Super Joe Commander (1977)
Who would have thought that over thirty years after this influential milestone Joe figure hit the market that we’d still be talking about it, much less that it would give rise to the greatest and longest-lasting iteration of the venerable toy brand that began as GI Joe way back in 1964? I’m amazed myself that I can still go into Toys R Us and pick up a modern Super Joe, produced with all the improvements in sculpting and articulation that modern toy technology allows. And he’s still 8 inches tall–the only size Joes should ever be.
I’m sure every Joe fan who grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s remembers their first Super Joe. Those figures just created so many great Super Joe memories. Heck, there are even at least five podcasts dedicated to these 8 inch wonders of plastic. The Super Joe Commander not only blasted foes with his 1-2 Punch, but also blasted them with the power of light, direct from his awesome battery-operated Power Vest. Mine still battle the Intruders and Terron, and I sometimes use this original version alongside my newer Super Joes as well. I know they don’t all mesh perfectly, but hey, I like to have fun with them. They’re still toys, after all.
Even the recent Pursuit of The Terrons line, with its incredible attention to detail, just can’t do it for me like the vintage line. I absolutely love the Super Joe line, and here’s hoping it continues to survive for many more years. I simply can’t imagine a world without them on toy shelves. But who knows, maybe there’s an alternate universe in which the Super Joe line failed and Hasbro went back to the toy’s military roots and created a series of pocket-sized Joes.
The Super Joe line revolutionized the boys action figure aisle forever. The 8″ Star Wars line would not where it is today without Super Joe. Everything shows some sort of influence from Super Joe.
Who would have thought that the Mego Super Heroes line would have continued through today w/o Super Joe?
Truly a revolutionary moment in the history of Boys Toys!
The CORPS! can beat up Super Joe.
Even Lightning Mobutu couldn’t take out Super Joe.
this was a GREAT choice for the april fool’s blog entry
I just hope the new Super Joe: Retaliation movie is better than the last one! I love Super Joe but Rise of the Terrons was horrible!
Ah! Ah! Ah!
The Terrons were terrific!
Let me guess….April Fool’s.
Yes! Finally someone recognizes how Super Joe saved Hasbro. Wait…
I loved it when Super Joe’s popularity led to the merger of Hasbro and Mego in the early 90’s. Superman, Captain America and Super Joe Commander have since shared the same, wondrous, plastic universe! It doesn’t get any better than that.
Awesome post. And the new banner was a great touch. well played sir.