Of my collection, Torpedo is one of the oldest. As a result, he’s also one of the action figures I’ve had that’s probably been broken the longest.
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.
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.
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.
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.