In 1982 Hasbro introduced a new line of products that changed the landscape of boys action figures: G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO. The innovative line of 3-3/4-inch, fully articulated and fully poseable action figures complete with molded uniforms, gear and vehicles, quickly became one of the most memorable toy lines of the 1980s.
The A REAL AMERICAN HERO line launched not only a successful line of toys, but was also represented in an animated series and in a Marvel Comics series. Over the years, the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA storyline provided an opportunity to introduce more than 500 figures, including some ‘real-life’ people, such as Sgt. Slaughter and William “Refrigerator” Perry.
Now, twenty-five years later, Hasbro will commemorate the anniversary with the release of a special edition series of A REAL AMERICAN HERO figures that features the twenty-five most popular characters in the history of the line.
G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO sets
(Approximate retail price of $25.00; Ages: 5 & up; Available: Summer 2007)
Sure to delight fans both new and old, 25th Anniversary Figures are all new sculpts and the most detailed and articulated G.I. JOE figures ever! Hasbro kick-offs the anniversary with the release two special-edition sets, each containing five classic G.I. JOE characters from the A REAL AMERICAN HERO line. Characters include G.I. JOE force’s fearless patriots DUKE, SNAKE EYES, GUNG HO, SCARLET
and ROAD BLOCK
, as well as their slithery adversaries COBRA COMMANDER, DESTRO, STORM SHADOW, BARONESS
and a COBRA TROOPER
. Each pack also comes with a sound box in the shape of the G.I. JOE logo that plays the beloved theme from the G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO animated series.
G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO single packs
(Approximate retail price of $6.00; Ages 5 & up; Available: Fall 2007)
Each of the fifteen 3-3/4-inch figures – in replica G.I. JOE packaging circa 1982 – will feature new sculpts, enhanced articulation, and a base stand featuring the character’s name.
Shown below are Storm Shadow, Snake-Eyes V2 w/Timber, Cobra Officer, Hooded Cobra Commander
. Also head over to Hasbro's offical G.I.Joe website
for more on these.