There’s nothing worse than broken rubbers

The rubber o-rings on the right are from my old G.I. Joe figures. Both are probably around 25 years old. They've become dried out, cracked and broken in that time. The one on the left is a brand-spanking new one.

The rubber o-rings on the right are from my old G.I. Joe figures. Both are probably around 25 years old. They’ve become dried out, cracked and broken in that time. The one on the left is a brand-spanking new one.

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.

… Read Post

Raptor reborn… mostly

Cobra operative, Raptor, is all in pieces.

Cobra operative, Raptor, is all in pieces.

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.

… Read Post

Getting started rebuilding my G.I. Joes

My assortment of unassembled G.I. Joe action figures

My assortment of unassembled G.I. Joe action figures

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.

As a result, I’ve been left with a bag full of torsos, waists and legs just living free. Disconnected.

So I’ve decided to put them all back together again.

… Read Post