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.

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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.

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