25th Anniversary Joes
July 6, 2007


That’s what this line made me say out loud, when I found the single Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow last weekend at Wal-mart. I actually said it out loud – how goofy is that?

Now, I don’t get truly excited over very many toys anymore. Sure, I enjoy the hobby and I dig all the new stuff coming out but it takes a lot for me to be really enthused. The technology today makes it tough to be really surprised by anything; we see protos of these toys months, sometimes years in advance. So by the time it hits retail or specialty shops, I’ve already seen dozens of photos of it. But these Joes, these 25th Anniversary GIJoes – just awesome. Just like being a kid again.

Remember how it felt when your parents took you to the toy store and you stumbled upon the new series of GIJoes, or Transformes, or Masters of the Universe on the pegs? I remember finding a whole new series of GIJoes, grabbing the figure and flipping it over to see the painted pictures of all the new Joe and Cobra members. What a great feeling that was, just never knowing what new unknown figures you might find that day.

So walking down the toy aisle and seeing those repro packages of the Joes, with the paintings of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow on the front…


Those waves of nostalgia came washing over me, and it made me feel like a kid again. And isn’t that what this hobby is all about?

Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
Current designer, future artist, eternal manchild, Ryan "The Superfly" Prast uses his toynerd acumen to delve deep into the profound nuances of life. With a penchant for tiny plastic men and nostalgia of times past, he also enjoys panelology, obscure cultural references, tomfoolery and/or shenanigans, conspiracy theories, and watching his Cubs flush another season down the toilet. And he always keeps his fork when there’s pie.
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