|02-01-2008, 09:20 AM||#61|
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Springfield 26
I grew up dirt poor, and only ever had a small handfull of the original Joes. (Lifeline V1 was my first fig)
Something like a dozen or so, and a couple of the smaller vehicles, like the Radar Rat, and Swampmasher.
Towards the middle of my teens, I picked up a handfull of the 90's series but was pretty dissapointed with Day-glo Joe.
After I got to that age where playing with them wasnt 'cool' anymore, they were boxed up and put in storage in the back of my closet, with the handfull of Transformers I had, for the next few years.
I guess you could say they were gone but not forgotten, because years later, I was fighting a crippling condition, and things looked pretty bleak, well really bleak.
Things are never good when your doc tells you to put your affairs in order.
I was going crazy, there was little I could do, and I spent huge chunks of time abed, and unable to do much more than lay there, so one of the few good days I had, I went home and dug my collection out of mothballs.
Figured I was gonna lay there and rot if I didnt have something to occupy my mind.
Well that worked (a little too well, if you ask my ex wife)
Because looking at those figs, and reliving those cherished memories of me as a kid, playing Joe in the dirt embankment near my school with all my friends, or us running around out in the yard playing Transformers was exactly what I needed to get my mind up and out of the maelstrom of despair it was slipping into, and back on the track to recovery.
After that I suddenly found that I couldnt get enough of either Joe or Transformers, LOL.
SO, back on the collecting bandwagon I jumped.
Since then, well, a lot has changed.
I no longer am anywhere as sick, I got rid of the wife (seems like my health got better *right* after she wasnt around anymore...*scratches head*) and my collections (both Joe and TF) are growing like weeds.
Several hundred Joes (and 1 Flagg, and 3 Terrordromes later), my GF (who is VERY suportive of my hobbies, and also very longsuffering, LOL) and I are rennovating a large room in my house as a TF/GI Joe room (shrine).
I owe Joe a lot.
Holding those figs, and clinging onto those warm childhood memoried were all that go me thru one of the darkest times of my life.
I still got my original figs, tho thru the last few years, I have bought less played with duplicates of most, as my original Joes, while well taken care of, were played with *very* heavily.
And now that the 25th figures are here, well, its like being a kid all over again.
|02-01-2008, 12:02 PM||#62|
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: St. Louis, MO
My stuff is long gone bro, and it is a damned shame.
I had quite a bit of stuff, and loved the hell out of all of it. I had alot of figures. Hasbro hooked me on the repaints as a kid because I LOVED the repaint series figures like: Python Patrol, Tiger Force, Slaughters Marauders, and Night Force. A couple of highlights of stuff I remember loving alot were my Night Raven, HISS Tank, Arctic Fox, Warthog, and Buzz Boar.
I loved my Serpentor with his Air Chariot, and my IG Destro. I absolutely loved the Cobra stuff (I was a big fan of the bad guy stuff) and had just about every different Viper there was.
Unfortunately, being a military brat, we moved around alot and as I grew older my folks thought it was less and less convenient for them to continue to move around boxes of toys that I no longer played with but wanted to keep. Hence, they were given away (along with all of my Transformers, He-Man, etc) to Airman's Attic. At least they went to someone else who may have needed them more, but it is a damned shame that my massive amount of awesome toys are long gone.
|02-01-2008, 02:57 PM||#63|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston TX via Starkville MS via Bay St. Louis MS via New Orleans LA
Well after reading these it has brought back so many memories.
I still have my collection and that was due to the fact of star wars figures. Let me explain.
When I was a kid my brothers collected the Star Wars stuff; they are both older and I collected the G. I Joe. Mom and Dad said we had to pick one collection each because we couldn't dabble in multiple ones. Now hot wheels were cheap so they didn't count and we had a lot of those. We had some lego as well.
Of course I had like three MASK toys a couple of He-Man figures, Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee, and Jazz from Transformers, Leader-1 from Go-Bots and the tank and Chinook helicopter from Go-Bots,Lion-O from Thundercats, and Raphael form TMNT and that was it. A couple of other misc toys and just a few Star Wars.
My brothers were huge into Star Wars and had a lot.....I would play with the as well and incorporate them into my Joe World. Well I was still young and into the toys and my brothers got older they were going to be put in my room to be played with or so we thought.
One day when my brothers were in school and I was in kindergarten my mom brought ALL of their hot wheels and Star Wars to Goodwill. My brothers were so mad and sadden by this and so was I because my Star wars stuff was given away too, that my mom and dad swore they wouldn't give my stuff away because of how hurt my brothers were. They were older but would still play with them but they no longer had that chance.
Well the last time I was given any Joe toys was at Christmas of 89 when I was in the sixth grade. Once school got out for the summer, the following day my parents said, "you're getting too big to play with toys, you need to box them up and put them away."
So the day I got out of school I was shocked to say the least.....I had to box up my stuff and put them in the spare closet in my room. Well both closets were full of my Joes, comics, a various legos and other stuff. I even had to put some stuff in the attic above my room...there was an attic access in my brothers room next to mine.
Occasionally I would sneak out a couple of Joes and play but didn't dare try and sneak out a vehicle. Well once I got out of college I retrieved all of my Joes and vehicles except for my tomahawk and a good portion of my comics and moved them to Houston, TX.
I grew up in Bay St. Louis, MS...right where the eye of Hurricane Katrina went over. The house is still there but there was 25 ft of water in the house. Three weeks before the storm my wife and I were at my parents house and I wanted to take the rest of my comic collection (probably worth at least 10k) and my tomahawk back to Houston. Well we had to bring a bunch of other stuff back and my wife said we didn't have the room but were planning on coming back to MS in a few weeks and I could get the rest.
Nothing came out of the house but it looked like a tornado with a bad case of diarrhea went through the house. My comics although sealed in rubbermaid containers must have floated till it hit the ceiling the water forced it's way in and ruined them. the Tomahawk survived except for one of the six bombs that went MIA. Joes were built extra tough back in the day. It now resides along the rest of my collection which has been growing ever since I got out of college. I have gotten almost everything since the relaunch and am buying things from 90-94 and other things I didn't get from 82-89 like the Flagg and Defiant and Terrordrome(about the only things I didn't have except a few figures here and there.)
I would buy some things(figures and small vehicles after 90 when I would ride home from school and later when I got my license drive home from school and sneak them in the house via my book bag so mom and dad wouldn't get mad.
My goal is to have a complete collection of the original 82-94 run....one day, one day.
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|02-01-2008, 10:12 PM||#64|
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: BC, Canada
My Transformers and GIJoe collections also survived because of StarWars.
Back in the '80s, my brother and I were both big into StarWars and had quite a few figures and a number of vehicles. Later as we grew older and werent as much into SW, my parents decided to give all our SW toys to our cousin. We still had our TFs and my Joes, so it wasnt too big of a deal. But my cousin absolutely destroyed everything, we went over to his house less than a year later to find every single SW toy broken, damaged or lost.
A few years later, SW was making a resurgence and we found out how much all those vintage toys were worth at that time and my parents were shocked. After that, my parents didnt dare give away any of our other collections.
|02-01-2008, 10:40 PM||#65|
Mobile Missile Specialist
Join Date: Jan 2008
my childhood collection was donated to a child of someone my mom worked with...said child also received all of my Lego blocks.
|02-02-2008, 10:34 AM||#66|
low level hell
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Central Alberta, Canada
I started collecting in '82 with straight arm Stalker. Thankfully I still have all of my toys from when I was a kid. For the most part they were treated very well although a couple of my joes did end up on the business end of my Pellet rifle(poor HISS driver).
They are all in a huge eye sore of a display cabinet that I got from a hobby store.
|02-02-2008, 11:50 AM||#67|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Santa Monica, CA
One of mu cuzins took them from the last bacth of saved toys I collected, (Wthout me knowing) and I never saw them again...the rest that were not in that batch, were most likely blown up by the M-80s we would bye from Mexico....that was fun...but as I think of It, i can still remember blowing up that VIPER....ouch....o well
|02-02-2008, 01:48 PM||#68|
Join Date: Oct 2007
i wasnt old enough to appreciate GIjoe in its glory days so i didnt come into action till 88-89. this left me with batches of figures and vehicles i didnt know about from my older brother. sadly, as the years went by i switched from joes to star wars to legos to playmobils for some reason. the only original figure that survived is my cobra la royal gaurd. the only way he survived is because he was frozen solid in a block of ice for probably 13 years in my freezer drawer in the kitchen.
like the demolition man
|02-03-2008, 10:55 AM||#69|
Join Date: May 2007
Still have it. Still play with it.
|02-03-2008, 03:58 PM||#70|
TERRETS VIPER?? O SNAP!!!
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: RHODE ISLAND
well this is a good one!!!!
when the first joes came out in 1982 my dad would buy me something every week on payday and since he was in WWII he loved that i was into army guys so it was very easy to get any g.i.joe that i wanted.
well when i was 17 or 18 i had put all my joe stuff in a huge box in the corner of my room and i was going to start packing them away since i didnt play with them anymore. i still remember the day i was off to school and my mom asked do you have any trash to go out this morning? and me with out hesitation said yes in my room a box................ when i got home OMG i almost died i asked my mom did you take the trash out of my room? i was soooooo hoping she was going to say no but.....she said yes and my heart sank she said whats wrong i said you took the wrong box and she said why do you say that cuz the trash box is still there and the joe box is gone....welllll my poor mom was so sad that she did that to me and i told her it was ok. but really i wanted revenge lol..
well around a year or 2 later i really never thought about it anymore and on my 20th birthday my mom gave me a box a huge huge box and inside was more g.i.joe stuff than i ever remember seeing in one spot.
She said right after it all happen she started gathering anything g.i.joe loose and sealed and it took her 2 years and she finally gave it to me i never knew how much my parents loved me but that showed me how much they did.......thanks mom and dad
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