When Canadian Robert Hall wrote in to us recently to describe his extensive GIjOE collection, one part of his story in particular caught our attention. According to Hall, for a birthday present one year he had received a brand-new, never-before-opened, NOS (new old stock), GIjOE Crash Crew Fire Truck (CCFT).
That’s cool and all, but not too unusual. However, when Robert said he didn’t receive his new, unopened CCFT until 1972…then some alarm bells started to go off. 1972 is FIVE YEARS after the truck’s introduction in 1967! As far we’ve been able to determine, the CCFT was only offered that one year (1967). So how was such an unlikely purchase made possible?
Well, it turns out that Hasbro-Canada (in 1972) was attempting to clear out warehouses full of older, unsold GIjOE merchandise. Advertisements must’ve been created, Robert’s parents found out about the sale, and ordered their son one of the never-unboxed, minty-fresh Firetrucks—direct from Hasbro-Canada.
Many fans will recall that the Crash Crew Fire Truck was also reproduced in bright RED and sold for a second time in Europe and the UK as an “Emergency Fire Tender” under the Palitoy/Action Man brand. But that didn’t occur until MUCH later, in 1977.
Bottom Line: Tales of unopened, 1960s GIjOE treasures, still unsold after so many years, are the stuff of Joehead dreams and legends. Congratulations to all the lucky Canadians who were able to take advantage of Hasbro-Canada’s unusual “Fire Truck Fire Sale.” To read Robert’s complete story and view closeup photos of his outstanding collection, jump over to his profile page on the international GIjOE Collections website found HERE.