It’s Friday, so we’re gonna do something fun. We present the classic Public Service Announcements that were featured at the end of each episode of G.I. Joe. There were 35 in all, and we’re starting with the very first one which starred the character Alpine.
Originally released in 1988, Hit & Run was among the last of the G.I. Joe figured I got when I was a kid. But he quickly became one of my favorites.
The figure included a knife and assault rifle, as well as a duffle bag and grappling hook. I’ve read that a Target version had a parachute, but I didn’t own that. Heck, I didn’t even know Target was a real place back then.… Read Post
Figured I’d take a moment to talk about the rubber o-rings I’m using to fix my G.I. Joes.
Contrary to what you may think, those aren’t regular old rubber bands that keep the Joe action figures together. They are actually plumbers o-rings, generally used to prevent leaky joints in faucets. The strong rubber circles can take a lot of stress, which is undoubtedly why Hasbro chose to use them.
In my searches online, I came across different websites suggest different specifications for the small bands. Generally they are about 3/4-inch in diameter or 3/8-inch. You can buy them in bulk or in sets of 10.… Read Post
The choice of Raptor as my first project was a bit of an odd-duck choice.
By the late 1980s, G.I. Joe characters started to get a little silly – a fact highlighted by this bizarre baddie, an accountant-turned-falconer who worked for Cobra in their neverending war with the Joes.
He ended up being my first reassembly not because I have any particular affection for the ridiculous character, but simply because I found his legs and waist almost immediately.… Read Post
I recently cleared out the last of my stuff from my parents home. Hadn’t quite realized I’d left so many things behind in a place I haven’t lived in more than a dozen years.
One of the things I left behind were my old G.I. Joe action figures. I loved those things. Played with them all the time as a kid. And now they look like it. The figures are worn down, the details faded, their body parts all separated. The rubber bands that once held them together are dried, brittle and broken.… Read Post