In 2014’s “War of the Wool,” Target Releases Its Own Line of 1:6 Scale (Plus-Sized) Sweaters For 12-Inch G.I. Joe, Competing With Michael’s Crafts

In the latest salvo fired in 2014's "War of the Wools," Target's new "Wine Sweaters" are also ideal for use by GIjOEs and other 12-inch action figures (the bigger the better). (Photo: Laura Ann Ostermeyer)

In the latest salvo fired off in a 2014’s silly-sweater showdown, Target’s new line of “Wine Sweaters” are (almost) ideal for use by GIjOEs and other 12-inch action figures. (Photo: Laura Ann Ostermeyer)

GIjOE fan and "playscaler," Laura Ann Ostermeyer. (Photo: Laura Ann Ostermeyer)

GIjOE fan and “playscaler,” Laura Ann Ostermeyer (Photo: Laura Ann Ostermeyer)

In a surprising challenge to Michael’s Craft Store’s recent introduction of 1:6 scale Christmas sweaters, retailing giant, Target, has thrown down a “garment gauntlet” in response and introduced its own line of so-called,”wine sweaters.” These new sweaters provide even more holiday clothing options for your cold and shivering 12-inch GIjOEs, Barbies, and similar 1:6 scale action figures. Also, in an apparent nod to consumer complaints that Michael’s sweaters are a tad too short-sleeved, Target made its versions slightly larger overall, in what we’d call a 1:6 scale “plus-size.” According to TJR Field Reporter, Laura Ann Ostermeyer:

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“I have a Christmas sweater update. If folks want a bulkier sweater with longer arms, they may want to go to Target. They now have “wine sweaters” for $5 each. I had gotten them for one of my bigger figures and decided to try one on Joe (see photo below). They look okay. When I first went, they only had the red sweaters, but now they have them in green too.”

Looks like Joe and Barbie have put on a few pounds this holiday season. Either that, or their new sweaters from Target are just a tad too big. Call the tailor! (Photo: Laura Ann Ostermeyer)

Too much stuffing? Looks like Joe and Barbie have already put on a few pounds this holiday season. Either that, or their new sweaters from Target are a tad too big. Quick! Call a tailor! (Photo: Laura Ann Ostermeyer)

Bottom Line: We agree with Laura’s assessment that Target’s sweaters, while featuring better sleeve lengths, have added too much material in the waist and chest area. After all, if GIjOE’s been able to stay trim for 50 years, why should we make him look overweight now? A simple alteration in the back will help snug up these new “plus-sized” sweaters so they look great. Thanks, Laura!

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4 thoughts on “In 2014’s “War of the Wool,” Target Releases Its Own Line of 1:6 Scale (Plus-Sized) Sweaters For 12-Inch G.I. Joe, Competing With Michael’s Crafts

  1. Chung says:

    Which area/section are they available at in Target?

  2. Steven says:

    I need to look into those. Thanks!

  3. Walter Cooper says:

    HA!!! Very COOL!!

  4. Brad says:

    I found them in the Christmas section where the napkins and so forth are located. There are also knited wine scarves four to a pak too right next to them if they are in stock.

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