HO! HO! HO! 1:6 Scale G.I. Joe “Santa Hat”———Only $1!

A Perfect Fit— You couldn't ask for a better Santa hat for GIjOE. And this beauty only costs $1 at your neighborhood Dollar Store. Happy Holidays! (Photo: Mark Jones)

A Perfect Fit— You couldn’t ask for a better Santa hat for GIjOE. And this beauty only costs $1 at your neighborhood Dollar Tree Store. Happy Holidays! (Photo: Mark Landvick)

Keen, experienced and “trained” eyes are required to spot items that will work perfectly in GIjOE’s 1:6 scale universe. We’re talking about items that are not sold or marketed as 1:6 scale, but when viewed alongside 12″ GIjOE action figures, prove to be, as the British like to say, “spot on” for that purpose. One such superb example of this multi-purpose phenomenon comes to us today from “The Jones Boys” in beautiful Wauconda, Illinois. It’s a fuzzy 1:6 scale Santa Hat that, although it was designed, manufactured and sold with a cord and jingle bell to be worn as a “bell necklace,” its original purpose is quickly and easily forgotten as its “discoverer,” Mark Landvick, informs us:

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“We found these bell necklaces at the Dollar Tree and after carefully removing the glue connecting it to the bell, the hat fit ‘just right!’ We live in Island Lake, IL, the store is in Wauconda, IL. —Mark, Mickey and McGwire Landvick

The Mark Jones Family at the last GIjOE Convention. (Photo: Mark Jones)

“Eagle-Eyed” Fans— The Mark Landvick Family at a recent GIjOE Convention. (Photo: Mark Landvick)

Can YOU See the 1:6 Potential? Sometimes you need to look carefully to spot the "hidden 1:6 scale treasure" sitting before you. Here's what the item looks like in the store. Simply remove the hat from the bell and your GIjOE can play Santa at this year's office or barracks party! (Photo: Mark Jones)

Can YOU Spot the Hidden 1:6 Potential? To become a true “1:6 scaler,” fans need to look beyond an item’s original purpose and discover its hidden 1:6 scale potential. For example, here’s what this item looks like in the store. After removing the hat, Joe can wear it to this year’s barracks Christmas party. HOOah! (Photo: Mark Landvick)

Joe looks GREAT in his new Santa hat (only $1!) (Photo: Mark Jones)

Joe looks GREAT in his new Santa hat (only $1!) (Photo: Mark Landvick)

Bottom Line: Our sincerest thanks go out to Mark, Mickey, and McGwire Landvick, aka “The Jones Boys,” for their keen-eyed, timely reporting of this excellent (and inexpensive) 1:6 scale accessory. Remember, the next time you’re browsing down the aisles of a Dollar Tree or other such “general” store, be sure to slow down and take a second, closer look at all of the tiny little objects hanging on those pegs. You never know what you’ll find. And, as this year’s holiday season (and the new year) progresses, we’re hopeful more fans of 1:6 scale will locate similar items and send in their own “field reports.” When they do, we promise to share them with you—on The Joe Report!

But wait, there's MORE! Mark created this wonderful Christmas scene with hats, a tree and even miniature gift boxes—all from Dollar Tree. Out-STANDING! (Photo: Mark Jones)

But wait, there’s MORE! Mark created this wonderful Christmas scene with the hats, a tree and even some miniature gift boxes—all from that Dollar Tree store. Out-STANDING! (Photo: Mark Landvick)

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