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G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Complete Collectors Set [The Complete Series] (2010)

Chris Latta , Michael Bell , Buzz Dixon  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Latta, Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt, Frank Welker
  • Directors: Buzz Dixon
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 17
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 2190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002KJ7OE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Over 2 hours of new featurettes

Archival Hasbro toy commercials

The original G.I. Joe 1963 Toy Fair presentation

Concept art

Printable scripts

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

G.I. JOE is the code name for Americas daring highly-trained special missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless organization determined to rule the world. For the first time ever, the complete collection of the original animated series is on DVD including the final half of Season Two which has never been on DVD before.

In 1983 Hasbro made a bold statement when it relaunched its classic toy line of military action heroes as an adventure-based team of unique characters, each with his, and her, own specialties. And because it captured the imaginations and hearts of boys and girls aspiring to make a difference in the world, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was an immediate success lasting over 25 incredible years.

Now you can relive the original animated adventures of Duke, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Flint, Lady Jaye and rest of the Joe team with this 17-disc collectors set of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. It is all housed in a premium footlocker package. Inside it includes all 95 restored episodes on 17 DVDs, new interviews, exclusive featurettes, rare PSAs, archival Hasbro toy commercials, the original G.I. JOE 1963 Toy Fair Presentation, fan material, printable scripts and much more! This set also includes a collectible 60-page book, exclusive rub-on tattoos and a 1GB Dog Tag flash drive (USB 2.0) with 2 G.I. JOE silent comics preloaded on the device.

Bonus Features:

* PSAs

* Over 2 Hours Of New Featurettes

* Archival Hasbro Toy Commercials

* The original G.I. Joe 1963 Toy Fair Presentation

* Concept Art

* Printable Scripts

* And more!


This G.I. Joe set is a dream come true for fans. Finally, the entire classic animated series is collected together, complete with a ton of enjoyable extra features. Add in the very cool, conversation starting packaging and you have a really noteworthy set. --IGN (July 22, 2009)

Customer Reviews

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set, great value October 19, 2009
This is actually a pretty bad ass box set. The original G.I. Joe cartoon has all the makings of classic 80s cartoons; insane and unreal action, real hand drawn animation, cheesy dialogue and, of course, lessons to be learned all around.

Who cares. It's not the greatest, but did you really expect any better? It was a weekly show, produced at a minimal budget, there is only so much that can be done. Maybe I'll complain when it makes it's way to blu-ray but, for now, it's fine by me.

All the Public Service Announcements, Fan material, the original toy fair from 1963, archival toy commercials, featurettes, collectible booklet, some pretty badass rub on tattoos and a 1 GB dog tag flash drive with 2 G.I. Joe comic books contained.

The packaging is amazing. It comes encased in a pretty solid camo green box with latch and embossed window showing the G.I. Joe logo. Open it up and there is a fascimile in plastic of a military computer. Lift it up and you have all the goods. The one issue right off the bat is that the lid inside the case to get to all the items is fairly heavy as the underside has a pocket with all 17 DVDs in 2 books. This lid doesn't stay up on it's own so you have to hold it in order to get to the DVDs, booklet or anything else. A small issue but annoying nonetheless.

The discs are well done with full color and exclusive artwork of individual characters on each one. There is an empty slot at the end of the collection for the 1988 movie. Don't fret because it is supposed to be empty, there are still 17 discs as promised.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect set for the G.I. Joe fan, new or old! October 16, 2009
As a youngster, some of my fondest memories were coming home after school, sitting on the couch and watching G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero on afternoon television. On a regular basis I would run home from the bus stop, just wondering to myself which episode was going to be on today. Because of these fantastic cartoons by Sunbow, the G.I. Joe and COBRA characters got a new life and a new energy, and seeing them come to life on the television screen filled my impressionable 10-year old mind with joy.

Of course, as with anything we loved as a child, sometimes the rose colored glasses make the cartoon look a little better twenty-five years ago than it does today...there are certain parts of the Sunbow cartoon era that do make me chuckle, now that I'm in my 30's, but that's no reason to turn your back on a piece of animation history.

Back in those days you couldn't tell an animated story quite as maturely as you can today. Stuff like Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, or even Clone Wars wasn't something cartoon writers or producers could even think about, so the folks behind the scenes at the production company had to figure out how they could tell a story about soldiers fighting terrorists without death or without bullets. The end result was an animated adventure that seemed more super hero than military and was, of course, quite campy for a military action/adventure. But if you take a closer look you can see, even amongst the conveniently timed parachutes and odd colored lasers, that this was actually a smartly written show, especially geared towards the under-10 crowd.

Beyond that, though, there's a heaping helping of nostalgia, a nice taste of simpler times where good and evil were a lot more clearly defined.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want subtitles January 25, 2010
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I am G.I.Joe fan in Japan. At Japan,only 34 episode had on aired.
So,I'm very grad can see all episodes with this box set.
However, I cannot grasp contents because English hearing is not so
proud unless English subtitles are displayed. Because I buy that one
if entering subtitles appears, I want to release entering subtitles
by all means.
(Sorry for broken English)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I got this set back then as an exclusive purchase at SDCC. I'm amazed by the details and extensive bonus features. Most of all, the complete series of GI JOE are collected in one box. Great bonus features,especially men & women of action. Really explains the development and production of this animated series. This has been my kids' Saturday morning TV programing lately.
We got the previous shoddy none-complete Rhino release, those bonus features aren't really relevant to the original animated series. Poor picture quality. But this new set is awesome! My recommendation: BIG THUMBS UP. Glad that I got it early at SDCC because I saw the set on other sites for much higher price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT SET!!! April 10, 2010
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As you read all the many positive reviews here, you'll see why I chose this item as my first Amazon review, it deserves it! This set is simply fantastic (AND WORTH EVERY PENNY!). This review really goes out to the producers of the set, Shout! Factory. You can instantly tell that this set was manufactured with the utmost care and detail for the fans and I'm not talking about just the fancy packaging. I'm talking about the video quality/clarity, the sharp/clear sound, the way its all organized/presented and all the wonderful extras included, which have some really touching moments, especially seeing the ensemble of voice talents together and seeing how they genuinely loved and miss working on the series. You truly get an understanding for why the GI Joe animated series has endured as long as it has with us BIG kids (and hopefully our generation of kids, because Rise of Cobra is s&*t!) I just hope that if you're on the fence (like I was) with purchasing it, you just go for it, because the guys at Shout! who put this together deserve the recognition and praise for compiling such a wonderful set for all us fans of JOE!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Missing Episodes…There Is One Where Dial Tone And Mainframe...
Definitely Missing Episodes…There Is One Where Dial Tone And Mainframe Are In..Another One With Lifeline,And Another That Dealt With Lowlight's Life..
Published 3 months ago by Guillermo Anaya Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission accomplished
I love the case and now I have the entire series as a thity something yr old this is part of who I am part of my childhood and is the primary reason I bought this I can't wait... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Akil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
This is a great series for those who grew up in the '80s.

The box set with a 1GB "dog tag" was a nice touch for the modern grown up. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tony Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars First series only there is a second series and a movie that are not...
This is a great set if you know it is the first series only. This does not include the movie and series two yet it has a space for the ie..
Published 16 months ago by the 64/28Sept20Feb27
5.0 out of 5 stars It was Great
I bought this as a christmas present for somebody. And they absoulty LOVED it. I didn't realized(or read all the info) that is was released in 1997. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kortneyb
5.0 out of 5 stars G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Complete Collectors Set
I bought this for my son for Christmas.

I've seen all the episodes and he is ecstatic about watching them as well. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift or for fans of GIJOE
I was a big fan of GIJOE when I was a kid, this has every episode and comes in a very attractive box. The only thing it's missing is the GIJOE movies that came out at the time. Read more
Published on September 25, 2012 by W. Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars GI Joe Real American Hero
Great box set. Has all the shows and the PSAs. Great for anyone who was a child of the 80s or would like their kid to see what good cartoons were like back in the day.
Published on September 15, 2012 by tommyhodges
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent set to own but costly
It took me 3 orders for this product to be satisfied, the outer edges were damaged down the seams so I returned the first 2. Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by MrMet77
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are a fan of the "Sunbow" years (..Gi Joe "DIC" was awful; the only thing good out of it was the new faces in the Joe universe); then you should buy this collectors set! Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Matthew
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Can GI Joe get a cheap collection, too?
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: The Complete First Series Read More
Feb 11, 2012 by L.W. |  See all 3 posts
DVD case types (thin cases on paper sleeves)
The 17 discs are split into 2 "books" where the "pages" are hard, clear plastic, much like what you would find when you crack open a CD case. Each "page" holds one disc. There are no DVD cases or paper sleeves.
Nov 10, 2010 by Deadite7 |  See all 5 posts
Video glitches in at least 4 episodes!
It would be nice if they weren't there, but it isn't the end of the world that they are
there. I'll see when I get them, but I'll probably be okay with it.
Oct 4, 2009 by GlassAgate |  See all 5 posts
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