GI Joe – Real American Heroes

GI Joe – Real American Heroes

GI Joe – Real American Heroes

They didn’t have superpowers, they didn’t wear funny customs (well most of them didn’t)

they were just men and women highly proficient in different battle skills and together they fight to keep the free world from falling to the evil of Cobra. They were great action figures and I personally found them to be great parachutists with plastic shopping bags as their parachutes (see, even as a child I was ahead of my time, recycling plastic bags). My sky divers were originally He-Man action figures, but once GI Joe toys came out in their army gear and weapons, they were perfect sky divers falling to action. The goal was to hit a cobra action figure with a parachuting GI Joe action figure or not loss them to the tree or land on the roof, or hit a He-man action figure or land in the circle drawn on cardboard, and so on. Hey we were kids rules to games change with very little warning or logical order.

Even as an Australian, I was still having fun with my “Real American Heroes”, and loved the cartoon series; “G.I. Joe is the code name for America’s daring, highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world”. They were up there with AstroBoy, SuperFriends, Silverhawks, Thunder Cats, He-Man, Mask and Centurions (who can forget running around the playground screaming “Power Extreme… extreme… extreme” while in a star jump position) for my ever growing list of cartoons I watched in the 80’s. I loved the concept of a team of ordinary people combining their differing skills and weapons to fight a common enemy. Plus they were all packing heat, GI Joe = guns, not make believe weapons, but actual guns, for all we knew GI Joe was real ;).