12 Joe A Days of Christmas: Day 8
Eight Command Rings! I know I covered the verse about rings three days ago, but this one fits better as an eight reference, I think. You wouldn’t want me to leave out three rings, would you?
1990 sure was a big year for package premiums. We already covered the same year’s Combat Pay inserts just a few days ago. This insert also showed up in packages, and prominently showcased Sgt. Slaughter and (oddly enough) a TARGAT shoving their respective jewelry in our faces. The Sarge looks more like a state trooper than usual, thanks to his mirrored glasses and wide brimmed hat. Maybe this is what inspired Funskool to make their Super Cop figure.
The Command Rings themselves were included in the figure packaging, and the concept reminds me of the old days of cereal and Cracker Jack premiums. I wouldn’t mind a cool little ring with my action figures nowadays. I’d wear one proudly, if it fit one of my adult sized fingers. In fact, speaking of free rings, I ordered a mail-in Phantom ring from that crappy movie back in the 90s. It was actually metal instead of plastic, but was too small to fit any of my fingers. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t slamming any evil that year.
Back to Joe, each of these rings featured a different element of the GI Joe forces, and Cobra is only the subject of one of the eight, with the TARGAT. Why is the Iron Grenadiers jet trooper so prominent? Maybe it’s just because the helmet has a nice nameless Cobra trooper look to it. Could also be the fact that the figure came out the previous year, like many of the vehicles picutured on the rings. Whatever the reason, this insert and the ring has to be the TARGAT’s fifteen minutes of GI Joe fame.