Feature figure of the day: Scoop of the G.I. Joe Team.
You can see Scoop in Marvel’s G.I.Joe: Special Missions #23. Today he’d probably take an ipad onto the battlefield instead of that giant camera.
Boba Fett, the infamous bounty hunter, is arguably one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe. I won’t go into his history, but you can read it at Starwars.com. Since Boba Fett is one the most popular characters in the galaxy far far away, he is also one of the top five selling Star wars action figures ever. There have been many Boba Fett action figures released throughout the years. A prototype of a rocket firing Boba Fett released in 1980 is one of the most expensive action figures to collect. You can read a little bit more about that on rebelscum.com.
Boba Fett’s ship, the Slave I, is also popular and has been recreated in many different forms.
In recent years there have been some other excellent Boba Fett action figures and merchandise released. For instance, the Vintage Collection line which ran from 2010 to 2013 released a Boba Fett figure for Empire Strikes Back. This figure is a re-release of a 2008 anniversary figure. A year later, Hasbro released a more film accurate Boba Fett in 2011 with a Return of the Jedi cardback.
The best release of Boba Fett lately is the Star Wars: Black Series six inch figure. This figure released in late 2013, and was initially difficult to find. Because of this, it was selling for double (or more) of its retail price on the secondary market. I was lucky enough to find mine at Target. It is a highly articulated figure with many details that cannot be featured on smaller figures. The two weapons and the jet pack are removable and the cape is made of cloth.
I was at Disneyland a few weeks ago and found this Pixar Cars Chick Hicks as Boba Fett. It is a worthy addition to anybody’s Boba Fett collection!
Ultimately, for all Boba Fett fans there are plenty of action figures and other merchandise to help quench your thirst for this bounty hunter. You can see more Star Wars figures HERE, including all the different variations of Boba Fett.
With that, I would also like to wish all my readers a Happy Star Wars Day!
All photos by me, unless noted otherwise.
One of the most successful action figures lines of the 1980s was G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO. Emerging in 1982, G.I. Joe departed from Hasbro’s tradition of doll like military figures. Instead, G.I. Joe became a 3 ¾ inch scale figure line complete with detailed figures, weapons, vehicles and accessories. G.I. Joe was an international Special Forces team that fought against a terrorist organization known as Cobra. G.I. Joe was a successful toy line in the 1980s, and decades later it still continues to be a popular figure line to collect.
One of the many reasons why G.I. JOE became such a successful toy line was because of the diversity of characters available.
The most memorable character from G.I.Joe is Snake Eyes. Snake Eyes is both a ninja and a commando. In Marvel’s G.I. Joe comics (Issue # 144), the original story was that his body and face were badly damaged when a helicopter exploded on a top secret mission. This is why he wears a full body commando suit. Snake Eyes also doesn’t talk in the comics and the television cartoon. His ninja master was murdered, and he had made a vow of silence until the killer was brought to justice.
You can see all 67 different variations of Snake Eyes HERE
Another popular character on the G.I. Joe team is Duke. He was first released as a G.I. Joe figure in 1983. He is trained in many languages and is a Special Forces leader. He commands his teams by winning their respect. Since 1983 there have been 50 versions of Duke created.
Arguably the most popular figure of the Cobra Organization is the Alley Viper. Many collectors have dozens of various Alley Vipers in their collection. As of today there are 14 different versions of the Alley Viper. You can see them all HERE.
I’m not so sure if the bright colors would help the Alley Viper in urban combat.
Throughout most of 1980s, almost all of the G.I. Joe figures were in realistic military colors, styles, and weapons. In the ’90s, however, Hasbro started making their G.I. Joe’s in bright and neon colors.
Not sure if anybody in their right mind would go out into combat dressed like these guys.
Regardless of the different kinds of G.I. Joe’s out there, if you want to start collecting them there are plenty of resources out there in print and online to help a collector out:
The Ultimate Guide to G.I.JOE 1982-1994 by Mark Bellemo This is also an excellent resource for the 3 3/4 G.I. Joe collector. It has pictures and details of everything G.I. Joe released by Hasbro from 1982 to 1994.
YoJoe YoJoe.com is one of the best online resources for new and old G.I. Joe collectors. It contains a comprehensive list of the figures, vehicles, and playsets.
Hisstank.com Hisstank is an online forum community for G.I. Joe collectors.
All photos taken by me