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  • What it like to be a Gi Joe Collector

    WHAT IT LIKE to be a Gi Joe Collector.
    it funny I never really thought about it.
    it can be some of a challenge .
    it not like I discuss it with everyone.
    gods know never have enough space .
    specially considering the relative size of Colllecting
    12" Action Figures.

    know it been are Wifes and Giel Friends.
    but for Started is a Small Spark .
    that I thought went away .
    I guess not after my Father passageway it was
    a way to Cope.
    sometimes I will not even think about my
    Collection and sometimes .
    Ethier taking Photos / repairing or making something .
    buying.
    or this discussing it on a Forum with other s
    BUTT WHAT MAKED US COLLECTORS.
  • #2

    I never really talked about it. I met up with some Joe heads once. We had some fun show and tell at our houses. They were serious collectors and had boxed items and loose items on display. I sometimes have some friends over and they look at my stuff and appear to be impressed. I tend to be shy about it and often wonder if they think I am crazy. In my late teens, I pretty much sold all my stuff and was clunter free. Then I wanted to buy one GI Joe Spy Island set and that one curiosity lead to another. I enjoyed collecting and learning about all the AT Joe history. I reach my satisfaction point and am now trying to find the time to reduce my collection, at least all the my duplicates. I met a lot of cool Joe heads online and love the passion. I think when Vintage Joes were at their peak in 2000's, there was a lot good stuff circulating. Now it is a slower pace and now I am wondering way I rushed so fast to collect then. LOL.

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    • #3

      Your not only there.
      back in day.
      men especially collected Model Trains
      even magazines of the 60's and even 50's
      like Better Homes and Gardens .
      showed a Home there was sometimes a Den with a Model Train Set.
      and that was normal .
      Shows like Addams Family there were scenes
      Were Addam Gomez was playing with .
      Train Set Classic Scene.

      then on the other Hand Movies like 40 Old Virgin
      putts are Hobby in a different light.
      Collectors of Action Figures back not long ago
      we were Closet Collectors
      only among are Cumminty .
      or Friends from Shows.

      Now with You Tube it alot more Reconize as even
      cool Face Book has 1000 of Colectorrs Around
      the World.

      so it might be a little harder for you being younger
      but you enjoy it
      that's what Matter
      it a type of of Therapy

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      • #4

        As the Big Bang Theory makes clear, adult train collectors are also weirdos, just weirdos that got here first. They at least borrow some of the cache of model builders.

        I don't tell anyone I need to have influence with that I have several boxes full of toys - that's personal, like bathroom habits and owning rollerblades. And one needs to be circumspect who you tell about adult toys and hobbies - watches, guns, boats, gaming, paintball, bowling, knives, bikes, hunting, parkour, base jumping, pottery, leatherwork, sci-fi books and Phish concerts. People still feel it is valid to disapprove of any and all of those things. I've done a lot of them, and largely shut up about it unless I'm talking to someone who actually has a mutual interest.


        As far as I can tell, we have a hobby in large part because the usenet dial-up groups before the internet made it possible for weirdos like us to find other weirdos who love GI Joes. Online classified in newsgroups allowed trading to happen on a national scale between collectors of all types, and Ebay made it formal, safer and easy.


        I'm not a formal collector. I would happily trade away many vintage items to someone who would appreciate just the right shovel or pith helmet. But I do have a slavish devotion to a certain aesthetic which I only seem to be able to scratch with the two kinds of 12" GI Joe figures I had in the '70s (and am pissed that I misplaced), and take a real joy in recreating that feeling with my kitbashes, custom flocked heads and modified bodies. I often wish I could summon the fortitude to actually "play" with them - but I also don't know if I really played as a kid nearly as much as I played at outfitting them for the action that never quite came. I guess vehicles made for more dynamic play that articulated figures could.


        I also have a few 25th 3 3/4" Joes, Microman, Henshin Cyborg and Robotech/Macross toys - new and old. Again, all stuff that refers back to the things I found most magical as a kid. And I have real firearms, bicycles, watches and knives - again things that fascinated me as a kid but I had less easy access to. At least I got over the motorcycle thing and avoided boats altogether. Still, sailing at summer camp was really a lot of fun....
        Last edited by RX-79G; 10-30-2018, 12:11 AM.

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        • #5

          Well put RX

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          • #6

            Me, I talk about it with co-workers and what not, even if the aren't collectors at all. (I'm proud to be a Joe collector and I'm not shy to let every one know. I've always been like this with everything I collect, from comics, vintage star wars, to video games. It's a fun hobby and I love the trenches. Made some good online friends(who I hope to meet in person eventually). It's fun and people are generally impressed when I show them pics of my collection or tell them about it. To sum it up, yeah I would have ALOT more money saved up if I didn't collect, but man, would my life be boring.
            The Joe Collecting "Geek".
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            • #7

              I am glad I collect only one thing .
              sometimes there smaller.
              but as Geek pointed out .
              wouldn't be as Fun .
              I had 2 Joe's as a Kid and there gone.
              now I more than I could Dream of.
              my Little Brother is the only who had sort off
              every made negative respinse.
              are relationship had been odd .
              for Years now.
              and he ask I took his StatWars Figures
              and he was in his early 40"s
              I did send one my FB photos
              it was Star Wars Theme so he like it

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