Now the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity? What happened to “One for all and all for one?”
Murdoc never owned or played with any of the 80s line of G.I. Joes, but he played a lot with the earlier generations of Joe.
I had a plain jane Joe for which I acquired a cool diving set which included a bronze helmet, white dry suit, and hoses which plugged into a little mouthpiece you could blow in to (sort of) inflate the suit if you sent Joe to the deep end of the bath tub. The mouthpiece had a compass in it and I used that for many years. There were metal (real metal) weight shoes. Oh, and a black rubber octopus. Get yours here for only $499.
I had some sort of yellow and black underwater sled, like this except it was yellow where this one is white. Here’s a shot of the yellow one, but I don’t think I had the SCUBA gear. However, I might have had the harpoon gun, so maybe I just don’t remember. That also appears to be the giant clam with the computer inside that I thought had come from the diving suit set.
I also had the Secret Mountain Outpost, a sort of base with a locking door and radar antenna. One side of the base’s interior had a radar display, but I don’t remember what was on the other (left) side.
Later, I got a talking G.I. Joe. You’d pull a string in his neck and he’d say all sorts of cool and kick ass things. (“Let’s check with headquarters in Belgium first” wasn’t one of them…) This seems to be him, though I really don’t remember him being black.
I think, except for a bag of extra weapons, gas masks, grenades, and such, that was the extent of my G.I. Joe collection. I shifted over to the Six Million Dollar Man at that point, but you can bet that there were uncounted G.I. Joe – Steve Austin alliances over the next few years. Kicking ass and taking names (as long as there was time to take names) never stopped. My brother and I had other various 12″ scale figures, as well, and I sure wish I had some video of our games. My psychiatrist would probably be interested, as well.
The guy across the road had an extensive (and older) Joe collection, and when we got together it was basically critical mass.
My G.I. Joe toys were from the early 1970s, and it’s pretty cool checking out the stuff online.