|05-29-2008, 09:23 PM||#21|
Cobra Sith Lord
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Where the hell is Doc? He said he'd be here to pick me up and take me back in time!!
|05-29-2008, 09:41 PM||#22|
Scrap Iron's Sidearm
Join Date: Jan 2008
I remember my best friend and I playing in my front yard, in my pool, at his house (he had a creek). We had so many battles. Between us we had the Whale, Sharc, Water Moccasin, Vamp, Stinger, Wolverine, Mobat, Flak, Mobile Artillery that came with Slugger I think, Dragonfly, Fang, APC, Ram, others I have forgotten and tons of figures.
I remember Friday nights being cool because Mom would let me set up a battle in the evening and leave it set up over night to play on Saturday. Our living room always was doubling as a Joe v. Cobra battlefield.
I remember going to the toy store, Lionel Kiddie City, on a Friday night (I did not know what a Toys R Us was) and you picked out what you wanted instead of buying what you found. I do not recall ever not being able to find something I wanted.
A while back someone linked to the Joe commercials from the '80's, I do not even think I saw many of those. I mostly relied on the back of the figures card and the catalog that was included in the vehicle boxes to know what was coming out.
The late 70's and 80's were a GREAT time to be a kid! How much better having a really cool American Hero as my favorite toy!
Thanks for the question, great memories!
|05-29-2008, 09:42 PM||#23|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
I remember getting my first Joe at about 9 years old. Snake Eyes. I played with him with a rope and my steps for days. I'd have him climb up and down the rope like he was climbing a mountain.
then Christmas came and i got the entire rest of the first series. Mobat and all. my uncle got me the CC, Destro, Major Bludd three pack and I was in my glory.
my friends and I would go to each others house with stella doro cookie tins full of our Joes and play for hours.
I think that's why I love this line so much now. It brings me back to a simpler time.
|05-29-2008, 09:43 PM||#24|
Scrap Iron's Sidearm
Join Date: Jan 2008
Oh I am so with you Jade!
|05-29-2008, 09:52 PM||#25|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
I remember when the figures first hit retail and the comic first came out. My Dad was Drill Sgt at the time, so it was cool to actually play Army like Dad was doing every day. Fun times, walking into TRU when it was a toy store and seeing lots and lots of GI Joe toys.
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|05-29-2008, 11:18 PM||#26|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: cleveland ohio
I was a big Star Wars fan. After the three light saber figures (Luke, Vader, Obi Won) lost their swords... the figures couldn't do that much. The vehicles ruled, but the figures were stiff at best. My mom used to buy me a toy to play with in the center of the local mall (Cleveland, Ohio) while she did her Christmas shopping. One day, I decided I wanted to get something from Sears instead of KB Toys. Well, Sears and Hasbro had some sweet deal back in the day, old people like me remember this.... they had all the exclusives, AND... most importantly... they got the next year figures 1st!!!! So, the winter break of 1983, I went to Sears to get another Star Wars trooper or pilot. Well, Sears didn't have much to choose from in the Star Wars selection... BUT, there was this figure from G.I. JOE (I told the kids at school I hated Joes... because of the decline of Star Wars interest), I told my mom I wanted the Joe. I could tell my mom wanted me to stick with Star Wars, because I got 2 older brothers and all of their old toys. My mom knew they would be worth something (never mind my sister's Barbies from the early 60's) but, I insisted on the Joe. That day, I played with Blowtorch in the middle of that mall for hours!!!! I couldn't believe how real he felt to me (look at all the other brand of figures back then). Well, I told you about my big family, so my mom shopped a few more days in a row to get all of our Christmas gifts bought. By the next week, I had Blowtorch, Torpedo, Duke, The Baroness, and Major Blood + a Claw. I then traded all my transformers for about 12 more older figures and a few vehicles with kids in school. I also got a lot more for Christmas that year, my birthday is 2 months after Christmas, so I got the Whale and Zartan from Uncle Bills. Gold Circle had the Mobat and Wolverine still, and Children's Palace would do the 4 for $10 on figures. I could go on and on about how greatly into these toys I was. I bought the entire 83/84 line (figures and vehicles and both collector cases) off of a kid my older brother knew for $40 bucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! try getting a mint with parachute Sky Striker now for $40, much less the whole 1st three years of toys!!!! So, I got a lot of doubles and triples of stuff as interest wandered for other kids. I have to say that being a kid in those days was great because of the quality of toys. But, being a looser adult in the 90's made me sell off my soul (Joes). I have slowly re-built my collection (mostly Cobra). Having this site is awesome for me, because none of my friends, or my girl want to know anything about this obsession (I print out my figure wish list for holiday shopping, that way I don't trouble anyone with names).
So, even though you didn't get the thrill of finding toys back in the 1st run, you at least have this forum-ran site to give you great insight. Back then it was just talking to a few others in 4th grade lunch period.
|05-29-2008, 11:30 PM||#27|
W: Lego 6990 Monorail! :)
Join Date: May 2007
The biggest thing I remember were the toy aisles... There was just solid Joe product clogging them, huge sections. Toys 'r' Us was the best, but you could get a lot of stuff anywhere. Back then I could get Joes at a drug store, even - overall there just seemed like more places where you could get toys in general.
The '80s really were the best years for toys. I mean, it was hard to stay focused on Joes, with all the cool stuff out there. I remember seeing a lot of Star Wars figures well after ROTJ came out, and of course He-Man, Transformers, MASK, Thundercats - all that stuff was very cool. Even Gobots were alright once in a while. The toy guns you could get were pretty awesome too - very realistic looking!
Ah, those were the days!
|05-29-2008, 11:34 PM||#28|
has been warned
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Richmond, VA
GI Joes ruled. I vaguely remember other kids having maybe one or two star wars toys or a transformer here and there but everyone had GI Joes. You literally took them everywhere you went. Its like kids today with their PSP's and gameboys. Back then we had imagination and some figures.
Having the cartoon on for a couple of years really helped the interest level for everyone also.
I was born in 81 got into joes sometime during 84 (older brother) and was done by 87 when I started getting into baseball. I had a few other toy lines after that, but nothing that I played with like when I was young. I remember I was in third grade and this kid told me he wanted some action figure and I remember thinking.. aren't you too old for that?
I think I am compensating now for growing up too quick.
Should we all start posting pictures of us at Christmas and birthdays getting our joes? I have a few pics of me and my brothers room with all the vehicles layed out on the shelf.
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|05-30-2008, 12:01 AM||#29|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Queens, NY
Man, me and my brother played with GI Joes everyday. Big battles everywhere!! Outside, all over the house, in the pool, during winter. God I miss that.
Also, my friend that lived down the block had a TON of GI Joe's, including the Flagg.(never had one myself.) I remember going over there and playin with GI Joe's all day in his basement. Good times!
|05-30-2008, 12:07 AM||#30|
I SMELL VICTORY
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bridgeport CT
man back in the 80s, it was non-stop, the big thing was gijoe, he-man,cops,m.a.s.k., and so on..i love it, i wish i could go back, Waite a minute , i can , now were did i put that time machine,
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