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!