G.I. Joe Terminology/Definitions

G.I. Joe Terminology/Definitions

Are you new to G.I. Joe collecting and becoming confused by certain terms being tossed around in the community? Look below for some relief. 

TERM

DESCRIPTION

AM

Action Man

AT

Adventure Team

Baby Feet

This refers to the smaller feet of the early Joe figures. They were quite plain and simple. Later feet had more detail in the toes and even toenails.

Brass Rivets

Some very early figures had brass covered rivets.

Big Hands

Hands which have fatter fingers, crude detail and possibly some plastic flash on the fingers.

CC

Classic Collection (1996-1999)

Carded

Items on blister card

Cloth Cap

The very first of these were made of cloth and not plastic as in later releases. VERY RARE!

Cloth Cartridge Belt

The very first of these were made of cloth and not plastic as in later releases. Extremely hard to find. VERY RARE!

Cloth First Aid Kit

The very first of these were made of cloth and not plastic as in later releases. RARE!

Coffin Box

These were the narrow boxes which were used for vintage figures consisting of a basic bottom portion and a top which fit over it (like a coffin). The top cover had the artwork for the product.

CNP

Complete no Package.

DOB

Defenders of Bulletman. This is a group of Joe collectors who have a passion for the GI Joe Bulletman figure. They can be identified by their red T-shirts, strange hand salutes, and chants of “All Hail DOB!”

Eagle Eye

Joes with moveable eyes via a lever in the back of the head

E.S.P.

These are samples of a finished or near finished product (e.g., an action figure).

“Fine Grip” Pistol

Early version of the .45 pistol with a finer grip. This has a higher demand.

Foreign Figures

These are the Soldiers of the World figures (Japanese Imperial Soldier, British Commando, German Stormtrooper, Australian Jungle Fighter, French Resistance Fighter, Russian Infantryman). These have a different European face (the Japanese had an asian face) with no scar.

Fuzzy Head

This refers to the G.I. Joes with Life-Like hair. Also known as flocked hair. Some of these were painted hairs that had flocked hair applied.

Golden Rod Flightsuit

Yellow version of the original action pilot flight suit. RARE!

Golden Rod Lifevest

A first issue piece also known as yellow lifevest vs. orange.

HOF

Hall of Fame

HTF

Hard to Find

Knockoff

Items made like vintage Joe items by different manufacturers. Lower quality.

Kung-Fu Grip

Introduced in 1974. Flexible hands which gripped items easier. Over years of use, these hands discolored and deteriorated. Reintroduced in 2002 with the new Danger of the Depths figure.

Life-Like Body

More muscular Joe body w/less articulation

Life-Like Hair

Fuzzy hair G.I. Joes

Mascara Joe

These are early figures with extra paint detail under the eyes and thick painted eyebrows. Also known as eyeliner faces or Trademark Joes.

MIB

Mint in Box.

MIMB

Mint in Mint Box.

MIMP

Mint in Mint Package.

MOC

Mint on Card.

MOMC

Mint on Mint Card

MIP

Mint in Package.

NRFB

Never Removed from Box.

NRFP

Never Removed from Package.

Painted Hair

These are the first issue G.I. Joes 1964-1969. Like it says, the hair was painted (red, brown, black, or blonde).

Painted Rivets

The early series of figures had flesh painted rivets (holding the figure together). This was discontinued during the Adventure Team era.

Palitoy

English licensed G.I. Joe maker

Pin Head

This refers to a Joe whose head has shrunk over the years. A bump appears at the top of the head caused by the inside pin that attaches the head to the figure.

RAH

Real American Hero.

Rubber Boots

The very first figures came with boots made of rubber and had great detail. They came in both black and brown. Many times today, the rubber has hardened. The bottoms will say HASBRO and have a registered trademark symbol. RARE!

SA Joe

This refers to the Super Articulated Joes that premiered late in 2001. These figures had a design similar to the Dragon figure and were much more poseable than previous GI Joes. The actual Hasbro designation for these figures were “Super-Poseable”.

Slotted Shoulder

These early figures have holes bored through the shoulders. Later figures will have the slot without the round bore. RARE!

SOTW

Soldiers of the World – An action figure made by Formative International.

Super-Poseable

Hasbro designation of figures appearing late in 2001 using a much more poseable body design. Collectors refered to these as SA or Super Articulated GI Joes.

SV

Super Vintage. The GI Joe Collector’s Club combined the super poseable (super articulated) modern figure with a re-tooled neck post and a vintage head (both classic painted hair and adventure team life-like hair).

V.S.P.

Vendor Supplied Product. These are the first factory samples for review. They are used to check the tooling and clothing fit. The coloring is not usually the same as the finished product. These are RARE.

Window Box

This is a large relatively flat box with a cellophane window in the front. Uniforms or accessories are sewn onto a card and inserted into the box.

What Year was My G.I. Joe Made?

If you have a G.I. Joe and want to know when it was produced, look below. The copyright information is located on the torso of vintage and reproduction (Timeless Collection, Masterpiece Edition) Joes and the lower back of Hall of Fame & Classic Collection Joes. The copyright on more recent Joes is on the buttocks. The copyright may be the same even though the head sculpt and hand design has changed (e.g., WWII head, gung-ho grip, etc.). If you find the copyright info of a vintage Joe on his shoulder, hang on to that Joe! You’ve found the holy grail as these were early salesman samples.

U.S.A.
GI JOE T.M.
COPYRIGHT 1964
by HASBRO ®
PAT PENDING
MADE IN U.S.A.

1964-1965

GI JOE ®
COPYRIGHT 1964
by HASBRO ®
PAT PENDING
MADE IN U.S.A.

1966 only

GI JOE ®
COPYRIGHT 1964
by HASBRO ®
PAT. NO. 3,277,602
MADE IN U.S.A.

1967-1975

COPYRIGHT 1975 HASBRO ®
PAT. PEND., PAWT. R.I.

1975-1976 lifelike bodies

PAT PENDING
© 1967 BY HASBRO ®
MADE IN HONG KONG

1967-nurse

CANADA
GI JOE REG. T.M.
COPYRIGHT 1964
by HASBRO ®
PAT PENDING
MADE IN CANADA

Canada 1960s

GI JOE REG. T.M.
© RD 1964
HASSENFELD BROS, INC.
PAT PENDING
PATENTED 1966
MADE IN CANADA

Canada 1970s
(“Made in Canada” may be missing on some figures)

© 1991 HASBRO, INC.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. 02862
MADE IN CHINA

Target Duke

© 1992 HASBRO, INC.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. 02862
MADE IN CHINA

1992 Hall of Fame

© 1993 HASBRO, INC.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. 02862
MADE IN CHINA

1993 Hall of Fame

© 1996 HASBRO, INC.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. 02862
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
MADE IN CHINA

1996-1999 Classic Collection
1999-2001 Alpha-Foxtrot Figures

© 1997 HASBRO, INC.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. 02862
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
MADE IN CHINA

1997-1999 Classic Collection
Females Only

Right Buttocks
GI JOE T.M.
COPYRIGHT 1964
by HASBRO ®
PAT PENDING

Left Buttocks
AUTHENTIC
REPRODUCTION
MADE IN CHINA

1998-1999
Masterpiece Edition
Timeless Collection

© 2001 HASBRO INC
PAWTUCKET, R.I. 02862
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
MADE IN CHINA

2001-2005
Super Articulated Figure

G.I. JOE T.M.
© 2003 HASBRO, INC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
MADE IN CHINA
U.S. PATENT PENDING

2003
40th Anniversary Figure

© 2003 HASBRO, INC
PAWTUCKET, R.I. 02862
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
MADE IN CHINA

2004
Voice FX Figures

The Eras of G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe first went into action in 1964 and lasted until 1976 when he was phased out as a full 12″ figure. I do not consider Super Joe, Intruders, or Defender as true vintage G.I. Joes. By this time in G.I. Joe’s history, he was shrinking and losing articulation at a rapid rate in order to save money. I also don’t consider the 3 ¾” G.I. Joe to be G.I. Joe at all. For me, the vintage era of G.I. Joe spans from 1964-1976 and he never sees the light of day again until 1991.

1964-1968

G.I. Joe
Action Sailor/Soldier/Marine/Pilot

1966-1968

Action Soldiers of the World

1967

G.I. Joe Nurse

1969

The Adventures of G.I. Joe
Moved away from the military theme.

1970-1973

The G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe now has life-like hair and beard.

1974-1976

The G.I. Joe Adventure Team With Kung-Fu Grip
G.I. Joe now has life-like hair, beard and a Kung-Fu grip.

1975

G.I. Joe Mike Powers Atomic Man
G.I. Joe now has Mike Powers with bionic leg, bionic arm, and bionic eye.

1976

G.I. Joe Eagle Eye
G.I. Joe is now included with eyes which move left to right via a small lever in the back of his head. Also introduced during this time are Bullet Man, Defender, Super Joe and the Intruders.

1983-1992

THE DARK AGES
G.I. Joe shrinks to a 3 ¾” size.

1991

Hall of Fame – Target Duke
G.I. Joe returns with life-like hair, but drastically reduced articulation (see Hall of Fame following). This year was a joint TARGET – HASBRO venture only and really re-introduced GI Joe to the American consumer and collector.

1992-1995

G.I. Joe Hall of Fame
G.I. Joe officially returns in a 12″ size, but with the mission of the 3 ¾” figures. Each figure is a different face sculpt. The vintage head does NOT return. Articulation is very limited. Arms and legs bend in 2 or 3 settings while the waist is somewhat limited. Feet are completely molded to the leg and have no articulation.

1994

G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary
This includes 5 specially boxed figures (Action Soldier, AA Action Soldier, Action Pilot, Action Marine, and Action Sailor) and 2 mail-away figures (Joseph Colton Green Beret and Arctic Joseph Colton). The Arctic Joseph Colton was issued when demand for the original Green Beret Colton far outweighed the supply long before the mail-away offer ended.

1995-1996

WWII 50th Anniversary Figures
These are Hall of Fame bodies. Two versions of AA (light & dark).

1996-1999

G.I. Joe Classic Collection
Much improved body and articulation from Hall of Fame.

1998-1999

G.I. Joe Masterpiece Edition
Reproduction G.I. Joe as Target exclusive toy store release.

1998-2003

G.I. Joe Timeless Collection
Reproduction G.I. Joe as exclusive toy store releases. Store chains usually include FAO Schwartz, Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, and KB Toys.

1999-2004

Adventures of G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe returns again with life-like hair for the 35th Anniversary. Also incudes painted hair adventure figures (police, fire).

1999-Present

G.I. 2005
Hasbro drops the Classic Collection title and returns to just G.I. Joe. The helmet logo returns to the original vintage symbol (action soldier with camo netting on helmet). Product is divided into varying price point categories (Alpha, Bravo, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot). Also begins introducing new action figures (grenade throwing Marine, pistol shooting Coast Guard, etc.). A portion of the new G.I. Joe line include low price point ($14.99) basic carded figures. Late in 2000 and early 2001, an even lower price point figure ($9.99) enter the market. In 2001 the line also introduces a much more articulated figure.

2000-2003

G.I. Joe Foreign Soldiers Collection
Hasbro braves the world of political correctness by introducing such controversial figures as the WWII Panzer Tank German and WWII Japanese Officer soldiers. This series is a part of the G.I. Joe Collection in the previous category and sees the first introduction of a smaller hand.

2001-2003

G.I. Joe Double Duty
Hasbro replaces the G.I. Joe 2010 series with this series in 2001. This year also marks the 1st time in 20 years that GI Joe advertising returns to television.

2001

G.I. Joe Pearl Harbor Collection
Hasbro introduces the Pearl Harbor Collection in the spring/summer of 2001. The carded figures introduce the new Hasbro GUNG-HO grip. This is a new hand style with moveable fingers – trigger finger separate from remaining 3 fingers and non-movable thumb. Boxed figures also featured the GUNG-HO grip, but also featured the new Hasbro articulated body style similar to Ultimate Soldier’s Super Soldier body. Television advertising begins in May 2001.

2001-2004

G.I. Joe Adventure Team Collection
Hasbro re-introduces the GI Joe Adventure Team with the “Secret of the Mummy’s Tomb” figure in late 2001.

2001-2005

G.I. Joe Gungo-Ho Grip & Improved Articulation
Hasbro introduces the GUNG-HO grip first on carded figures. A new articulated body design is also added and soon all boxed figures have Gung-Ho grip and the new body design.

2002-2005

Reintroduction of G.I. Kung-Fu Grip
Hasbro reintroduces its classic Kung-Fu grip on the Adventure Team Danger of the Depths figure.

2003-2005

40th Anniversary Figure
Hasbro reintroduces its vintage figure using new tooling and molds. Although the 40th anniversary figure sets are under the Timeless Collection banner, the head is more appropriately sized unlike the original Timeless Collection figures and sculpted from various styles of vintage heads (pin heads, soft heads, hard heads, etc).

2004

Voice FX Figures
Hasbro introduces its first talking figures using a new realistic moving mouth. The voice alternated between speaking and shouting depending upon the amount of force applied to the talk button. There was some limited articulation – head and wrists swivel only. Only two figures were produced – Talking Duke and a Marine Squad Leader (Caucasian and African American versions).

2005

SECOND DARK AGES 12″ GI Joe Dies Again
The year 2005 marked the death of 12″ GI Joe yet again due to decreasing sales. The new GI Joe, now 8″, was called Sigma-6. The 12″ GI Joe figure would only be produced via exclusives such as those produced by the GI Joe Collector’s Club.

2006

Super Vintage GI Joe
The GI Joe Collector’s Club developed the super vintage figure and released it for the first time as the 2006 convention figure. This figure featured a re-tooled vintage style head designed to fit the neck post of the super articulated modern figure.

 

 

 

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