Tag Archive: Store Exclusive

Sep 27

Sgt. Stalker (2008)

Sgt. Stalker (2008)

Stalker is one of the Joe characters that I always buy, regardless of whether he’s a new mold or a simple repaint. Released as part of Target’s exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack, he was one of seven figures included in the set. This was one of those times when the word “ultimate” wasn’t just hyperbolic. Heck, …

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Sep 19

Dr. Mindbender (25th Anniversary)

Dr. Mindbender

by KansasBrawler I’ve always been a fan of the more sci-fi elements of G.I. Joe. Growing up on the cartoon, that meant an instant affinity for Dr. Mindbender. He looked pretty crazy, but man, he really appealed to my kid brain. Dr. Mindbender was one of the first named Cobras I remember having and I …

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Sep 18

Dial-Tone (2014)

Dial-Tone (2014)

Usually with these Kreons, the printed graphics are what give the biggest impression of the original figure’s design. With Dial-Tone however, his gear, particularly his comm backpack is so ingrained with the figure’s identity that any new iteration has to make some sort of callback to it. I wondered how the unique communications backpack would …

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Aug 09

Cobra Officer (2008)

Cobra Officer (2008)

Environmental specific figures have been favorites of mine since the 80s. I enjoyed playing with the arctic, desert and aquatic characters and imagining them in their unique locations. Living in the midwest, I had snow in the winter, and summer sandboxes stood in for the desert. Outside of the seasons, things like bedspreads and books …

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Jul 12

Interrogator (2006)

Interrogator (2006)

The original Interrogator is one of the gems of the latter years of the Real American Hero era. He had all the hallmarks of what made the early Cobra agents interesting and menacing. Though he was a driver of one of the most ridiculous GI Joe vehicles, the figure was wonderful. Mysterious, imposing and well …

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May 18

Conrad “Duke” Hauser (2009 Rescue Mission)

Duke (2009 Rescue Mission)

Aren’t you a little thin for a toy version of Mr. Tatum? Oh yeah, that’s because this exclusive figure was based on Breaker, a toy based on an actor of decidedly less beefy proportions. Duke looks a little odd, like his head doesn’t quite belong to his body. That’s a shame, since the training uniforms …

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Feb 06

Mainframe (Special Mission: Brazil)

Mainframe (Mission Brazil)

I don’t know why, but every now and then a repaint inspires me to write a joeaday-ku. Enjoy. Deep in dank jungle. Mainframe pecks at his keyboard. Monochrome war plan.

Feb 04

Storm Shadow (2004 Urban Division)

Storm Shadow (2004)

The Ninja Force Storm Shadow has been one of my favorite of the famous ninja’s redesigns, at least in terms of the uniform. There’s something really interesting about the black and white pattern, and the hooded head is a cool nod to his second figure. But being a toy with spring-loaded action, he was hampered …

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Dec 26

Duke (2004 Walmart)

Duke (2004)

A while back I talked about the famous early 80s tan repaints of Grunt and Clutch. Here’s another continuation of the venerable desert repaint theme, along with a bit of new sculpt era Frankensteining. Duke was a member of one of three Walmart exclusive Valor Vs. Venom two packs. Each pack had an urban camo …

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Dec 19

12 Joe A Days of Xmas: Day 6

Infantry Division

It’s the sixth day, and sort of relating to six geese a laying is this exclusive six pack, with which Hasbro and Toys R Us laid an egg back in 2005. The “greenshirt” concept in modern GI Joe is something of a mismatch, considering the team’s nature as a group of highly trained specialists. From …

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