Tag Archive: Store Exclusive

Oct 26

Grunt (1997)

Grunt (1997)

Ever get a new shirt that you really like, and can’t wait to wear it somewhere friends and family can see, and hopefully tell you how much they like it too? If that was Grunt in 1997, he’s probably still waiting for his shirt compliments. He’ll probably be waiting another seventeen years. After his pants …

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Oct 25

Tele-Viper (2014 Kre-O)

Tele-Viper (2014)

As the GI Joe Kre-O series goes on, it seems that more and more of the blind bag figures get really interesting multi-part builds as an element of their accessory complement. The Tele-Viper’s backpack and scanner make good use of some small parts to suggest the original equipment fairly well. That’s some of the beauty …

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Oct 13

Short Fuze (1997)

Short-Fuze (1997)

Oh boy, the Stars and Stripes set. What can be said about it beyond holy cow did Hasbro ever whiz a great opportunity down its leg? I’m sure others with inside knowledge of the inner workings of the GI Joe brand know why things were switched and swapped from the time of early press photos …

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Oct 08

Carl “Doc” Greer (2014)

Doc (Kre-O)

Hasbro’s Kre-O has become more than a bit of an obsession for me since its GI Joe figures made their debut last year. When Collection 1 hit, I hadn’t intended to pick up more than a few choice figures that had sparked my interest. Once I bought a few blind bags and the Checkpoint Alpha …

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Oct 05

Skyduster (2008)

Skyduster (2008)

What’s in a name? With the GI Joe brand since the Real American Hero era’s end, it seems at times a mire of copyright and/or trademark clearances. Mainstay characters like Hawk, Stalker and Scarlett have all been subject to moniker juggling. Heck, even lesser knowns like Starduster have had their code names go incognito and …

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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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