1989 Slaughter’s Marauders Equalizer

From 1982 to 1994, every series of GI Joe had its share of gems and duds, of military realism and science fiction aspects, of muted earth tones, camouflage and bright colours, of designers demonstrating their love for the toys through their work, and unfortunate proof that sometimes they were being pushed to save a few […]

A Year in the Life: 2021 Edition

So here we are again! One more year down, celebrating my second Christmas as a toy blogger. A lot has changed since December 2020… Well, I’m still in my basement working every day, waiting out this damn pandemic before returning to the office. But me, my wife and kids are all a year older, so […]

1984 Cobra Water Moccasin

The Cobra Water Moccasin had the dubious distinction of being one of the most overmatched vehicles in my Cobra army. It arrived as a gift from my best friend, Corey, at Christmas in 1984. We were in grade two at the time, and he was back in the Northwest Territories after spending the previous school […]

1992 Ace

I had a soft spot for my vehicle drivers, before the Cobra drivers became a nameless hoard, before all the GI Joe drivers became generic, cardboard good guys. My first Joe driver was Ace, followed by Steeler, Wild Bill, Deep Six, Cutter, etc. Every one of them became a core member of my Joe team, […]

1986 Havoc

From my childhood, there are three vehicles I remember ordering through the Sears catalog: the Bridgelayer, the Snow Cat and the Havoc. Each holds a special place in my heart. There weren’t many places to purchase toys in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. Just a small version of The Bay and a pharmacy, Wally’s Drugs, that […]

1992 Wild Bill

In high school, GI Joe and I renewed our relationship. I had quit playing with toys at 11 years old, in 1988, and sold off many of my GI Joe figures at a yard sale in 1991, raising money to buy hockey cards. But my love of Joe never went away, and by 1994 I […]

1982/83 Rock ‘n Roll

Of the original nine GI Joe figures released when the 3.75” line arrived at retail in 1982, Rock ‘n Roll is probably the best. The first series included a number of indistinguishable greenshirts, but Rock ‘n Roll was part of a subset of figures – with Snake Eyes, Stalker, Scarlett and Flash – that were […]

1985 Armadillo

Growing up, selecting a group of friends to invite to a birthday sleepover was always a juggling act. When I turned ten in 1987, I decided to only invite three friends, starting with my best friend, Donny. I also invited Carlos, who had been a friend for as long as I could remember. He was […]

1990 Saw Viper

I’ve admitted before that I was once addicted to teen dramas and no one called me on it, so here I go again… In 2003, I was living in Whitehorse. I had just graduated university in Edmonton, and had moved to the Yukon to take a job in product management for a telecommunications company. My […]

1994 Action Marine

As a kid, I left GI Joe while the 1988 figures were still at retail, and came back for a brief period in high school, finding the Shadow Ninjas and ordering 1980s Joes through mailaway inserts with the 1990s figures. But I didn’t stay with it quite long enough to find the 30th anniversary boxsets, […]