Nostalgic Evocations: G.I. Joe (1983)

in 1983, Hasbro made a monumental change in the G.I. Joe toy line.  They added swivel arms.  It may not seem like much, but for a kid this was huge.  It was such a major improvement that all the original line was released with the improved arms.  Hasbro also added another group of figures and vehicles.

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G.I. Joe added Airborne, Doc, Tripwire, Torpedo, Gung-Ho and my personal favorite Snowjob.  Doc was the only one I didn’t care for…a medic toy wasn’t all that fun (until Lifeline came along).  Duke was also introduced as a mail-in figure, and I was able to get him pretty soon after he was released.

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Cobra added a few more villains as well, but still not a whole lot to get excited about (except Destro).  Major Bludd kind of sucked in all honesty.  They introduced awesome new swivel arms and then made a character who had a permanently stiff arm!

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The vehicles took a huge step up.  The Headquarters and Skystriker (with Ace) were major toys.  I mean crazy big and expensive.  I got the Headquarters for Christmas but never did get the Skystriker.

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I always liked Dragonfly (with Wild Bill), Wolverine (with Covergirl), H.I.S.S. (with driver) and Polar Battle Bear.

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By Christmas 1983, my G.I. Joe collection had grown pretty significantly.  The addition of the Polar Battle Bear and Snowjob was great for a kid in upstate New York who liked to play outside.

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