Monday, May 12, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 22- Hot Wheels

In 1968, Mattel introduced an iconic toyline. In 1969, they based a cartoon on it. Yeah, like that's a trend that could catch on.

Monday, April 28, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 21- 1969 toys (The Adventures of G.I. Joe)

1969 was the transitional year in the history of the tall Joes. Joe left the military, mostly, and took up a career as an adventurer, but not quite. It was not the G.I. Joe of the bulk of the 60s, but it wasn't yet the G.I. Joe of the 1970s, either.

I talk about it here:

Monday, April 14, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 20- Captain Action comics

And my love affair with Captain Action comes crashing down in a pile of really painful comics.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 18- Tommy Gunn and Action Man in 1967

When you don't have a lot to say about Action Man, there's always Tommy Gunn, the Action Man competitor so timely, it beat Action Man to the shelf!

P.S. Make sure you add "Pedigree" or something after Tommy Gunn if you're looking for him on eBay. Just "Tommy Gunn"... brings up a lot of... stuff.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 17- the Irwin Vehicles

In which I talk about a Canadian toy company, realize that's not the toy company I meant to talk about, then find an excuse to talk about Canada anyway.

I mean, Canada's pretty cool, right?

For a closer look at toys mentioned in today's video, check out:

Monday, February 24, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 16- 1967 toys (G.I. Nurse is There)

Hey, lookit! 1967 toys!
One of 'em's a girl!

Also, talking Joe, fire trucks, and possibly the Rat Patrol.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 15- Andy and George

Who remembers Andy and George? Anyone? Yeah, me neither. But they were G.I. Joe's biggest fans in the 1960s. And by fans, I mean shills. Let's look at some comic book ads!

Monday, February 3, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 14- Captain Action

Captain Action, he's our hero! Actually, he's several of our heroes! He's the Phantom and Spider-Man and Buck Rogers. He's the gol'-dang Batman!

Possibly the coolest competitor to G.I. Joe to appear in the 1960s, we're looking at this versatile hero today, and all the other heroes he becomes, all by looking at a cheesy product catalog disguised as a comic book! Woo!

Monday, January 20, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 13- Early Competition

Okay, I'm going to admit that my framing gimmick might be a bit lackluster in this one. Anyway, it's got good information in it. All about Matt Mason, Stony Smith, and many, many people named Johnny.

Special thanks to:
CHARLIE CALLAHAN as Spazz Master (, @RBGProds)
HALEY BAKER CALLAHAN as Trickster Belle (, @Tricksterbelle)
JARED ROSENFELD as The Rosen Hacker (, @Rosenhacker)
TONY GOLDMARK as Some Jerk With A Camera (, @tonygoldmark)
GARRETT SNOOK as Il Neige (, @ilneigeWWH2W)
MORGAN FUNDER as The Wire (, @TheWire2)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The History of G.I. Joe part 12- Action Man in 1966

G.I. Joe's British buddy is the spotlight for today, as we examine Action Man's origins, and the first year of toy releases. A lot of similarity to Joe, but in time, Action Man will become a very distinct line worth examining in detail.

For a closer look at toys featured in today's video, check out