Category Archives: Toys and Toy Art

Charbroil by Woodbridge and Sears

Charbroil was never a favorite of mine. Continue reading

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Remembering Joe Bacal

I missed this news. Joe Bacal died in October. It’s December as I write this.

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Mestophoni by Groen

 

Around 1994, Kurt Groen was sketching a bunch of super-heroes for possible inclusion in the G.I. Joe line.

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Ron Rudat faces 1981

Ron Rudat 1981_17_TEASE

In May and June of 1981, Ron Rudat was sketching up a storm.

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Cesspool by Groen

Cesspool turnaround TEASE

Cesspool started out pitched as a similarly eco-themed “Oil Baron.” I’m not sure if that was a codename (probably not) or a title, but the figure and his ilk evolved and we got Cesspool. Along the way, Cesspool dropped his earlier name, “The CEO,” and Eco-Warriors dropped its earlier monicker, “Eco-Force.” We met the Oil Baron here several years ago at A Real American Book!, in fact, another Kurt Groen drawing.

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Wetsuit original sculpt by Merklein

The “Cobra Assassin” post from earlier today had some factual errors, so I’ve taken that down and am putting up this one it its place!

Wetsuit_sculpt_TEASE

Bill Merklein sculpted around 65 G.I. Joe action figures in the 1980s.

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Cobra Piranha model by David Kunitz

Close up of grey model GI Joe Cobra Piranha Kunitz

I often forget that half of the G.I. Joe line was vehicles.

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