The 2013 International G.I. Joe Convention sure had one thing going for it… Lot’s of sweet ass stuff to buy! I took pictures of some of the bizarre, ultra rare, and just plain cool stuff I saw available at the dealer booths to share with you all. (Click on the images to supersize them.)
When you think Grail for the G.I. Joe line you’re probably thinking the U.S.S. Flagg, Terrordrome, or maybe the Defiant. This however, is one of the most rare G.I. Joe toys out there (not to mention one of the earliest). It’s the Sears exclusive Cobra Missile Command Headquarters that was released in 1982. Due to it’s fragile nature and that it was a store exclusive, that means that this puppy is rare as hell, as evidenced by the 1,600 dollar price tag.
This one guy had so much great vintage stuff. The Sears missile base was at his booth. Just look at this stuff. A vintage Defiant in the box! Sweet chickens in heat!
Here’s the same pile of stuff a bit to the right. Look at that. MULTIPLE Flagg’s in the box. MULTIPLE!
The back of the boxes were kind of bland, but they were the backs of Flaggs and a Defiant!
Here’s just another example of vintage toy goodness found at the 2013 International G.I. Joe Convention.
G.I. Joe Street Fighter toys. Blech. But that Hyrdofoil is looking pretty tight.
I LOVED G.I. Joe cereal when I was a kid. I was super sad when it wasn’t in stores any longer, not realizing how licensed cereal worked… As much as I’d love an empty box, I’d never pay over a hundred bucks for one. As my lady pointed out, I got a sealed box of Batman cereal for 5 bucks. Now that’s a real bargain compared to this!
I saw this custom carded Scarlett figure at one dealer booth and wow. Just… wow. Some customizer really needs to get laid.
Hey, it’s a Funskool Skystriker! You can hardly tell from the box that this was made not in the U.S., but rather in India.
Speaking of Funskool, there’s the Funskool Vamps as not Vamps. I just love that they’re called Jeeps.
I was much too young for Mego, but this Star Trek Mego set really spoke to me. It just looks so awesome. It’s as if the original Star Trek series had gotten a big budget movie while they were all still young.
I unabashedly love Ewoks. I’ve never seen this particular line from Return of the Jedi. This is the kind of thing I’d pick up if I had unlimited money and space.
There was a short lived line put out by Tonka that was cool as hell. It featured vehicles that came right out of a post apocalyptic vision of the future, basically Tonka trucks meets Mad Max in it’s STEEL Monsters line. I had a Jeep that had a roof that looked like it was made of sheet metal. This bad ass construction vehicle wanted me to buy it, but I had already purchased too much.
I believe that I’m one of the few people on Earth that gives a damn about Visionaries, so this was a cool surprise. Two Visionaries vehicles still in their boxes! So cool, yet so expensive. The bigger one was over a hundred bucks. As much as I like Visionaries and would like to start a MOC/MIB collection, I got higher priorities than that.
Remember when the Flint disguised as a Cobra Trooper figure was crowding the shelves? Don’t get me wrong, I love this figure. Still, it isn’t that rare. The only reason why it was marked up to 20 bucks is that the voice actor for Flint was at the con.
While technically not on the showroom floor, we ran into this guy outside. That is, in fact, a vintage Ben Cooper G.I. Joe costume. Damn, remember those things? I had a Cobra Commander one. Anyway, while I normally don’t like children it was great seeing them at the con. We need kids to be fans of G.I. Joe if we’re going to keep this thing alive!