TNI Contest: Win A Set Of MOC G.I.Joe Hall Of Heroes Figs Tell us what G.I.Joe means to you!!
Posted 18 May 2009 - 01:46 PM
- Crimson Guard
- Cobra Viper
- Beach Head
- Storm Shadow
- Snake-Eyes V1
- Snake-Eyes 2/Timber
And I'm going to give them away to one lucky board member.
Between now and Sunday May 24, 2009 you need to post in this thread in your own words what G.I.Joe means to you. It can be a couple sentences or a few paragraphs, but we want to hear from YOU what G.I.Joe means to you.
Once you post in this thread "What G.I.Joe means to you" your name will then be entered into a random drawing which will be held on Monday May 25, 2009 and the person who's name is drawn will win and be mailed the set.
Only 1 entry per person and PLEASE only post in this thread your one post about what G.I.Joe means to you.
DO NOT comment on other people's entry posts or ask questions about the contest here as any off-topic post will be DELETED. If you have a question about the contest then please feel free to PM me directly with it. YO JOE and good luck.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:06 PM
Being 10 years old and taking my Gi Joes, making parachutes out of rubber bands and hankercheifs, then Running up to the third story window of our home and CHUCKING them as far into the back yard as possible.
Also, me and my 2 brothers: Taking every Gi Joe we had and putting them in a pile. THEN, taking every GI Joe weapon we had and putting them in a pile. Then we got to take turns picking our GI Joes for the Battle that would Ensue for the next Few Hours.
GI Joe Made my Childhood what it was!
Give these to me, and let me once again RULE
Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:12 PM
GIJOE is about heroes, against villains.
Its about nobility of purpose against dire evil.
Its about "saving the day" and all the fun that can entail along the way.
For me, its about colourful characters and fantastic vehicles and equipment up against equally bizarre foes, and their own wild technology.
Its about detail, themes, styling, articulation, but most of all.............fun.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:16 PM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:32 PM
"and knowing is half the battle" will always ring on just like "Yo Joe"
Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:34 PM
First let me define the term as I see it. Living in America and being a citizen here I've always thought of it as "GI Joe a Real American Hero" instead of just GI Joe. GI being true to the term 'general issue' Joe, the all around soldier that would give his life to protect the country he lives in. So to me GI Joe is a standard to which loyalty, honor, and bravery are held true in the hearts of anyone in the military force, no matter their color, religion, or background. The GI Joe team is so diverse in that members come from all around the USA just like our soldiers here, each one with traits that make them individuals. It mirrors and enforces how the American military should be, diverse and loyal to protecting it's country. GI Joe a Real American Hero will always be the untarnishable standard of military excellence that every soldier should hope to achieve for his country. A group of heroes in the purest sense of the word!
Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:42 PM
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:56 PM
Well we I was 10 my brother had to go to summerschool. Do to wear we lived It was a hour drive 1 way. Class was 2 hours long, so my mother and I would sit under the big tree in front of the school and wait. About 3 blocks away was a store called Gregory's. My Mom took me into Gregory's once a week to get a new Joe then we would go wait for my brother and play with Joes under the big tree. All summer I took my Joe toys when we would take my brother to school. It was one of the best times I can remeber.
My Mother past away do to cancer in Jan 2008 and I sated collecting the 25th aniverery figures to remeber the time we spent play under that tree.
Joes mean a lot to me and I can not wait to share my love for them to my children when they are old enough to play with them & share my story about their Grandmother with them.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:05 PM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:21 PM
G.I.Joe has been the premier action figure for me throughout my life as a collector. When I was younger, G.I.Joe figures were the best, most articulated figures around. I would stage battles in the backyard with very rough backdrops and scenery, and my friends and I would also "customize" if you can call it that, our doubles into different never before made characters, and even characters from other "universes" (like DC and Marvel Superheroes).
All in all, G.I.Joe has always been the best detailed and articulated 3 3/4 inch toy around, for almost 30 years. They've made a big impact on my life, and really helped shape the creative person I've become in my life, as they've done for so many boys and girls of the 80s, 90s, and new millenium. G.I.Joe will surely be entertaining and inspiring children for decades to come.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:31 PM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:58 PM
i grew up in a time where America thought itself invincible. The cold war was on and the American way of life was considered the best way of living. GIJOE represented the best of America at that time. They stood for truth justice and most of all duty and honor and doing the right thing regardless of anyone's opinion.
The figures were more than toys to me. They were literal representations of what it was to be a hero.( at least to an 8 yr old kid) My first joe was Snakeyes (as it was many ppls) I remember the awe at staring at the all black body and thinking "man even good guys wear black!" I also grew up lonely i had no brothers or sisters to share my love of joes and lived out in the country where it took about 40 mins to get to town. my cousins were close by but were way too small to understand how cool the toys were or what they were even about.
They became friends. I know it sounds crazy but its true. the imagination works wonders when it has the time.
When Hasbro came out with the 25 ann line, i felt like i was seeing old friends again.. i have the entire single carded collection and have no shame as to tell you that i still talk to my toys. lol
I still think that GI JOE still represents the best of America. If you dont think so, talk to a fellow collector, even someone you dont know who collects. you can instantly connect with them on that level, and by doing so bring you closer together.
I have a baby due in July and from the time he is old enough to understand I will share my passion and love of all things joe with him, so he and I can make new memories with the toys i love best.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:59 PM
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What G.I.JOE has always meant to me, is the "buddy" (or group of) that I can escape into my active and overly imaginary world with, fighting off the bad guys and villains or just toughing out some wild adventure, that my own physical limitations or experience wouldn't permit. A boy pretending to be the kind of man he hoped he could be and wanted to be.
That world has never left me to this day, and I've continued to live vicarioulsy through the adventures of G.I.JOE, either in my head or through OTHERS imaginations with him as well. He's a link to some of my best memories as a child and still a pretty darn cool "buddy" I like to keep around.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 04:22 PM
When the comic re-emerged right around 9/11, I picked up a few issues and immediately recaptured some of the security I felt as a child. It was a relief to allow my mind to wander back to flights of fantasy rather than the reality what we'd experienced. I guess I never saw a reason to quit after that and I've been collecting comics and toys ever since.
Irony aside, I guess GI Joe means to me peace of mind.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 04:31 PM
G.I. Joe is the code name for America's daring, highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against COBRA, an evil organization determined to rule the world.
My very first G.I Joe was a birthday present from my aunt in July of 1985. It was the Bridge Layer and Tollbooth, and to this day my parents tongue-in-cheek blame her for starting my collection. From that point on my brothers and I would amass a huge army of Joes and Cobras. My parents moved to a smaller house after my brothers and I had gone off to college and weren't ever going to be living at home again full time, and so I salvaged the surviving bits and pieces of the collection during the last great toy purge as my parents got ready to sell the old house.
My level of dedication to G.I Joe has waxed and waned over the years. From 1985 - 1991 was the "golden age" for me as a child of the 80s when G.I. Joe was at the forefront of my toy buying. Other lines came and went during that time, and I experienced a brief resurgence in my interest for G.I. Joe with the Battle Corps figures in 1993 and 1994 since they were cool new versions of some of my favorite characters like Shipwreck, Duke, and others.
When the Toys R Us 15th Anniversary figures came out I was tempted by them, but didn't end up buying any of them. I regretted that decision for a while, but since I now have a full line up of original 1982 figures courtesy of eBay I realize that had I bought the Toys R Us sets they would probably just be sitting in the repaints and extras box at this point.
I know it sounds odd, but September 11 really brought G.I. Joe back into focus for me. I still remember picking up issue #1 of the Devil's Due run on Wednesday, September 12 and feeling a strange sense of reassurance. I remembered playing with G.I. Joes as my dad watched the live CNN coverage of the Gulf War in 1991, and so watching the aftermath of 9/11 on television I felt a need for the familiar comfort of G.I. Joe. I was a Junior in college at that point, and all of my G.I. Joes were back at my parents' house, so I went out and bought a few of the Real American Hero two-packs that were out at the time so I could have a few Joes to set up on my desk.
At that point I started rebuilding my RAH collection from eBay and other online retailers as I also continued to collect the new figures through G.I. Joe vs Cobra, Spy Troops, and everything else up to the present.
These days my collection is focused on the 25th Anniversary figures. I've pretty much got all of the vintage stuff I want, and the 25th Anniversary line is a way to recapture the childhood excitement that those characters represent in a way that doesn't have me worried about breaking thumbs and crotches off in the process.
And so, 24 years after that original Bridge Layer it's still G.I Joe against Cobra the Enemy, fighting to save the day. They never give up, they're always there, fighting for freedom over land and air.
A Real American Hero - G.I. Joe is there.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 04:37 PM
I didn't get into the toys until I was in my early 30s.
To me GI Joe represents the United States and all our dreams. You look at kids playing with them, it's their imagination, whether it be themselves, granpa, Dad, or an Uncle they are pretending to be.. To me, it also represents the legacy of all those warriors who helped create and defend this nation. All these things fit into this tiny action figure, whose brother (12 inch joe) started it all. Maybe it's hokey to some people, but to me, it fits perfectly. Patriotism. I like it.
These pictures sort of show how I feel about it.