|04-29-2009, 09:10 PM||#21|
Join Date: Mar 2009
But I was a weird kid, most people would be happy with an assorment of vehicles and stuff, but I always wanted, no, CRAVED to have a complete line of ONE series of Joes, I always wanted consistency.
|04-29-2009, 09:10 PM||#22|
Mad Scientist at Large
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Portland, OR
I started collecting out of a great love of the old series and comic, and because I never got to collect them when I was young. Randomly browsing through Wal-mart and seeing Duke and Cobra Commander, after all those years, was an epic moment, and I walked out of the store with an armload of goodies.
|04-29-2009, 09:11 PM||#23|
Join Date: Sep 2008
|04-29-2009, 09:20 PM||#24|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Selkirk, NY
both with projectile fist! they were bad ass!!!
i collected as a kid both comics and toys (every xmas I got a playset which was awesome) and when I first saw the 1st ad for the 25th line I knew Id be hooked...the ONE gripe I ever had with the rah line was the lack of movement and the removable accessories. The new line updated while staying the same.I also like that I can now army build like I COULDNT do when I was little....
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|04-29-2009, 09:22 PM||#25|
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Here and There
......Cause there are no Gundams in Canada?
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|04-29-2009, 09:24 PM||#26|
Join Date: Dec 2008
I think every child comes to a certain age and hits a stride where they play with a certain toy line. Mine was Joes. As cool as they were then, there were so many vehicles and figures I couldn't afford back then that it's really great to pick them up now. Plus, with the redesigns, original packaging art, and a fun hobby overall, I would say...why not?
|04-29-2009, 09:24 PM||#27|
POC Giant Robo
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: I am Michigan
Diogenes, one of the better known proponents of the school of Cynics, was often seen to be strolling about with a lamp in broad daylight and when asked what it was for, he would reply "I'm looking for an honest man."
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|04-29-2009, 09:25 PM||#28|
Pittsburgh Joe since 1982
Join Date: Mar 2008
Sam asks, why GIJOE .
It all started with Star Wars figures. They were cool. Then 4' action figures came out with awesome names like Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro and Rock & Roll. They were articulated and held different poses, had back packs and guns. You could take them apart if they broke and customize. They had file cards with interesting and sometimes funny things on them. They had many vehicles throughout it's history. They smelled good, you know, that plastic, toy store smell. Then I discovered there was a G.I. JOE universe in comics. I ran home for the cartoons. Got excited when I saw those old G.I. JOE toy commercials. Waited obsessively for the Sears catalog to arrive in the mail. When it did I looked first at the bra and lingerie section then at the toy section to see the adds for all the G.I. JOE toys for sale around Christmas time that I'd inevitably be begging my parents and Santa for. The dioramas, the display of of tiny plastic action figure goodness, in frozen battles, filled me with joy. And, every time I open a G.I. JOE figure, even at the still young age of 33, I'm filled with the warm feelings I had when I was a boy unwrapping Christmas presents, finding a seven foot long aircraft carrier assembled next to the Christmas tree or earning money delivering papers so I could ride my bike to Sears or Zayers, stores that pretty much don't exist, for the latest figure. The isles used to be packed. It was heaven. I'd ride home sweaty, clutching a bag filled with figures with names like Barbeque, Lifeline, Crimson Guard and Zartan. I'd rush home and play for hours, alone, writing stories in my mind, acting them out with my collection and continuing them the next day. I'd play in the mud with them, bake my brown skin and sweat in the sun with them. I was muddy, happy, always imitating character voices, providing adequate and very life like sound effects which always garnered questions, from neighbors, family friends or my late great grandmother, like "why does he do that?" and "Is he alright?". I laugh about that now. I was in the zone then with these soldiers and their enemies. The experience of G.I. JOE, the imaginary play, the make believe and role play, the plots and drama of those childhood days spent with 4' action figures are probably my most treasured childhood memories. That was my time. I played alone and loved every minute of it. Sure there were other memorable moments in my childhood but my love for G.I. JOE lingers still, the long distance runner of childhood memories, keeping pace with my hair graying and receding. Every time I open a 25th anniversary figure, I'm reminded of those days of make believe and wonder. Lewis Carroll has a wonderful quote that I'd like to share. It sums up what I feel, where I imagine myself every time I get action figures in the mail or happen to actually find some, the ones I want, in a store.
"I'd give all wealth that years have piled, the slow result of life's decay, to be once more a little child for one bright summer day."
This happens for me every time I open a G.I. JOE figure. I smell the plastics, hold it and instantly, for a moment, I'm whisked back to those days of my youth spent in the sun, in the mud, JOE in hand or running through the woods with some fighter jet in my hand.
I also have a plastic fetish.
|04-29-2009, 09:27 PM||#29|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: At Home
because living in my mom's basement gets lonely. I have more space for "friends" with GI Joe than with Transformers or Halo figures. I just hate it when Serpentor talks back though.
|04-29-2009, 09:28 PM||#30|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Joint Base Lewis-McChord WA
I had Raydeen from the Shogun Warriors.
But as for the Joes, I guess I just never ever stopped being a fan since getting Scarlett, Flash, Short Fuze, and a Cobra Trooper for Christmas 1982. Comics, cartoons...GI Joe was the triple win for me. I collected the late 90's 12" line based on actual military; that's around the time I actually joined the Army.
I'm such a fan, I even bought the 2001-2006 new sculpt figures. That's dedication.
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