Tonight I find myself in complete awe. I’ve been a Joe fan for more years than I care to count and tonight I stumbled upon a GI Joe toy that I NEVER knew existed. How is that even possible? I have no idea. I’ve mentioned before that the Skyhawk is one of my absolute favorite vehicles as a kid and lately I find myself searching Ebay for vehicles for fun, more or less because my main focus continues to be figures. I sat in front of my PC along with a bowl of Captain Crunch (no Foolin), logged onto Ebay and typed in “GI Joe Vintage Skyhawk and what should fall before my eyes? This:
A Dreadnok Skyhawk?!! It’s not often that I see a vintage GI Joe piece and literally sit straight up and go “What the hell?!” in excitement. At first I though this was a custom being passed off as an official toy but no, I dug around the net a little bit and found this:
The real McCoy. This set was a Sears exclusive back in 1986 – repaints of the GI Joe Skyhawk and Cobra FANG redone in Dreadnok colors. How does something like this exist without me knowing? I have to say that moments like these are why I love collecting GI Joe as a hobby again and make writing this blog worthwhile endeavor. From the people I’ve met via social media, to discovering “lost treasures” like this piece here, Collecting Joes again has been a really fun ride.
At the moment, this set might very well become a grail for me, you know, after the Flag. And the Defiant. Oh, and the Mobile Command Center. I better quit. We could very well be here all night. C’ya!
Hey guys, first and foremost I need to apologize for the lack of updates this week, it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day lately to accomplish everything I need to lately. I’m still working on the AWE Striker restoration as well as the figures I got in the same lot. The figures upon first inspection seemed fine but upon closer inspection had a little bit more damage that I thought, including the dreaded broken thumb on one of the figures so off to the parts bin he goes. Not to worry though, I’ve been on a buying spree on Ebay lately on getting some really good bargains so I should have my Figure profile feature back up and running soon.
In other news, As I mentioned before as some point I’m sure, I’m a pretty big fan of the Sideshow Collectibles GI Joe line and this past week saw the release of Rock n Roll in 1/6th scale. Why is that a big deal you ask? I’m writing Sideshow reviews for arealamericanhero.com so thats also kept me busy this week (go check out my Cobra Commander Diorama review currently on the front page with a Rock n Roll review coming up soon) So please bear with me while things settle down a bit but I hope to get a new figure review coming up by weeks end. See ya then!
A few weeks back I wrote that I had just won an eBay auction for a couple of figures and a vehicle which I was really excited about because I love sharing new acquisitions with you guys. Everything on the auction listing looked good and the pictures provided didn’t show too much wear and tear on the items which boosted my excitement even more. The items took a little longer than expected to get here but I’m happy to report that they finally arrived to day and it was a mixed bag of emotions. I was elated that the items had arrived but once I opened the box I was dismayed at the amount of wear and tear the figures and especially the AWE Striker had especially since then auction listed these items in “excellent condition” . Here are a few pics
As you can see, there’s a lot of dirt, dust and grim which are easy fixes but there’s a few pieces that will need to be replaced like this:
A chewed up antenna. The top mounted cannon is also really worn so that will also get the heave-ho. The labels are also a total loss as half of them fell out as soon as I pulled out the vehicle out the ziplock bag in which it came, however I did find a site ( Cobrastickers.com )that sells reproduction label sheets and will be ordering a set to get this AWE Striker back into tip top shape. Surprisingly Crankcase came complete and in excellent condition which I was really happy about. The other two figures in the lot also need some work but I’m certain they’ll clean up really well. Overall, I’m not too disappointed because I’m really happy that I have added these to my collection and admittedly they’ll take some work to make the, shine but then again – that’s the whole point of this blog!
I’m going to be posting a Vehicle Profile as soon as I’m done with this vehicle and I’m certain it’s going to turn into a gem. See ya soon!
“Doc! Doc! The O-Rings are here! They’re finally here!”
“Excellent! Hear that Blowtorch? the O-Rings are here! you’re going to be ok”
“You’re going to be ok”
To be Continued…..
The story of GI Joe: A Real American Hero and their struggle to stop the evil forces of Cobra has been going strong for the better part of 30 years in the form of toys, comics, video games, a feature film, and books. And in those many years Hasbro has cultivated a large library of characters for both factions, hundreds in fact and if you’re like me, you want to know every characters back story and background . Where did Duke go to school? how did Cobra Commander rise to power? Where did Outback learn his survival skills? You’ll find all those answers in GI Joe Vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide written by Pablo Hidalgo.
What’s great about this book is that it condenses those 30 years of history into character entries for easy reference, and not just characters, vehicles, significant missions, and important locations also get entries! The art within the books showcases not just vintage art but it also expands into the 90’s and Devils Due so you get a good mix of art styles that whether you appreciate or not, gives you a glimpse into the evolution of the line and characters. As my collection of vintage figures grows, I take the time to read up on each and every new figure I get and get to know them a little bit. It’s been a great way to expand my GI Joe knowledge and we all know the saying about knowing right? 😉
The Book is broken up into 5 chapter and are as follows:
Chapter One: GI Joe characters
Chapter Two: Threat Forces (Enemies)
Chapter Three: Motor Pool – Vehicles and Hardware
Chapter Four: Mission Reports
Chapter Five: The Mission Continues
The book comes in paperback and retails for about 19$ on Amazon but I’m sure you can also find it on Ebay. Happy reading!
Ahh Dial-Tone, this figure holds a hallowed place in my childhood memory as the figure that was ripped off by the kid down the block. I don’t remember the kids last name now, but I remember his first name was Donald or as I came to know him “Rip-Off”. Rip-Off came over all the time and was a pretty good friend. Like so many kids our age we spent hours out in the backyard playing Joe and having a blast, little did I know that Rip-Off would soon commit a most heinous crime- GI Joe theft! As I recall, we had both added new figure to our collections and as we had done so many times in the past, we ran over to each others houses to show them off. The door bell rang and there stood Rip-off holding a brand new Mainframe figure. Not to be outdone, I proudly showed off my brand spanking new Dial-Tone to which he took a real liking to as he requested to hold him an unusual number of times. My mom called my name and asked to me to take out the trash, once done I ran back to my room and as soon as I walked in Rip-Off suddenly had to go home, imagine that. We said our goodbyes and when I went to look for my Dial-Tone, he was gone! Nowhere to be found! I looked frantically in my sheets, under my bed, behind the door, and nothing. I then started retracing all my steps to no avail, Dial-Tone was gone. My little heart was crushed. A few days later, guess who suddenly had a new Dial-Tone? That’s right, Rip-Off! that snake in the grass! Funny, that it didn’t actually register that Rip-Off had taken my figure until years later once I wised up. The worst part is that my Mom blamed me for losing a new figure! she was upset because I “never took care of anything” it was a travesty I tell you! Well here we are 20 some-odd years later with a new (to me) Dial-Tone!
Purchased the figure on Ebay for a reasonable 13$ plus shipping and he came complete with his radio backpack, rifle, and file card. Waiting for him to arrive was murder because I knew that in a few short days Dial-Tone and I would be re-united! When he finally arrived, I was really pleased at his condition. Clean screws and tight joints galore! what more could a Joe collector ask for? He had some minor nicks and scratches that were quickly fixed with my trusty Tamiya paints. Still gotta touch a few things here and there but excellent condition overall.
Hope you’ve enjoyed yet another installment of Figure Profile and hope that you’ll join us again next Monday, Until then my friends.
P.S. YOU STILL SUCK RIP-OFF!
More Team Members On The Way!
In their relentless mission to eliminate the Cobra threat across the globe, the Joes have intercepted secret Cobra Intel hinting at their whereabouts. General Hawk has deployed a top GI Joe member to recon those locales. The following report is highly classified. Here are Agent Katzenbogen’s (aka Bazooka) findings.
Dear General Hawk, I went ta Disneyland like ya told me to looking for Cobra and here I am at the entrance. No signs of Cobra yet, but there was sort of electrical interference as the camera was malfunctioning and it would not focus. Oh well.
Next stop Main Street. I walked around a bit but didn’t see nothin’ I thought I saw Destro for a sec, but it turned out to be some kid with a silver Mylar balloon. Had to use petty cash for a new balloon for the kid. Sorry!
Then I decided to take a look near “It’s a small world just in case ol Chrome Dome was in the area, Got a hat while I was there, ya know, cause of the sun. Honest.
Then I looked in “It’s a small world a couple of times but once again no sign of Cobra
I thought for sure I’d hit pay dirt on “Big Thunder Mountain” but got a big ol’ Goose egg.
I figured I’d check for..uh…HISS Tanks here. Yeah that’s it! HISS Tanks.
Searching for Cobra is though work! I think I’ll take a break for just a seco….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Report complete. No further intel available.