- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publications; 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 (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,772 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)
I can remember as a child, going into a mom & pop pharmacy and they would have G.I. Joe's sold at the store and my mom would purchase these action figures once in awhile in order to keep me and my brother entertained. While my brother wasn't as big as a fan, for me and my childhood friends, "G.I. Joe" was a chance for us to use our playful minds and create awesome adventures for these 3 3/4 action figures.
I can also remember Christmas Day when my grandmother would have us look at the old bulky catalogs and have us select what toys we wanted. And for me, it was always "G.I. Joe". From the V.A.M.P. jeep to my mom buying me Airborne, Doc and getting enough purchase points, so I can order the M.A.N.T.R.A and see if my figures can really float in the bathtub.
Granted, the toys weren't perfect then. Often, the thumbs would break off and earlier on, they were not even poseable. But over the years, these toys, along with the animated cartoon and Marvel comic books, kept my childhood alive and just full of fun.
Until I entered high school and my parents had me get rid of all toys and comic books as I was to transition from child to teenager.
It was one of the most devastating experiences a child can go through. Your childhood possessions all gone and suffice to say, while I never forgot those moments, I felt I could never look at "G.I. Joe" ever again (this also goes for "Transformers", "Star Wars" toys, etc.), because it would be too painful.Read more ›
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If you want to know anything about your gijoes like me well you need this guide i mean it has from the 84 to 92 and i have to say that this guide is a must it even has what their... Read morePublished 1 day ago by thomas henry
Great book, ir has everything a Gi joe fan would like to know. Amazing pictures, anda very interés tinta notes.Published 3 months ago by Herbert
So happy to have found this on Amazon! Perfect guide for collectors!Published 8 months ago by Joy P.
This REALLY brought back some memories & was EXTREMELY comprehensive in both pics & detail!!!!! A very accurate & enjoyable stroll down memory lane!!!!Published 10 months ago by J.
Awesome! I was looking for pictures of the figure w/ accessories and couldn't ask for more.Published 21 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 21 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 22 months ago by Joseph Adam Davis