Everyone collects something. For some people it's key chains, or magnets from the places you visited to put on the fridge. Some collect panties which is just weird. We collect action figures. More specifically we collect G.i.Joe action figures. Characters like Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow are just iconic, and with strong female characters like the Baroness, and diversity with Spirit and Road Block even before the chants for inclusion in the media - G.i.Joe had everyone covered. Any kid could find a character they could identify with.
It was not until much later that we discovered how sexy the Baroness was, or how relevant the cartoon remains even today. Joe was fighting a terrorist organization called Cobra that sounds a lot like the the current fight against terrorism. Even if no one died in the cartoons, they did in our bedroom. Duke took down the Cobra Commander, only to see him live again the next time we played. Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes always ended their fights in a draw though because we liked them both too much to pick a winner. The war between Joe and Cobra never ended, that is until we hit high school and didn't play with the figures any more.
Somewhere along the line, our interest in GiJoe action figures was rekindled. Call it reconnecting with our youth, but we are on a hunt to collect all those figures that made our childhood so enjoyable. We are about half way there. We have searched out plenty of online resources that have made our hunt easier. Luckily a collector has put out a book to make it even easier since it's full of history, photographs, and important background information on the whole toy line. It'll look good on your coffee table and is bound to stir up conversation.
Even if you don't feel the need to actually buy and collect the figures, you can get a walk down memory lane with the Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe. It shows every figure and action vehicle accessory from 1982 - 1994 along with the guns and equipment you usually lost in the couch. The book doesn't cost much more than a weak ass movie in the theater and we promise you will get many more hours of enjoyment from the memories that flood back. Maybe just maybe it'll make you want to start a collection of your own.
Get a copy of The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994 by clicking here
Here are the best websites we have found for GiJoe collectors. They have helped us build our collection, and are must have bookmarks for anyone who collects. Check them out after buying the book.
GIJOE Collectors Websites:
Action Figure Checklist: Online checklist that helps you track your collection
3D Joes: Rolodex that contains digital file cards, and 3D images of figures and vehicles
HissTank: database of toys and photo shoots like the one we borrowed for our main image.
YoJoe: a comprehensive databases of figure, vehicles, and toys