Comments on: Looking Back: G.I. Joe “RAH” Wave 1 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/ The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:48:37 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage GI Joes: ARAH - Page 2 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-2/#comment-323257 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:32:45 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-323257 […] […]

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By: Patrick http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-2/#comment-204225 Sat, 03 Jan 2015 17:25:37 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-204225 My mom worked at a Richman Gordman store for most of my childhood, which was AWESOME for a kid in the late 70s – early 80s heyday of toys. She was usually able to get new Star Wars figures for us (me, my brother, and occasionally my dad) when they first arrived, and her employee discount helped allowances and birthday money go just a little farther. I remember that I had it calculated – my weekly allowance could cover a 3 3/4″ figure, with just enough left for a pack of Hubba Bubba or a comic later.
We had gone to pick Mom up after her shift on a Saturday afternoon when I first saw G.I. Joe. I had memories of my brother’s Adventure Team toys that had gone into the garage sale when Star Wars took over our lives, and still had the book and record sets from that era, so the name was familiar. I was swept away by these figures (they didn’t have any vehicles in yet) and spent a good half-hour deciding which one to spend my allowance on. I finally decided on Flash – he looked the most interesting. I really liked Rock N’ Roll, but Flash’s pile of accessories won me over.

My birthday followed a few weeks later, which added Snake-Eyes, Stalker, the RAM, and the VAMP to my collection. The RAM became Flash’s signature ride. I still have those original Flash, Stalker, and Clutch figures from back then, although poor Stalker has no thumbs…

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By: Spotted Online – 1982 G.I. Joe Parts Reuse http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-2/#comment-203916 Sat, 03 Jan 2015 08:37:08 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-203916 […] even without the book there’s fun to be had with G.I. Joe. The latest example? Action Figure Insider’s latest post about G.I. Joe and the parts reuse of […]

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By: Kevin http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-2/#comment-31723 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:50:05 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31723 I remember seeing these guys for the very first time in their original (open) box/case on the floor of the local Woolworths, just waiting to be hung on the pegs. My mom was friends with the lady who managed the toy section and they were shooting the breeze as this woman was stocking the shelves. The first figure out the box was Flash and he was in my hands before he even had a chance to reach the pegs. I still have that guy sitting on my computer desk looking at me right this very second – right next to his 25th Anniversary upgrade – and he’s as mint as he can be after all of the battles he’s seen. He spent a week with Han as co-pilot of the Falcon since he was the only Joe I owned.

Flash has been and will always be my favorite Joe and he never missed an adventure with his fellow Joes during my playtimes. He was always the first guy to ride shotgun in a new vehicle or the first Joe capture by the newest foe.

As a kid, I eventually replaced the originals I owned with the swivel arm battle grip versions but not Flash. He had the pads on his upper arm painted in the swivel arm version and I would not stand for such inferior treatment of Anthony S. Gambello. Other Joes lost thumbs and found their crotches broken or their paint worn off but Flash was treated with the utmost care.

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By: Derek http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-2/#comment-31605 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:37:55 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31605 I’m almost 100% sure that my first figure was Short Fuse. I remember getting him, and shortly after his thumbs broke. Common problem, I know. Well, I went back, got a second one, only to have his mortar break!

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By: whakojacko http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-2/#comment-31590 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 23:48:19 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31590 Heh. I can remember going into a Woolworths store inside my local mall once and seeing an empty blister card for the ’93 Destro that someone had ripped off. Hanging right on one of the front pegs. The funny thing is that empty card hung there for about 3 months. No joke. Right out in front. It might not have been right but if it was anything like my local Woolworths I doubt they missed the dollar you saved by switching tags lol.

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By: unclemarsellus http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-1/#comment-31589 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:59:41 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31589 Can’t wait for your next installment, Dan!

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By: Chris http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-1/#comment-31585 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:47:05 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31585 Reading this blog made me think that I might have had Flash briefly as a first figure, but really my main memory is of my Cobra Soldier. That was my long-term favorite and still one of the best of the line IMO. I was always about Cobra after that and don’t think I bought any non-Cobra guys for the rest of my childhood.

I have to admit something very bad though. It was upstairs at a Woolworths I believe where they had the Joes and I put a sticker that was a dollar cheaper on it so I could afford it. My morals were not totally engrained at that point I guess. I think my grandma knew too (and did not approve).

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By: whakojacko http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-1/#comment-31447 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:50:18 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31447 I just bought Scoop the other day. Really neat figure. I just started picking up some of the later series Joes (1989-94). Scoop was kinda the star of the DIC GI Joe’s first mini-series (which is available on DVD and features the return of Chris Latta/Collins as Cobra Commander). Now I gotta get that version of Stalker and Scoop’s friend the Alley Viper!

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By: Shadowcat99 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-1/#comment-31444 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:49:36 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31444 Yeah, believe it or not, Marco’s is still around. I was just there last weekend, lol. Love that shop. Whenever I can’t find something in the normal stores, I an almost always find it at Marco’s.

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By: Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-1/#comment-31441 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 03:37:26 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31441 Hahaha, great story, Alex! How awesome is your dad?! I had to look up Scoop. I had stopped collecting Joes a little before ’89 when he came out. Cool character!

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By: Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/looking-back-g-i-joe-rah-wave-1/comment-page-1/#comment-31440 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 03:35:10 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/?p=91308#comment-31440 Ah, I’m glad Short-Fuze is getting some love. That is one of the figures I did NOT have as a kid. Obviously, I’ve made up for that deprivation.

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