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Jedi Master Silas
12-08-2002, 04:37 PM
I'm looking for a book that has photos of all the vintage 3 3/4 inch GI Joe line loose with there weapons. Anyone have a clue?? I've searched the net and checked some of my local book stores but came up empty. I would perfer findign something with color pics.

Dark Knight
12-08-2002, 11:24 PM
What your looking for is Desimone 3 3/4 & HOF ID guide Vol 1& @2. Both book show loose figures w/ weapons. By James DeSimone. You can find them on E-bay for about $10 to $15.

Hopes this helps

:D :evil:

12-09-2002, 01:16 PM
Here is a site that has just what you're looking for. One of, if not the best site for this type of stuff.


Jedi Master Silas
12-09-2002, 02:49 PM
Thanks BP and DK. I use yojoe.com...its great. I need something in a book form to have a reference when I'm out vin-fig shopping. Thanks guys :)

12-09-2002, 03:40 PM
Aaaah, I see......

I have both Desimone 3 3/4 & HOF ID guide Vol 1& 2. They are sort of thin though. Great for reference, but just a tad on the small side.

Although not the one I have (I have a trade paperback at home that gives a fairly detailed accounting of all figs & vehicles - collected from 1982-1989 :D), this is another good resource for Joes:


When I get home, I'll note the name & post here for you. It's a great resource!

*** EDIT *** Also, just remembered that Action Figure News & Toy Review had I believe a three part pull out guide to GI Joe not to long ago. Also another good reference.

Jedi Master Silas
12-09-2002, 04:29 PM
THANKS SO MUCH!!!! I appreciate the info. I assume your a Joe collector so I have another question for ya. Do you buy Joe itmes online?? If so where is a good site? I've tryed several and most of the ones I've tryed, including the sponsors on SS and really dont have alot of what I'm looking for or the price is jacked up. Any ideas???

12-09-2002, 04:45 PM
I collected a long time ago (read: when I was a kid I was able to get all Joes & vehicles from the straight arm era up to a few from 1989)

I started collecting the 12" line (when they were in boxes), then they started putting em on bubble cards & then also windowed boxes with weird charcters (Jungler Hunter, Attack Of The Snowman, etc, etc ......)

That put me off so I havnt bought any in a long while.

12-09-2002, 10:22 PM
The DeSimone books are very good. Unfortunately, you can see when it turned sour. Look I'm going to shoot you with my day glo orange gun!!!

12-10-2002, 09:15 AM
Okay, here is the name of the book I have. It was $25.95 at Books-A-Million:

Gi Joe: Official Identification & Price Guide 1964-1999 by Vincent Santelmo (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0873417798/qid=1039532828/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_2/103-3670810-5879024?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)

Has a wonderful listing of all Joes dating back to the original 12" line. It also has a listing of all small Joes (not vehicles) from 1982 to 1999. Unfortunately, not pictures for all of them like I thought it did. Still a great reference however.

After doing some research however, I may look into getting this one as well. It supposedly has a complete listing of all figures & accessories from 64-2000:

The Complete Encyclopedia to GI Joe (3rd Edition) by Vincent Santelmo (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0873418743/qid=1039532828/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/103-3670810-5879024?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)

As an aside, this book is fantastic for SW collectors. Neat little item I picked up at BAM. Great resource for anyone collecting vintage up to the pre E1 releases.

Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive by Steven Sansweet (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0811822796/qid=1039533266/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/103-3670810-5879024?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)

That is one marvelous book. Highly recommended.

*** EDIT *** Oh yeah, the AFN&TR that had the pull outs was only two sections. Cant remember if was 105 & 106 or 106 & 107, but is was two of those three. Awesome pullout guide. The mags cost at most $6 each, so for $12, its a lot better price than the DeSimone leaflets at $10 a piece (which I bought and thought was a rip off because of the size of each one) If it were me, I would got the AFN pullout instead of the DeSimone leaflet.

12-10-2002, 10:12 AM
I do have the above book. Your best bet for identifying figures is the two DeSimone books. They have the pieces laid out so that you can easily identify them. Yojoe.com has a good program set up to search for gun owners once you get them home.

12-10-2002, 11:47 AM
You know, reading this thread makes me want to collect Joes. Those toys were the only thing I wanted for Christmas every year. In fact, I think I might get more enjoyment out of then than Star Wars. I collected them until 88, when I went to High School. But I remember seeing them after that, and it wasn't pretty.

Jedi Master Silas
12-10-2002, 03:15 PM
I have always liked the Joe line QLD...I cant say perfer it over SW but I always enjoyed playing with them better then my SW figures because of the articulation.