THE POP EXPOSE ‘G.I.Joe Vintage or Modern’ By Mitchell Smith!

Do you like 25th style G.I. Joe’s better than the O-ring style?

In 2007 G.I. Joe replaced the classic O-ring style Joe with a modern 25th Anniversary Style Joe. Although I love many of the updates such as the awesome articulation and attention to detail, I will always be a fan of my first love, the O-ring style Joes. I received my first G.I. Joes when I was 7 years old. It was a magical Christmas one that highlights many of the other Christmases I have enjoyed over the years. The Original Straight Arm figures and vehicles have always been one of my favorite years for Joes Between my brothers and I we got nearly one of everything from the 1982 line up, minus Snake Eyes and Scarlett.

To this day the Original Straight Arm Snake Eyes is the only one I’m missing from the 1982 line up. Anyhow, back then we didn’t really care or know much about any of the other figures. They were just really cool with the file cards, the awesome card art, and the overall awesomeness of the figures and vehicles themselves. I think most of you know how the story goes for my O-ring days as a kid. There were many great years for me that eventually fizzled out when I went into high school, but I never lost interest and never stopped enjoying Joes. In the early 2000 I found some 2 packs on clearance for $5.00 each and they were pretty cool. I was able to dig up all my old Joes from my parents house and so my collecting began.

Not long after this I started my own family and the Joes had to take a back seat. I remember in the mid 2000s looking at all the cool comic packs, and then going to the baby section and buying diapers and baby formula. I wouldn’t change having kids for anything though, and making that sacrifice makes me appreciate the art of collecting and all I have inside and outside of G.I. Joe. I did pick up a couple figures in 2005-2006 like Wild Bill and Grand Slam, plus a couple vehicles like the 2005 Desert Humvee and the TRU exclusive G.I. Joe Moray Hydrofoil. Then as we all know 2007 was when the new style 25th anniversary figures came out. Over the next several years Hasbro put out tons of the classic characters from 1982-1990’s figures. I thought they did a great job putting out as many of the classic characters as they did, I did a lot of Joe hunting to find the awesome upgraded figures in those years. The last 3 Joes I bought were from retail on a mad hunt I found Life Line, Sci-Fi, and Airtight.

It wasn’t long after that Hasbro went to an all online sale and I couldn’t justify spending $40.00 + on 1 figure so I put my collecting to rest. A little rest from hunting down Joes gave me some time to reflect on what I had and how many great figures and vehicles Hasbro had released. It was quite extraordinary everything that they had put out and how awesome they were. I still had that hunger to collect more though. I was looking at all the figures on line that I wish I could have, but they were too far out of my price range. So I pulled out the old O-ring style Joes. I started taking a closer look at some of my favorite characters. I started paying a little better attention to some of the detail. I had kind of forgotten why I fell in love with G.I Joe to begin with.

There was so much heart and soul poured into the original Joes. The 1982 figures which were somewhat generic but brilliantly made. Switching uniforms, hair color, and weapon or backpack, but the attention to detail was still quite amazing just a pocket on the sleeve or different web gear and there was a completely different character. I love what the creators did with a pilot figure line that nobody had any idea it would grow to such popularity. Going back to the O-ring version seemed natural, they were what I grew up with. All around these figures and vehicles were a part of my childhood, a part of your childhood as well. Then I fell back in love with the O-ring figures. I have a certain love for both the O-ring and the modern style G.I. Joes. They both have great qualities. In some cases I think the original figures are better than the upgrade they may have received. For me though it is a toss up. I love both styles, it’s impossible for me to choose one or the other. In some cases I even mash the 2 styles together in some dioramas.

I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite figures. 1982 Hawk, 1985 Frostbite, 1989 Payload, 1994 Space Shot, 2004 Kwinn, 2008 Rock n Roll, 2011 Steel Brigade, and last but not least 2017 Hardtop. Also a few vehicles the 1984 Manta, 1990 Avalanche and the 2010 Wolf Hound. I do love all the figures and vehicles to some degree, they still give me goosebumps some days. So do you have a favorite style, vehicle or figure? Sound off AFTER THE JUMP and let us know!

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