Before this weekend, I didn’t own a single GI Joe toy, but the fates have delivered a veritable GI Joe arsenal to me in the last few days. I bought some great items at the Big Toy Auction over the weekend, and last night I saw a post on Craigslist for some GI Joe figures, so I grabbed my keys and made a late night run to the dark depths of Virginia’s burbs.
I was greeted by a massive shaggy black dog that was part German Shepard and part wolf, but he was a big pussycat once we became friends. I went for the figures but asked the seller if he had any more GI Joe toys or other toys from that era. He went digging through a closet and came out with a huge box of vehicles, including a Night Raven plane and a Moray Hydrofoil, which I remember drooling over as a kid.
After getting the items home, I spent the rest of the night cleaning them off and sorting them out. The Moray was filled with mouse fur and turds (no joke), and I can only imagine the fun times that mouse must have had cruising around the lake.
Despite the dirt and dust, these items are all in really nice shape. So, to all you Joe experts out there, did I find any diamonds in the dust?
One of the fun things about buying toys in bulk is that you never know what you’ll find at the bottom of the box. Blanka and Buzz were hanging out with this bug guy. Anyone want to tell me who he is?