It is time for some manly post. Well, manly from the viewpoint of a 70s child!
G.I. Joe and Hombre!
I don’t recall Hombre, but our G.I. Joes were very similar to what is pictured here. We had the fuzzy hair and beard, but he didn’t talk or have a kung fu grip.
The Sea Wolf submarine looks way cool. It submerges in water and has a view screen with it. I am already thinking of a ton of things that I would have used this for when I was a kid, but then I start to wonder how many of these ended up in the bottom of lakes! (I would have tried that one myself as well as taking it for a spin in an aquarium.) The tank would have been a blast too.
Here are some G.I. Joes and accessories from the 1970. (You can click the image to zoom.)
This page shows “Secret of the Mummy’s Tomb”, “Mystery Spacewalk Adventure”, “Shark Surprise Adventure”, “Talking G.I. Joe”, “Capture of the Pigmy Gorilla”, “Fantastic Free-Fall Adventure”, “Hidden Missile Discovery Adventure”, “Fight for Survival Adventure”, “Eight Ropes of Danger Adventure”, and finally “Secret Mission to Spy Island Adventure”.
We had a couple of the G.I. Joes with the fuzzy beard in the upper right though ours didn’t talk. I always wanted the scuba diver scene at the bottom. I still remember those commercials where the octopus attacks him. Classic.
The second greatest toy of all time is actually a tie because I played with both toys at the same time. Johnny West and G.I. Joe.
My Johnny West collection consisted of:
Johnny West (Had several of these)
Geronimo (couple of these)
Sam Cobra with the Quick Draw
Lots of horses
and my G.I. Joe collection:
I had one of the really old ones with hard plastic legs that did not move.
I had a couple with “real” hair.
I had a couple of the pull string talking ones.
These toys got hours of playtime almost daily. They were good for indoor rainy day playtime as well as outdoor adventures in all seasons. (Though many accessories seem to vanish in the snow!) For the most part they took a beating. We had many instances of broken Johnny West trigger fingers and springs. (We discovered that we could use rubber bands to replace the broken springs.) G.I. Joe held up a lot better since they were a harder plastic, but the real hair did end up with bald patches.
I can remember watching all of the G.I. Joe commercials during Saturday morning cartoons. There were a lot of G.I. Joe sets I wanted, like the Secret of the Mummy’s Tomb. Of course as a child you want it all and I am guessing that the sets were pretty costly.
I still have most of these toys in an old wood toy box at my parents house.
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