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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra

I don't know about yours but my childhood leisure in the 70s was filled with playtime in my grandma's yard. And when I wasn't rolling on the grass, I climbed Guava trees and caught fishes in the drain.

Of course I had plastic toys too. They were mostly replicas of violent weapons like cowboy pistols, Native American bow & arrows set, & little green plastic toy soldiers in various states of war-like action. Mostly American & Nazi soldiers, they were cheap, really cheaply made in Taiwan/Hong Kong.Anyway, my point is that kids of my generation back then weren't that lucky. I mean we were fortunate enough to have plastic toys but compared to the kids in the 80s, their plastic toy soldiers were much more advanced.
I mean just look at G.I. Joe. They weren't even called plastic toy soldiers. They were called action figures, and each of the characters had their own names.

Now that was a big jump from the days of nameless green soldiers which looked all the same & it didn't even matter if you lose one of them.

But the kids in the 80s had it going for them. There was even a cartoon show on TV where their action figures come alive.

What?! Where did that come from? Were they really called American Terrorists at that time?!! It sure means a different thing in today's context.

Now kids in the new millennium are even more fortunate, on the brink of being spoilt brats. Today, plastic action figures are fundamental, TV animated series is expected, & there must be a video game version out there, plus a real life action movie!

This is so cool.Yo Joe!

6 comments:

Abdullah said...

YO JOEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I'll give u a bit of trivia...in the UK when I was growing up we didn't have G.I Joe. We had something called Action Force, which was in the same universe as GI Joe, but with a more international scale. Took me a while to figure it out though, cos I was wondering what they were talking about when they said GI Joe in Malaysia...

Action Force...

ohhhhhhhhh...

Greg Wee said...

You mean the characters in Action Force were different but they were from DC Comics as well? I can't believe the kind of conversation that you're drawing me into (and getting me hyper excited). This is really geeky.

Abdullah said...

Hehehehe... cool huh? Action Force was the G.I Joe equivalent in Europe, and the characters were more diverse. The team was more international, and focused on things more outside the US.

However, Action Force had a few generations. I'm not familiar with the first, but I think I started following the 2nd generation, with the Nemesis being the Baron Ironblood:
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i51/thelongestday_photos/1-17.jpg
They integrated the story with GI Joe when Baron Ironblood became the Cobra Commander (but I always feel he was more formidable as Ironblood).

After that, GI Joe went from GI Joe: The Real American Hero to GI Joe: The Action Force

I think that's what happened, but ur welcome to google its history...

Betcha didn't know that I knew that huh?...

hehehehe...

Greg Wee said...

Wahhh, you are so the knowledge. So like the encyclopedia.

viagra said...

G.I. JOE was my fascination since I was a child that's the reason I feel so happy when I see these posts, I remember the soldiers I played and all those memories I still save in my heart.m10m

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