1985 Cobra Rifle Range

You ever get the feeling that a toy might have started as an inside joke…? In 1985, Hasbro released the Cobra Rifle Range, a set that allowed the inept cadre of soldiers Cobra Commander had assembled to practice the skill they seemed to lack more than anything: hitting a target with their rifles. In both […]

1984 Mutt

1984 was one of the key years for the GI Joe brand. 1983 had created the recipe for continued success (evolution) and 1984 was the year that Hasbro proved they were committed to executing that recipe. The toys – headlined by the Killer Whale and Rattler – were incredible, and the individual figures really hit […]

1983 Cobra MSV

The Cobra Combat Set MSV was a Sears exclusive released in Canada in 1983. It combined two iconic GI Joe toys in the Vamp and MMS, cast in black plastic with dark grey wheels and Cobra decals. Unlike the two toys it was based on, the MSV was devoid of any driver. A Cobra Officer […]

1991 Cloudburst

Alright, so something a little different this week. Cloudburst and I are over visiting my buddy, Dustin, on his blog site, and I may have revealed a little too much about my past. And as everyone knows, blackmail material is half the battle. (The other half, in fact.) Check out my guest blog on Dragon […]

1986 Devilfish

The arrival of the new Joes in 1986 marked the apex of my childhood GI Joe frenzy. I would never be more anxious than in the days leading up to the 1986 toy releases. I was old enough to walk home from school, and I stopped at Wally’s Drugstore and The Bay, along the way, […]

One Year Later

On May 30, 2020, I posted my first blog entry, working from my laptop in the spare room of my in-laws’ house. My wife and I were up-island visiting her family, one of the few times we left Victoria last year, apart from camping trips. The pandemic never hit Vancouver Island with the ferocity it […]

1992 Toxo-Zombie

Toxo-Zombie and I have a short but eventful history. I got my first in a lot of GI Joe from eBay in 2009. I didn’t know what to make of him for years, and so he traveled with me as I moved from Nova Scotia to the Northwest Territories and finally to British Columbia. But […]

1984 Sharc

When I was growing up, my family alternated summer vacations between the east coast and west coast of Canada. My grandparents were in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, but my Uncle Jim lived in British Columbia, much closer to where we lived, in the Northwest Territories. For our western road trip in the summer of […]

1988 Hardball

I think it’s a mildly unpopular opinion to feel fondness for Hardball. He was from 1988 and everyone knows that the only good figures from that seventh series were Shockwave, Hit & Run and Storm Shadow. And maybe Destro and the Iron Grenadier. And Tiger Force has some cool repaints, and has become de rigueur […]

1982/83 Flash

When Hasbro brought back GI Joe in 1982, their marketing machine was ready to roll. It included an aggressive TV advertising campaign featuring animation to promote the Marvel comic book. The toy packages had beautiful, action-oriented paintings by Hector Garrido, and the perfect, Reagan-era catchphrase, “A Real American Hero”. The toys followed the trail blazed […]