G.I. Joe File Cards
Those G.I. Joe file cards keep coming with 1988's installment. This particular year was another big one for me as a kid. I had all seventeen of the basic figure assortment. However, at this point in time, my parents apparently felt I had enough playsets and vehicles, as I only had three of the eleven vehicles and their drivers. I also had a couple of the Tiger Force figures, but none of the other sub-series or mail away ones. This was despite me begging none stop to get a Steel Brigade figure, which never happened. I can't tell you how many times I filled out that mail away form only to be denied.
Of these figures, I specifically remember bringing home Storm Shadow. This would end up being the one and only version of this character I had as a kid, and I fondly remember playing all over the living room, using the couch as mountains that he was scaling and fighting on.
The Tiger Force sub-series also became one of my favorites. While I didn't have many of them, this was my opportunity to get some of the older figures I never had as a kid, such as Duke, Bazooka and Dusty. This is a line that I am still trying to put together today. I'm about half way there.
Many people consider the 1987 and / or 1988 to be the beginning of the end for the vintage line. I say quite the contrary. These years were my main introduction and focal point. I love the characters! What better way to learn more about them than to peruse their fantastic file cards!
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