Reviewing Big Boa got me on to a big Joe-Kick this week which was only further fueled by the G.I. Joe Club’s JoeCon 2014 / 50th Anniversary Announcements. While I’m a still a RAH fan first and foremost, which is on its… 32nd Anniversary next year, I’m excited to see G.I. Joe turn the Big Five-O. Heck it’s a big milestone for action figures overall if you think about it.
One of the things I’m most excited about out of the Club Announcement’s is a modern update to the Joe Colton figure (this one I hope!). I loved that toy as a kid and if I had a big Joe want list his name would be near the top. That got me thinking. Hasbro has been quickly (& slowly) churning out classic RAH Updates on over the last seven years with the Club picking up the torch of late. Many of my wants have been fulfilled, but who was left? I smelled a Top Ten coming on…
Er, well, a Top Fifteen. It turns out I couldn’t narrow it down as much as I thought. I did limit the list in two key ways – no figures that were released, but desperately need a redo (I’m looking at you Gung Ho & Serpentor) & no figures that did come out, but I missed. Most notably were those two cool Cobra Island 7pks. They were chock full of goodness, but I just didn’t have any money to spare at the time. Also, Con Souvenir Exclusives like Darklon & Annihilator couldn’t be included either. We’re relying on the Club to get some of these done and, really, the Club already did those guys. They’re not coming back. So I kept my list to guys that still need an updated figure, and I also ended up sticking with characters that previously had a figure it seems. Though that wasn’t on purpose.
I will also say that this list is in no way meant to be the be-all, end-all Top Ten Joes that still need an update. G.I. Joe is quite possibly worse than MOTUC & DCUC in terms of eras and favorites. There are tons and tons of Joes and I know we could all come up with 30-40 we want that haven’t been made if we were asked to. (In fact, I’d love to hear your lists in the comments section). This is my list and, as you’ll see, I’m clearly crazy.
Alright, with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get to my Top Fifteen!
|Noisy No. 15 – More Adventure Team!||Noisy No. 14 – Colonel Courage!|
|This one would be higher, but I think it’s a big pipe dream at this point. I don’t think the Club’s AT sets sold well enough to warrant more. The necks could’ve been better, but I loved the sets I picked up and I’d love to have more! The Adventurer, The Astronaut, Man of Action, Mike Powers, Bulletman. Not to mention 4″ versions of some of the Club’s AT creations. I’d buy ‘em all up.||Colonel Courage makes my list because I’d like to see more of the Battle Corps guys receive some love. Colonel Courage was a stand-out to me because he sorta crossed the divide between classic muted color Joes and the crazy neon era. He appears normal in the pic to the right, but the figure ended up with neon green gear. (And, yes, any update should stick with the neon green!)|
|Noisy No. 13 – Space Shot!||Noisy No. 12 – Super Trooper!|
|I love space Joes. I already mentioned the Adventure Team Astronaut and other Astronauts will make the list (The Astro-Viper is in the Top 20!) too, but I wanted to give a special shout out to my buddy Space Shot! I love him mostly because he’s badass enough to take grenades into space and he’s so tough he doesn’t even need a faceshield on his space helmet.||I’m known for always being a sucker for Vac-Metal, so it’s a no-brainer that the Super Trooper would make the list for me, but would it you surprise you to know I never had this guy? I had so many of the mail-ins, I’m not sure how I missed out on a Chromed Trooper! The upside here is any new tooling can be split between him and the odd pastel/neon Rapid Fire!|
|Noisy No. 11 – T.A.R.G.A.T.!||Noisy No. 10 – Sneak Peek!|
|Imagine the guts this guy has to have. T.A.R.G.A.T. is basically a guy with a ballistic missile strapped to his back! This guy’s job is to be rocketed into low orbit super-fast, just so he can come down and strike just about anywhere in the world quickly. Think about it, this guy has to be rocketed into space and come back to earth thousands of miles away just to get to work.||I like Sneak Peek. I said it. Sneak Peek is an everyman Joe. We can’t all be Flint or Snake Eyes, but look at Sneak Peek here. We could all be him, carrying around our giant personal periscope and looking a little more rotund than some of the other Joes. Truth is though, we can’t all be Sneak Peek because Stephen King’s son, Owen King, is the real Sneak Peek!|
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