Robert Hall, in New “G.I. Joe Collections” Profile, Remembers Hasbro-Canada’s Final Sell-Off of NOS Crash Crew Fire Trucks As it Occurred in 1972

Canadian GIjOE fan and collector, Robert Hall, holds his favorite figure for a recent photo shoot profiling him over on the internationally acclaimed, "GIjOE Collections" website. Hall is the fourth Canadian to be included on the site. (Photo: Robert Hall)

Canadian GIjOE fan and collector, Robert Hall, holds his favorite figure for a recent photo shoot profiling him over on the internationally acclaimed, “GIjOE Collections” website. Hall is the fourth Canadian to be included on the site. (Photo: Robert Hall)

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.

5 years after the GIjOE Crash Crew Fire Truck had been sold in the U.S., a cache of unopened NOS (new old stock) firetrucks in Canada was sold directly to customers by Hasbro-Canada. (Photo: mccaig)

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.

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5 thoughts on “Robert Hall, in New “G.I. Joe Collections” Profile, Remembers Hasbro-Canada’s Final Sell-Off of NOS Crash Crew Fire Trucks As it Occurred in 1972

  1. kneonknight says:

    Wow! That is definitely one gift where you wouldn’t mind if it was last years big thing.

  2. Or even half a decade ago’s big thing.

  3. Craig says:

    I got a Crash Crew in Canada, too. I think it was through the GI Joe Club. I remember it being delivered whilst I was home and opening it up and then my mom coming in and relieveing me of it because it was supposed to be for my birthday or Christmas.

  4. Anne says:

    I have one I’d like to sell. It was played with and the small parts are missing. The water pump and hose still work. What site would be good to try to sell it?

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