Tag Archive: Spy Troops

Sep 07

Red Spot pinch hits tonight

Red Spot

Your intrepid blogger has been under the weather of late, so it’s been a bit of a slog to keep up the pace. For tonight, here’s a quick shout out to an old post. There are more than a few figures from the relaunched o-ring years that piqued my interest and kept a bit of …

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Jul 30

Barrel Roll (2003)

Barrel Roll  (2003)

Barrel Roll is one of the coolest figures of its time. What? Yes. How much cooler can you get in a GI Joe line when a new character not only starts an intriguing storyline, but also includes a disguisable vehicles? To start off, Barrel Roll introduced a new specialty that’s interesting, a high altitude sniper. …

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Jul 20

Grunt (2003)

Grunt (2003)

I’ve covered Grunt in his Spy Troops incarnation before, but after taking pics of a few other disguised figures last week, I’ve wanted to take another look at him. Many of the Spy Troops series snap on armor, leg and arm bracers and helmets were less than convincing. Some were of a downright humorous effect. …

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Jul 14

Switch Gears (2003)

Switch Gears (2003)

The Spy Troops series was one of the boldest efforts in the history of GI Joe figure gimmicks. Based on disguising the warring factions as one another certainly made for an original attempt at adding play value to the toys. The problem was not the idea, but rather the execution. Most of the added armor …

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Jun 02

BTR-Ticles: Sand Snake

Sand Snake-Box-Front

by Twitziller The Sand Snake is often considered part of series 2 of the Built to Rule sets released in limited distribution in 2004. However, like the Rising Tide, the Sand Snake featured a hybrid packaging style, including the box art design of series 1 and interior packaging, including a plastic build tray, unique to …

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May 12

Big Ben (2003)

Big Ben (2003)

Holy cow, did the GI Joe world need forty seven Big Ben figures between 2002 and 2006? At least with this one, the old body was replaced with another. The only problem: it was General Hawk, whose Talking Battle Commander look is just too easily identified to be a good substitute. On the other hand, …

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May 04

Wild Bill (2003)

Wild Bill (2003)

There were a few figures in the relaunched o-ring era that hold up well when compared to their Real American Hero predecessors. Wild Bill’s initial figure release was one of my favorite Spy Troops molds. With an updated uniform design not too heavy on the cowboy aesthetic, more naturalistic proportions, and a removable hat, he …

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Apr 14

BTR-Ticles: Cobra Moccasin

Moccasin-Box-Front

by Twitziller Released as part of the first series of Built To Rule sets in 2003, the Cobra Moccasin is the only Cobra water vehicle in the BTR line. The Moccasin partially shares a name with one of the most iconic Cobra water vehicles, the Cobra Water Moccasin from 1984. The primary mode is a …

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Feb 23

BTR-Ticles: Locust

Locust-Box-Front

by Twitziller Sharing a name with both a small, futuristic one-seat helicopter that appeared in two different versions in 1990, and a desert-camouflaged re-release of the Dragonfly helicopter in 2000, the Locust is the main Joe aircraft of the BTR line. In its primary mode, the Locust is a small helicopter, resembling a Joe version …

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Feb 05

Dart (2003)

Dart (2003)

While some small Joe collectors are lamenting the fact that there doesn’t appear to be much mass retail GI Joe presence on the horizon, I have to feel even worse for those large scale figure collectors, who have already been without much in the way of new product. Even the latest film didn’t generate the …

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