That was the response from my wife when I told her I was going to attempt to put together a collection of vintage 3 3/4 GI Joes. Like any red-blooded American kid who grew up in the 80’s, I have very fond memories of playing and carrying out missions with GI Joe in the schoolyard, backyard, and living room. Joe and I spent hours fighting the evil forces of Cobra who were hell bent on backyard domination. I had a pretty sizable collection of Joe’s that culminated one Christmas morning when I ran to the living room to find a box that as big as I was, No it wasn’t the Flag nor was it the Defiant, but as far as I was concerned was just as impressive. I’m talking about the Mobile Command Center. It was the grandest thing my young impressionable eyeballs had ever seen up until that point, toy-wise anyway.
Sadly, like most kids, I left GI Joe and my childhood behind when girls came a’ calling. I honestly don’t remember what ever happend to my Joes, Nor does my mom or so she claims. Throughout my adult life though I’ve always kept an eye on the GI Joe toy line and saw it go to bizarre places like adding Street Fighter and even Mortal Kombat characters to the teams and then back to it’s roots with the 25th Anniversary figures not to long ago. A few years ago Sideshow Collectibles started releasing high end 1/6th scale version of classics “A Real American Hero” era characters which I quickly started collecting. That’s when the fire was lit. I was instantly flooded with memories of all those adventures I had shared with GI Joe as a kid and so I decided, “to get the band back together” I quickly started doing feverish research on where the toy line went after I left. I started buying visual guides, started watching documentaries, reading Yojoe.com’s extensive database to get me up to speed on GI Joe. Here now, with this blog, I hope to chronicle my quest to complete my collection through photographs, stories of Ebay triumphs and failures, conventions experiences, and the people I meet along the way. Now you know…and I’m sure you know the rest.