• The Day Our GI Joes Fought in a Real Jungle

    From our introduction in 1985, GI Joe 3.75 inch figures were the obsession of obsessions. They seemed more influential than the all mighty Star Wars, which by this point, was losing steam (not for me personally of course). They were released in our town as Action Man under the Toltoys brand. If you weren’t reading the Marvel comics, you weren’t…

  • The Final Resting Place

    It was always devastating to lose a figure. A crushing moment! Search parties would last for days and turn up nothing. We never gave up hope however. Even years later, there was a chance they would show up. My earliest lost figure was part of the 1980 Hoth crew, but not of the 5 that perished in the 1981 tragedy.…

  • The Peroxide Baths

    I dedicated myself to collecting Imperials sometime in the mid 1990s. I would amass an army so large that the ultimate game could be played. That was the childhood dream. Though I knew that once the army was amassed, I would have difficulty playing a game as a grown up, it did not matter. They would display all so beautifully,…

  • Why I Quit Collecting and Restarted Filtered

    Ever felt overwhelmed by it all? I once was a dedicated Star Wars figures collector with my sights set to collect the original 92. This dedication was declared around 1987 during the GI Joe heyday. Star Wars had all but vanished and asking other kids for their forgotten figures, lying around unwanted at home, increased my collection big time! I…

  • Good For Figures!

    Location scouts for our Motion Pictures I really loved action figure playsets! I would obsessively stare at them all so relentlessly in the Star Wars Collections catalogues. If I could play with them just one time, what concept of game would I devise? Then I was introduced to the Playmobil playsets at Kilbirnie School that were unrivalled in their glory.…

  • Phantom Menace Figures Ruled!

    Oooh the forbidden taboo! Well back in 1999, I loved The Phantom Menace. I had been waiting for the new films ever since reading about them in my 1990 Lucasfilm Fan club magazine. The article said Lucas would start work on the new films in 6 years time. My god! ..That’s a lifetime away! Turned out he was accurate and…

  • WWF Figures – Redemption!

    Ahhh 1995… Lets give away 23 LJN WWF figures and the Wrestling Ring! It was a decision fuelled with passion and kindness. I don’t regret those reasons for letting go of them. Besides, I was supposedly grown up. Well, that’s what they told me. A man who does not require toys lying around, especially the wrestling ones in a plastic…

  • GI Joe Guilt

    Yes I destroyed the majority of my GI Joe figures in a vicious 3 year war from 1989 to 1991 (See Battle of Guy Fawkes). The fireworks I amassed did brutal damage! The reasoning was that I had dedicated myself to collecting the now old Star Wars figures, so I began swapping and burning these lovely GI Joes. A few…