Tomax and Xamot (1985)
Tomax and Xamot were so fascinating to me in 1985 that I took the first opportunity I could to get to a store and buy the set. It was the same day that I had seen the commercial for their debut comic (during an episode of MASK, no less) and one of my buddies called to ask if I wanted to make a trip to Dolgin’s ( a local department store with locations in the KC area) with him. He was looking for Transformers, and ended up buying Blaster. I got the Crimson Twins. I still think I made out better on the trip.
Just the fact that two GI Joe figures were packaged together was special, but I was particularly fascinated with the packaging. It’s one of the most unique looking carded figure sets in the line. The mirrored finish to the inserts on either side of each brother was a cool touch.
I was instantly hooked on the figures’ look, with their flashy style and abundant cobra motifs. Looking at the head sculpts from a GI Joe history perspective, I wonder if the hairstyles and scar were intentional references to 1960s Joes. The side parted, almost plastered-down hair sure looks similar to those first figures.
As far as Joe media, I had equal exposure to the characters from both the cartoon and comic. I found the debut of the twins in the comic to be much more memorable and exciting than their first appearance in the Sunbow ‘toon. Conceptually, they skirted a line between goofy and cool. The comic I think handled them more deftly, thanks to Larry Hama’s writing. The cartoon versions had their moments though, and the brothers’ sometimes snarky comments were often good for a laugh, at both the Joes’ and Cobra Commander’s expense.