdoodlery. The man was flashy enough with his double breasted fascist business suit with matching hood, but to add a cape, not to More >

MASS Device

M.A.S.S. Device (2008)

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If my nine year old self could have seen this toy, I think my head would have exploded. There were quite a few characters, locations, vehicles in the Sunbow toon that I had wished to see on toy shelves, but this one would probably have topped my list. The MASS Device mini-series still stands out in More >

Chuckles (2009)

Chuckles (2009)

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Chuckles gets flak for his shirt. I’ve never understood why. He’s supposed to be an undercover agent, right? What better way to maintain cover than to look a little ridiculous. I think it makes sense that a guy dressed in a bad shirt would be the last person in a crowd you’d think of as a highly More >

Dreadnok RIpper (2008)

Dreadnok Ripper (2008)

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All three of the original Dreadnoks were very cool characters, and some of the most out-there action figures of the 1980s. After all, what’s not to love about a group of rough and tumble bikers who looked like they stumbled off the set of a Mad Max film. Larry Hama’s characterizations of the group More >

Cobra Diver (2008)

Cobra Diver (2008)

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I loved the Sunbow homage figures. The animated universe, especially the first mini-series, had so many interesting filler and background characters populating the show. It’s only natural, since the animated mini-series was limited to the first two years of the action figure line. The Cobra troops More >

Cobra Bazooka Trooper (2008)

Cobra Bazooka Trooper (2008)

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I like the concept of the early days of Cobra and their use of specialized troops that look like the regular infantry with only a few different accessories. The Marvel comic had a few sprinkled throughout the early issues. Simplicity is the name of the game with this figure, and that also plays out More >

Cobra Commander (2008)

Cobra Commander (2008 Comic Pack)

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Since a new, and apparently improved, modern version of Cobra’s leader is coming out soon, I thought I’d spend a little time looking at one of the many previous versions. The 25th Cobra Commander isn’t one of my favorite versions of old bumper face. It has issues with proportion and the overall More >

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