Gone, But Not Forgotten: Part 4 – 1985

Before I get into the pictures of Part 4, I want to share a little story.  Recognizing that nostalgia is a powerful drug, I would argue that 1985 was the high-water mark of GI Joe.  Not that I didn’t love additions to the lore that came before or followed in subsequent years, but 1985 was…

Articulated Icons – 6″ Feudal Series

When I learned of The Fwoosh’s attempt to make their own line of Marvel Legends-esque figures, I was intrigued.  This was quite an undertaking that had the potential to be great or a spectacular mess.  They wisely made the figures distinct and tried to build their own mythology, yet simultaneously made the figures modular and…

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Part 3 – 1984

1984 was one of the best years for toys in the history of time.  GIJoe 3-3/4″ was really hitting it’s stride, G1 Transformers were introduced, and all was right with the world.  These are my (former) Joes.  You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.  Let the nostalgia wash over you 😉

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: MP Joes

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m mildly smitten with Mega Bloks figures customized as GIJoe characters.  Their size, range of motion, details, gear, and overall fun-factor absolutely dwarfs that of LEGO and Kre-O minifigures.  I’ve created my own Joes and Cobras you can find here and here.  I’ve also had a go at some…

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Part 2 – 1983

These are my Class of ’83 Joes.  There are many like them, but these are mine. Ok, not really, not anymore.  That’s the point of the post.  But they made a heck of a display.  You can find Part 1 here.  Enjoy! ‘Til all are one, collecting is half the battle.  (Note: The other half…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: MOBAT

What can I say, tiny Steeler looked lost without his trusty tank!  The Call of Duty line of bricks produces a really great A-1 Abrams main battle tank, but it’s far more modern than a Joe MOBAT, and it’s decked out in a desert tan camo scheme.  That just wasn’t going to work.  And while…

Snake Eyes – Rod Whigham

In searching for the artwork for the previous post, I came across one more piece that I thought I should share.  This is a Snake Eyes sketch done at a convention in the mid-80’s by none other than regular (at the time) GIJoe artist extraordinaire, Rod Whigham.  His pencil work from the majority of issues…

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Part 1 – 1982

As a child of the 80’s, I recall toy stores with entire isles dedicated to singular lines like GIJoe or Transformers being common.  Clearly just-in-time inventory systems were not widespread, and larger toy stores like Toys-R-Us and Children’s Palace often stocked like they were hoarders, preparing for a toypocalyse.  It made finding new toys easier,…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: VAMP & Stinger

After customizing over 80 tiny GIJoe and Cobra figures from Call of Duty, Halo, and other Mega Bloks licenses, I decided they needed some wheels.  Kre-O’s GIJoe brick vehicles redefined the word “disappointment”, so that was a no-go.  The Call of Duty construction line has a wide variety of genuinely impressive military vehicles, many of…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: Cobra – The Enemy

Continuing the spotlight on custom Mega Bloks GI Joe figures, today I’m posting the adversaries of the Joe team, the ruthless terrorist organization: Cobra.  This group had it’s good and bad points while making them.  The designs were simpler, and making repeats of the nameless/faceless troopers require less thought.  However, it got a little monotonous…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: The Joe Team

A few years ago when Hasbro announced that they were going to get into the brick business (presumably to get a share of that sweet Lego revenue), we all rejoiced that we might get some really cool small-scale Joe figures.  Instead, we got “Kre-O”, a blatant ripoff of cute little Lego minifigures and grossly under-scaled…