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    Why do you collect GI JOE?

    I thought this would be fun. Talking about the experiences and fun times about what drew people to GI JOE toys.

    For me, the AT stuff sorta flew under my radar. I first really noticed GI JOE toys with the Super Joe line. I liked the sci-fi look of it and thought the monsters and aliens were really cool. I actually thought Terron was sorta cute and kinda wanted one. But it still wasn't enough for me to take the leap and bug my parents for the toys.

    That changed with the RAH figures. They were small like my SW figures and there were you know finally girls in the line. That was the hook I needed. Then everything sorta clicked when I saw the first 82 commercial. The cartoon was then the lightbulb moment where I was like okay I totally get it. This is awesome. I do have to admit as much as I liked my Scarlett figure I was disappointed she lacked the long ponytail of the animation and comic. So I was super impressed when Baroness was released. I think that was the first time I'd seen molded long hair on an action figure. Another thing I really liked was so many figures like Snake Eyes, Mutt and Shipwreck came with pets. That was big draw for me.

    It was actually my fondness for RAH that gave me an appreciation of all the previous GI JOE lines.

    This commercial is what brought me to GI JOE.

    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    This viewmaster set probably has a lot to do with it, I got it when i was 3.


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    Quote Originally Posted by palitoy View Post
    This viewmaster set probably has a lot to do with it, I got it when i was 3.
    That's neat! I really dig those old viewmaster reels. They put so much effort into them.
    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    Because I wanted dolls I could dress and accessorize. Interestingly, I came to Joe and Big Jim collecting as an adult. I was an all-Mego kid.
    WANTED: Dick Grayson SI trousers; gray AJ Mustang horse; POTA Fortress signal-flasher--top mirrored portion or mirror sticker; POTA Forbidden Zone prison doors, walls, bar; minty Wolfman tights; mint Black Knight sword; minty Launcelot boots; Lion Rock (pale) Dracula & Mummy heads; Lion Rock Franky squared boots; Wayne Foundation blue furniture; Flash Gordon/Ming (10") unbroken holsters; CHiPs gloved arms; POTA T2 tan body; CTVT/vintage Friar Tuck robes, BBP TZ Burgess Meredith glasses.

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    I never liked GI Joe at first I had Big Jim( my name is Jim so there's that) I had BulletMan and Mike Power(who was a fill in for a never gotten Steve Austin). My cousin in Detroit had a lot of joes that I played with like the mummy set and my older brother had the ATV and some joes but was never my thing. I did like the comic record sets a lot. So my GI JOE was ARAH. when they started advertising the comic books on TV and figures came out I was hooked. When GIJOE issue 11 came out, I never read a comic book over and over again like that one as I was so excited for new characters arriving. It was just an awesome comic and toy universe.

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    While I never had Joes at my house as a kid, my cousins had a bunch of them and were very much into the AT era. By the time I was really aware of what was going on in the toy world, GI Joe had passed through the shrunken stage of SuperJoe and disappeared. When RAH Joes started showing up at the stores and taking shelf space away from my beloved Star Wars toys, I was doubly affronted by the fact that they had shrunk, they were not fuzzy, and they all had pre-assigned names. So I have never really taken up the mantel of the smaller Joes, tho I do hold the big guys on the muscle bodies in high regard.

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    Well we do share a first name. From my dim memories I remember having a Action Sailor early on. then into the Adventure Team. Now I do mostly 64 military stuff and more and more getting hooked on the Adventures of line from 69
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    The Adventure Team era was in full swing when I was starting school and GI JOE stuff was in all of the stores and catalogs. Also, there was still GI JOE 1969 stuff on the shelf in some places and neighborhood kids had hand-me-down 1964 figures and accessories that they got from big brothers, cousins, and uncles. I collect because I was surrounded by GI JOE at an age when it was ultra-appealing to me and it's always going to be something I dig. I collect because there has been some great re-issues in the last 20 years (the Walmart Adventure Team release of 2007...$10 a figure!....got me into collecting) and it's not too hard to pick up some original pieces for not too much scratch if you play the long game. For me, collecting GI JOE is a "Goldilocks Zone" where there is a little bit of a chase that makes it fun, but not so difficult as to get discouraged. I'm about 12 plus years along in getting figures or pieces here and there (hot streaks and cooling offs) and it's been a fun and satisfying adventure (as it were).

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderbolt View Post
    Well we do share a first name.
    You first name is GI ?

    Sorry. I'll show myself out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprytel View Post
    You first name is GI ?

    Sorry. I'll show myself out...

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