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G.I. Joe

When I was young, I can recall having several favorite toys, but at a younger age, one of my most favorite was my G.I. Joe. Summers I could be found with Joe and his Dune Buggy vehicle having adventures in the back yard. Digging through the dirt and mud, sneaking through the tall grass, and advancing on the enemies that usually only existed in the imagination of a child, Joe and I made a team that was inseperable. I was later given the gift of a Headquarters, where Joe would plan his missions and then execute them on the battlefield. Even on rainy days, I could bring out Joe and have fun rapelling down the bedsheets or low crawling under the beds.

Scott, Indianapolis

This story was submitted as part of the 100 Toys Project at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Vote for your favorite and share a toy memory through Aug. 17, 2012.

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Name: Roger B.
Time: Thursday, September 27, 2012

I got my first Joe at a 3-D. He was the Air Adventurer. Not long after I received a Land Adventurer, Talking Commander, and Adventurer. I had the Jeep with trailer, Helecoptor, and Jet Pack. Then came the Kung Fu Grip Joes, Mike Power, and the Eagle Eye Land Commander. Then my collection mysteriously vanished (my mom threw them away since i was "too old" to be playing with "dolls". I managed to save 2 from certain death, Mike Power and the Adventurer. In my teens I came across a blond variant Man of Action/astronaut in an antique shop for $5. He went to the Army with me and my "Fit To Fight" diorama made it to the Colonels office for display. I recently started collecting again and have 65 Joes in my collection that keeps growing every day and keeps the childhood memories alive.

Name: Roger B.
Time: Thursday, September 27, 2012

I got my first Joe at a 3-D. He was the Air Adventurer. Not long after I received a Land Adventurer, Talking Commander, and Adventurer. I had the Jeep with trailer, Helecoptor, and Jet Pack. Then came the Kung Fu Grip Joes, Mike Power, and the Eagle Eye Land Commander. Then my collection mysteriously vanished (my mom threw them away since i was "too old" to be playing with "dolls". I managed to save 2 from certain death, Mike Power and the Adventurer. In my teens I came across a blond variant Man of Action/astronaut in an antique shop for $5. He went to the Army with me and my "Fit To Fight" diorama made it to the Colonels office for display. I recently started collecting again and have 65 Joes in my collection that keeps growing every day and keeps the childhood memories alive.

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