The A-Team 

By Past Nastification The A-Team was a logical choice for Galoob.  The same kids who bought GI Joe toys and watched the GI Joe cartoon surely idolized NBC’s campy-but-virtuous soldiers of fortune.  Galoob was obviously trying to shoehorn some A-Team toys into kid’s GI Joe adventures and grab a buck.  Fair enough.   The 1:18 scale line featured mediocre figures,

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Airfix Eagles

Airfix, most famously known for its model kits and miniature soldiers, also delved into the world of action figures a bit. Why cover the Eagles line here at JAD?  Because of its similarities to both the original 1960s Joe line’s military subjects, and its even closer similarity to the Palitoy Action Force line of the early 1980s. The series offered

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Dr. Zarkov

By Past Nastification Why is a Flash Gordon figure here- on a GI Joe website? Because it’s pointless to ignore such a beautifully sculpted 1:18 scale figure that easily could have been used as a civilian back in early 80’s, that’s why! Introduced by Mattel in 1979, Dr. Zarkov is the only Flash Gordon figure which could pass as Joe-compatible,

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Sgt. Rock (1982 Remco)

Imagine a time when a few toy lines were so popular that other manufacturers created product not only to capitalize on the popularity of superstar toys, but also advertised them as being compatible with their competitors. Remco was very good at adapting existing properties into lines that could “work with” other popular series.  Sgt. Rock was a prime choice to

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Military One

By Past Nastification A few military themed toylines, such as Remco’s Sgt. Rock and Mego’s Eagle Force arrived just ahead of GI Joe A Real American Hero. Another toyline arriving in 1982 alongside or immediately after GI Joe was Porto Play’s Military One line. Working under the assumption that a toyline would take a year to go from first inspiration

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