An introduction to my love for G.I. Joe
Action figures, cartoons and comic books have been a part of my life since I was a kid. I got into G.I. Joe when the 3.75″ line came out. The cartoon also hit the airwaves and Marvel’s comic book line began as well. My cousin and I were crazy about the action figures. Birthdays and Christmas were big days, our parents spoiled us with tons of figures, play sets and vehicles. As the years went by, I lost interest in the figures because of the change in style and crazy amounts of repeats and re-colors. There were some gems coming out into the 90’s for sure, but I was only interested in the comic book by that time.
Skip forward 20 years. I still have all my original Joes, play sets and vehicles. I also still actively read the G.I. Joe ARAH comic book line from IDW. While the play sets and vehicles are a little beat up, my figures are in great shape and all have fresh o-rings that will last another 20 years. Thanks to Ebay and vintage toy stores throughout the years, I have been buying figures that I have always thought were cool but I never had as a kid. And with that, I always stay under a strict $5 per figure budget.
So now that I have a website of my own and love practicing photography, I thought to myself why not shoot some action figure photos with my Joe collection. This will be an continually growing feature. I hope you enjoy!
The figure gallery
Outback is an awesome outdoorsy figure that is perfect for backyard adventures. When I found him on Ebay with the writing on his shirt intact, I was super happy. He didn’t come with any of his accessories but that’s ok, this dude is a bushcraft survival expert! This photo was shot at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Stalker v.2 is the update to the classic original Joe team legend. Unlike version one’s full camo outfit and beret, this newer version has Stalker decked out in adventure gear. Since I scored this figure on Ebay, I don’t have his kayak or accessories. But who cares, this dude is a G.I. Joe powerhouse with or without that stuff.
This is a Cobra Frag Viper that I was lucky enough to be high bidder on. It’s a very simple figure, which I like for some reason. It didn’t come with any accessories, but with that cool helmet, who cares. This photo was shot at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Iceberg has always been one of my favorite snow troopers. A real cool dude in the cartoons and comics. I have all of his weapons, etc. This photo was taken at Guardsman Pass in Brighton, Utah.
Spirit and his eagle Freedom are two classic figures for sure. The original tracker for G.I. Joe was in tons of comic issues and tv show episodes. I have all of his accessories still, he even has his belt on in this shot. This photo was taken at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Sub-Zero is a cool winter trooper that I didn’t find out about until many years after I had stopped playing with Joes as a kid. His cold weather gear is pretty cool, including his fuzzy hood lining. I don’t have any of his weapons or accessories unfortunately. This photo was shot in the trees in Brighton, Utah.
Cobra Viper figures are hard to come by on Ebay since people build armies with them. I just wanted one, and I found it at the Salt Lake City Comic-Con. The figure has a cool design for sure. Here it is pictured with Alpine’s machine gun. This photo was taken at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Airborne is one of those older Joes, a classic. I’ve had this dude for a long time, he went on many adventures. I have all of his accessories and he’s in great shape still. This photo was shot at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Storm Shadow v.2 is a super cool figure. From his new ninja snow outfit, to the exposed Arashikage tattoo on his forearm, they put a lot of effort into making this second version of Storm Shadow a good one! All I have for this figure is his bow and a sword, but that’s enough. I grabbed this photo in the forest at the Solitude Nordic Center in Brighton, Utah.
The Cobra Night Viper figures are super cool. Unfortunately this Ebay score didn’t come with any accessories. But, the visor is intact so that’s pretty neat. The photo was shot at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Alpine is one of the raddest figures ever, of any toy line! He came with a shit load of accessories, and I still have all of them. What’s not to like about this figure? This photo was taken at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Frostbite v.2 is the first updated version of the original G.I. Joe classic. I scored this dude at a local Salt Lake toy swap meet in 2016. I dig his little beanie and orange grenades. Here I have him posing near Brighton Resort with Hit & Run’s gun (since I bought him without any accessories). Also take note of that perfect manicured man beard!
Low Light is one of those cool G.I. Joe figures that doesn’t even need to try. I always paired him up with Beach Head (featured below), to go on special missions throughout the house and yard. I have all of his accessories. I wish I had remembered to lower down his rifle’s stabilizer arm, oh well. This photo was shot on the shore of Rockport Lake in the evening golden hour.
This Cobra Raptor figure is pretty neat, even though it’s kind of a kooky idea for a character. To find him with his cape intact and with the falcon, was a plus. Such an interesting figure. This photo was shot at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Beach Head has always been one of my favorite G.I. Joe figures. I always paired him up with Low Light, to go on special missions throughout the house and yard. His outfit is classic mid 80’s G.I. Joe. I have all of his accessories (but chose Dusty’s gun for this photo shoot). This photo was shot on the shore of Rockport Lake in the evening golden hour.
Hit and Run is a really cool G.I. Joe figure that had come out after I had stopped playing with Joes. All of his camouflage and face-paint looks awesome, he blends in so good with his surroundings! I have his gun and his duffel bag. This photo was shot in my backyard on a warm summer afternoon.
Bullhorn has a pretty cool outfit and face paint, that cannot be denied. I don’t have any of his accessories, but he borrowed Airborne’s weapon for this photo shoot. This photo was taken at Ledgefork Campground, Utah.
Let’s begin this new feature with a figure I’ve had since I was a kid; a Cobra Snow Serpent. One of the coolest Cobra figures ever! He’s pretty much complete with snow shoes, AK-47, front parachute pack, backpack and rocket launcher. This photo was shot at the Solitude Nordic Center in Brighton, Utah.