Monthly Archives: June 2015

We’re closing out a busy week here at ATHQ with another Adventure Team Photo of the Week! This time it’s from Michael Hinchman from the Adventure Team Headquarters Facebook group. He’s put together this great custom grey flocked muscle body GI Joe with all the trimmings. He looks like a bad mamma jamma, because he is!

"Age ain't nothing but a number, baby!"

“Age ain’t nothing but a number, baby!”

This older adventurer looks like he’s still got a lot of life left in him. Mess with this dude and he’ll make your back crack and your liver quiver! If you’d like to see your photo featured, feel free to email us at Adventure Team Photo of the Week and your photo could appear right here on this website, alongside bad dudes like this one!

The GI Joe Club have finally uploaded the Doctor Isotope accessory set to the GI Joe Club Store. This is the first time that the gear has been made available. The set includes Radiation Shielded Jacket and Pants (jacket has glow in the dark insignia), Boots, Gloves, Vision Goggles, and 2 Radiation Focus Blasters (guns). It’s a pretty nice looking set and it only runs $35, which is pretty good overall.

All this for $35!

All this for $35!

I do wish the guns looked a bit more sci-fi and the boots should be silver, in my view, but for what it is, it’s not bad.

Catch Doctor Isotope while you can. Just be sure to wear some protective gloves! He's radioactive, ya know!

Catch Doctor Isotope while you can. Just be sure to wear some protective gloves! He’s radioactive, ya know!

You can also pick up Doctor Isotope himself, the evil nuclear menace, if you haven’t already for $45.

Or save some cash and get the evil doctor and his gear for $70!

The Eight Ropes of Danger was a modified Deep Sea Diver set, that remained popular throughout the 1970’s Adventure Team. The set is fantastic and was popular from the Adventures of GI Joe line, all the way through the Adventure Team proper. One of the more interesting elements of the line was the included map. It was reproduced in the modern era, but the vintage style map wasn’t included. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

New France? New India? What was going on in the Adventure Team's world?

New France? New India? What was going on in the Adventure Team’s world?

The map is, for all intents and purposes a decent drawing of the world as we might know it. There are some imperfections here or there, but given that this is supposed to be an ancient map, we can forgive some inaccuracies here or there. It’s the labeling that is of particular interest to us here today. Notice anything different?

Sure, Greenland is properly represented… But where is the United States? Where’s North America at all? South America? These continents have been renamed to New India and New France. It’s a most peculiar development that isn’t explained and could cause some confusion if you’re not aware of your history. As it turns out, this map that GI Joe is following, is quite old. It’s likely from the 1700’s when much of North America was owned by the French and was at least in part, referred to as New France.

Of course, that doesn’t really explain the New India part. Naturally we all know that Christopher Columbus thought that he had found India, or at least a “new” India when he landed here. It’s where the Native American moniker of “Indians” came from. But this continent wasn’t referred to as New India for very long, if ever. Mostly it was referred to as the “New World”. And by the time New France came around, North and South America had already been referred to as America for over 200 years.

Don't follow that map too closely Joe, it doesn't make much sense!

Don’t follow that map too closely Joe, it doesn’t make much sense!

The map’s coordinates start around England or Ireland, confusing matters even more. So that leaves us wondering, where did this map come from? What era is it depicting? Is it from some strange alternate universe where much of America was conquered by India? We may never know. But don’t let that stop you on your pursuit of the famed treasure, fellow adventurers… Just remember to beware the 8 ropes of danger!

It’s only our second Adventure Team Photo of the Week, but this one is a nice tribute to the majesty of an Adventure Team figure. Here we see the Air Adventurer, in all his vintage glory, sitting with a well weathered but still beautiful vintage box. There’s even the original paperwork! Now that’s a nice looking fella.

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This old Air Adventurer still has plenty of life left in him!

This guy almost looks like he just came from the shelf at the toy store. The photo comes to us from user D J on Flickr. If you’d like to see your photo featured, feel free to email us at Adventure Team Photo of the Week and your shot could be shown right here.

Every month in the GI Joe Club’s official magazine, there is a several page Adventure Team comic. It’s easily the best part of the magazine and something that so many GI Joe Club members seem to overlook. Considering that the GI Joe Adventure Team has never had a regular comic outside of this, we think the Adventure Team Chronicles is a pretty fantastic part of the Adventure Team legacy and should be highlighted. Starting this month, we’ll be reviewing each month’s new comic.

The June GI Joe Collector's Club Magazine welcomes back the Adventure Team Chronicles comic.

The June GI Joe Collector’s Club Magazine welcomes back the Adventure Team Chronicles comic.

Prior to this, as part of the 50th Anniversary of GI Joe, the Adventure Team Chronicles was essentially put on hiatus for a crossover story with the Adventure Team meeting the Real American Hero team. That was a nice story arc, but since it felt so much more RAH, than AT, we’re happy to start with the first new storyline that goes back to the root of the Adventure Team Chronicles comic. That being, classic Adventure Team storytelling.

AT Comic 1
This month’s story revolves around the Commander sending Air Adventurer, Sea Adventurer and Man of Action to check out the ship of Professor Lars Isberg. His ship hasn’t checked in for a few weeks and the three Adventure Team members head to the Arctic Ocean to see if they can find out why.  Continue reading

From now on, once a week we’re going to highlight a special Adventure Team Photo of the Week. This can be any sort of photo, whether it’s a fan submission, a photo we take ourselves or even a vintage shot from the team. There aren’t any rules, just cool Adventure Team love. If you’d like to see your photo featured, feel free to email us at Adventure Team Photo of the Week and your shot could be shown right here.

First out the gate is a fun photo from Hiss Tank member Dragonrider1227.

Dragonrider1227 shows off some cool Adventure Team customs.

Dragonrider1227 shows off some cool Adventure Team customs.

What makes this photo unique is the the custom clothing on both of these vintage Land Adventurers. Not only is the clothing custom, with a great Indiana Jones feel to it, but the heads have been transported to modern Hasbro GI Joe bodies. It’s a really unique set and both guys look like they’re ready for some serious action.

We rarely see Adventure Team love over at Hiss Tank, so it’s nice that Dragonrider1227 was there to show the world what the real GI Joe is all about!

Sea Adventurer Ask
Lots of websites have advice columns, but only Adventure Team Headquarters has wisdom straight from the Adventure Team’s own salty sage, the Sea Adventurer! Got a question about vintage GI Joes? Ask him! Need advice on picking up the ladies? Ask the Sea Adventurer! Want tricks on fixing a 57 Chevy carburetor? Ask him! Send your questions to the Sea Adventurer and have them answered right here!

Dear Sea Adventurer,

I’ve been having a lot of problems with giant vultures in my area. What can I do to fix this?

– Billy Birdo

Dear Billy Birdo,

It seems no matter where I go, there’s usually a crazed vulture, poised to attack. In all my adventurin’, I’ve found there’s only one good way to deal with a giant vulture. Grab it with your Kung-Fu Grip© and then throw it against the closest nearby rock. Works every time!


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