A New Joe Memory
On the Flag Points podcast, we often discuss Joe memories with guests and one another. I don’t think I’ve shared too many on the show since my first apprearance almost two years ago. Of course, this blog is also an outlet for me to remember the old days (and sometimes not so old days) of my Joe collecting experiences. I had intended to write today about one of the new GI Joe Kreons, Flash. It probably would have been the usual fare for me and this blog. But a funny thing has happened after I’ve had this little figure for about a week, and my post has morphed a bit.
My son, who is just over three years old, has become incredibly attached to Kreon Flash. Normally, he finds most of the toys I buy of some interest, but it’s usually in passing, and he fairly quickly moves on to something else, especially his own toys. But Kreon Flash has been different. He’s been drawn to it each day for about a week now. I’ve been keeping all the Kre-o items safely tucked away when I’m not home, and we only play with them together. It’s hard enough keeping accessories straight when we play with the regular figures, and these things are just begging to get lost in the carpet. So they only come out when I can keep an eye on him during play.
It’s interesting to see his fascination with the mini figures, and with Flash in particular. I can’t blame him for being enamored with it. After all, its predecessor is still one of my favorite Joe figures. This one has all of the same attributes that hooked me all those years ago: the bright red chest pads, awesome laser gun, and most importantly, the visor. He’s constantly flipping it up and down, and when he does, I can’t help but see myself in him, as I’ve never really been able to decide whether Flash looks cooler when displayed with the visor down or up.
Seeing how much he likes the Lego styled figures, it’s no wonder that building toys are a bigger hit with kids than traditional action figures. In a time when GI Joe seems to be waning as a brand, and when at least one great former steward of Joe has called for the concept to be reinvented in order to stay relevant, this fantastically kid friendly angle may really be the way to go to keep things fresh and exciting. I’m certainly more enthused by the little blocky guys than I am with the latest wave of ultra-poseable, highly-detailed and accessorized main line GI Joe staction figures. The Kreons have hooked a three year old and a forty year old at the same time. Impressive.