Are your children uninterested in GI Joe toys?
I've been with my GF for two years and she has a son and daughter, 10 and 7. He is into Lego and we bonded a little bit with that but the problem is he's really only interested in star wars Lego but he doesn't build anything! He only liked the mini figures.
In comes the 25th line and my renewed interest in GI Joe. I figure he would be more interested in GI Joe since he only likes the Lego mini figures and doesn't build with the blocks. Why wouldn't a kid like larger figures with more accessories and better pose ability? Last Hanukkah, I gave him an anniversary box set which I got for 7.50 on clearance at Target. To my pleasure, he seemed pretty into them and was putting them in different poses and playing with them.
His grandmother asks me what to get him and I tell her GI Joe. Well, she went to Target and found them sold out and bought him bravo team (blech). He opened them and didn't really use them. In fact, his sister was more interested in playing with them. Two to three weeks pass an he didn't touch them once and was back to star wars Lego.
Fast forward months later and I find out he took them with his mom to a yard sale her friend was having. Someone stole two figures at the table, he didn't sell any GI Joe but did sell all of the bravo team ironically enough. I was disappointed and started realizing that the toy alone is not enough to keeps most kids interest. I think it's a lack of imagination in kids today.
What kids want is what is on tv and what their friends have. Their friends get what's in commercials and on cartoons. That's the bakugan, pokemon and transformers toys. They don't see GI Joe in popular kids culture and have no desire to adopt it.
What are your thoughts? I never see a kid look for GI Joe in a store, only adults.
Last edited by brock Samson; 10-20-2008 at 10:53 AM..