3.75 Joe - Volume 5
G.I. Joe action figures and vehicles have been a part of the fabric of American toy pop culture since 1964. The name itself stands for boy’s action figures. It is the brand name that wrote the book on action figure collecting with innovations like: original figure art, file cards, flag points, cross sell catalogs, comic book advertising, T.V. min-series, daily T.V. series, and more!
Under official license from Hasbro, the “Creating G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” series by historian Dan Klingensmith delves into the depths of what it took to create the G.I. Joe toy brand from 1982-1994! In addition to information obtained from the men and women who worked on the G.I. Joe brand from this period, the series showcases imagery documenting the development of figures, vehicles, and playsets.
This volume stars off with a new segment of the series titled “Creating an American Hero”. This volume walks you through the design steps it took to create 3.75" G.I. Joe action figures. Next, you enter the Gallery of Toy Design which features the conceptual designs and photographs showing the progression and different stages of creating a figure or vehicle. Also included in this section is the inspiration and influences behind the figures and vehicles, insider stories regarding changes that occurred during the design process, alternate names for figures and vehicles, hidden meanings behind some decals, as well as slight modifications that were made from the original dossier to the final file card that was released regarding a character.