In honor of the official release of the new GI Joe movie toys (maybe.. unless it's been changed by Hasbro again) here are a few advertisements for some vintage (as in 1980s) stuff:
Action Force was the UK version of GI JOE: A Real American Hero. The figures and vehicles were the same but the names were sometimes different. This spot features the AWE Striker and Cobra Stinger. From Action Force #14, June 1987.
I never understood the appeal of professional wrestling, but I did get the Sgt. Slaughter mail-away figure. This ad is not for the GI JOE fig, but the 8” wrestling one. From GI JOE Magazine, Fall 1987 issue.
I never understood the appeal of professional football either, yet I did get the “Fridge” mail-away figure. I didn’t call him to find out his “combat specialty” though. From GI JOE Magazine, Winter 1987 issue.
Get six GI JOE vehicle drivers Thunder, Frostbite, Crankcase, HISS driver, Stinger driver, and Copperhead for $16 a set plus $1.50 shipping and handling in this Hasbro mail-away offer. Hurry, offer expires August 31, 1988, or while supplies last. From GI JOE Magazine, Winter 1988 issue.
Remember those transforming robots that could turn into planes, cars, trucks, or guns and boom-boxes? Here is an ad for two of the good guys, called “Autobots.” I still have Rodimus Prime. From Action Force #10, May 1987.