Tag Archive: Not Joe

Feb 26

Enemy Spy Leader (Demon Enemy)

Enemy Spy Leader

National Defense, a series of budget, me-too GI Joe clones, is an odd and confusing story, to say the least. The line, available at K-Mart, utilized molds that would also be used by Galoob in its Gen. Patch series. The line also saw release as American Defense, a name later used by Remco for a …

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Dec 07

2013 Lanard Toys Warehouse Sale


, Lanard CORPS!

Sep 11

Sky Raptor (Lanard CORPS!)

Sky Raptor

As extensive a line as the CORPS! action figure series is, it’s no match for GI Joe in terms of vehicles and playsets. In just their first two years, the Joes and Cobras had amassed a force of tanks, artillery, aircraft and bases that was unmatched in the action figure aisle. Lanard’s initial vehicle offerings …

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Aug 20

Shadow Strike Ninja (2013 Wolverine)

Shadow Strike Ninja (2013)

When the Renegades Storm Shadow was released, I made a comment that it was such a cool figure, I would buy the mold in any flavor. So far, I’ve kept up with that promise, from the myriad ninjas from the Retaliation line based on the mold, even to the point of buying this new version …

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Aug 07

Hulkbuster Squad Emil Blonsky (2008)

Hulkbuster Squad (2008)

Hasbro has had quite the history of repurposing molds from its various toy lines, particularly with GI Joe. From the 90s days of Kenner borrowing Hasbro molds, to the more current appearances of GI Joe parts in the Marvel Universe toys, the reuse of molds surely makes economical sense. Though the appearance of the iconic …

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Aug 04

Steve Wyoming (CORPS!)

Steve Wyoming (CORPS!)

Lanard has never been worried about getting a little silly with their action figure offerings, and we’re all the richer for it. Before I had located a file card for him, I had assumed this figure was probably some sort of patriotic American type, a la Sgt. Slaughter. Another of the Lanard CORPS! series’ strange …

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Jul 24

Assault Team Officer (Demon Enemy)

Assault Team Officer (1983)

Knock-offs come in many flavors. They range from the almost but not quite Hasbro quality offerings, and there are the fly by night releases that sometimes border on bootlegs. The National/American Defense lines by Agglo fall somewhere in between. This is not an attractive figure. In fact, most of the figures in the line were …

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May 16

Night Lazer (Corps!)

Night Lazer

Night Lazer was one of the later Corps! figures to be released after the first wave in 1986. These things were repainted so often in the 90s and 2000s that catching all the variations can make your head spin. From what I can tell, this one hails from later in the 90s. The original version …

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Apr 25

Special Force AKA Dollar Tree Firefly (2013)

I talk about knock-offs here and there, but I’ve not really covered an honest to gosh low-rent cheeseball one until now. Most of the “me-too” figures I’ve posted, like those from the Corps or National Defense, have been GI Joe imitations in terms of concept and construction. This one takes a GI Joe design and …

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Mar 29

Sonya Blade (1995 Mortal Kombat)

Sonya Blade

All was not lost in 1994 and 1995 for fans of GI Joe and ninjas after its cancellation. There were two continuations, at least of some Joe molds, in the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat lines. I recall finding the Mortal Kombat figures at the now defunct Kay-Bee Toys. Generally located in malls, the stores …

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