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Super-Articulate: Your Toy Grail

Every collector has one. Maybe it’s an individual figure or a vehicle or a playset. But everyone has that one thing that has either remained elusive or became a defining piece in their collection. I’m going to talk about a few of mine, and I invite you to join in with yours.

My Original Quest: Jawas

I was born in 1973. The first movie I clearly remember seeing in the theatre is Star Wars. And I was ALL IN. My parents got me the Early Bird Certificate package. I got the first four (Luke, Leia, Chewie, and R2). When the figures got to the Zayre in Terre Haute, IN, they had a freaking rope-line and a 3-to-a-person limit. My mom took me and I’m pretty sure I got Han, Vader, and C3PO first. Mom went back later that evening and picked up Obi-Wan, the Tusken, and a Stormtrooper. The Death Squad Commander happened later in the week, if I’m not mistaken. But . . . there were those damn Jawas. Not only did we not get the Jawas right away, it was weeks. When Mom finally ran across them, she bought two out of spite. Those Jawas were my first experience with both a difficult hunt and the (honestly unobtainable) idea that you’re one perfect figure away from a complete set.

I was pretty fortunate in terms of Star Wars playsets and vehicles. I had the Death Start playset, and a number of ships, including the Falcon. But one thing my parents drew the line at was the AT-AT. That was a disappointment, because I, like many others, loved that thing. When Star Wars figures returned in the ‘90s, I said, “If they make the AT-AT again, it’s coming home.” They did . . . and it did.

Super Powers Collection: Wonder Woman, then incompletion

Of the original 12, I had a stunningly hard time finding Wonder Woman. I remember getting Flash and Green Lantern first, and the others fell into place, but that Wonder Woman hung out there forever. I remember eventually finding it in a K-Mart, just in time for the second wave to hit. Series 2 left me Kalibak-less, and Series 3 was just a massive pain in the ass. The few I got I didn’t get until my late teens or adulthood, and Mister Miracle and Cyborg never joined the ranks.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Come on, you know . . .

I had A LOT of Joe stuff. I mean, A LOT. I even wrote about it in The Joy of Joe. But one thing that I, and many others, never had was the 7.5 feet of glory known as the U.S.S. Flagg. It barely would have fit in my room back then. Just the idea that it existed was fairly audacious on the part of Hasbro. I always considered this one a great lost opportunity. If you had it, good on you. And send us pictures.

U.S.S. Flagg

Star Trek: The Next Generation by Playmates: A Love Story

It’s a familiar story (hell, I’ve told it twice in this column). You’re trying to put together a wave, and one figure remains elusive. At this point, it was the first wave of the ST:TNG figures from Playmates. I didn’t have much trouble putting together the first nine, but Counselor Deanna Troi seemed lost in the wild. In January of 1993, as a sophomore in college, I started dating Rebecca Marie Jones. A couple of weeks after that, she went home for the weekend and she and her mother ended up at a craft/antique fair at a local mall. When she came back Sunday night, she had Deanna Troi. I always say that’s how I knew she was the one; we’ve been married almost 20 years and have two teenage boys. I told that story on Twitter once, and Marina Sirtis herself liked it, which is awesome. To this day, Becky will still text me from Walgreens and what-not, checking if I have something in particular or if I’d like her to look for something. That’s love, kids. (Thank you, Becky.) There have been others over time, sure. But it’s hard to beat that one.

Star Trek: The Next Generation by Playmates

How about you, campers? What are your grails? You Ark-like finds and the ones that got away? Let’s hear it. And thanks for reading.

Preview: G.I. Joe #3

G.I. Joe #3

(W) Paul Allor (A/CA) Chris Evenhuis
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

A dangerous mission with unintended consequences will divide the new members of the G.I. Joe team and hammer home just how lethal their new mission is. Meanwhile, Cobra comes closer to wiping out all resistance to its rule!

G.I. Joe #3

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Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #268

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #268

(W) Larry Hama (A) Netho Diaz (CA) Robert Atkins
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“SNAKE HUNT”, Part 3! Can the Joes rescue Sean Collins a.k.a. Snake Eyes from the nefarious clutches of Cobra before it’s too late? The battle call has sounded, and it’s all hands on deck for both G.I. JOE and Cobra as living legend Larry Hama and fan-favorite artist Robert Atkins continue their massive 10-issue event… featuring EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF G.I. JOE!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #268

Preview: G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 23 – Artificial Intelligence

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 23 – Artificial Intelligence

Larry Hama (Author) • Netho Diaz (Artist, Cover Artist) • S L Gallant (Artist)

As Cobra continues its relentless onslaught on a global scale, G.I. Joe is there to meet them in kind. It’s tyranny versus freedom—heroes and villains will rise and fall, bullets will fly, blood will spill, and who and what remains when the smoke clears is anyone’s guess! A hostile takeover turns into a desperate fight for survival when Destro and Baroness are caught in a deadly ambush by Revanche Robotic’s Alpha 001 Prime, who has declared war on M.A.R.S. and the Arashikage Clan! Collects issues #261–265.

TPB • FC • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-548-7

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 23 – Artificial Intelligence

Preview: G.I. JOE #2

G.I. JOE #2

Paul Allor (w) • Chris Evenhuis (a & c)

With Cobra ascendant across the globe, the G.I. Joe program takes on new recruits to fight back. Are the recruits, everyday people determined to fight for their country, ready for the realities of war? Or will Cobra root out and destroy the initiative before it has a chance to launch?

FC • 32 pages

G.I. JOE #2

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #267

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #267

(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) Robert Atkins
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“SNAKE HUNT” Part 2! Cobra Commander thinks Sean Collins is the real Snake Eyes and wants him on the side of Cobra, whatever it takes. Dawn Moreno and the rest of the G.I. JOEs know the truth and want Sean back, whatever it takes. But Cobra Commander’s not going to give up his prized new possession without a fight. The battle call has sounded and it’s all hands on deck for both G.I. JOE and Cobra as living legend Larry Hama and fan-favorite artist Robert Atkins continue their 10-issue event… which features EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF G.I. JOE!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #267

Preview: G.I. Joe #1

G.I. Joe #1

Paul Allor (w) • Chris Evenhuis (a & c)

Tyranny is on the rise as Cobra topples governments and spreads its ruthless power across the globe. In these trying times, desperate measures are taken. The new G.I. Joe program recruits civilian spies and saboteurs: ordinary people living in occupied territories who will put their lives on the line to strike back through clandestine but high-impact missions.

Join these new recruits as they resist Cobra control, fight to make a better world for all, and find out just what they are capable of.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Sierra Muerte

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Sierra Muerte

Michel Fiffe (w & a & c)

Visionary creator Michel Fiffe unleashes his imagination on the thrilling, amazing, and wonderful world of G.I. JOE! Eccentric soldiers battling bizarre terrorists take center stage in this bombastic account of G.I. Joe’s quintessential mission against Cobra! Through a beachside ambush, a compromised manhunt, and a revenge plan that backfires, America’s fighting elite risk life, love, and honor in this brutal globe-spanning adventure. Also contains back-up material featuring an in-depth exploration of the classic comic book series, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

TPB • FC • $15.99 • 96 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-524-1

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Sierra Muerte
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