Zartan (1984)

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I don’t have too many GI Joe toy memories that stand out as much as my first experience with the Zartan figure. The story is as vivid in my mind as the original two Joe figures I obtained early on in the Real American Hero era. I first got wind of the toy (before seeing it in a store) via

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Hydro-Viper (1988)

Hydro-Viper (1988)

Looking back, I sure am disappointed to not have gotten in at the ground floor with the 1988 series. My childhood Joe collection stopped in the midst of the 1987 series. I like the ’87 releases, but the Cobras were…odd. With several cool new Joes as well as Cobra army builders, the followup was a fine year. I recall spotting

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Random Repost: Cyber Ninja

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Things are getting pretty busy around JAD HQ, and lately I find my time short to gather more pics for reviews at the moment. We’re gearing up for Will’s 6th birthday party! Hard to believe he’s six!. Also hard to believe that JAD is just one year younger than him (I need to celebrate that sometime too!) So yeah, it’s

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Eels Redux

Things are a mite busy here at the JAD HQ (hence the missed post yesterday). Nothing super heavy is going on, just everyday life being what it is. Tonight we’ll have a rerun, inspired by the fact that Shark Week is upon us again. Take a trip back to 1992 and enjoy the Eels and his robotic partner.

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A.V.A.C. (2008)

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I always wondered just what the acronym AVAC stood for. I didn’t notice anything referring to its meaning until the release of this figure in the first lineup of 25th anniversary vehicles. Air Viper, Advanced Class is referenced on the newer file card, and that makes perfect sense in light of the original figure’s file card. It referred to the

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Baroness (2004)

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During the new sculpt and 25th anniversary eras of GI Joe, it took Hasbro two tries to get a nice Baroness on the pegs. The 2002 relaunch version netted us this weird robotic looking version of Cobra’s leading lady. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth until she surfaced again in the Valor vs. Venom series. By that time,

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Cobra CLAWS Commander (2003)

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When I started this blog nearly five years ago, much of the motivation for doing it centered on reconnecting with my collection. As I dove into the myriad figures I had available in my collection, I began to find a quickly rekindled interest in the toys from the years dubbed “new sculpt” by collectors. Produced with the same o-ring construction

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