Tag Archive: Comic Pack

Nov 20

Cobra Officer (2004)

Cobra Officer (2004)

2004 was the year of the revived blueshirt. Between the comic pack that spawned this brightly colored version and the uber-popular Infantry Forces six-pack, collectors could get their fill of the generic Cobra ground pounder officer. I certainly did. I’m sure my buying binge was due not only to the colorful nature of the figure …

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Aug 16

Dreadnok Buzzer (2005)

Buzzer (2005)

Buzzer was the first Dreadnok figure I picked up in 1985, and he was an instant favorite. I probably didn’t “get” much of the biker gang references within the ‘Noks’ look at the time, but I thought back then that they reminded me of the bad guys from the Road Warrior movie. Funny how my …

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Jul 08

Red Ninja Viper (2005)

Red Ninja Viper (2005)

What 80s or 90s kid doesn’t love a little ninja in their lives? There’s got to be some reason for the appeal of them, beyond the pop cultural soup from which their popularity sprang in the 1980s. Is it the mystery of their origins, or some interest in their abilities to blend in and silently …

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May 07

Tommy Arashikage (2006)

Tommy Arashikage (2006)

The small GI Joe figures have always been an easy ssubject for customization. Their very construction allows for a nearly endless combination of parts and an ease of assembly, if one has access to a precision screwdriver. Before I ever performed any parts swapping among GI Joes, I experimented on a couple of Star Wars …

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May 06

Anthony “Flash” Gambello (2005)

Flash (2005)

The comic packs were a great way for Hasbro to release figures that may not have been well known or popular enough to warrant a single carded release. As such, many heavily fan requested comic characters finally made appearances in the toy line. Along with those demanded figures were a share of what might best …

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May 03

Cobra Commander (2005 Comic Pack)

Cobra Commander (2005)

Anybody interested in a holographic Cobra Commander? At first, I thought maybe Hasbro had confused their GI Joe line with Star Wars, since back in the 2000s, you couldn’t swing a dead Jawa without hitting a hologram based figure. Alas, it was not a mix-up, but a legitimate variant based on a few panels of …

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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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Apr 01

Roadblock (2005 Comic Pack)

Roadblock (2005)

Poor 1984 Roadblock. Stuck with a weird shaped head, comparatively scrawny arms and a barrel chest. As a figure, he was hardly a match for his tough looking card art intepretation, but I suppose for a 1984 Joe, he didn’t fare too badly. After all, even the hulking Gung Ho was decidedly less bulky in …

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Jan 28

Firefly (2005 Comic Pack)

Many of the o-ring style comic packs had head issues. The Joes in particular seemed to get the short end of the cranium stick. I’ve wondered if the smaller heads were a design choice, or the result of a manufacturing issue. After all, the newly designed figures of the era had more delicate sculpting and …

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Jan 20

Scarlett (2004 Comic Pack)

Scarlett (2004 Comic Pack)

Of all the versions of Scarlett to produce, they made her in a karate outfit that appeared in the opening pages of Marvel Comics issue #2. I was hoping for an arctic outfit along the lines of the Snake Eyes contained in the same comic pack. Given the limited parts reused for each of the …

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