Tiger Force Recondo (1988)

Repaints. If you ask collectors about things that bother them about their hobby, it’s a word that often comes up. Many see them as a cheap way for toy manufacturers to get a new toy on the shelves with little added expense. Take figure A, slap a different color of paint on him and presto-change-o! you have Figure B. I

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Lifeline (1986)

Lifeline is the Joe team’s Rescue Trooper (sounds better than medic I guess). He’s actually the vintage line’s second medic. The first was Doc, released in 1983. What I find most interesting note about Lifeline is his portrayal as a pacifist in the comics and cartoon. However, his action figure included a pistol, and his card art prominently showed him

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Create A Cobra (1993)

Hey, it’s another mail-in! This figure, like his GI Joe Steel Brigade counterpart, is an action figure with a personalized background. Again, kids could make up a code name and specialty. Being that he comes to us from that Day-Glowiest of decades, the 90’s,  he has no compunction about going into battle looking like this: Some Joe collectors like to

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Steel Brigade (1992)

Ever collect cereal box tops as a kid to send away for a cheap plastic tchotchke, or eat 10 horrible subway sandwiches just so you could get the 11th horrible sandwich free? If you were a kid buying GI Joes during the 80’s and 90’s, there were similar offers, only the results weren’t so disappointing. In fact, they were downright

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G.I. Jane (2006)

As a follow-up to the previous post, I’m also sure that the question is asked, “What about the ladies?” Well, women have been part of GI Joe since the 60’s. Okay, so she’s a nurse. Hey, it was the 60’s, give them credit for trying. When the 80’s came around, the Joes had a few women as combat troops. Not

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G.I. Joe (2006)

I’m sure somebody somewhere has asked, “Which one is G.I. Joe?” Good question, and one that didn’t have an answer until 1994. Until that time, at least as far as the figures go, there was no one actually called G.I. Joe. They were all identified as Joes or part of the Joe team. For the 30th anniversary in 1994, Hasbro

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Airtight (1985)

The Joes’ original Hostile Environment specialist hails from the second great improvement year in the line–1985, when Hasbro added neck ball articulation. In 1983, when they introduced a bicep swivel, it was emblazoned on the packaging as “Swivel-Arm Battle Grip.” I don’t know why they didn’t use they same kind of ballyhoo for the neck ball. I think “Head-Nod Battle

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