Posts tagged Driver

Armadillo Belt Buckle

Belt Buckle Week – Day 4: Armadillo (1988)

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One of the most undercooked GI Joe uniform designs gave rise to an impressive belt buckle. It’s the sort of thing you’d expect to see on a cowboy type, with a longhorn skull emblazoned across it. The fancy buckle actually works within the confines of the design of the figure’s lower extremities. Up More >

Clutch (1982)

Clutch (1982)

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Straight arm or swivel? Seems an odd question to ask, since the 1983 figures are regarded as improvements to the first year offerings. Not only did the later figures offer the added poseability option of the swiveling arms, but the waists were also slimmed down. The new arms themselves also seem More >

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Tan Clutch Revisited

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A recent post on Hisstank featuring a set of custom original thirteen Joes in tan a la Grunt and Clutch got me to thinking about those two guys, and how much I like the tan repaints. I’ve covered ’84 Clutch once before, so why not share a few more thoughts?

Tan Clutch is one of my most fondly More >

Spirit (1992)

Spirit (1992)

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Spirit got his due in the 90s with a newly designed figure, and a command as well. The leader of the Air Commandos, a group of figures who piloted gliders, the long time Joe team member shows up in an interesting 90s uniform.

The original Spirit is one of the more iconic figures for those of us who More >

Payload (1989)

Payload (1989)

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It’s too bad the greatest small scale GI Joe astronaut figure was released at a time when I had stopped buying the large sets. The Defiant looked like a cool vehicle, and I loved the look of Payload, but I just couldn’t bring myself to seek out such a huge toy at the time. 1987 was the last year More >

Armadillo (1988)

Armadillo (1988)

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A while back, I covered Steam-Roller, the driver of the Mobile Command Center, and a gem of a figure that I hadn’t really appreciated before taking a look at him for the blog. I’d like to say the same applies to Armadillo, but for the most part, I still find him uninspiring. He has a few vestiges More >

Knockdown (1987)

Knockdown (1987)

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Knockdown was the last GI Joe figure I purchased as a young kid collector. Should a kid be called a collector, by the way? I mean, I was buying these things to play with them in the dirt, not to keep them in their package, seal them in bulletproof Lucite and admire the finer points of their sculpts More >

Lift-Ticket (2013)

Lift-Ticket (2013)

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Just a bit of a teaser tonight of what’s to come tomorrow. I broke out the newly arrived Eaglehawk today and threw it together to take a few pics. While doing so, I was quite impressed with its pilot and thought he deserved his own spotlight.

Lift-Ticket is, as I said, included with the highly More >

Keel Haul (1985)

Keel Haul (1985)

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I wasn’t fortunate enough to have a USS Flagg as a kid, so I have no nostalgic memories for Keel Haul, unless you count looking at the Flagg in the 1985 catalog for hours upon hours.

Keel Haul encompasses what I think is one of the great strengths of the Real American Hero era: the driver. It’s More >

Vapor (1990)

Vapor (1990)

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Yet another Cobra pilot subjected to physical modifications, I have to wonder: is Cobra telling the people who volunteer that they may at some point have their craniums cracked open to accommodate electrodes, or their DNA modified to turn them into heinous monsters; and if so, who the heck is More >

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