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U.S.S. Flagg - Complete

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Well a few weeks ago I decided to pull out my old U.S.S. Flagg from storage and put it back together.  I didn't have very high hopes, as it had been shoved around in a variety of tubs and boxes, some pieces just wrapped in a trash bag, in my crawl space for just over a decade.  I blogged the progress of cleaning it and assembling it on Instagram. Well, long story short, what I ended up with was a fairly decent looking U.S.S. Flagg that was about 90% complete.  

So of course I ventured off to eBay and as of last night I won a working microphone and will have a 100% complete U.S.S. Flagg. I will admit, I have used a few repro pieces: Keel Haul's Pistol, Antennae top Cap, and 5 of the 16 Deck Clips.  The rest is all authentic vintage parts.  I am rather pleased.  Will post pics in a bit.  

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Took these the day I finished assembling it.  Before the missing pieces started arriving.

 

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Looks nice. The Flagg was one of the few original ARAH toys I never owned as a kid.

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My parents actually bought me one in the 80s. I really couldn't believe it happened. I remember waking up every night for a week and the first thing I did was rolled over to see if it was still there because I was sure it was a dream.  

 

This Flagg is not my original Flagg.  I sold all my original GI Joes in the late 80s for a check written exactly to the penny for the amount it would cost to purchase a NES.  I put an ad for my Joes in my dad's employee newsletter.  Much to his surprise, his boss was an adult collector.  An adult GI Joe collector in the 80s was a pretty rare find for sure.  

 

I got this Flagg around 2000 when I was working at Funcoland.  I aquired a copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga and sold it on Ebay, then used the proceeds to buy a Flagg.  I kept it up through several homes but as I continued to have kids my space got less and less.  It went into the crawl space almost 11 years ago.  I am amazed it still looks as good as it does. The top is a bit yellowed but it doesn't look terrible at all. 

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That looks awesome!  Mine was in really rough shape when I got it but I could at least say I had one. Now it's about 90% melted.

I guess I can still say I have one. It just looks like Cobra slagged it and it sank to the bottom of the ocean. Lady Jaye made it off safely so that's all that really matters.

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That's awesome, Phanstar...good for you, bud!! That thing was on the top of my wishlist for years...never did get one, though. (Que the violin music...) (lol)

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On 6/11/2019 at 1:10 AM, Devilbat said:

That's awesome, Phanstar...good for you, bud!! That thing was on the top of my wishlist for years...never did get one, though. (Que the violin music...) (lol)

Thanks man.  I am glad to have it.  I can't believe how much some of the GI Joe stuff is going for now adays.  Sad I sold most of mine.  I am glad I kept all my figures!

 

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Awesome...yeah, I sold my childhood collection years ago, and sadly it wasn't in all that bad of shape, but back then I thought so, thinking I could just replace them later with "mint" examples...I had a Version 1 Stalker ('83) and a Version 1 Beachhead, both mint complete, but I sold them because their o-rings were broken...this was back in the day before I realized you could just simply buy new replacement o-rings, and for some reason it never occurred to me to simply swap-out o-rings from other figures to begin with...so I sold them. (sigh)

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I wanted a USS Flagg so badly as a kid, but that wasn't happening. The cost, according to my parents, was prohibitive, as was space. I insisted there were numerous places, but that was through the eyes of a kid who was obsessed with all things G.I. Joe.

I too sold off my collection down the road to a teacher when I was in high school. He wanted it for his two sons. We haggled a bit, settled on an agreeable price, and then it was gone. If I were to guess, I think I spent the money on booze and weed. I wish I still had all off it, but if nothing else, I wish I had all of my Dreadnoks' stuff. Replacing it now would be, to quote my parents, "cost prohibitive." In other words, I'm broke. 

 

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