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“Battle with the Black Widow”—Massive Monster Arachnid (From The Home Depot) Faces Off Against G.I. Joe Crash Crew Firefighter— Who Will Win?

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A lone Crash Crew GIjOE armed only with an ax and crowbar faces off against a decidedly more powerful foe—a giant black widow spider from Home Depot. Fortunately, Joe’s trusty pet black panther sneaks up from behind. Will it come to Joe’s aid during this deadly face-off? (Maybe after a nap.) The spider’s eyes have a spooky, hypnotic effect. Look out, Joe! (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

Got Arachnophobia? Then this Giant Spider is Definitely NOT for You!

So I bring home this giant plastic spider last night, right?— I place it on the couch behind my wife. It has long, spindly legs and some seriously eerie, red-glowing eyes (the spider, not my wife). When she turns around and sees it, she literally jumps off the couch screaming, “ICK! What is THAT?!” Surprised, I reply, “it’s a new giant spider for GIjOE to fight against. Look! Its abdomen is all hollowed out, so I can stuff it full of 1:6 scale human skeletons and show that it’s been eating Joes!” She frowns a BIG frown and bluntly observes, “You are really WEIRD.” Well, maybe so, my dear. But I’m betting there’ll also be a lot of other “weird” 1:6 scalers out there who’ll be interested in picking up one of these (admittedly) frightening new “home decor” items from Home Depot.

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Big, Bad, Butt-iful! Joe’s pet panther sniffs the spinnerets of the giant arachnid while Joe lines up his first blow, “right between those evil eyes!” From leg tip to leg tip, the spider measures a whopping 44 inches across. Once folded up, it measures only about 14″ across. YES! (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

The spider is made of a solid black plastic; the good, hard, model-kit kind, so if you wanted to, you could paint its fangs, or even flock its entire body to make it all fuzzy black and red. What a fun custom project THAT would be! And yes, its legs are fully-articulated, so you can pose him in a full “legs out” battle stance (as shown in these pics) or all tucked up to its body ala a “I just got squirted with RAID” death pose. Whatever you decide to do with this monumental monstrosity, it’s an IDEAL creature for any Adventure Team (or military) GIjOEs to battle in backyard (or indoor) dioramas.

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A “Cage of DEATH?”— Viewed from this angle, you can imagine the black widow’s ribbed abdomen filled up with 1:6 scale human skeletons. Fortunately, this spider DOES open up. There are tiny screws holding the body together. Opening it up takes only minutes. (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

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Here’s the label to look for while shopping in Home Depot. It even has a “TRY ME” button on it, so you can try out the glowing-eyes effect in the store. (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

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Bite Me— The spider’s mandibles grab Joe’s arm as its fangs prepare to inject him with its deadly toxin. Is this the END of Crash Crew Joe? Only YOU can decide! (Photo: Mark Otnes) Click to enlarge.

Bottom Line: Yes, this spooky “home decor” item is great for use on Halloween, but in our opinion, it’s actually makes a much better TOY. Its giant size, durable construction, leg articulation, and light-up eyes—guarantee HOURS of fantasy FUN for GIjOE and action figure fans. You can find them for sale NOW at a Home Depot near you, or simply order one online HEREEnjoy!

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No Collection is Too Small— 1:6 G.I. Joe Enjoys Collecting (You Guessed It)—Action Figures!

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Collecting knows no size— Joe the Adventurer shows off a new (super-mini) HALO action figure, one of many such figures displayed on shelves throughout his home. (Photo: Queli Castro)

What do YOUR GIjOEs do when they return home from a mission? Some spend days, even YEARS, sealed up in depressing, air-tight storage containers, while others dutifully stand an interminable “watch” from the inside of locked, glassed-walled display cabinets. But for those fortunate few who are given freedom of movement by their (obviously imaginative) owners, the pursuit of personal hobbies and other pastimes is now becoming the norm.

For example, we recently caught up with one such fortunate 1:6 soul, a tiny toy collector known simply as “Joe,” whom, it turns out, is himself a 12-inch tall “fuzzhead” Adventurer! According to his owner, Queli Castro, of Chicago, Joe truly enjoys getting out of the house and visiting local stores to browse their aisles for the latest SUPER-MINIATURE action figures. Castro reports:
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“Hello Mark, Long time no chat. Yes, Joe collects action figures, and lately he’s added quite a few to his collection. I asked him if he’d pose alongside his collection for a few pictures and he kindly obliged (see attached images). In the wide view of his study (shown below), this is only PART of his growing collection. He’s always ‘rotating’ pieces in and out.”
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A flair for decorating— Joe’s study reveals an obvious talent for tasteful decoration. That mid-century modern coffee table, the high-back chair, and those attractive display shelves are ALL superb 1:6 scale furnishings. What a wonderful room. Go, Joe! (Photo: Queli Castro)

“Superman is Joe’s favorite. That one he’s pointing to (see below) is a actually a nano metalfig (.99 cents) from Walmart.”
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Great Caesar’s Ghost! Such amazing detail at such a small scale. (Photo: Queli Castro)

“Joe also collects Star Wars memorabilia and he just got this super-miniature x-wing fighter from Walmart on Force Friday. The two military HALO figures (behind the x-wing) are by Mega Construx. They have 11 points of articulation(!) and come with lots of detail, display stands, and extra pieces. They are wonderful!”
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WHOOSH!!! Joe’s mind is racing with all the possible Star Wars scenarios he could act out—in his imagination. He clearly believes in taking off his shoes, surrounding himself with his favorite toys, and having a GREAT time! (Photo: Queli Castro)

“Here (below), Joe poses with his new Alice in Wonderland and Buzz Lightyear figures. While both are very cool, these particular figures are for his children and he plans to put them both under the Christmas tree this year.”
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‘Tis the Season— Joe knows that the true meaning of Christmas is to GIVE, LOVE, and SHARE with others. We’re sure Alice and Buzz WON’T disappoint! (Photo: Queli Castro)

“All the figures in Joe’s display are about 2” high and were bought at Walmart, with the exception of the three up there on the top righthand shelf (i.e. Batman/Robin/The Flash) which all came from our neighborhood WalgreensI’m also providing some photos of the action figures in their packaging (see below) because things look a lot different after they’ve been taken out of the box. And finally…

Mark… I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for The Joe Report. 
I look forward to every ‘issue’ and you do a wonderful job with it. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!” —Queli Castro, Chicago, IL

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Sergeant Forge HALO action figure (Photo: Queli Castro)

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Superman die-cast metal figure (Photo: Queli Castro)

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The FLASH action figure (Photo: Queli Castro)

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An Endcap Full of Ships— Star Wars mini vehicles for sale now at Walmart. These make out-STANDING miniature toys for GIjOE! (Photo: Queli Castro)

Bottom Line: We absolutely LOVE how this Joe decorates his 1:6 scale home with “super-mini” collectibles. Our sincerest thanks and best wishes go out to Queil Castro for providing all of these excellent photographs and for his very generous “field reporting” here at The Joe Report. You are the BEST, sir!Mark Otnes, Editor TJR

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G.I. Joe Collector’s Club’s 2017 “Man of Mysteries: The Arcane Adventurer” Promises to Be One of the WEIRDEST Adventure Team Members EVER Produced

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What the…? 2017’s GIJCC incentive figure will leave many members scratching their heads. Part magician, part Ghostbuster, part time-traveller(?), the new “Arcane Adventurer” is destined to become one of the weirdest GIjOEs ever produced. Ala-Ka-What-the-heck-is-this-guy? (Photo: GIJCC)

Ala-KAZAMM!— Here are the most recent pics of the GIjOE Collector’s Club’s upcoming (albeit unusual) “Arcane Adventurer;” a new 12-inch incentive figure that will soon be shipping out to “active” 2017 club members. To be honest, we’re not quite sure what to make of this guy.

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You’ll Get!— Members who select the 12-inch option will soon receive THIS mysterious figure in the mail. ZING! The club’s already made his pants disappear! We’re diggin’ that gray AT sweatshirt, though. Out-STANDING! (Photo: GIJCC)

Here’s the club’s official press release describing the figure:

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“This is the Man of Mysteries: The Arcane Adventurer! He is all decked out in this MOCK UP image, in his add-on accessory set (purchased separately). When the adventure gets too weird, the team calls in THIS GUY!

This Club Exclusive 12″ Action Figure comes FREE to active members who select the 12″ option dressed in his shirt and shorts. The add-on set (purchased separately) will complete the figure! The accessory set will include:

– trench coat
– pants
– shoes
– AT amulet
– goggles
– glow-in-the-dark samurai sword
– satchel case
– dimensional scanner
– glow-in-the-dark “mummy case”
and MORE!

This FREE figure wearing shirt and shorts ONLY will be sent to any G.I. Joe Club member that selects the 12″ figure option and whose membership is active by March 16th, 2017. Make sure you’re an active member of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club to receive 12 monthly issues of the Club Magazine, access to Club Exclusives, Discounts for the International G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention, and your choice of a FREE 3 3/4″ or 12″ G.I. Joe action figure for 2017!”

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A Rare Gem, Indeed— This new figure also comes with a unique AT amulet shaped like a scarlet gemstone. Pretty sweet. Just imagine all the magical possibilities! (Photo: GIJCC)

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Look Out, Luke!— This latest pic reveals that the Arcane Adventurer’s samurai sword is actually some sort of glow-in-the-dark lightsaber. Holy, Han Solo! (Photo: GIJCC)

Bottom Line: Active members should all keep a “mystical eye” on their mailboxes. This strange “Arcane Adventurer” will be “materializing” in their zip codes soon!

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Wayne Faucher Reveals First Pics of His Custom 1:6th Scale “Adventure Team Commando ATW”

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Ready for Bipedal Battle Action— Wayne Faucher’s custom ATW is a threatening, elevated platform for some serious AT firepower. (Photo: WFT)

You all know the drill. Every 6 months or so, customizer extraordinaire, Wayne Faucher, shows up here in the pages of The Joe Report to share some pics of his latest creative foray into 1:6 scale imaginative excellence. Today, he debuts pics of his new “Adventure Team Commando ATW,” a wondrous creation he upgraded from one of those Star Wars “Assault Walker” toys you’ve probably seen (and passed by) at Walmart many times. However great his efforts, Wayne is never one to toot his own horn, and describes this particular 1:6 custom project in an almost blasé manner, stating:
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Wayne Faucher (Photo: WFT)

“Just a bit of weekend fun here. Here’s the Adventure Team Commando ATW. This is a straight up repaint of a Star Wars Assault Walker (currently available on clearance at Walmart for $15). I really tried to find something to customize here, but when something is already this cool, there’s not much to do!

It’s colored it in the Adventure Team Commando Armored Division orange cammo I had already established with my Troublemaker last year. Along with my ATXO, it makes a welcome addition to my AT Commando line. And the price is unbeatable. The whole concept of the AT Commando is set in the early 70’s and $15 is about what this item would have cost back then! So, continuing the ‘What if Hasbro had decided to extend the military line INTO the Adventure Team run,” here then, is the ATW. Enjoy! —Wayne Faucher

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Look For This Box— Here’s what the toy package looks like. At first glance, you may think you’re only buying one of those barely poseable storm trooper figures, but upon further study, you see that you’re also getting the walker shown in the battle scene. TOO COOL! (Photo: Hasbro) Click to enlarge.

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One careful stroke at a time— Wayne proves you can still paint your toys the old-fashioned way—with a brush—and get GREAT results. (Photo: WFT) Click to enlarge.

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Powerful Decals— As a professional artist, Wayne’s skills enable him to increase his custom’s realism while simultaneously keeping the ’70s AT “toy-like quality” he enjoys. (Photo: WFT) Click to enlarge.

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Powerful Profile— From the side, you can see that Wayne went to great trouble to ensure certain details were painted with the appropriate colors. (Photo: WTF)

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Box ’em up REAL good!— As Wayne has proven time and time again, even though Hasbro has given up on GIjOE’s beloved “Adventure Team,” there’s nothing stopping its fans from making their own custom boxes for custom AT figures. So…let’s all get busy! (Photo: WTF) Click to enlarge.

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Back off, Bad Guys— There’s a new sheriff in town. And his name is “Adventure Team Commando!” (Thanks to “Wild” Wayne Faucher.) (Photo: WTF) Click to enlarge.

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Gettin’ SERIOUS— Wayne’s AT Commando force continues to grow. (Photo: WTF) Click to enlarge.

Bottom Line: Once again, Wayne has officially BLOWN OUR MINDS here at The Joe Report, and we’d like to thank him sincerely for sharing these pics and for inspiring countless 1:6 customizers around the world. Absolutely SUPERB work, Wayne. If you’d like to contact Wayne, please leave a comment here with any kudos and/or questions. Thanks!

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Wayne Faucher’s Adventure Team Commando “ATXO Battle Armor” Based on Hasbro’s 18-Inch “Titan Hero Series Hulk Buster Armor” Figure

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Ready for Battle— Customizer extraordinaire, Wayne Faucher, picked up a set of Iron Man “Hulkbuster” armor at Walmart for $11 (on clearance) and proceeded to custom paint and convert it into the most distinctive and powerful-looking Adventure Team member we’ve ever seen. Absolutely AMAZING work, Wayne. GO, JOE! (Photo: Wayne Gaucher)

Once again, talented GIjOE fans are picking up where Hasbro has (inexplicably) decided to leave off, in terms of creatively customizing and outfitting the world’s most popular 12-inch action hero. In today’s example (of what Hasbro could have done), uber-customizer Wayne Faucher converted another Hasbro product, an 18-inch “Hulkbuster” toy, into a uniquely impressive set of custom “ATXO Battle Armor” for use with his AT Commando GIjOEs. Wayne also generously provided the photos and following commentary for this article—EXCLUSIVELY—for readers of The Joe Report. 

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Wayne Faucher (Photo: WFT)

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“I haven’t shown this around to many people (not posted on the Trenches or anywhere else) and I know you always enjoy a first look, so here’s a preview of my Adventure Team Commando ATXO Battle Armor. If you’re interested, it’s a simple modification of the Walmart 18” Hulk Buster toy. I redesigned the head (so our hero is visible), mounted some armament, and designed a color scheme to go with the rest of the AT Commando line. And the best part is, it was only $11 on clearance!

I figured the AT Commandos could use some more advanced brute force and firepower in their fight for justice, and this fit the bill perfectly. I’ve seen a number of repaints of this particular toy on line, so I’m certainly not the first to take a stab at it, but I wanted to incorporate mine into the ever expanding Commando series (see HERE). I used School Bus yellow to give it that industrial “bulldozer” look and trimmed it in the traditional AT black and red. Not a bad weekend’s work! “

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ATXO Battle Armor 3/4 front view (Photo: WEF)

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ATXO Battle Armor 3/4 rear view (Photo: WEF)

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ATXO Battle Armor rear view closeup (Photo: WEF)

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ATXO Battle Armor shoulder closeup (Photo: WEF)

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ATXO operator’s port and weaponry closeup (Photo: WEF)

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For his ATXO, Faucher choose the version of the Hulkbuster armor toys that you can actually open up and place your 12-inch figures inside. FANTASTICO! (Photo: Hasbro)

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“In case there’s any confusion, this is the version of the Hulkbuster that opens up so you can put a figure inside. I actually have a vintage G.I. Joe in mine now. I’m always trying to maintain that throwback quality to my imagined 70s toys. Thanks for looking!”

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Bottom Line: How inspiring! Wayne never ceases to amaze us with talent, generosity and skill as a 1:6 customizer. If you’d like to try your own hand at Faucher’s approach to customizing this toy, remember to look for the version of Hasbro’s Hulkbuster that measures approximately 18-inches in height and opens up in the front. That way, you can put your own 12-inch GIjOE “commando” inside! Our sincerest thanks to Wayne for all his help with this article.

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“New” G.I. Joe Collector Recreates Childhood Christmas Photo of Himself———40 Years Later!

Todd Thibedeau of Oak Lawn, Illinois, on Christmas morning, 1900. Forty years later, Todd would recreate this exact image—with GIjOE. (Photo: Thibedeau Family)

Remember When— A happy Todd Thibedeau of Oak Lawn, Illinois, poses with his all-new Adventure Team GIjOEs on Christmas morning, 1975. Some forty years later, Todd has recreated this exact image—with the exact same lineup of vintage AT GIjOEs. Out-STANDING! (Photo: Thibedeau Family)

Do you remember when you first fell in love—with GIjOE? For many Joe fans, it was undoubtedly around Christmas-time, many, MANY years ago. Exciting “adventure” commercials were aired on TV during Saturday morning cartoons, spurring desire for GIjOE’s latest incarnations and prompting consumer “action” (i.e. sales). Fueled by sugary breakfast cereals (Quisp, Capt. Crunch, etc.), children would glue eager faces to their television screens and literally drool over the latest and greatest toys being offered that holiday season. Now, decades later, one adult GIjOE collector has decided to recreate his own (very) special childhood memory (and moment) by reacquiring a specific list of Adventure Team-related figures, equipment and vehicles. According to a recent Facebook post by Todd Thibedeau of Oak Lawn, Illinois:

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“I’ve been collecting GIjOEs for a short period of time (less than a year) and my thanks goes out to Christopher Tucci for reintroducing me to my best childhood memories. When Chris asked what I was going to focus on in my collection, I was all over the place, as there is so MUCH out there.

One thing I did tell him, is that I wanted to get things that I had had when I was a kid. Once I had found this old picture (see me above) I realized that I had found my collecting ‘goal.’ The last item I needed to recreate that picture arrived in the mail today!

In my short time collecting GIjOE, I’ve already acquired WAY too much and am still ‘all over the place’ in my collecting habits. However, taking this new photo (see me again, below) has been 40+ years in the making is a definite pinnacle—so far. One more special thanks to ‘Commander Chris’ for helping me reacquire the AT vehicles needed for this picture.” —Todd Thibedeau, Oak Lawn, IL

This item-by-item recreation of Todd's childhood photo is an amazing demonstration of how GIjOE fans and collectors may age on the outside, but inside they're still all kids at heart. Out-STANDING! (Photo: Todd

Reunited for New Adventures Todd’s item-by-item recreation of his childhood Christmas photo demonstrates the sort of determination and affection GIjOE fans still hold for their favorite childhood toys. While they may be aging on the outside, inside, they’re still kids at heart! (Photo: Todd Thibedeau)

Bottom Line: Our sincerest appreciation to Todd Thibedeau for sharing these wonderful images with us today on The Joe Report. If you’ve been able to recreate a similar moment-in-time in your life, please send it to us so that we can share it with the entire GIjOE collecting community. Thanks!

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