If you, like I, grew up in the early 70’s, then you are probably well acquainted with these stalwart fellows. The G.I. Joe Adventure Team took Joe from his Military roots to a seeker of danger. I loved this line. I grew up with this line. It wasn’t until Star Wars came out that I had a love for an extensive franchise on a large scale such as this. Joe AT had a shared, cohesive, story. Mego, arguably the biggest line of characters, didn’t offer a singular voice. Adventure Team did that, and more. Head over to Plaid Stallions to check out the great toys from years gone by.
I had this record and book set, plus a few second hand pieces to this Adventure Team set. Good times. I dig how the uploader added some limited animation in a very Marvel Super Heroes way. Before home video, ruling out projectors that most of us didn’t have, this was the only game in town. OK, sure there was the View-Master too 😉
I am not one of those detractors of the series who whines about the kid friendly content. The series airs on DISNEY X/D, a children’s network. There has been some silly moments and outright comedic ones this season. The “Inside Man” has very little light hearted humor. It is a dark episode that should make my friends on the Force Center Podcast and Collider’s Jedi Council pretty happy ( some of the aforementioned whiners😁). I have nothing but love for those folks.
So here I am 45, as of the 3rd of May 2015, and I am just on the cusp of becoming gainfully employed again. It’s been a while since I had a regular job, but the contract stuff and selling online is just getting us by. Once I re-enter the 9-5 world, after 20 years, I plan on replacing/upgrading many things (car, appliances, computers) and rebuilding the collecting that had dwindled over the years. Presented here is what we have left, that isn’t up for sale. Some is my wife’s, others are mine, and some we’ve collected together. The best thing about collecting again is that, if needed, I can always flip my stuff for more than I paid and start over again.
If you want to see what I would like to add to my collection, so far, then check out my collection list on eBay: My 45 Year Wish List! Misty’s will be building her list soon.
So I once had this Hot Wheels car… I was out looking for it and actually found it after I had given up. I didn’t remember the name so I never found it on the internet. THIS was my favorite car toy when I was a child. Heck this piece comes in a number two spot to a real Bugatti Veyron SS on my list of favorite things on wheels. Now I have it, no internet needed, unless I want a better quality version.
I’ve added a few new items to Toy blasts from my past. Give it a look-see and maybe you’ll find what all we have in common ^_^
Some of these things we’ve sold on eBay or Etsy… some I’ll be keeping once I re-find them, like my car.
Live Long and Prosper,
and May the Force Be with You.
So I made the decision on this piece and I am finally selling it. When the 3¾” G.I. Joe line came out in 1982 it captured my imagination. Not only were these action figures and play sets cool but they were the EXACT scale as my beloved Star Wars figures. Hasbro really was smart by going that rout. Of all of the figures, Snake Eyes really stood out. He “spoke” to me. He wasn’t leading the charge but he always got attention. Even as I type this, the twelve year old in me is screaming, NoooOoooOooo. *sigh*
Isn’t it odd how, as collectors, we can become so attached to things made of plastic, wood and paper? When you throw in a strong sense of nostalgia then the feelings are intensified ten fold. Irrational or “it is what it is”? When you make your livelihood, in part, by selling off your own childhood memories it can be fun, profound and a melancholy event, depending on the piece. You will always have the memories of the good times you had when you had the item in question but it acts like a physical anchor to that past. Oh well, enough waxing on about such things. Time to move forward ^_^
As far as I can tell this list could be boiled down even further to a mere 6 entries. I would drop “Mask” and “Secret Wars” line right off of the bat. It was cool having some Marvel heroes, finally, but the quality of the sculpts and accessories left a lot to be desired for sure. Captain America didn’t even come with his regular shield for FRAK sake! Either way this is a fun list no matter which end of that awesome decade you came into the action figure game.