Wednesday, 1 January 2014

50th Anniversary Day 1: Action Soldier


I was born in 1976. So, growing up, the only GI Joe that I knew of and played with was the 3.75’’ Real American Hero. I followed their battles with Cobra on TV and through the comics. I had about three-dozen figures and several vehicles. My interest in GI Joe’s origins started when I was an adult. I ‘’discovered’’ the Adventure Team by doing research online for a Group Project at Joecustoms.com. This opened up a whole new world of possibilities and projects. In 2009, the Official GI Joe Collector’s Club launched a small line of 3.75’’ Adventure Team figures. These consisted of the four main characters with vehicles.

I have decided to focus on GI Joe’s first dozen years. My line up of customs will include homages to figures, vehicles and playsets from the 1964-76 era. Some will be pretty vintage accurate, while others will be re-interpretations. My goal with each custom was to keep the ‘’feel’’ of the original toys.

50th Anniversary Day 1: Action Soldier

One of the four figures that started it all, Action Soldier was released in 1964. He included basic olive green fatigues, brown combat boots, an OD cap, dog tags, rank insignia stickers and an Army Field Manual. The basic nature of his uniform allowed kids to collect add-on accessory kits such as the field vest, the helmet as well as various weapons and gear. The kits that were purchased allowed kids to customize their GI Joe for specific missions.

This project has to start here. Action Soldier was the first GI Joe ever conceived of by Sam Speers and Don Levine at Hasbro in 1963. My first custom represents the basic Action soldier with fatigues, cap, dog tags and field manual (Set number 7500). The second figure is the Action Soldier outfitted with the Combat Helmet (7507) and Combat Rifle Sets (7510). The third figure features the Field Jacket and Combat Rifle with Bayonet.

Enjoy!

OB














6 comments:

  1. Incredible work! I grew up playing with the big guys and these are awesome!

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  2. These are all outstanding! I was born in 1969 and had many of these sets. I have my own 3.75 customs of Spy Island, Fight for Survival and White Tiger Hunt. Where do you get all the accessories? Especially the vintage 1960's heads?

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  3. Thanks guys. CB240, the accessories are mostly modern GI Joe. I modified a few of them ,but there are a surprising number of guns and other accessories in the modern line that can be used for old-style customs. The heads, I had specially cast for this project by Raginspoon. He has a web store. If you're interested, you can contact him directly.

    OB

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  4. Thanks for the info regarding the heads. What kind of paints do you use and do they wear in the joints over time? Looking forward to seeing the last 4 of your 50th Anniversary. Training Center I'm guessing is one? (from your teasers).

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  5. I usually trim the joints a bit with a hobby knife. That helps with paint rub. For paints, I use the usual suspects - Tamiya (that I apply with brushes) and Krylon (for spray paint).

    OB

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  6. Wow! Nicely done. No doubt that those are GI Joes!

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