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GI Joe turned 50
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, February 17, 2014 12:57 AM

GI Joe turned 50 in February, 2014.

I came to collect and "play" with him a year or so later.

Over the years I used my newspaper money to buy the basic army figure, the Special Forces figure (Vietnam Green Beret), the Japanese WW2 figure, the British Commando WW2 figure, the French Resistance figure.

I own the deep sea diver costume, the Marine Dress Uniform, the Army MP uniform which has the collectible Ike Jacket.

The Astronaut.

I never could afford the Rat Patrol Jeep. Or the Bazooka. etc.

The 30 cal machine gun, radio set, I have.

Joe is a really important part of figure modeling.

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, February 17, 2014 3:51 AM

Well, how about some photos?

GI Joe appeared in Poland in the early nineties, somebody imported a small quantity of the figures and was sellnig them for like a year, and then they disappeared again. For a short time the comics could also be had translated to Polish. It was all the GI Joe vs. Cobra variety. Some kids bought it, because it was unusual and colourful, but we didn't really know back then what it was all about, or what exactly GI Joe means and what it does stand for. Haven't seen those toys for a long time now.

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, February 17, 2014 6:22 AM

I always like the scuba diver set with the mask and air tanks

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Monday, February 17, 2014 8:03 AM

Pawel

Well, how about some photos?

GI Joe appeared in Poland in the early nineties, somebody imported a small quantity of the figures and was sellnig them for like a year, and then they disappeared again. For a short time the comics could also be had translated to Polish. It was all the GI Joe vs. Cobra variety. Some kids bought it, because it was unusual and colourful, but we didn't really know back then what it was all about, or what exactly GI Joe means and what it does stand for. Haven't seen those toys for a long time now.

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

That's a good question, Pawel. The "GI" in GI Joe stands for "General Issue", which is slang military jargon for all equipment that a soldier gets issued, including himself. Not sure where the "Joe" part came in, unless it was another part of the slang that came about from maybe a local of some country that the US was fighting in, who added the generic "Joe" to what they already knew about the US forces (but that's just me guessing......). I'm pretty sure the term "GI Joe" started back during WWII, though. The term GI hasn't been used by the US military in many, many years (I'm guessing since the early '60s). We now go by whatever branch we're in - "Marine" for a Marine, "soldier" for Army, "airman" for Air Force, and "sailor" for Navy. I believe the Coast Guard members are called "Coasties" but I'm not sure if that's a slang term or not. And, of course, each branch of service has slangy, slightly derogatory terms for the other branches....... You should hear some of thise terms... It would make you blush and/or laugh!

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, February 17, 2014 8:18 AM

Devil Dawg, thank you for taking time and writing about it! I have to tell you, since the nineties I did some research, my english is also a lot better than it used to be back then and now I have some idea what the GI Joe toys were supposed to represent. Just in the early nineties it was all abstraction for us, fresh out of socialism.

As for the derogatory terms - Hans von Hammer was good at using them, also had a few words to say about the Military Police, that was fun. We also have some die hard Marines on the forum too, not to mention the sailors. So I not so much heard but read those terms (let's agree the rougher ones wouldn't get through).

Anyhow, thanks again and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by TarnShip on Monday, February 17, 2014 11:49 AM

You know, for a Mizzen Monkey, that Gyrene, Devil Dawg ain't half bad,,,,,from a Jarhead's perspective, at least. (there's four nicknames for a Marine, all in one place)

Does anyone know when GI Joe shrunk to half his height? I remember that GI Joe, the Ken doll, and Stony Mason toys were all about 12" tall in the sixties, with Stony being slightly taller and heavier, then Joe, and Ken the shortest and slimmest.

Then one day many years after I had grown up, I wondered over into the action figure aisle for some Masters of the Universe toys for my nephew,,,,,,,and Joe was only 6" tall !!

Was there a time that Joe was OOP, and he then came back in the new smaller size?

Rex

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Posted by Gordon D. King on Monday, February 17, 2014 5:25 PM

My three sons collected the GI Joe dolls. The dolls, the wooden foot lockers and other accessories all still packed in boxes in my barn. The boys don't have room for them in their apartments but don't want me to get rid of them. These are the originals larger GI Joe dolls, not the smaller ones which were issued in later years. I have idea what they are worth.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, February 17, 2014 7:36 PM

I was the second kid on the block to get GI Joe in early 1965.My dad bought me the black hair, red and blonde Joes along with the footlocker and tons of equipment. As soon as I was 13  or so I was foolish enough to sell all but the black hair Joe that I still have till this day. I always wanted the jeep but could not afford it back then. I managed to pick one up on Ebay some years back and it's fairly complete including the trailer, light and gun for under $100. I also picked up a blonde Marine original 64 Joe and the original 64 footlocker. I have all the repro Joes that came out as a book format in the early 80's . I remember living in Miami and going to a huge store called Masters where they had TONS of Joe stuff! Those where simpler days.

1980's repro in book series

My original 64 Joes. The one on the left has been with me for 49 years! The boxes are repro but VERY well made

and the original 64 footlocker with original decal

The jeep, trailer and gun are packed in the garage. I will eventually display everything once I get a larger hobby room in the very near future.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, February 17, 2014 7:58 PM

Tojo72

I always like the scuba diver set with the mask and air tanks

 
Here ya go Tojo, I forgot that I have him too. Just hope the mask and belt are packed with the jeep!
 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, February 17, 2014 8:16 PM

Dawg

My buddy was in the Air Force and he referred to the Navy guys as squids and Army guys as pickles. He said he had been called an air nut by a Marine along with other choice words. Zip it!

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, February 17, 2014 11:32 PM

The term GI dates to at least WWII, as does "Joe", another term for the common soldier or guy. It was probably at that time that they were combined. "GI Joe" was a nickname in use at that time. I do recall reading about a carrier pigeon named GI Joe that was used by some cut off US unit in Europe to deliver messages and was preserved in some museum afterwards.

All that aside, I had one of the 12" figures as a kid also. A few outfit/weapon sets as well. I remember one of the neighbor kids had one of the cool ones- a pilot one, flight suit, helmet, etc. complete with parachute and harness. The figures were downsized to the 6" in the mid 80s associated with the TV cartoon series. I bought a couple of the new 21st Century Toys figures in the 90s when those came out, different WWII Paratroopers: 82nd Airborne Normandy, 101st Airborne Market/Garden, British Airborne Arnhem, and US 29th Division, Omaha Beach.

 

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:41 AM

I had 3 or 4 12" figures and accessories when I was a kid. Still have well over a hundred of the smaller ones in a box right next to my original Star Wars figures in the Darth Vader display case. Which is next to the 2000 or so Hot Wheels cars in original packaging hanging on my garage walls.  John

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:43 AM

Here are some of the cars

 

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Posted by pyrman64 on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:13 AM

I had a couple G.I. Joe's growing up.  I even had the foot locker, jeep and the howitzer...... which my sister & the cat hated equally! I guess those tiny little orange bullets might of packed a wallop!

On a side note, my Household-6 has quite a collection of those Dragon/Cyber Hobby battle Barbie's, including Steiner (from Cross of Iron), FM E v Manstein, Wittmann, Wohl and others. I have a few, like a NYPD SWAT figure and a mini-R Lee Ermey.

Greg H

"There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell." Gen. Wm T. Sherman (11 April 1880, Columbus, Ohio)

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Posted by subfixer on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:45 PM

I had the Jeep and trailer, Mercury capsule and astronaut, and a helicopter. I'm not sure whether the helicopter was "official" or not but since it was a very early one, I think that it probably was.

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:51 PM
plasticjunkie

Tojo72

I always like the scuba diver set with the mask and air tanks

 
Here ya go Tojo, I forgot that I have him too. Just hope the mask and belt are packed with the jeep!
 
Thanks for the memories.I remember that the frogman suit was a real chore getting it on him,use to have to use talcum powder to slide it on. I liked the 12" joes,but I always liked the small plastic soldiers better they might ahave been 1/32 I can't remember.Could make bigger scenes.I had German,Japanese,and American.I also had Fort Apache,cowboys,indians,wagons,and cannons. Man,I suppose that stuff would be worth a lot now Anthony

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:00 AM

The original 64 Joe stuff has come down in price some but are still highly collectable specially if you have the boxes. I have seen original boxes sell for as much as $100 to $200 depending on the condition. They are hard to come by since most were thrown away after a child received America's fighting man. Expect to pay a very high premium for a 5 Star Jeep, mint and complete in the box, cha ching...$$$$.

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Posted by wayne baker on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:13 PM

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:46 PM

He got in trouble a bit in the late 80s though...

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:01 PM

Geez stick, LMAO!!

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Posted by ajlafleche on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 4:58 PM

Battle Barbie. Nuff said.

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:35 PM

plasticjunkie

Dawg

My buddy was in the Air Force and he referred to the Navy guys as squids and Army guys as pickles. He said he had been called an air nut by a Marine along with other choice words. Zip it!

Heh! We called the sailors "Squids", too. The Air Force pogues we called "fly boys". My youngest son is ex-USAF, so he really caught H**L for not joining the Marines like his daddy and brother! I like that term "Air Nut", though. I'm gonna have to start using that one on him and his wife (she's still in the USAF). 

Hadn't heard a soldier called a "Pickle", though. That's a new one for me.

Gary

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:36 PM

No wonder no one can find these GI Joe dolls and his equipment - you guys have it all!!!  Stick out tongue

Devil Dawg

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:53 PM

They are not dolls... They are "action figures". ;-)

 

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:59 PM

stikpusher

They are not dolls... They are "action figures". ;-)

Crap. It's getting bad when a Marine is being corrected by a pickle..er, I mean soldier.........Big Smile (just joshin' ya!) But I stand corrected, Stik. You're correct - they are "Action Figures", not dolls. How many guys do you think I unintentionally PO'd with that one?

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, February 22, 2014 10:32 PM

I've worn a pickle suit... Used a "pickle" device at work... but never been called a pickle to my face or within earshot... which is pretty close by nowadays due to hearing loss... However, I have been called many other things, printable and unprintable on a family friendly site such as here... ;-) but since I know that you gyrenes vocabulary is limited to mostly excited grunts and pointing, please don't feel bad about Joe's nomenclature correction ;-)

(Pulling on my K-pot and RBA for return fire now...)

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, February 22, 2014 10:34 PM

here ya go Dawg, action soldiers...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLL67CN2hnw

 

 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, February 22, 2014 11:04 PM

Alright mud wrestling on the mess deck.

It was a great run.

The ski trooper skis and white M1

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Monday, February 24, 2014 11:25 AM

stikpusher

I've worn a pickle suit... Used a "pickle" device at work... but never been called a pickle to my face or within earshot... which is pretty close by nowadays due to hearing loss... However, I have been called many other things, printable and unprintable on a family friendly site such as here... ;-) but since I know that you gyrenes vocabulary is limited to mostly excited grunts and pointing, please don't feel bad about Joe's nomenclature correction ;-)

(Pulling on my K-pot and RBA for return fire now...)

Holy Cow, Stik! That was hilarious! Got me laughing like crazy on that one! Gotta admit, though, you did perfectly describe some Marines I have known in the past.........and a few sailors and soldiers, to.....

Thanks for making me laugh twice in this thread - once with the video link, and then this. Good stuff! Hope you have a quiet week......

Gary

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, February 24, 2014 2:59 PM

Anytime Dawg. I love a good laugh myself. Growing up here in So Cal, I met a LOT of Marines from Pendleton, Tustin, El Toro, 29 Palms... Kinda hard not to around here at that time. It's all good and were all on the same team when there are bad guys around. But yes, I have known a few Dogfaces who would fall in the same category. Thanks for the quiet week stuff, I hope you're right,  but I will expect the opposite.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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