Tag Archive: 25th Anniversary

Aug 18

Cobra Trooper – Flamethrower Specialist (2008)

Flamethrower Specialist (2008)

Here’s another of the Cobra extreme environment troopers, this time a flamethrower. Well, I think that’s what he’s supposed to be. He actually incorporates elements from a firefighter as well as a flamethrower. The body was donated by Barbecue, the Joe team’s resident fire putter-outer. The weapon comes from Dreadnok Torch, a man who probably …

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Aug 15

Tiger Force Flint (25th Anniversary)

Tiger Force Flint (25th Anniversary)

by KansasBrawler To this day, Flint has always been my favorite Joe character. I loved his portrayal in the cartoon as someone who was kind of cocky, but he clearly had the skills to back it up as soldier and as a leader. However, growing up, I was a little too young to have had …

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Aug 07

Tunnel Rat (2009)

Tunnel Rat (2009)

The modern construction style lends itself to differing body sizes and heights. The same was true with the o-ring to an extent, but was not exploited as often as it has been among more recent figures. Tunnel Rat, one of the more diminutive GI Joe team members, finally received a figure that reflected his intended stature …

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Aug 03

Copperhead (2009)

Copperhead (2009)

Until the recent Toys R Us product, the Rise of Cobra seemed to have been the last great gasp of GI Joe store exclusives. I was figuring that when Retaliation hit last year, there would have been the usual run of repaints, repacks and multi-figure sets at Target, Walmart and Toys R Us. Such was …

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Jun 15

Video Review: Arctic HISS

It’s a special Father’s Day video review, with special guest reviewer Will. Check out the Arctic HISS tank. This is one vehicle I’d been wanting to pick up for years. I’m glad I did.

May 09

Mutt & Junkyard (25th Anniversary)

Mutt & Junkyard

by KansasBrawler If anything made the Joe line iconic to me as a kid, aside from their great articulation, it was the simple concept of the animal sidekick. I don’t know why, but for some reason, the idea of a Joe trooper working alongside an animal to accomplish their mission seemed really cool. I realize …

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Apr 20

Sgt. Bazooka (2008)

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 other avenue I …

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Apr 19

Cobra BAT (2008)

Cobra BAT (2008)

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 the fully human subjects in …

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Apr 17

GI Joe Hawk (2008)

GI Joe Hawk (2008)

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 …

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Apr 16

Cobra Commander (2008)

Cobra Commander (2008)

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 mention one festooned with gold cobra finery, just …

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