G.I. Joe was introduced in early 1964, while I was introduced to the world in late 1964. Collectors and the manufacturer, Hasbro Inc., say it was February at the American International Toy Fair in New York. But fair organizers say it was held in March that year.
The toy was originally designed to be a tribute. With a brother ten years older than me, I was designed to be a sister. (Obviously, that didn't work out.)
Don Levine, Hasbro's head of research and development, came up with the idea while returning home from combat as an Army infantry sergeant in the Korean War. "We protected each other and loved each other," Levine said this week. "Something had to be done to honor these people."
G.I. Joe hit shelves in time for Christmas 1964, going on sale for $4 apiece in boxes identifying him as "America's Moveable Fighting Man." It was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2004. I'm still waiting for my call from ANY hall of fame.
Sales sank in reaction to the Vietnam War, leading to a line "Adventure Team" G.I. Joes that played down the military connection. Production was halted in the 1970s, but In the early 1980s, G.I. Joe was reintroduced as 3 -inch figures.
In the early 1980s, I was introduced to the world as a 6 foot tall high school senior.
There is even an official G.I. Joe Collector's Club, which holds an annual "GIJoeCon" convention. This year it's in April in Dallas. I also will be in Dallas this April.
I think not.