Russian Funskool GI Joe Jamboree – 23 Russian Funskool GI Joe Figures

Russian Funskool GI Joe Lot of 24

Back in November, I bit the bullet and ordered a lot of 24 Russian Funskool GI Joe figures from eBay. It’s possible you’ve seen the lot, as the seller seems to have many of them, and it’s also possible I directed you to the lot. I’m seeing these pop up a lot more on Instagram now, where people are selling them for over $25 a piece.

I ended up paying about $6 per figure, which is a fair price for any carded GI Joe– Funskool or not.

Funskool released Hasbro molds in India for quite a long time. And, for a while, they were cheap and readily available. In the early 00s, you could get many figures for $5 or so from YoJoe.com and SmallJoes.com.

As I was around 16 at the time, and my income was Pretty Bad, I only ever got a few of them. A Hydro Viper, a Cobra Eel, A Toxo-Viper, and Tunnel Rat. I’ve kicked myself many times for not scooping up Night Vipers and Crimson Guard Immortals. But I can’t change the past, since time travel is socially irresponsible, so there’s not much I can do about that now.

Funskool GI Joe figures are much more expensive now than they were then. I’m not sure what the distinction between the Russian and Indian versions of these figures are (as my Russian and Indian Hydro Vipers and Eels seem nearly identical, for example), but none of them should fetch $35 carded.

But the GI Joe market is weird right now.

Anyway, if you’re looking into buying any of these figures, I hope this post helps you. I’ll be keeping each figure’s write up short and to the point. Also, if you do decide to buy these, I recommend buying them in a lot from Russia, as that’s bound to be cheaper than buying them for $20+ each.

And before you say “wait these aren’t from the 90s,” understand that at least some of them are 90s molds, understand maybe some were released in the 90s, and understand that I absolutely don’t care.

(Update from Mike T. of Forgotten Figures: “I believe [These Russian Funskool Figures] were produced in the early 2000’s, at the same time that Funskool was pumping out all the figures that ended up in the US, too.

Let’s jam.

A Quick Primer on Funskool GI Joe Figures

If you’ve never owned or handled a Funskool GI Joe figure before, there are certain things you need to be aware of.

  • Funskool figures are universally made of lower quality plastic than Hasbro figures. That’s not to say plastic quality is bad, it’s just not as good as what you’d get from a Hasbro GI Joe. They’re fine toys, just manage your expectations before you go in.
  • With that plastic quality in mind, never force a weapon into the figure’s hand, as you will break a thumb. Treat them like you’d treat a Corps! Figure.
  • The Lanard comparison is a decent one. These aren’t as good as Hasbro figures but, like The Corps!, they’re better than most anything else.
  • Don’t force any joints when you take them out of the package. Instead, slowly move the joint back and forth until it moves freely. Funskool figures will commonly have very stiff bicep swivels and knee joints. Just take your time.
  • Expect some amount of paint slop and shoddy paint work. It’s usually fairly good, but be aware there’s more room for error with Funskool figures.

These are fine GI Joe toys, but you can’t expect them to be exactly the same as a Hasbro release. Treat them with care and they will love you back.

Russian Funskool GI Joe Airtight

Russian Funskool GI Joe Airtight

Russian Funskool GI Joe Airtight

This is Airtight. He’s a fairly straightforward version of GI Joe’s first hostile environment trooper. His yellow is slightly different, and his paint applications are slightly worse.

Still, he looks good to me and having all of Airtight’s accessories is nice. I’ve heard people say the helmet hoses on the Indian Funskool version were too inflexible to use, but all of the gear on this Russian Funskool Airtight works just fine.

I really like Airtight as a character and a figure, and this is a neat one to have. He is the Original Eco Warrior, after all. And you know I love Eco Warriors.

Grade: B

Russian Funskool GI Joe Barbecue

Russian Funskool GI Joe Barbecue

Russian Funskool GI Joe Barbecue

As you can see, this Russian Funskool Barbecue is a drastic departure from the American Barbecue v1. I love the blue and yellow– I think the extra colors look great and make the figure much more interesting. It’s also nice to get Barbecue’s accessories in different colors.

But he can’t hold his axe without some poster tac, and his sprayer can’t really fit onto his leg. The worst part, though, is how terrible and sloppy the paint is. I couldn’t do any better but, as far as a GI Joe release goes, this is as bad as paintwork gets.

I still find him charming, and I think he fits in nicely with an Eco Warriors team– so I can’t be too mad at him!

Grade: B-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Beach Head

Russian Funskool GI Joe Beach Head

Russian Funskool GI Joe Beach Head

This version of Beach Head is rendered in a much lighter and brighter green than his American counterpart. That means he’s an interesting figure to display or photograph. It’s also very nice to have high quality versions of all of Beach Head’s accessories.

I have to get this out of the way– I’m not crazy about Beach Head’s big, ugly balloon head. I don’t like that you can see his mouth through his mask. The figure was never as cool as the card art, the character in the cartoon, or the character in the comics.

But, colored in this pastoral shade of green, I now find Beach Head’s Balloon Head (BHBH) endearing. The Russian Funskool Beach Head is a very fun and high quality figure.

Grade: B+

Russian Funskool GI Joe Budo

Russian Funskool GI Joe Budo

Russian Funskool GI Joe Budo

This version of Budo is interesting for a couple of reasons, and I think I prefer it overall to the American release. His sheathed, ceremonial sword is colored red and his actual sword is colored grey– the opposite of the American version. This means his primary weapon boasts a more realistic color than its domestic counterpart.

His helmet is also fully grey instead of red and grey. I’m fine with that. Budo is also a surprisingly fun figure, and this is the only version of him I own. I don’t feel the need to track down any of the others.

If you can find this Budo for an affordable price, and think Budo is a figure you’re interested in, you can’t go wrong.

Grade: A-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Chuckles

Russian Funskool GI Joe Chuckles

Russian Funskool GI Joe Chuckles

I love this version of Chuckles, but I love Chuckles anyway. 1987 is my favorite 80s year for the GI Joe line, and Chuckles is one of the biggest reasons I’m such a fan of that year’s releases.

Russian Funskool GI Joe Chuckles is pretty different from the American version, in that his shirt is painted in a darker, richer blue. It’s a great look.

This is a very nice figure. If you like Chuckles, this is a good version to have. If you don’t like Chuckles, why are you even here?

(Update from Mike T. – “Chuckles never showed back up again on Indian cards in the 2000’s. It’s very weird that he ended up in the Russian set, but never on an Indian card. I’m guess that no store in India wanted to take a chance on a large lot of Chuckles figures. But, it shows that Funskool had the mold in the 2000’s and may have even kept it.”)

Grade: A

Russian Funskool GI Joe Croc Master

Russian Funskool GI Joe Croc Master

Russian Funskool GI Joe Croc Master

When I was a kid, my best friend owned Croc Master. I always liked his mask and his overall look. We used him as an elite Cobra bruiser. I also really enjoyed Croc Master in the Cobra comic book series. But still, owning a vintage Croc Master figure was never a high priority for me.

In the end, I’m glad I have this guy. Russian Funskool Croc Master isn’t much different than the American version, but I think his whip is a little harder to manage. The alligator’s leash/collar is a bit tough for the figure to use, as well.

But still, it’s a good source for that elusive Croc Master breathing hose!

Grade: B

Russian Funskool GI Joe Deep Six

Russian Funskool GI Joe Deep Six

Russian Funskool GI Joe Deep Six

I love everything about this figure. The colors on this Russian Funskool Deep Six are a bit different than the American version, but is still gets the same feeling across. Plus, the plastic color for the helmet is amazing– it seems to positively glow under most light sources.

I am very partial to all underwater GI Joe and Cobra operatives, and this Deep Six has a great design. I also had the domestic release as a kid (and still have him!), so there’s tremendous nostalgia value for me.

Kitted out with all of his accessories, this Deep Six is hard to beat. I like the Funskool version just as much as the American version, which is to say I would marry this toy if that was a legal thing I could do.

Grade: A+

Russian Funskool GI Joe Dial-Tone

Russian Funskool GI Joe Dial-Tone

Russian Funskool GI Joe Dial-Tone

Russian Funskool GI Joe Dial-Tone

The Russian Funskool Dial-Tone is another interesting figure because it differs so much from its American counterpart. This figure replaces the domestic release’s neon yellow highlights with a nice dark green color. This is already a strong mold, and it’s even better in these colors.

But, there are some problems with this version. The helmet is made of a super hard plastic, and mine split in half the moment I put it on his head. Also, the head features much weaker paint applications than the American version.

Still, I like this figure enough that I bought the helmet from the American Battle Corps Dial-Tone just so he could have a silly hat. His accessories are also great– 92 Gung Ho’s giant machine gun, Psyche-Out v1’s cool pistol, a knife, and Dial-Tone v1’s submachine gun, all done in a delightful (not neon) green. He also has a giant red missile launcher, 2 green missiles, and a stand. I like to outfit him with the American version’s helmet, the SMG, and a Corps! radio backpack.

In most ways, this version of Dial-Tone is superior to the American release. Just watch out for that helmet!

Grade: B+

Russian Funskool GI Joe Eel

Russian Funskool GI Joe Eel

Russian Funskool GI Joe Eel

This Russian Funskool Eel is based off of the 1992 Cobra Eel, which is a figure that’s near and dear to my heart. I love almost every figure from 1992, and the Eel was a favorite during childhood battles. Again, I love the underwater stuff.

But, this is not the American 1992 Eel. The colors are different, and the paint is overall very bad. I have an Indian and a Russian Funskool Eel, and both of them have too-tight elbow swivels and lesser quality plastic.

Still, the design is good, it looks good with other Cobra Eels, and it’s a good source of Eel accessories. I like it, but it could be better. The American version is just far superior in every way.

Grade: C+

Russian Funskool GI Joe Flint

Russian Funskool GI Joe Flint

Russian Funskool GI Joe Flint

Flint is one of my favorite GI Joe characters, but I still don’t own a v1 Flint. I grew up with the Eco Warriors and Battle Corps versions, and I still like both of those figures very much.

But, there’s really no beating the original. The Russian Funskool Flint features different coloring from the American original, mostly on his straps and shotgun shells. There’s no mistaking it for an American Flint, but it still retains the character’s iconic look.

The plastic quality isn’t as good as an American GI Joe, but the figure is still nice enough that I’m not frantically searching for an original Flint v1.

Grade: A-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Hydro-Viper

Russian Funskool GI Joe Hydro-Viper

Russian Funskool GI Joe Hydro-Viper

The Indian version of Hydro-Viper was one of the first figures I bought when Funskool products became readily available in the United States. That’s because I love underwater figures and I love the Hydro-Viper’s overall look.

The Russian Funskool Hydro-Viper features a different purple than its American counterpart, and lacks some of the helmet’s painted details. I also cannot get the hoses to attach to the helmet and the backpack securely, but that’s something I rarely bother with anyway.

My Russian Hydro-Viper’s helmet doesn’t fit as well as my Indian version’s, and he has a much harder time holding his harpoon gun. It’s a good looking figure, but those are some issues to be aware of. I like this guy a lot, but he’s not objectively great.

Grade: B-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Mainframe

Russian Funskool GI Joe Mainframe

Russian Funskool GI Joe Mainframe

As you can tell from the carded photo, my Mainframe had a big problem when he arrived to my house. The t-bar/hook that holds his legs and torso together had crumbled into dust– because it was made of plastic! I’d never seen anything like that before.

I had a broken Serpentor lying around, so I took his legs apart and donated his t-bar/hook to Russian Funskool Mainframe. I’d never performed that kind of surgery before, but I’m glad I did.

Mainframe is another one of my favorite characters, and this figure is excellent. I’m happy to have a nice, complete, minty Mainframe that’s not much different from the American version.

Just watch out for possible internal failures, I guess.

Grade: A-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Night Viper

Russian Funskool GI Joe Night Viper

Russian Funskool GI Joe Night Viper

Everyone loves Night Vipers, despite the fact that they have the worst weapon ever. A scoped shotgun for a guy who operates on stealth and already has a giant scope sticking out of his face? And it has a strap, but also attaches to his leg? Hello, redundancy and easily broken pegs!

All that aside, the Night Viper is well loved for a reason. And since the Russian Funskool Night Viper is very similar to his American counterpart (minus the ‘insignia patch,’ trading a green Cobra logo for a yellow one, and with different colored accessories), this figure was straight up Cialis for collectors back when the Indian version was $5.

And it is a nice figure. The yellow scope and orange backpack aren’t the best, but Night Vipers are expensive, so we all take what we can get. I like this one a lot, even if I like to use different weapons and lend him Funskool Tunnel Rat’s backpack.

Grade: A-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Psyche-Out

Russian Funskool GI Joe Psyche-Out

Russian Funskool GI Joe Psyche-Out

As a kid, I loved Psyche-Out v3. He was one of my most used figures, and I still have him– missing almost all of his accessories, and with very loose joints.

This Russian Funskool Psyche-Out is also fantastic. It’s the best design for Psyche-Out, and it’s not much different from the American release. Sure, India and Russia gutted the sonic backpack of its electronics and colored it orange, but do you honestly give a shit about the backpack anyway?

The small dishes for the figure’s chest, the large dish for the stationary gun, and the figure’s headset are all colored grey. This is an advantage over the American release’s bright blue dishes, and a lateral move for the headset.

Psyche-Out v3 has a ton of small accessories, most of which are easily lost. I love this Funskool release because I now have a complete Psyche-Out. I like to equip him with Dial-Tone’s green Psyche-Out pistol and a surplus Tele-Viper backpack from a Joe vs Cobra Neo-Viper, as his own orange backpack and stationery space gun aren’t too practical.

This is one of my favorite Funskool figures, and one of my favorite GI Joe figures overall.

Grade: A+

Russian Funskool GI Joe Quick Kick

Russian Funskool GI Joe Quick Kick

Russian Funskool GI Joe Quick Kick

Quick Kick was offered as a mail away figure sometime in the 1990s. So, one summer afternoon I got Quick Kick, Jinx, and a FANG helicopter. I brought them over to my friend Mark’s house, and we had an adventure with his mail away WHALE, Quick Kick, Jinx, and the FANG. I somehow lost Quick Kick shortly after that, but he does kindle some fond memories for me.

As a figure, Quick Kick is nice. As a military operative, Quick Kick is bonkers. I don’t really care, as he’s a fun toy who looks cool. The Russian Funskool Quick Kick is a bit different from the American version, mostly due to the coloring on the belt. I’ve heard there are some variants, as well.

This particular figure can’t hold his sword at all, which is disappointing. It just slips through his hands.

Grade: B-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Ripper

Russian Funskool GI Joe Ripper

Russian Funskool GI Joe Ripper

I’ve never owned any of the original three Dreadnoks. I liked them well enough in the cartoon and comics, but buying them was never a priority for me. So this Russian Funskool Ripper is my first OG Dreadnok experience, and he’s grown on me since I first opened him.

The Funskool version’s colors are, again, differant than but similar to the American version. That makes for a fun variant or a decent default Ripper to own. I like his sculpt, and this figure is fairly nice.

The accessories are made from terrible, chintzy plastic, though. The hose will not connect to his backpack or jaws of life. His rifle is almost transparent. But still, he works well enough for me. I don’t love him, but I do like him as a friend.

(Update from Mike T – “A store in India ordered an exclusive run of Ripper figures. (You could do that if you bought enough. I think the number was like 3,000 figures.) So, that got the Ripper mold into production for a short time. Only one American dealer got any, but they also appeared in this Russian set.“)

Grade: B-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock

Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock

Russian Funskool GI Joe Roadblock

The 1992 Roadblock is my favorite version of the character. I could never find one as a kid because he was recalled. Something about deadly disc shooters. Anyway, when I got back into vintage GI Joe figures, the 1992 Roadblock was one of the first toys I tracked down. But, sadly, I couldn’t find one that came with his gun. I couldn’t even find the gun itself for less than $20!

That’s where this Russian Funskool Roadblock comes in. He’s not much different than the American version, but he does include that figure’s very cool oversized scoped machine gun. He donated it to my 1992 Roadblock immediately, and received Dial-Tone’s huge green machine gun in return.

This Roadblock also comes with an orange version of Rock n Roll v2’s backpack, and a yellow and black version of one of that figure’s gatling guns, plus a black ammo belt. This is an extremely fun accessory set, and you’ll see who I use it for later on in this post.

If you don’t own a 1992 Roadblock, or you need his machine gun, you can’t go wrong with this figure.

Grade: A

Russian Funskool GI Joe Road Pig

Russian Funskool GI Joe Road Pig

Russian Funskool GI Joe Road Pig

Road Pig is ugly, and this release is no exception. But, having Russian Funskool Road Pig in hand, I actually like him quite a bit.

He’s not terribly different from the American release, but he’s my first experience with the mold. I love his weapons– the cinder block on a stick and wrist crossbow with a grenade mounted to the bolt are both great. His shield and shoulderpads are also cool.

I like Road Pig in the Marvel comic, too, so I’m happy to have this one. He’s not for everyone, but I enjoy him.

Grade: B

Russian Funskool GI Joe Sci-Fi

Russian Funskool GI Joe Sci-Fi

Russian Funskool GI Joe Sci-Fi

I grew up with Sci-Fi v2 (who is in my top 10 favorite GI Joe figures) and Sci-Fi v3. Not long ago, I acquired a Sci-Fi v1 in a lot. I also own the modern era Sci-Fi. That’s a lot of Sci-Fis! But I never owned a version of the 1994 SF mold until I thus Russian Funskool Sci-Fi arrived at my door.

This figure has some paint differences from its domestic counterpart, but it still gets the point across. And it’s a great mold! The armor is great, and the robotic hand with built-in gatling gun is also neat. I am very fond of the helmet and the pistol, as well. The backpack and its laser gun, missile launcher, and zipline feature are also fun.

I don’t see this guy as Sci-Fi, though. With his weird helmet and bright colors, I see him as a hazmat operative. In my head, I see him as a Cobra nuclear scientist working under Cesspool. Because, again, I am obsessed with Eco Warriors. But, isn’t that a terrifying character concept?

Anyway, this is a good toy.

Grade: B+

Russian Funskool GI Joe Spearhead

Russian Funskool GI Joe Spearhead

Russian Funskool GI Joe Spearhead

This version of Spearhead (and Max!) is based on the Night Force version of the character. Spearhead v1 was one of my first ever GI Joe toys, so I’m fond of that figure– but the Night Force version’s colors are objectively much better.

The Russian Funskool Spearhead takes Spearhead v2’s color scheme and adds some nice blue for added color interest. The figure’s only fault is its bright green backpack. It’s not a dealbreaker for me, but some of you might not be into it.

For my money, this is the best version of Spearhead available. It takes everything good about the Night Force version and doesn’t cost the same price as four Lamborghinis and a 24 pack of Keystone Light.

Grade: A-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Storm Shadow

Russian Funskool GI Joe Storm Shadow

Russian Funskool GI Joe Storm Shadow

As is the story with many of these figures, this Russian Funskool Storm Shadow was my first real exposure to Storm Shadow v2. Sure, I have the red ninja repaint Hasbro put in a comic pack, but that isn’t really Storm Shadow.

This is Storm Shadow. I love both Storm Shadow v1 and Ninja Force Storm Shadow dearly, but this one rivals them both. It doesn’t do anything the American version doesn’t, but it’s a beautiful, well-made figure with great accessories.

There’s no reason to get this one over the domestic release, but I’m not aching to get the American version now that I have this one, either. It’s an all time classic, and I don’t mind that it’s the Funskool version.

Grade: A+

Russian Funskool GI Joe TARGAT

Russian Funskool GI Joe TARGAT

Russian Funskool GI Joe TARGAT

Russian Funskool GI Joe TARGAT

It’s time for another interesting figure! The Russian Funskool TARGAT is based on Star Brigade TARGAT, but does things a bit differently. Instead of TARGAT v2’s gold coloring, this figure goes with a more subdued copper hue. The purple is still there, but the Funskool version replaces the orange highlights with yellow.

It’s not a bad look at all. Plus, TARGAT v2’s gold plastic is somewhat prone to breaking or degrading, and you don’t have to worry about that with this version. He comes with some joyously absurd neon pink weapons and a red missile launcher.

I also think he looks amazing with Roadblock’s ridiculous yellow and orange gatling gun apparatus. He’s not my favorite figure, but he’s fun and I’m glad I have him.

Grade: B-

Russian Funskool GI Joe Toxo-Viper

Russian Funskool GI Joe Toxo-Viper

Russian Funskool GI Joe Toxo-Viper

This is another case where I think the Funskool version of a figure has better colors than its American release. In this case, the Russian Funskool Toxo-Viper has much nicer colors on his helmet than the domestic version. The dark green is much more aesthetically pleasing than the brown.

His backpack is bright green, but I consider that a feature instead of a bug. Eco Warriors. I can’t get enough of them, whether they’re officially part of that sub-line or not. This is my favorite version of Toxo-Viper v1, and I consider it an important and vital figure.

I haven’t noticed any difference between the Indian and Russian versions.

Grade: A

Final Thoughts on these Russian Funskool GI Joe Figures

Russian Funskool GI Joe Pscyhe-Out and Road Pig

This article was a change of pace, but it was fun for me, I figured I’d put something together on these figures, as there’s not much info out there about them, and I’m sure many of you are interested in buying some of them.

Next time, I’ll be back with a more standard review– with a twist!

What are your favorite Funskool GI Joe releases? Let me know in the comments.

25 thoughts on “Russian Funskool GI Joe Jamboree – 23 Russian Funskool GI Joe Figures

  1. I remember when these first showed up. At the time, the seller commanded a premium over the Indian Funskool figures that were still available from every dealer for $4. So, they didn’t move all that well. I believe they were produced in the early 2000’s, at the same time that Funskool was pumping out all the figures that ended up in the US, too.

    The two oddballs are Ripper and Chuckles. A store in India ordered an exclusive run of Ripper figures. (You could do that if you bought enough. I think the number was like 3,000 figures.) So, that got the Ripper mold into production for a short time. Only one American dealer got any, but they also appeared in this Russian set.

    Chuckles never showed back up again on Indian cards in the 2000’s. It’s very weird that he ended up in the Russian set, but never on an Indian card. I’m guess that no store in India wanted to take a chance on a large lot of Chuckles figures. But, it shows that Funskool had the mold in the 2000’s and may have even kept it.

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    1. Thanks for the good info, Mike! I’m going to add it to the post, since I didn’t know any of that and I imagine other people are interested, too. I also don’t remember really hearing about these Russian figures in 2000, but that doesn’t mean anything– I still had a whole world of American releases to explore and read up on back then, so I might have just ignored the whole thing.

      If you have any more info you want to add, now or ever, just let me know. I’m always happy to improve one of my posts, and I appreciate your wealth of knowledge.

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  2. jdocynico

    I just discovered this blog, I’ll be a regular reader of the GIJOE content from now on.

    This article hooked me in the first paragraph.m, this was an EXCELLENT rundown of the sub series. I love the Funskool line which is why I got here in the first place.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I’m glad you found me.

      I’m also glad you enjoyed the article. I’d estimate about 60-70% of my output is GI Joe related, but I also can’t do math at all, so I’ll never know for sure. But there will be plenty more GI Joe stuff here in the future, including my next post!

      I’m also a big Funskool fan. If you’re hankering for more Funskool content, both Forgotten Figures and Joe A Day have some great stuff to read through.

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      1. jdocynico

        Funny because I’ve been reading Mike’s FF blog for well over decade and Rob’s Joe A Day for at least 5 years. I’m actually embarrassed that I somehow didn’t know about this one.

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      2. Don’t feel too bad. This blog has only been around since last summer. I’ve been following Mike since 2003 or so probably! And I love what Rob does, too, but I only became aware of JaD in the last couple of years. I’ve read it all though! I just figured it was about time I started the kind of site I might want to read, so I took the plunge last year. And here we are.

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  3. Great read DF! One thing I love about Funskool figures is how almost no two of them look the same. Your Airtight looks a lot more like the Hasbro figure, but mine has a super bright green color.

    The Hydro Viper and Toxo Viper are my two favorites from this lot overall. Funskool hoses tend to be crappy (often unusable), but that can easily be fixed by borrowing one from another figure.

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    1. Thank you!

      I wonder if that’s a big difference between the Indian Airtight and the Russian Airtight. I wish I had both to compare. But my Russian Airtight’s yellow is quite different than my Hasbro Airtight– even if it really does get the same idea across. At the same time, I don’t see any real noticeable differences (other than accessory fit) between my Indian and Russian Hydro Vipers, Eels, Toxo-Vipers, and Night Vipers. You see one of each in the photos above.

      But you’re right, there are a ton of subtle and drastic variations in the Funskool figures, sometimes in the least likely places. That’s one of the things that make them so fun.

      And spot on about the hoses! If it’s something like Toxo-Viper or Airtight’s backpack and weapon/sniffer combo, I’ll use a Hasbro hose. But with someone like Hydro Viper, I probably wouldn’t even use the hoses on the Hasbro version. I find that at some point they just get in the way and lessen my enjoyment of the toy.

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  4. A-Man

    Nice lot, Chuckles especially. But what about Muskrat?
    Chuckles reminds me, I recall old online stores from India (circa 2000) showed the Funskool Thunder Machine, alas those were not around for importing (there were some color differences).

    You advice about the hands is interesting, all my Funskool figures have pliable hands except Zartan. Not quite as soft as some 2000-2006 ARAH molds from Hasbro, but in my experience, Funskool hands are safer than your average vintage ARAH at this point.

    Correct about other joints. It’s not usually for bad elbow riveting can to lead to some lower arm falling off, they can usually stick back in at least for display. Cracked shoulders are not usual, either, but I’ve never had one shatter. The biggest problem I had was Scrap-Iron’s swivel arm with came apart or unglued. I’m nervous about knee joint even on Hasbro releases, since I dug out a trooper builder set Overkill, moved his right knee and snap…loose joint, meaning the peg inside broke.

    Anyway, I like the darker purple on Hydro and Toxo-Vipers, and the bronze TARGATS are different (I do hate his accessories, they aren’t even campy fun just stupid).

    My favorite Funskoolers are:
    – Wild Weasel, the colors are hideous but the Cobra parachute and seeing him cared, plus the lower arm swap with Cross Country makes him gold. I kept one MOC.
    – Wild Bill, again seeing an old driver carded is great. The card art is awful, and he seems to be wearing a prison jumpsuit. Plus wacky 1991 Cobra C\ommander arms, Mercer V2 weapons with a budo pack!
    – Crimson Guard immortal, some differences from US release, a nice chance to get some, since Hasbro got the mold back and then released it just once with the CAT II, a nice release but hard to army build. I only got two Funskool CGI’s, though, as online stores sold out of them and Night Vipers.
    – Barbecue, I like the odd paint ops. Mine had better applications than yours, though.
    – Cross Country, he’s awful and that’s why he so fun. His fore-arms are flesh colored but saggy. He’s got a painted on mustache! The legs are classic 1983 parts! And the accessories…a VAC METALLIZED sprue from Battle Corps Dial-Tone. Awesome if you need Super-Trooper’s smg or want Super Trooper to have other weapons. I don’t think a fan could come up with a fake bootleg/foreign release this crazy.

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    1. No Muskrat! The seller apparently ran out of him by the time I found these lots. Which is just fine by me, I like Muskrat well enough, but I have the domestic release and am not hankering for another version. I’m going to Google that Thunder Machine.

      I haven’t noticed my Funskool Zartan having harder plastic than many others, but I’ve never tried to get him to hold anything other than his pistol and a new sculpt era Jinx sword. As for thumbs, though, I have broken them. My Funskool Tunnel Rat, which I got in the early 00s, immediately came apart at the elbow. Then his thumb broke when I tried to get him to hold something (his head and accessories were still useful, though). Also, Dial-Tone does NOT want to hold his missile launcher. So I think it’s just a good word of advice, since plastic hardness and pliability seems to vary from release to release.

      That”s crazy about Scrap Iron’s arm! I’ve never seen that happen before. Thankfully, I’ve never had the knee thing happen either. But I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

      And yeah, I think all of the Funskool Cobra troops are pretty strong, with TARGAT being the weakest. He’s still fun, but I haven”t quite found a use for him yet.

      I like your picks! I don’t have any of them except Barbecue and a CGI, but I agree that Wild Weasel, Wild Bill, and Cross Country all have their weirdo charms. I’d especially like to get a Wild Bill at some point. It’s too bad these things are tough to find for a reasonable price now.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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      1. A-Man

        There’s a few crazy priced Funskool Thunder Machines on ebay, it’s not as quite different as I recall, brighter blue, paper labels.

        There were a few I should’ve gotten back when they were cheap, like Metal-head, incinerator, Windmill, tripwire, Grunt, Big Brawler…

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      2. I’d LOVE to get Incinerator, Big Brawler, Tripwire, Super Cop, Windmill, Skydiver and a few others. I guess we’re all kicking ourselves for not realizing how good we had it. Not much we can do about it now!

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      3. jdocynico

        Wild Bill is my favorite Funskool figure, I use him as a unique character.

        And I too have always thought version one Beachhead had a balloon noggin. In most cases I find some of the big heads to be part of the charm in the vintage Joe line but the GIANT heads on Beachhead and Low-Light v1 really annoy me.

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      4. You know, I’ve always wondered how well Undertow v1’s colors match up with Beach Head v1’s. If they were pretty close, it might make a convincing head swap. It wouldn’t be perfect, but it wouldn’t be a balloon head, either. Sadly, I don’t have either version at the moment. And Wild Bill is a cool one! He seems to have a lot of fans.

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    1. It doesn’t look like there are any on eBay right now. Maybe they’re finally all gone. In the future, if he lists them again, just try searching “GI Joe Funskool lot of” and it should come up. I don’t feel comfortable giving out the seller’s account, sorry.

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  5. I just bought a bunch of Russian gi joes straight outta russia.i was curious people say they were made 92 and up but the dates on molds on legs say 89 .did fun skool produce any earlier than that.i bought 18.wouldnt they be worth more if they were 86,87,88.i can’t find a date on package .but everywhere I look online they say Russian gi joes were only made 92 and up do you know anything?thank you.

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    1. Hey, sorry for the delayed reply. This went in the spam filter for some reason.

      I don’t know that Funskool produced anything before 1989, and some of them may even have the Hasbro date stamp still on the leg. The Russian figures don’t seem to have dates anywhere on the packaging, unfortunately. I’d guess they’re all from the early 2000s, but I am by no means an expert on when international figures came out. It’s just not really something I know much about or am super interested in. Sorry.

      As far as value goes, they are only worth what people are willing to pay for them. That’s not something I put much thought into, either. Prices are much crazier than they were even a year ago, but you can still buy the lot of all 25 Russian Funskool figures, still on card, for $10 each if you buy the whole lot. Sorry if this didn’t help, I’m just not the right person to ask when it comes to precisely dating things or talking about the “investment” side of GI Joe.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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