- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publ; 2nd edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896899225
- ISBN-13: 978-0896899223
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994: Identification and Price Guide, 2nd Edition Paperback – June 30, 2009
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When I was a kid, I spent endless hours flipping through the Hasbro catalogs that came with vehicles daydreaming what I wanted next. This book has reawakened that fascination, and though I may not be buying everything in it, I've got a pretty good idea what I want to chase down. I've read or flipped through this book every day since I got it, and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in '80s vintage G.I.Joe toys.
Figures, vehicles and playsets, this book has it all. Many pictures of the vehicles are larger and more detailed than they were in the 1st edition, while some are smaller. Each figure's description includes a list of accessories that came with the figure.
The guide also includes "inside" info and tidbits from Larry Hama, who was the writer of the G.I. Joe Marvel comic and creator of many 3 3/4" characters as well as writer of the figure's filecards.
I suggest buying both of Mark's guides so that you don't miss out on anything. These are must haves for any collector.
Although I have the complete series through 1987, and much of the next two years (after that I just stuck with reading the comic, as the toys became too fanciful for my taste), the reason why I am so excited about this book is not because I am interested in their value for buying or selling. It's all about the notes. Every major character has a full biography which is tied into the marvelous Marvel comic series written by the master storyteller Larry Hama. Bellomo has carried on extensive conversations with Hama, and many of their notes are shared here, giving detailed background that is not found elsewhere. Yes, this is the footnote stuff that only hardcore fans care about, but if you get excited about the thought of asking Hama questions in person, this is the next best thing.
Text is all high gloss paper, full color and tightly bound. This book will last through years of wear, almost as long as your childhood memories!
If you haven't yet read the comic, start here: Classic G.I. Joe Vol. 1 (v. 1)
Having bought this book and paged through it several times, I have to say I love it! The photos are spectacular, allowing me to revisit my childhood by flipping through the pages of this book. Even though there are great sites on the Internet like YoJoe that have archives of the old figures with photos, the photos in this book are all high quality which isn't always the case with photos online. The book is also filled with trivia on the history of the figures, including prototype back story that was changed prior to the figure going to production. I don't know of any place online that you'll find all of that historic information collected in one place.
So from the perspective of a non-collector, only a fan, is this book worth it? Absolutely. You'll find yourself flipping through the pages like you did the mail order catalogs of your childhood... wishing you could have all of these toys to play with once again.
This is a great resource for any ARAH collector and also to COLLECTIBLES dealers as it shows every piece that makes up vehicle and every accessory that came with each figure. WELL worth the money. Also, AMAZON has it for nearly $10 less than in the bookstore.
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So happy to have found this on Amazon! Perfect guide for collectors!Published 2 months ago by Joy P.
This book is simply awesome. I am not a GI Joe collector by any means. I got this for my 9 year old son who likes Gi Joes for him to look at for fun. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian from Ohio
This REALLY brought back some memories & was EXTREMELY comprehensive in both pics & detail!!!!! A very accurate & enjoyable stroll down memory lane!!!!Published 4 months ago by J.
Awesome! I was looking for pictures of the figure w/ accessories and couldn't ask for more.Published 16 months ago by Jeremy Carver
Great trip down memory lane and a look behind the scene. Great book even if you are not into selling or buying little army men.Published 16 months ago by Henrik
This book has everything you need to know if you want to collect GI Joes. I understand there are a few errors, but it's a pretty solid guide if you're looking to dive into these... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joseph Adam Davis
it is very helpful. I use it all the time. going to Downloading more of the ultimate guide to g.I. joePublished 18 months ago by unicorn