G.I. Joe has been a part of my life for a long, long time. This picture is from the late 60's. I'm the one on the left. That's my cousin, Randy, behind the Joes. He lives up in Massachusetts and when he was a kid, he had a serious G.I. Joe collection. His mom used to go to Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI and buy G.I. Joe stuff for him at the employee store on company grounds. (thanks, tanker!)
Randy always had the cool stuff. It was always a blast visiting him in the summer. He had jeeps and helicopters and all sorts of stuff that would make many collectors envious. Amazing stuff!
I've lost track of Randy over the years. I wonder if he still has any of his Joes?
I had a pretty decent collection as a kid as well. I had the 5 star jeep, the yellow AT helicopter, the fold-out command center, the Mercury capsule and other amazing pieces that are long gone.
That's okay, the destruction of my Joe collection only helped to bring up the values of all those other kids who didn't destroy their Joes!
Those were the days!