The Power of Packaging: Cobra-La Team
It’s getting really close to Halloween, and I’m in a monstery/creaturey kind of mood. If you dig through the decades, there is actually a fair amount of creepy Joe-related subjects. It’s a shame though that Hasbro’s new action figure format didn’t get in on the mid-60s monster craze. Imagine 12 inch 60s Hasbro Universal Monsters complete with Basil Gogos box art. I’d buy all of that.
By the time Super Joe came on the scene, with the team fighting monsters from other worlds, things were in full sci-fi swing. In the 80s, it took a few years for things to get hairy and scary after the line was rebooted. My most vivid 80s Joe creep-out memories come from the Sunbow cartoon, with episodes like Skeletons in the Closet, and the Transylvania portions of the Serpentor mini-series. As we creep closer to that creepiest of holidays, expect all sorts of weirdness.
Is there a more monsteriffic set of GI Joe figures? I know when I first spied these guys in the 1987 brochure, I was taken aback. Sure, the line had its share of weirdness up to that point, but this set was comparatively off the deep end. I never owned the set (nor saw them in stores) as a kid, but I always wanted to pick them up, being a monster fan since a young age. I’m glad I didn’t get them back then, as I would have been sorely disappointed in the final version of Golobulus. A hybrid GI Joe/bendy figure? That’s a harsh bait and switch. Oh well, at least the art is interesting–there’s even a different, more dynamic image on the back.