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Encyclopedia > G.I. Joe
1960s Action Soldier
1960s Action Soldier
Adventure Team circa 1973
Adventure Team circa 1973

G.I. Joe is a line of military-themed commandos produced by the toy company Hasbro. The initial product offering represented four of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces with the Action Soldier (Army), Action Sailor (Navy), Action Pilot (Air Force) and Action Marine (USMC). The term "G.I. Joe" stood for "Government Issue Joe", signifying the universal makeup of the US forces at the time. The development of G.I. Joe led to the coining of the term "action figure." Image File history File linksMetadata GiJoeBlackHairBlueEyes. ... Image File history File linksMetadata GiJoeBlackHairBlueEyes. ... Image File history File links G.I. Joe Rescue From Adventure Team Headquarters This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links G.I. Joe Rescue From Adventure Team Headquarters This image is the cover of an album or single. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...

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America's Moveable Fighting Man (1964-1969)

Main article: G.I. Joe: America's movable fighting man

In 1963, noting the commercial success of the Barbie doll for girls, Stan Weston, a toy creator and licensing agent, came up with the idea of a Barbie-like line with a military theme that would be marketed to boys. He presented his idea to Don Levine, the creative director of Hasbro, who saw the potential of the idea and approved. The prototypes were originally named "Rocky" (the marine/soldier) "Skip" (the sailor) and "Ace" (the pilot), before Don Levine, inspired by the 1945 film The Story of G.I. Joe, decided on the generic name G.I. Joe. Information Occupation See: Barbies careers Family See: List of Barbies friends and family Created by Ruth Handler Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... The Story of G.I. Joe is a war film released in 1945. ...


The line was launched, on February 2, 1964, with a World War II theme. The G.I. Joe figures were approximately the same physical scale as Barbie dolls - 12 inches, or 305 mm, tall. There were originally four figures, one to represent each branch of the Armed Forces. Accessory packs containing additional gear and clothing were also released is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Highlights

  • In 1965, a black G.I. Joe figure was introduced in select markets.
  • In 1966, soldiers from other countries (France, Germany, England, et al.) joined the G.I. Joe line up. A Project Mercury-like space capsule and silver-suited astronaut figure was also added to the series.
  • In 1967, Talking figures were introduced.
  • The first female G.I. Joe, the Action Nurse, was produced in 1967. It was a commercial failure, and another 12" female would not be released for 30 years.

Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States. ... For other uses, see Astronaut (disambiguation). ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the occupation. ...

Adventure Team (1970-1976)

By 1969, in the wake of the Vietnam War, Hasbro sought to downplay the war theme that had initially defined "G.I. Joe". The line became known as "The Adventures of G.I. Joe" . In 1970, Hasbro settled on the name "Adventure Team", and relaunched G.I. Joe under the new, non-military, banner. Category: ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


Highlights

  • To coincide with the new direction, "Life-Like" flocked hair and beard, an innovation developed in England by Palitoy for their licensed version of Joe, Action Man, is introduced in 1970. A retooled Negro Adventurer was also introduced.
A model with "kung-fu grip" hands and blue belted shorts
A model with "kung-fu grip" hands and blue belted shorts
  • In 1974, named after the increasingly popular martial art style, Hasbro introduced "Kung-Fu Grip" to the G.I. Joe line. This was another innovation that had been developed in the UK for Action Man. The hands were sculpted in a softer plastic that allowed the fingers to grip objects in a more lifelike fashion.
  • In 1976, G.I. Joe was given " eagle eye" vision — a movable eye mechanism to allow the toy to appear to be looking around when a lever in the back of the head was moved. This would be the last major innovation for the original line of 12-inch figures.

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A shift in play patterns

For its first ten years, G.I. Joe was a generic soldier/adventurer with only the slightest hints of a team concept existing. In 1975, after a failed bid to purchase the toy rights to the Six Million Dollar Man, Hasbro issued a bionic warrior figure named Mike Power, Atomic Man, which sold over one million units. Also added to the Adventure Team was a superhero, Bulletman. Comics included with figures at the time featured "Eagle Eye" Joe, Atomic Man, and Bullet Man operating together. The Adventure Team was finally an actual team. The Six Million Dollar Man was an American television series about a cyborg working for a U.S. secret service called OSI. The show was based on the book Cyborg from Martin Caidin, and aired on the American Broadcasting Company from 1973 to 1978. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bulletman was a Fawcett Comics superhero created by Bill Parker and Jon Smalle for Nickel Comics #1 in May, 1940. ...


The other notable absence in G.I. Joe's early days was an antagonist (although a case can be made for the German Stormtrooper). In 1976, G.I. Joe and the Adventure Team met foes from outer space when, The Intruders: Strong Men from Another World, were introduced. These armored caveman-like aliens, although smaller than the G.I. Joe figures, had a button on their backs which could be pressed to make them grab with their "Crusher Grip" arms. These were available in the bearded and gold armored commander, and the beardless, silver armored warrior. Up until the introduction of these cavemen-looking armored aliens, Joe and his team only had the forces of nature and animals to combat. Now he was pitted up against foes who despite their brutish appearance were possessed of keen intellect and bent on world domination. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File linksMetadata GIJoeIntruderCommander. ...


End of an era

The original 12" G.I. Joe line ended in America in 1976. At this time, Hasbro released a line of inexpensive, rotationally molded mannequins in the G.I. Joe style called "The Defenders."


The claim is that by the late 1970s, the petroleum crisis had taken a toll on the profitability of the 12" G.I. Joe line. Drastic increases in the price of petroleum increased the cost of the plastic used to manufacture the toys. However, foreign licensees continued to produce their own versions quite successfully well into the eighties,[1] which tends to negate this rationale. It would seem as likely that mismanagement of the product line, and a lack of a focused product development direction caused the demise of the 12" line in the US market. This article is about energy crises in general. ... Petro redirects here. ... For other uses, see Plastic (disambiguation). ...


Super Joe (1977-1978)

In 1977, Hasbro released the Super Joe Adventure Team, and took the battle between good and evil to the stars. The figures were scaled down to 8 1/2 inches, similar in size to Mego's Superheroes line of action figures. The line was a hybrid of superhero and space action figures with new features incorporated such as battery powered back-pack lights and motorized accessories. The hero Super Joe characters, Super Joe Commander (Caucasian/African American) and Super Joe (Caucasian/African American) had a "1-2 Punch" that could be activated by pressing panels on the figure's back. The majority of these figures used kung-fu grip style plastic in the joints and hands. With age this material degrades leaving even unopened figures missing limbs and hands. Mego can refer to: Mego Records, an Austrian record label. ...


Unlike the original G.I. Joes, Super Joe was developed from the start with a play-pattern of Good vs Evil. Super Joe Commander and the Adventure Team (Man of Action, and Adventurer) with their alien comrades "The Night Fighters", Luminos and The Shield, fight against the evil Gor, King of the Terrons, Terron: The Beast from Beyond and his ally Darkon, the half man half monster.


Super Joe was discontinued by the end of 1978. The same basic body molds were used later by a subsidiary of Hasbro to produce a line of action figures based on the TV Series "Space Academy." Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...


International G.I. Joe Licensees

United Kingdom

Main article: Action Man

From 1966 through 1984, Palitoy Ltd. produced a British version of the 12-inch G.I. Joe line, under the Action Man name for the UK market. Initially, these were the exact same designs as the American figures, and at first the same military theme which included figures from World War II. The line later expanded the line to include all men of action, like footballers and other sports figures. In the early 1980s, Palitoy responded to falling sales of Action Man by launching 'Action Force' - a new range of smaller military-themed figures in the style of the then-popular Star Wars line from Kenner. Later, when the U.S. Real American Hero line was released in the UK they were released under the 'Action Force' title, since the term 'G.I.' is not in common use in Britain. The figures had the same appearance and codenames as the American G.I. Joes, but their identities and histories were international rather than purely American or British. The range was later renamed G.I. Joe to bring it into line with international markets; however, the Action Man line retained its original name when it was revived in the early 1990s. This page is about the Palitoy Action Man produced from 1966-1984. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... This page is about the Palitoy Action Man produced from 1966-1984. ...


France

Group Action Joe was the French license for G.I. Joe. The Ceji company developed the line in 1976, utilizing the life-like bodies developed by Hasbro that same year. Initial characters include an adventurer, a soldier, a cowboy, a black adventurer, a bearded adventurer and an Indian figure. A female figure, Jane, was quickly added. The line expanded in 1977 and other character were added with new features like Eagle Eyes.


Ceji updated several features and many new outfits were created. Some of them, like the French Republican Guard, are highly sought out by collectors. They also licensed other characters for the line, including Rahan (a French comic book caveman, 1978) and Zorro (licensed from Disney). For the French market, Ceji gave all members of the team a name to establish more individual identities. Production for the line ceased in 1981.


Other Licensees

The GI Joe line was also licensed to Germany under the Action Team name, which included female figures called Gestapo Girls. In Spain, Geyperman was the Hasbro licensee, although the products were more based on Palitoy's line, down to the logo design. In Japan, Takara and Tsukuda licensed the figures under the names "GIJOE" and "Combat Man". In Brazil, Estrela (company) licensed the 12" figures under the name "Falcon" and the 3 3/4" figures under the name "Comandos em Ação". In Argentina, the G.I. Joe figures were licensed by Esterella under the name "Falcon". Geyperman was the name of a Spanish action figure manufactured by the company Geyper. ... Estrela is a toy manufacturer in Brazil. ...


A Real American Hero (1982-1994)

Main article: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

1982 saw the highly successful relaunch of the G.I. Joe product line in a smaller, 3 3/4-inch scale, of the same type employed by the wildly popular Star Wars figures. The 1982 relaunch pioneered several tactics in toy marketing, combining traditional advertising with an animated television mini-series and an on-going comic book. The decision to use a smaller 3 3/4-inch scale for the figures also made it possible for Hasbro to produce a variety of matching vehicles and play sets that further expanded the appeal and commercial potential of the line. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the series. ...


G.I. Joe's increasing popularity supported an array of spin-off merchandising that included posters, t-shirts, video games, board games, and kites. In 1985, both Toy & Lamp and Hobby World magazines ranked G.I. Joe as the top-selling American toy. Placard redirects here: this should not be confused with Plaque or Plack Poster from the Spanish Revolution A poster is any large piece of printed paper designed to be attached to a wall or vertical surface. ... T-Shirt A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a shirt with short or long sleeves, a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. ... Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival held on the fourth Sunday every May in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan Kite flying is the activity of flying tethered man-made objects in wind. ... This article is about the year. ...


The 3 3/4 inch line was canceled at the end of 1994. This was also the 30th Anniversary of G.I. Joe and accordingly, Hasbro released a series of 12-inch and 3 3/4 inch figures based on the Original Action Team figures from 1964. A select assortment of figures from the "Real American Hero" line were released as Toys "R" Us exclusives to celebrate the 15th anniversary. A second assortment followed in 1998.


Comics

G.I. Joe also appeared as a promotional comic book, produced by Marvel Comics. The comics were very successful, at one point becoming Marvel's top-selling book. This was due in no small part to the unique television advertising and writing talent of Larry Hama, who worked closely with Hasbro to develop a unique identity, background story, and personality for each character. Cover of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1, published by Marvel Comics Since its debut in 1982, the comic book history of G.I. Joe has seen three separate publishers and four main-title series, all of which have been based off of the Hasbro toyline of the... This article is about the comic book company. ... Larry Hama. ...


In 1994, coinciding with the discontinuation of the toyline, the series was ended.


TV series

The basic premise of the 1985 series based on the figures is "good vs. evil". G.I. Joe is a highly capable branch of America's military whose purpose is to defend the world against enemy attack. Their main adversary is the COBRA Organization, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world. For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Cobra Command redirects here. ... Terrorist redirects here. ...


The content of the animated show, although dealing with war and fighting, was still relatively mild as characters rarely, if ever, died even in the most dangerous circumstances. When an airplane was destroyed in combat, the characters inside were invariably shown parachuting out of the wreckage in the nick of time. In addition, the show used lasers and other high tech weapons rather than bullets. However, physical fighting was shown in abundance, probably as a way of compensating for the lack of death and serious injury.


The show is remembered for its public service announcements, where one of the Joes would give an important safety lesson to a group of children engaged in risky behavior. These PSAs always ended with the famous exchange: "Now we know!" "And knowing is half the battle." A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement typically on radio or television, ostensibly broadcast for the public good. ...


In 1987, G.I. Joe: The Movie, a spinoff of the animated series, was released, but was ill-received by both critics and fans. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


Video games

There were several video game adaptations of G.I. Joe; some are Cobra Strike by Parker Brothers for the Atari 2600 and Intellivision (1983), G.I. Joe by Epyx for the Apple II and the Commodore 64 (1985), G.I. Joe by Taxan for the Nintendo Entertainment System (1991), Action Force by Virgin Games for the Commodore 64 (1987), G.I. Joe by Konami for arcades (1992) and G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System (1992). [2] Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike is the title of an video game released for the Atari 2600in 1983. ... The Parker Brothers logo. ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, is the video game console credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. ... The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1979. ... Epyx, Inc. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... C-64 redirects here. ... G.I. Joe was the title of a video game released for the NES published by Taxan and developed by KID. The game was based on the popular toy line, animated and comic series of the same name. ... Taxan is a subsidiary of Kaga Electronics, a Japanese electronics company. ... “NES” redirects here. ... Virgin Interactive was a successful and influential British video game publisher. ... C-64 redirects here. ... Konami Corporation ) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines and video games. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... “NES” redirects here. ...


Failed lines

As a follow-up to the Real American Hero toy line, Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles figures debuted in 1995. It was canceled after only two waves of figures were released, due to low sales. In 1996, G.I. Joe Extreme figures were introduced by Kenner Toys (who had merged with Hasbro in late 1994, taking over their boys toys production). Along with the release of toys, G.I. Joe Extreme featured a comic book, published by Dark Horse comics, and a Sunbow-produced cartoon series which ran for two seasons. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... G.I. Joe Extreme is a line of military-themed toys from Hasbro and the next major incarnation of G.I. Joe after G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero folded in 1994. ...


Return of the 12" G.I. Joe (1991-2005)

Hasbro began releasing new 12" G.I. Joe figures in 1991. The first figure, Duke, was marketed exclusively to Target retail stores. Duke is a character from G.I. Joe, a line of military-themed toys. ... This article is about the United States retail company. ...


Hall of Fame (1992-1994)

Main article: G.I. Joe: Hall of Fame

Based on the Real American Hero toyline, the Hall of Fame series featured Mission Gear Outfits, vehicles, and featured popular characters like Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Gung-Ho, Cobra Commander, Destro, and Storm Shadow among others.


This was followed by an anniversary series based on the 60's line - and was followed by the Hall of Fame Limited Editions, also based on 60's releases.


Masterpiece (1996-1997)

Main article: G.I. Joe: Masterpiece Edition

In 1997, the original G.I. Joe figure returned via the G.I. Joe Masterpiece Editiona unique book-and-figure product.[2] For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Classic Collection (1995-2004)

G.I. Janes were introduced in a series called the Classic Collection, the first 12-inch female dolls in the G.I. Joe line-up since 1967; this doll was a helicopter pilot. The Classic Collection hearkened back to the original all military theme of G.I. Joe with fairly realistic uniforms and gear. Soldiers from Australia, Britain, and other nations, as well as United States Forces were featured. The line also presented an all-new articulated G.I. Joe figure that formed the basis of many offerings until the 12" line was discontinued in the new millennium. // Hasbros G I Joe Classic Collection figures were first released in 1996, under the Kenner brand (formerly a rival toy manufacturer). ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ...


In 2000, a Navajo Code Talker was introduced, one of only two 12-inch G.I. Joe talking figures (until this time) since the 1970s. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Map of the Navajo Nation The Navajo Nation (Diné in Navajo language) encompasses all things important to the Navajo. ... Page one of Navajo recommendation letter, 1942. ...


In 2001, G.I. Joe honored the events of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by releasing a line of Pearl Harbor figures. In 2003 Hasbro announced the release of the 40th Anniversary G.I. Joe line. This line featured reproductions of the earliest G.I. Joe figures and accessories originally made in 1964. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... This article is about the actual attack. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In November 2006 a reproduction Land Adventurer G.I. Joe figure was released as an exclusive to Hot Topic stores. The figure was a reproduction of the Land Adventurer with the Kung Fu Grip and came in the "Coffin" style box. A reproduction Talking Adventure Team Commander was also released in a limited run of 1,970 issues. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Timeless Collection (1998-2003)

Main article: G.I. Joe: Timeless Collection

During the late 1990s Hasbro built on the renewed interest in authentic reproductions of G.I. Joe established by the Masterpiece Edition reproduction book/figure set; they bought the rights to the ME figure and released a range of store exclusive reproduction figure sets, with the character of the sixties G.I.Joe boxed sets.


Return of the 3.75" G.I.Joes (2000-2008)

Real American Hero Collection (2000-2002)

In 2000, Hasbro re-released a selection of 3 3/4" G.I. Joe figures and vehicles. This line lasted until 2002. The figures were sold in packs of two and consisted of repainted versions of figures from the Real American Hero line. Some of these repainted figures were assigned new identities: for example, the Baroness figure was repainted and sold as a new character called Chameleon, described on the packaging as "the illegitimate half sister of Baroness". Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


G.I. Joe vs Cobra (2002-2005)

Main article: G.I. Joe vs. Cobra

Beginning in 2002, newly designed collections of 3 3/4" G.I. Joe figures and vehicles were released. Each collection centered around a storyline or theme, such as "Spy Troops" and "Valor vs. Venom". G.I. Joe vs. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Direct-to-DVD features were animated for both the Spy Troops & G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom collections, as well as a new trading card game based on the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra storyline. Both the 12" and 3 3/4" lines were put on hiatus prior to the release of the Sigma 6 line in 2005. The 3 3/4" line was reintroduced after a very brief hiatus via Hasbro's direct-to-consumer website HasbroToyShop.com. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


25th Anniversary

2007 marked the 25th anniversary of the "Real American Hero" line. To commemorate the event, Hasbro released a "25th Anniversary" collection of newly sculpted 3 3/4" figures based on the line's best known and most popular characters. The 25th Anniversary figures feature updated sculpting, styling, and articulation, and more accurately resemble the characters than the original 1982 figures. Due to the popularity of the line, Hasbro has continued it into 2008. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sigma 6 (2005-2007)

Main article: G.I. Joe: Sigma 6

2005 saw the introduction of a new line called G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, consisting initially of an 8" scale selection of action figures distinguished by their extensive articulation and accessories. Sigma 6 combines entirely new characters with already familiar characters from the 3 3/4" "Real American Hero" line. Its release was accompanied by a television series produced by the Japanese animation studio GONZO and a comic book mini-series published by Devil's Due. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Gonzo journalism. ...


Hasbro also expanded the Sigma 6 line to include a 2 1/2" scale selection of vehicles, play sets, and figurines with limited articulation.


2007 saw the rebranding of the 8" line. The Sigma Six branding was dropped in the spring of 2007. Since that time, new figures have been branded as simply G.I. Joe and divided into differently packaged sub-groups such as Combat Squad, Commandos, and Adventure Team. The entire 8" scale was cancelled by the end of 2007, although Hasbro considers the 8" figures a success and may revisit the scale in the future. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Live-action film

Main article: G.I. Joe (film)

For the homing pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal in 1946, see G.I. Joe (pigeon). ...

Real people honored with G.I. Joe figures

Main article: List of real people honored with G.I. Joe figures

The G.I. Joe brand has made promotional action figures based on real-life persons, both military and civilian, that the company deems Real American Heroes, as the G.I. Joe slogan says. Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Scale model of a Wheaties cereal box at a pep rally Promotion is one of the four key aspects of the marketing mix. ...


References in popular culture

  • In an episode of the Seinfeld television series, Kramer asks Jerry while on the old Merv Griffin TV show set, if he had ever had a G.I. Joe, to which Jerry frustrated, responds, "no I had an Army Pete, and it was made of wood & in the rain he would swell up & split."
  • In the movie Backdraft, Stephen Baldwin's character makes the comment to Kurt Russel's character "Is this another big brother, little brother, you broke my G.I. Joe and I'm still pissed game?"
  • In the movie Trading Places, Eddie Murphy's character refers to the action figure in the following quote: "Okay, pork belly prices have been dropping all morning, which means that everybody is waiting for it to hit rock bottom, so they can buy low. Which means that the people who own the pork belly contracts are saying, "Hey, we're losing all our damn money, and Christmas is around the corner, and I ain't gonna have no money to buy my son the G.I. Joe with the Kung-fu Grip!"
  • In addition, one of the sketches in Eddie Murphy Delirious revolves around his memories of playing with G.I. Joe in the bathtub with brother Charlie Murphy. The sketch ends with an oft-quoted bit about Joe entering a "dark tunnel" which is actually an uncomfortable orifice.
  • In 1997 two Nissan commercials featuring an action figure resembling an Adventure Team GI Joe rescuing a fashion doll that resembled Barbie aired to accolades, eventually winning numerous awards.
  • The 2004 film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story made many references to the 1980s G.I. Joe cartoon series.
  • The Brothers Chaps, makers of Homestar Runner, have a series parodying G.I. Joe known as the "Cheat Commandos".
  • In the TV series Friends, Ross attempts to make his son Ben to play with a G.I. Joe doll in place of a Barbie, trying to convince him by referring to it as; "...the toughest guy in toyland...","...A real American hero!" and "...a toy that protects U.S. oil interests overseas."
  • Eric Forman from That '70s Show is a huge G.I. Joe fan and has several variations of different figures. The 1966 space capsule is often seen in his bedroom.
  • The 2005 comedy The 40 Year-Old Virgin features many references to G.I. Joe and other action figure franchises, as Steve Carell's character was portrayed as a collector.
  • Robot Chicken uses articulated action figures similar to G.I. Joe (including actual Real American Hero figures on occasion) for animation, notably during a sketch called "The Terror Drome," a parody of The Office set in Cobra's HQ.
  • In the reggae band Sublime's song, "Caress Me Down", a reference is made to the special rubber hand feature of the 70's GI Joe action figures. "...I didn't know she had the G.I. Joe, kung fu grip."
  • In the French animated television series Code Lyoko, as of the fourth season, the Jim Moralés character (voiced by David Gasman) is occasionally referred to as "G.I. Jim", a reference to G.I. Joe and to the apparent fact that he is bossy and pushy like a drill instructor.
  • In the VH1's special I Love Toys it came in at the number four spot.
  • In the Australian Big Brother series of 2007, a contestant nominated another because "They reminded him of an Action Man, and he was more of a G.I. Joe fan."
  • While in WCW, former WWE wrestler Booker T briefly adopted the militaristic persona, G.I. Bro.
  • Former WWE wrestler Sgt. Slaughter joined the team as his drill instructor persona, and had several figures and vehicles made, as well as appearing in G.I. Joe the Movie.
  • Former Chicago Bears player William "The Refrigerator" Perry also had a custom figure made, that was available as a mail-in exclusive and came with a football-on-a-chain weapon.
  • Originally there were plans to have Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa character join the team as a boxing instructor. When those plans fell through, Hasbro released a masked Cobra boxer named "Big Boa" instead, complete with removable boxing gloves and a speed bag accessory.
  • The band Roper (band) makes numerous references to G.I. Joe in their song "Red Eye to Miami" on their album Brace Yourself For the Mediorce. Specifically, Snake Eyes and Kwinn are sung about.
  • In the animation series Family Guy, there's some references. In the episode North by North Quahog, you see a parody of the PSL featuring Flint. In the episode PTV, Cobra Commander is shown as the head of the FCC.
  • In the The Simpsons episode entitled "Lisa Vs. Malibu Stacy", a character representing GI Joe is revealed to be one of the Ex-Husbands of Malibu Stacy creator Stacy Lovell (Kathleen Turner). Joe Shows up at Stacy's house begging for her to return to his Mobile Command Unit, Stacy Flatly Refuses and asks Joe to "Release Me From Your Kung-Fu Grip".
  • In the Frasier episode, "Burying a Grudge," Martin, after getting exasperated with his dog, Eddie's, obsession with an old doll, throws the doll down the hall and exclaims, "I gotta get that dog a G.I. Joe."
  • In the video game Monster Hunter Freedom 2, for PlayStation Portable, the instructor in the beginner's training section repeats the popular G.I. Joe quote, "Knowing is half the battle."

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See also

  • 1:6 Scale Modeling, a.k.a. Playscale Miniaturism
  • Action Man
  • List of G.I. Joe series

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References

  1. ^ 1984 for Action Man in the UK when it was curtailed under instructions from their US owners
  2. ^ [1]

External links

  • Official G.I. Joe Hasbro site
  • The Official G.I. Joe Collectors' Club - Licensed by Hasbro
  • DDP - Publisher of GI Joe Comics - Licensed by Hasbro

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Hasbro has kept G.I. Joe on the market nearly continuously since 1964, with the exception of a few years between the death of the classic “vintage” Joe in 1976 and the introduction of the new “Real American Hero” in 1982.
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G.I. Joe Extreme was another attempt to reposition Joe after the manner of many popular superhero action figure lines, but died after only two assortments.
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Unfortunately, all of my original Joes, which had grown to over a dozen at their high point, are somewhere in the Caroline County, VA landfill about 20 years down.
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