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Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:44:35 PM »
Mom had me go thru 2 boxes of old GI Joe stuff to sort out what's mine and what's my brother's, so they could take his stuff to him tonight for his kids to have to play with.

Here's what was in there, not counting several plastic bags of backpacks, weapons, accessories, etc.

Oh, and apparently there's another box in the basement somewhere, because we're missing a bunch of stuff that I know we had.

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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2014, 02:22:59 PM »
Good stuff I bet that brought back alot of fun memories.
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2014, 02:25:12 PM »
And a lot of that stuff may be very collectable.
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2014, 02:27:04 PM »
I have no doubt that I could've set that box on a table at Origins with a sign that said "$350, as is" and it would've been gone by lunch on Thursday.

But then the kids don't get to play with the same toys we used to play with 30 years ago... :-\
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2014, 02:32:43 PM »
When I think of all the hours I spent with a few boxes of Airfix 1/72 WW2 figures and some home-made terrain - make the rules-up-as-you-go-along........

Landing craft made out of matchboxes.......

Stones and twigs out of the garden............mum's dark green tablecloth........

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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2014, 02:34:17 PM »
Wow, and you guys didn't both choke to death on all the plastic bits, just before getting kidnapped because you were playing outside without a parent watching you?

Very lucky you were.
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2014, 02:37:30 PM »
Bob - the "missing" box has a few thousand matchbox and ESCI figures it in.  One of these boxes had the old green Army blanket with the 'bunker holes' cut out of it that we used to use as terrain (with some well-placed books underneath for contours)
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2014, 02:38:27 PM »
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2014, 02:39:41 PM »
Bob - the "missing" box has a few thousand matchbox and ESCI figures it in.  One of these boxes had the old green Army blanket with the 'bunker holes' cut out of it that we used to use as terrain (with some well-placed books underneath for contours)

You're making me get all misty-eyed now.
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2014, 03:03:22 PM »
Depending on condition you could buy a good weekend in Vegas with all those matchbox cars.

Not cars, 1/72 scale toy soldiers from Matchbox, made back in the 1980s.
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2014, 04:34:27 PM »
Pshaw.....kids, this is a GI Joe:



My favorite toy as a kid. God, I wanted the GI Joe in a Mercury capsule soooo bad, but my footlocker was full of gear so I was hardly deprived. Awesome toy. Screw that Cobra stuff....my GI Joe was still fighting Nazi's!!!

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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2014, 04:40:38 PM »
my GI Joe was still fighting Nazi's!!!

Dude, that is so awesome!  I wish my GI Joe's could've told the future when I was a kid!
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2014, 05:02:00 PM »
My GI Joes were also the big ones. I remember the transition from regular hard plastic hands (one of them with 'trigger finger') to the 'Kung Fu Grip' softer kind that could hold more stuff. With the old hands the rifles and pistols would pop out inconveniently but with Kung fu Grip Joe was always ready for anything.

BTW, did anyone else have the plastic attache case with trigger handle and the luger inside?
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2014, 10:22:52 PM »
my GI Joe was still fighting Nazi's!!!

Dude, that is so awesome!  I wish my GI Joe's could've told the future when I was a kid!

I saw what you did there......smartass.
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Re: Memory Lane of GI Joe's, or "What's in Mom's Basement"
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2014, 11:45:38 PM »
That's really cool, Brant.

A couple of days ago one of the guys in my office brought in his AD&D 2nd Edition Monster's Manual.  Man alive did that bring back some memories!  I had the red box basic set, blue expert set, and wasn't there a turquoise set above expert? and all of the AD&D 1st edition stuff back when I was about 12.  I think when I went to college my mom threw the whole smack out.   :(  I also had this killer dual set 1/32 scale F-4E and MiG-21 plastic models that probably retails for over $100 now that went into the trash as well.   :(

And...I remember this cool plastic Iwo Jima Mount Suribachi with an elevator, big artillery gun, and all sorts of stuff along with green and tan army men.  Now that was living!  I think that died while I was still a young guy because I can't remember seeing that after about 12 or 13. 

Great stuff man!
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