As I stated in my very first post to the blog, I’ve been a Joe fan for most of my existence and have collected GI Joe on and off. My Joe collecting bug re-emerged when Sideshow collectibles got the license to make high end Joes, but the bug reached a fever pitch when the 25th Anniversary figures arrived. Modern, highly articulated, versions of my beloved childhood Joes AND they where on vintage style card!? are you kidding me!? Such was my excitement that I started getting every single carded, Comic pack, vehicle and exclusive I could get my hands on. Pretty soon I was sitting on a mountain of GI Joe product thanks to toy runs to Wal-mart, Toys R Us, and Targets that soon became too many to count.
Then one day it hit me. As amazing as all these new version of old favorites were, there was still an…I guess “empty” feeling is the correct term? At this point in my collecting, I tend to leave stuff sealed so as to appreciate the aesthetic of the packaged figure along with the artwork which I really enjoy looking at. So while these toys were great to look at, I never grew attachment to them the way I was attached to my original figures that got put through their paces in countless backyard battles against Cobra. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I decided to start my vintage collection and received my first “new” vintage figure. There it was. A feeling of comfortable joy, An excitement that harkened back to when I was a kid. There was a wonderful familiarity to these “primitive” figures. I’m enjoying these vintage figures so much so that I’m beginning to question whether I should be buying modern figures at all. Sure the modern figures are chock-full of articulation and accessories but they lack the fondness that the vintage figures have in spades and to be perfectly honest, I feel like I’m “double dipping”. Perfect example, do I really want to drop upwards of 400$ for a carded 25th Anniversary Con exclusive Dail-Tone when I can go buy the original figure loose and in great condition for around 20$ shipped?
So for now, the modern toys go on the back burner. But you can bet your carded vintage Snake Eyes though that if I run across a modern 30th Anniversary Sci-Fi, Lifeline, or Airtight – they will be purchased without hesitation. I’m biased not stupid.