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BIG Toys Week: GI Joe Big Trapper

The GI Joe Big Trapper vehicle is a kind of a bittersweet item for me. I really wanted it for my birthday that year but ultimately chose the Capture Copter, either way, I kind of won. The only downer was, these were the last GI Joe vehicles ever made. Many collectors view the Big Trapper […]

Action Team !975

Hands down that orange scuba suit was my favourite toy of 1975… Like our Facebook Page Check out our Instagram Get the expanded digital edition of Rack Toys here.

1971 Hasbro GI Joe Adventure Team Catalog

 My earliest memories of action figures are Hasbro’s GI Joe Adventure team, I would spend hours staring at those wishbook pages, drooling at those fuzzy faced guys having adventures.  The sights of these toys are so hard-wired in my brain, they’re pure happiness. That’s why I’m excited to be showcasing the 1971 Hasbro GI Joe […]

Palitoy Commander Power; Fearless Defender of the Galaxy

Fortune smiled on me last month in the form of managing to pick up a Commander Power action figure.  Known to us kids as Super Joe, the British toy firm Palitoy made some fun changes to the line such as marketing the characters (Palitoy only selected 3 Super Joe characters) in large boxes and more […]

GI Joe’s 50 Adventures

Moving things around yesterday I looked at the back of GI Joe package for the first time in years and was kind of blown away at how striking it is.  It really shows how powerful this artwork was, no wonder I’m a junkie for it some 40 years later. 

A Salute to Canadian Toy Packaging

It’s not a closely guarded secret that I’m Canadian. So on the day of my country’s 150th birthday, it seems duly patriotic that i share my favourite toys in Canadian packaging.  Due to having two official languages, we had different toy packages than the US and brother,  it’s tough to find.  Hunting these is my […]

Pod Stallions Minisode 3: Records!

We’re back this week with another mini-sode and we’re talking about one of our favourite subjects, haunting record shops and collecting, of course. Mini-Sode was inspired by last weekend’s Record Store Day festivities where we talk about experiences, vinyl, collecting philosophies, soundtracks, Doctor Who. Fawlty Towers, Power Records, The Ramones, Wild in the Streets,  GI […]

Hasbro on Parade

Sadly, Jerry Lewis was never part of the GI Joe Adventure Team, his presence was to promote a series of board games. What a missed opportunity to have sets like “Search for the Golden Ladieeeeeeee!”

GI Joe Returns

This rather mysterious trade ad from December 1981 is the first thing I can find that heralds the return of the GI Joe brand to toy stores. I don’t recall seeing the figures much before March of ’82, where 11 year old me pined for Kung Fu grip but still fell in love with the […]