(Editor’s Note: Today’s video and its accompanying writeup were created by Mario Xavier. Mario is an actor, director, and stuntman with a passion for GI Joe. Please check out his YouTube channel and Twitter. You can also find his filmography on Prime Video.)
Article and Video by Mario Xavier
Like many of you, I’ve been searching for this new collection of “retro” G.I. Joe. First, it stings to hear your childhood toys called retro classics. Like many of us in our late 30s and early 40s, I grew up with Joes. I had boxes full. I’d save my dollars and purchase figures and small vehicles on my own. Birthdays and holidays came along with the larger vehicles and such.
As time passed I naturally lost interest and as adulthood came, they sat in boxes at my parents house. As fatherhood approached, G.I. Joe was all but dead. I went ahead and sold all of it on eBay. Less out of financial need, more out of need for space. I’d rather they all be in the hands of a collector who would have fun with them. They were all in great shape except for the usual broken thumb and pegs. Anyway, Babies take up lots of space, of course.
Fast forward to a now 8 year old who loves Martial Arts and all things with it. Ninjas are dominant in G.I. Joe. Here we are in 2021 and Joes are back! A new movie is months away and new toys are hitting the shelves. As we opened the reissue of the classic Hiss and Fang, the sense memory flooded back to me. The touch and feel of G.I. Joe is distinct. The exhilaration on my son’s face was reminiscent of my own decades earlier. Now, I find myself searching the shelves and online not for myself, but for sharing the same joy I had when I was that age.
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I’ve been tempted by these “retro” HISSes and FANGs as well, as I know at least the HISS will work decently with ARAH-style figures. Or I can poach the turret from it for one of my broken HISSes.
Have you bought any of the Retro Collection vehicles? Do you have good memories of the originals? Let us know in the comments!