1982 RAM

The Rapid Fire Motorcycle (RAM) is one of the most recognizable GI Joe vehicles. It was released in the initial collection in 1982, and was a staple in Joe media, playing a prominent role in issues of the Real American Hero comic book. When Joe was reintroduced as a 3 ¾” line, the carded figures […]

1984 Blowtorch

GI Joe was about evolution throughout the line, and it was that evolution that guaranteed its continued success. If Hasbro had been satisfied with the 82s we would have gotten a new crop of green shirts and blue shirts in 1983, and the line would have been dead by 1984. The changes from 1982 to […]

Estrela Relampago

I’m not sure when I’m going to start profiling Joes released after I stopped collecting toys in 1988. I’ve grown to appreciate the later, domestic ARAH figures and foreign releases over the past few years, but at this point I’m more focused on writing about toys from my childhood that I have a personal connection […]

1982/83 Breaker

The first GI Joe I ever owned was a straight-arm Breaker. He appeared in my collection almost by magic when I was five years old. My family was living in Fort Smith, NWT, so my mom would have bought him at the Bay or possibly Wally’s Drugs, or he would have been a toy my […]

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