GI Joe 12" figures

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GI Joe 12" figures

Post by John Mack » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:26 pm

One of my other passions besides Batman are GI Joe 12" figures. Sorry, Ben. I dont know anything about Action Man.
Thought it could be fun to post about them here. The GI Joe websites I've come across favor the newer 3 3/4" Cobra figures. I never got into that. So please, when posting here make it just about the non Cobra figures, so I can chime in too! Thanks. The later Joe's are fine too, as long as they're the not Cobra related.
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by Keith Mayo » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:52 pm

I used to collect 12" Joes and did a lot of kitbashing and customizing. This is a "mini me" I made for my father.
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Post by Keith Mayo » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:54 pm

I won a kitbash contest at the SC Joe Convention in 1999 with this Iwo Jima diorama.
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Post by Keith Mayo » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:58 pm

My historical USMC uniforms custom.
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by Keith Mayo » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:03 pm

Drill Instructor's "house" (office in a Parris Island squadbay). Technically not GIjOEs as I used 20th Century Sam figures.
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by Lou Szabo » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:40 am

GIJoe was sold around the world, starting in 1966’ about 2 years after the iUS introduction, under various names.

Action Man is GIJoe in the UK. In their Soldiers of the World, they included the Green Beret as the US figure.
They had a large variety of uniforms we never had.

In Spain they had a Disney licensed Zorro figure for their Geyperman line, as GIJoe was known there.
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by SprangFan » Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:11 am

Those are awesome, Keith. GI Joe will forever be a 12-inch figure in my mind; it's cool that they took on a new popularity later at a different scale, but the complete retooling of the entire concept (into a SHIELD-like global agency) made it unrecognizable to me.

Anyway, I got one "old school" Joe before the "Adventure Team" phase hit. Then I had a ginger Joe with beard and "life-like hair" ( if you're a hedgehog). My most fondly remembered play set for my original Joe was the Friendship 7 space capsule with the silver spacesuit. I remember playing with it while listening to the included record of John Glen's transmissions back to CapCom.

Later my little brother got a "talking" Joe and ruined him by taking him on a submarine mission in the bathtub. After that he still "talked" but he sounded like he'd had a stroke.

We bailed about the time Kung Fu Grip showed up. I had a dog-eared old catalog with color photos of the wide line of pre-Adventure Team, clean-shaven serviceman Joe's and always wished I hadn't arrived at the party too late to get them.
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by Yellow Oval » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:26 am

Keith,

That collection is phenomenal - especially the Mini-Me. I fondly remember the Joes, especially the commercials advertising "G.I. Joe now with the kung fu grip!" I remember how excited I was with this commercial thinking the guys at the beginning were the real life G.I. Joes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g5vH9A8t9I

My friends and I were too realistic when we played war with them drilling holes into some and inserting firecrackers and then yelling "INCOMING!!!" You can guess the rest. Man, what boys can come up with during playing sessions... Actually, on the funny side, one my friends discovered you could clean-shave a Joe using dad's Wilkinson razor. Too funny! :lol: I miss those days.
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Post by Therin of Andor » Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:49 pm

My youngest brother was getting close to disbelieving in Santa Claus. That year I was actually allowed to help my mother buy and wrap his presents (after years of secrecy and mystery). After several years of me plumping up his 8" Mego superheroes collection, we went out with a bang: a GI Joe, his inflatable raft, and the amazing yellow "GI Joe" helicopter! Many 8" superheroes got to ride in that chopper.

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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by Yellow Oval » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:35 pm

I loved everything - the figures, the vehicles, the playsets, the accessories, the whole nine yards. I remember really wanting the Adventure Team Headquarters with the flashing spotlight or the desert set with the Egyptian cobra. Looking back at the G.I. Joe of the '60s and '70s, this figure was John Wayne's military soldier and (later on) Indiana Jones' treasure hunter wrapped into one. I remember one pal had the chopper and when I checked this old ad out I was surprised how much it seemed with the music, the toy props used, and action like an early forerunner of the Six Million Dollar Man.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzaF93gwUQw

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G.I. Joe - works for H.A.S.B.R.O.

Steve Austin - A man barely alive...
G.I. Joe - He ain't even alive, he's plastic!

Steve Austin - The Six Million Dollar Man
G.I. Joe - A Bargain at Monkey Ward's for Only $5.47

http://gijoe.ebcutler.com/christmas/1970s.html
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by John Mack » Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:38 pm

Very impressive collection Keith!!

Can you guys help me ID a Joe? He's marked 1994 on his rear. As you can see, he's got two stars on his collar. I know this is one of the newer ones, but he's 25 years old now, and is in great shape. Any ideas? More photos needed?
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by John Mack » Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:51 pm

Oh, I hear you guys! The adventures I had with my Joes!! I wish I hadn't destroyed them, but as with my Corgi Batmobiles being destroyed by M80's (The Joker's dynamite) I destroyed my Joe's with cherry bombs.

I had an Air Force Joe with a huge parachute that I never could fully get to open and see him float, so I went to our local railway bridge and threw him off. Yeah, the chute opened, Joe was saved, but the wind carried him off for a half mile into the forest preserve. Alas, Joe was MIA. Never to have been found by me. I wasn't too smart. But you know, as with the Corgis, I thought these would be around forever. I never stopped to think that one day they'd be no more.

Great stories guys! Which Joe was your favorite? Mine was the deep sea diver and the SCUBA diver in both black and later the orange Adventure Team wetsuit.
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by John Mack » Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:04 pm

Great videos too!! I thought I was the only one that thought those two guys were life size Joes!
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by Keith Mayo » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:52 am

John, the Joe is from the 1994 WWII Commemorative line. They were the first set of Joes once Hasbro reintroduced the 12" line. In that set was an Army General, Navy Admiral and then the Action Soldier, Sailor and Marine (dressed in period accurate uniforms). There was no Air Force at that time (Army Air Corps).
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Re: GI Joe 12" figures

Post by Keith Mayo » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:59 am

A few more of my kitbashed Joes.
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