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B.A.T. Concepts (#2) by Ron Rudat

Here’s another great Ron Rudat G.I. Joe figure design from 1984 or 1985. First, a reminder of how the B.A.T. toy turned out:

I’ll post more over the next week or two, and then follow that with some color studies. Here’s what (only for my own sense of organization) I’m calling B.A.T. Concept #2:

To repeat from last week, it’s a cyborg, not a robot. We’ll see some push and pull in that regard with follow-up posts.

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Podcast – Department of Nerdly Affairs

Rob Paterson and Don Chisholm take a biweekly deep dive on their podcast, Department of Nerdly Affairs. Their topics range from Taiwanese comics to Chinese webnovels to hero pulps to indie RPGs. Recently I guested, and we three talked about G.I. Joe history, toys, comics, and animation. Thanks, gents! Listen here.

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Iron Grenadier by Mark Pennington

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1991 Dusty turnaround by Kurt Groen

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Rocky Balboa @ mental_floss

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Jake Rossen interviewed me and I provided all the images for this mental_floss article about Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa “joining” the G.I. Joe team. This summer I had jury duty, but this fall I was finally an expert witness! Read it here.

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Patriot Ledger, Dec 6th, 1984

Patriot Ledger 12-06-84

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VAMP sketches by Wayne Luther

Wayne Luther Jeep detail

I got into G.I. Joe in its 3rd year, so while I hadn’t missed the VAMP (or the VAMP 2) at retail, other “basic” vehicles were vying for my attention and dollars — the Snow Cat, the A.W.E. Striker. But the VAMP is such a visible part of the first ten episodes of the animated show that I always wanted one. And even though my family wasn’t connected to military culture I knew from magazines and history that the iconic military Jeep was, well, iconic. So I always wanted G.I. Joe’s Jeep to be a part of my toy play. (Our agents of Cobra had their Stingers — the VAMP repainted in black — and I did finally get a bright yellow VAMP in the form of the Tiger Sting, but not until G.I. Joe’s 8th year. Don’t feel bad for me, though, my Joes did well with the Snow Cat and A.W.E. Striker.)

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