What are GI Joes?
I’m glad you asked! Well, GI Joes were Hasbro’s response to Kenner’s overwhelmingly popular Star Wars figures. These specific GI Joes were introduced in the 1980s and are the staple of many a childhood. These are not your father’s GI Joes.
When Were They Introduced?
This particular line of GI Joe figures was introduced in 1982. They were instantly popular with children, myself included. The action figures were paired with the release of the animated show. I mean, listen to this dope theme song!
How awesome is that?! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to run through a brick wall. Sadly, this line of 3.75″ action figures was discontinued in 1994.
When it came to purchasing these action figures and accessories, the choices seemed limitless. There were so many figures, so many vehicles, and then there was the granddaddy of them all. There was one playset that left every other playset in the dust. Yes, I’m talking about THE GI JOE AIRCRAFT CARRIER!
Look at this thing! This is 80s opulence in plastic form. My god man, there’s overboard and then there’s completely overboard. This is completely overboard. Bow to your Aircraft Carrier Overlord.
Why is GI Joe Important?
Is the line of GI Joes from the 1980s really important? Well, that’s debatable. For some kids, these were the epitome of cool. For others, perhaps those without a desire for military-themed figures, these were not. There is no denying the relevance of these toys though. One thing is for sure though: if we didn’t have these wicked cool toys and the equally awesome cartoon, we wouldn’t have these hysterical PSA parodies.
You can pretty much find these figures on any collectibles website. The prices range, depending on how pristine the figures are. Personally speaking, if these were from my childhood, they’d be well-worn, I can assure you of that.