G.I. Joe Action Figure Showcase

 

I wanted to showcase G.I. Joe.  The comic book series was fun to read, the cartoon T.V. series was also fun to watch, and the toy line just kept getting better every year.   My friend is a big collector of the toys, and we said, “Why not? Let’s give the Joe’s the respect they deserve.”

Before I go a little bit in depth with the toy line,  I’ll link a video to this post, which will go over the history of the toy line.

 

 

 

Okay… So, this all started in the 1960’s.  Figures with moveable joints, that can sit in a tank or plane and hold a gun, are NOT dolls.

They serve a purpose: To serve, and defend their country.  The first toys were a good 12 inches in size, which meant the plastic vehicles that accompanies them would be huge, and would take up too much floor room with an expanding toy line.

Joe’s with different accessories, and different abilities, and personalities, allowed boys to create adventures with the toys.

The toy line lost popularity, and was only just a memory in the 1970,s until one day a toy company called HASBRO decided to to bring the toys back to life.  G.I. Joe had a new arch-nemesis… Code named COBRA… A ruthless, terrorist organization , determined to rule the world.

I knew little about G.I. Joe, until I started a comic collection in 3rd grade.  One of my first comics was G.I. Joe #1

 

 

That book is a good read, and it’s probably worth a lot of money now…Too bad I didn’t take good care of it and sold it to a friend many years ago.  It wasn’t so much the comic book that sparked my interest in the toy line, it was the way the body parts moved on the action figures.  They were far superior than the Star Wars Figures.   You could bend, and rotate the Joe’s body parts into different positions, unlike the other boring toy lines,  where there arms and legs would only move vertically and not bend at all.

Nothing came close to the accessories that accompanied the G.I. Joe and Cobra figures… My friend has decided to upload some pics from his prized collection:

 

 

…And, more poses.

 

 

 

 

Cool ya?   Now let’s take a look at a retro Star Wars action figure in a pose:

 

 

 

Pretty dull and boring, but that was when toys were not very detailed due to outdated mold making techniques, but HASBRO was out to break that mold with a better made figure.

 

When you bought a G.I. Joe/Cobra action figure, they included accessories, and a file card which described the name of the figure, and what special role that action figure’s character plays.

 

 

 

Accessories

 

 

These are some of the weapon accessories for the Cobra figures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.I. Joe figures are still being made and sold today…see Wave 2, Action Vinyls blind box.

Also Amazon, and other sellers actively sell new action figures, with even more accessories included.

 

 

No G.I. Joe collection is without vehicles, so stay tuned for more action packed toys!

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  • Del says:

    So what actually constitutes Meenakari work?

  • timmyphreak says:

    Wow, good question. Meenakari work might apply to some metal figures, where color is “fused” onto the metal. The process goes like this:

    The process starts with the designer (naquash), then goes to the goldsmith (sonar). It is then passed on to the engraver (kalamkar) who engraves the design, then the enamelist (meenakar) applies the color. The artefact then goes to the polisher (ghotnawala), then the stone-setter (jadia), and finally it goes to the stringer (patua) for the final touches.

    This is an old way of coloring metal, as there are some figures which are painted using this method.

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