Tag Archive: 25th Anniversary

Jan 14

Crimson Guard Officer (2008)

Crimson Guard Officer (2008)

With all the focus on the Crimson Guard as an elite force of Cobra soldiers, it’s a bit surprising that the group didn’t get another official officer figure until this Toys R Us exclusive. Part of the Senior Ranking Officer sets, it’s a flashier repaint of the 25th Anniversary CG mold. The same year saw …

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Jan 04

Duke (2008)

Duke (2008)

Sometimes as a collector of large, long lived toy lines, you get burned by the repetition of main characters. Often, it doesn’t hurt so bad to buy multiple versions of one person. For instance, the vintage Star Wars line, for all its representations of Luke, Han and Leia, the big three were wearing outfits significantly …

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Dec 15

Spirit Iron-Knife (2008)

Spirit (2008)

I’ll admit that I was one of many who began to compile a wish list of figures once the 25th anniversary line appeared to be successful enough to continue beyond a couple of assortments. High on that list were the 1983 offerings, and the nostalgic feelings that they spurred. After all, what 80s kid wouldn’t …

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Dec 09

Cobra Officer (2008)

Cobra Officer (2008)

The Marvel comic inspired multi figure packs continued into the 25th anniversary, and the Cobra troopers were one of the few repeats from previous releases. The colors, although a bit more muted than the o-ring predecessors, were nonetheless inspired by the bright hues of 1980s comic printing. There’s something missing from modern comics, in a …

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Dec 08

Shipwreck (2008)

Shipwreck (2008)

As repaints go, this Shipwreck isn’t a bad one. Though most folks probably picked up his comic pack simply to get a modern version of Copperhead, the figure at least adds an interesting new accessory. Shipwreck, while he sported some very traditional military attire, spent the 80s in said “sailor suit”, and not getting another …

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Dec 06

Roadblock (2009)

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I was disappointed with Resolute as an animated offering, but the character designs were very refreshing. After a few years of 80s homages with the 25th anniversary toys, Hasbro seemed to be taking GI Joe in a new design direction with new animation. Granted, many of the characters still took some cues from what had …

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Oct 07

Serpentor (2008)

Serpentor (2008)

Included in the same DVD Battle Pack that also contained the oft-requested Sunbow version of Motezuma’s Skeleton, Serpentor is at least interesting. The third modern construction style version of Cobra’s Emperor, he bears somewhat more of a resemblance to his old self than the previous two versions. The result is a bit of recombinant plastic …

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Oct 06

ICYMI: Lady Jaye (2009)

I feel bad whenever I have to simply reblog something. Usually, it’s due to just running out of time in the day. (I do have a life, folks). However, I also think that throwing back to a past entry might put a figure back in front of some eyeballs that hadn’t caught it the first …

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Oct 05

Skyduster (2008)

Skyduster (2008)

What’s in a name? With the GI Joe brand since the Real American Hero era’s end, it seems at times a mire of copyright and/or trademark clearances. Mainstay characters like Hawk, Stalker and Scarlett have all been subject to moniker juggling. Heck, even lesser knowns like Starduster have had their code names go incognito and …

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Oct 03

Strato-Viper (25th Anniversary)

Strato-Viper (25th)

Hasbro mail-aways were kind of a funny thing. Neither my brother nor I had the Night Raven, yet thanks to Hasbro’s mail-in offers, I have fond memories of the Strato-Viper from my brother’s collection. He saw a lot of use in my brother’s Cobra air force, manning the second seat of the Hurricane just about …

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