Toys of the Eighties, G.I. Joe
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The seventies toy shrunken in 1982, all plastic and hundreds to chose from. The cartoon of the same name is probably very responsible for the immense popularity they enjoyed. Major players in the Joe line included Duke, Hawk, Snake Eyes and Sgt. Slaughter(also a professional wrestler).
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BoMbSoVeRBaHgDaD - April 13, 2007 - Report this comment
By far the best toy ever invented. I know I wasn't the only one with 20 or 30 of these things. Countless battles for the safty of the earth. Not only did I enjoy my fake battles with Cobra, but i also loved the cartoons and the public service announcements. And knowing is half the battle
Desiree - May 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a zillion of these things. I would make them go on dates with my Barbies.
Patrick - May 28, 2007 - Report this comment
My favorite was the original "white-suit" Storm Shadow.
jOE - July 05, 2007 - Report this comment
THE BEST! Lots of folks still collect these and just have MASSIVE amounts. Great toy, great memories, great fun. Star Wars started it all and had some really nice stuff, but GI joe improved, giving figures more articulation and more equipment to carry and use in battle. An amazing toy line and collectible.
Scotty Still Plays - July 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Honestly, can any toy in any decade ever come close to G.I.Joe? The thrill of walking into a Toys R Us or K-Mart, digging throught the racks of figures, looking for that rare one in the back of the top rack that you don't have yet. I used to play outside and make bunkers and bases and everything. To this day, every time I see an interesting looking patch of earth, I automatically think how I could make a cool base with it. I might go out this weekend and play.
Celeste - August 02, 2007 - Report this comment
My brother and I were never allowed to have G.I. Joes. My mother didn't like the idea of us having war themed toys so she never let us have them. Transformers and Gobots were okay for us to have but she banned G.I. Joes from our house.
DaShon - August 06, 2007 - Report this comment
"The Real American Hero...G.I. Joe is there..." I loved the G.I. Joe cartoon! I don't recall ever having the action figures though. I was a girly-girl. However, I do remember owning a few Transformers and some metal Tonka trucks. "Now you know. And knowing is half the battle."
Thomas Dickensheets - September 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the the ones when they came out. I had the small ones.
ryan - October 03, 2007 - Report this comment
the new revamped versions cannot compare with the original. zartans color changing ability was the coolest.
jodi - October 20, 2007 - Report this comment
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!! I was such a tomboy (with 3 brothers)! I loved Lady Jay, Scarlet, M.P. with his German Shepherd, Snake Eyes and his wolf... shoot I remember the episode where Snake Eyes met his wolf!! WOW!!
Bobby - November 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh man! My brother and I would play indoors, and outside for hours with them. We also had them fight the transformers. I still collect the originals from when I see them at thrift stores.
Sara - November 18, 2007 - Report this comment
Its a shame that now G.I Joe is being revamped to make him more "politically correct". The new version is no longer "real american hero" and he dosent fight terrorists anymore. I think that stinks! Bring back the real G.I Joe!!!
Hannah - January 03, 2008 - Report this comment
My brother had these toys. The new ones look totally stupid!
Tony - February 05, 2008 - Report this comment
When they first aired the cartoon movie on TV, every kid on the block was watching it that night. I always remember the helicopter as being the best vehicle,, it had the string operated grappler hook , so you could make rescues.
80skid - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
My step brother had I each had a collection. His idea of fun was unscrewing the backs and swapping parts from one to another, so I got into it too.
Dave - February 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Here in Poland we hadn't any G.I.Joe til late 80's but I got one from USA and loved them since then. I'm collecting G.I.Joe now, great memories. I also have that strange feeling that 80's period is one and only. I'm 80's child...
iziah - May 30, 2008 - Report this comment
the coolest ones were from 2000 to 1980 the newer ones like the sigma six suck
Garoltveki - June 21, 2008 - Report this comment
My brother and I never missed an episode. We had only between 5 or 10 of the vehicles. But I still have the 40 or 50 figures. My fav. is a cobra, the original Road Pig. I even had the Adder vehicle with the missle launchers because Road Pig was driving it on the box art. I have 2 12" but only cause they're Snake Eyes & Storm shadow. One of my best friends still has all his, he has about the same amount I do. He also has Shipwreck, the one G.I. Joe I always wanted but never came across. My date from 1980-1995, the new ones of 200x are an insult.
tony - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
a kid i used to play gi joes with died in WTC-911. how much of a BUMMER is that??
Ryan - December 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Zartan he like glowed or someting on his face changed
Project Dark Grey - January 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I started collecting GI Joe figures and vechicles when I was 12 years old, this is back in the early 80's.. I had a ton of stuff. My GI-Joe toys were among my very favorite toys ever.
J! - January 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Ryan, Zartan's skin turned blue in sunlight! & he had a "normal face" mask that fit (perfectly) over his face. (He would put on the mask, dissamble his "Chameleon" jet-ski, & thus "fool" the Joes, because, now he's just some regular dude hauling a crate of junk! LOL)
Joe - February 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Agreed, the best toy ever. When the Star Wars line started to die out in 1983-4 I began buying GI JOE's. I started collecting these again a few years back and now am the proud owner of every figure from 1982 through 1987 plus a few others I just thought were cool. I have the orginal base and a slew of vehicles and play sets now all I need to do is wait for my 9 month old son to get a few years older so I have a excuse to play =). I have also purchased the full cartoon series, watching the cartoon really brings back some memories.
JMONEY - February 11, 2009 - Report this comment
What a great toy! The cartoon, the Marvel Comic and all the action figures. I had and luckily still have tons of these guys, by far the original Storm Shadow (all white) was the coolest. I had endless hours of fun staging battles against Cobra and whatever figure was my newest always kicked everyones butt! I'm really happy that Hasbro is revamping the original figures again with the Hall Of Heroes. I totally plan on collecting again!!! Kids of today totally missed out man, the creativity of the charecters, the individuality of each and every Joe/Cobra all wrapped up in a great little package. One can only hope that the generations to follow will rumage around and find these guys again. (as long as they dont rumage through my collection!:)....And knowing is half the battle.....YO JOE!!
Scott - February 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I only have a few G.I. Joes, but growing up I did get alot of the vechicles, & I was jealous of some of my friends in school who had the Cobra Twins, & Zartan & a few others. Hell I even went through a phase where I "changed" my name to Duke. Funny huh?
NEMESIS ENFORCER - March 20, 2009 - Report this comment
OVER THE YEARS G.I.JOE WAS SYNONYMOUS TO WHAT I CONSIDERED A MAJOR SUCCESS MAKING TOYS FOR HASBRO WHO WOULD NOT BUY THEIR ACTION FIGURE AND PLAYSETS DURING THAT DECADE
RSC - May 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks everyone for sharing some of your memories with me. I too am an 80's kid and I was fortunate to have parents that could afford to spoil me rotten with GI JOE's. I remember owning the Base with the oversized laser gun and jail, along with the ATV, the F14 Jet, Dragonfly Helicopter with the white push button that makes the propellers whirl around. Also, Zartan and his colors changing like a chameleon. Another favorite that every kid wanted to play with was Gung Ho w/his Jar hat, chest tatoo of the Marine insignia and Grenade launcher. My greatest moment was cutting out enough proofs of purchases to mail in for Duke. I was so excited when I got him 2 weeks later in the mail. That was just totally awesome for a 10 year old!! Yes, I too got my hands in a whole lot of dirt digging trenches and filling them in with water in the front yard. We used to have battles to see who'd get the latest thing on the block. Mervyn's, Payless Drugs & KMART were my major suppliers. I wish I had been more caring with those toys and not taken them for granted. I think my mom threw them away once I got too old for them. What a shame, I just hope they ended up in good hands.
bathrich - May 14, 2009 - Report this comment
me and my brother had loads of figures and vehicles i miss them. most have cost my parents a fortune.
Brian - May 17, 2009 - Report this comment
My first GIJOE was Flash.Even got the jet pack set for him.But my favorite joe was GUNG HO!!He was the man(my dad was a Marine at the time)!!GO JOE!!
disciple11615 - May 18, 2009 - Report this comment
MAN!!!! g.i. joe was the coolest!i remember sending off some upc's and shipping and handling for the "hooded cobra commander"!...i had spent over 2oo.oo that i had saved on a butt-load of them at a service merchandise sale. but then my DAD threw them all away wheni turned 13 because i was to old! WAY TO GO DAD! id be rich now
Kevin - June 05, 2009 - Report this comment
My first GI Joe was Flash too. My brothers was Breaker and we got them the same time. I remember filing through the shelves trying to figure out which one was GI Joe. I thought it was a person at the time. Too funny. But throughout my time with them my mom and grandma had bought us tons of figures and vehicles. So much fun.
Mike - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the USS Flagg. To this day, I can use that achievement to top anyone else's story of greatness. In 30 years of Christmas, it was the greatest gift I ever received by a mile. It still sits in pieces in a box somewhere along with other boxes filled with jets, copters, tanks, and Joes and Cobras, just waiting to be played with again.
Eric - July 13, 2009 - Report this comment
GI JOE was the greatest, I would sit there every saturday and had to watch the entire episode. My mom would always want to leave to go shopping to catch the best deals and I would hold my ground, I would not budge an inch till I heard "And knowing is half the battle.....GI JOEEEEEEE" One Christmas I got the Mauler tank, I was king that day. Also loved the Cobra Hiss, man I wish I could find my son toys as cool as I had.
Andy - July 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I guess a lot of you are american .GI JOES were called action force in england fantastic toys still got all of them plus the rare tomahawk chopper cooooooooooooooooooooool...
Phil Rendon - September 05, 2009 - Report this comment
GI Joe is a great cartoon and the best toy line in the 80's. I have a vaule in my collection that is worth around 10,000. Including a afa 90 snake eyes 11 back along with a afa 90 cobra commander yo joe!!!
ga80skid - November 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember a group of soilder dolls called the "Wolfpack"? I don't know if it was some G.I. Joe knock-off or what, but I can't find anything about about them.
matt - January 01, 2010 - Report this comment
i remember my brother cutting the back of the packages that had all the different people and getting my dads big atlas out and playing with little cardboard g.i.joes hahahahahaha nice
Chris - January 08, 2010 - Report this comment
GI Joe is one of the reasons that I joined the Army, so I could be "a real American hero" too. I still have all of my figures, and their accessories....but they got mixed up with my kids toys a few years ago. After reading all these stories I think I'm gonna go dig 'em out and put 'em in a "safe" place. Thanks for the memories....Yo Joe!!
Chris - January 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I believe my very first Joe toy was the Cobra Stinger jeep that came with the white uniformed Cobra officer. Cool as hell! My favorite Cobra was Firefly, the saboteur. My favorite Joe was Recondo, the jungle trooper. My best friend and I used to set up our Joes and Cobras in an empty apartment underneath where he lived ( the building was owned by his grandparents ). One room we designated a Joe HQ, another room the Cobra base. Other rooms were neutral battlegrounds that we designated desert terrain, arctic, ocean, whatever. The AC was central so since the apartment was unoccupied I pulled up the small grate in the carpet and sometimes put an Joe Air Defense missile system in it, or maybe make it a dungeon if it was Cobra. To save money, whichever of us bought a certain Joe/Cobra figure or vehicle, the other did not, to prevent duplicates. Unless it was a no name like Viper, B.A.T., Snow Serpent, etc., then duplicates was OK. We had a third friend that sometimes combined his smaller collection with ours. And we made a list of everything everybody owned, right down to the smallest sidearm, so nobody could claim something was theirs when it wasn't. It was a great set-up.
BIG ROG - February 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I WAS THE ONLY CHILD SO I HAD ALL THE GI JOES AND EVERY THING ELSE THAT WAS IN THE 80'S I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DON'T MAKE GOOD TOYS NO MORE THAT'S WHY ALL THE KIDS IN AMERICA IS BAD LOL!!!!!!
mick - March 24, 2010 - Report this comment
used to be a big collector of joe and action force the uk version, had a massive collection till my wife left and cleaned me out! lol women don't understand! got most of my stuff from 80sToyshop.com they have a nice stock of action force cards.
Jennifer - April 04, 2010 - Report this comment
the 80s gi jo was made to compete with the star wars line. that s why they were made the same size as them. they now have gone back to maing gi joe thw original ken size. the 80s gi joes wer so poular they spun a cartn series. clothihg line, comic bok series and so fourth. i can remember the boys i went to school with wearing the gi joe clothes. basically if you had gi joe you had star war to. if you had star wars you went to gi joe . and bascially made masive action figure collection. both lines were huge in the 80s.
geo - September 28, 2010 - Report this comment
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lawl - October 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Remember the Eco-Fighters with Clean Sweep, Ozone, Flint? You could put them in your Freezer or ice-chest, and it would reveal toxic or oil stains on their outfits? LOLLLLL mannnnn.
Me - February 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Don't get me started on this, lol! I had so many action figures. They fought right beside the Star Wars action figures. Snake eyes was forever my fave.
Jeff - April 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I Know were you can buy one www.Franchise80s.com
''RAVEN'' - October 03, 2011 - Report this comment
''COBRA RAVEN ,COBRA RAVEN ...There's no haven from the COBRA RAVEN.2 jet engines,A drop -down cockpit,A hidden twin missle port,now you know,it's got a twin 20mm cannon,and a 1-man scout drone ,and it's on the look-out for G.I.JOE!!!...''NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!-The 1986 COBRA NIGHT RAVEN S3P BLACK V.I.P.JET TRANSPORT PLANE-ANYONE that remembers that commercial jingle ,from the 80's,can just imagine seeing the cartoon clip on their living room t.v.,and know what is the g.i.joeitem that person wants for Christmas!''
Thomas Kaiser - August 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I just found a USS Flagg at a yard sale spent 300 it is complete near mint condition also have several original toys from 1982-2000 and few 25th anniversary releases. also i still have my defiant shuttle complex and a compete skystriker with chutes i have them set up in the basement displayed and climate controlled love the DVD set watching the old episodes and the toys sitting there brings back many memories

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