Another week, another Adventure Team Photo of the Week! This time it’s in the form of a custom Action Man figure, taking up the mantle of one of the earliest Adventure Teams! It’s Robin Hood! This photo is from Reddragon over at the Action Man Mobile Ops forum. It’s a great custom, which not only captures the spirit of the Robin Hood character, but also the versatility of these classic toys. Robin Hood is one of the most famous adventurers throughout history and it’s a surprise that with all the various costumes that were created for GI Joe throughout the world, that Robin Hood was never one.

No Bryan Adams music needed!

No Bryan Adams music needed!

The bow and arrow were custom made, as was much of the outfit. Proof that just a little ingenuity and a lot of care, can make GI Joe head to adventures in any time and any place!

Robin Hood Figure

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Every month in the GI Joe Club’s official magazine, there is a several page Adventure Team comic that we review here. When we last left our Adventure Team crew, they were investigating the stranded arctic ship of Professor Lars Isberg. While the Air Adventurer stayed aboard the ship, the Sea Adventurer and Man of Action found a nearby iceberg with a remarkable island hidden inside it. We were left with a cliffhanger of a mysterious being headed toward the Air Adventurer.

Some very cool Non-AT artwork on the cover of the July GIJCC Magazine.

Some very cool Non-AT artwork on the cover of the July GIJCC Magazine.

First, I have to mention that this month’s GI Joe Collector’s Club magazine features some awesome artwork from the special Toys R Us 50th Anniversary Desert Duel set. It’s a beautiful cover. But as always, the highlight is the Adventure Team comic.

The Air Adventurer doesn't take no guff from some zombified scientist!

The Air Adventurer doesn’t take no guff from some zombified scientist!

Last month we were lead to believe that the thing stalking the Air Adventurer was some sort of sea creature. His shadowy clawed hands, definitely didn’t look human. Alas, like many old serial cliffhangers, this was a rouse as we quickly find out that the mysterious figure was none other than Doctor Isberg, in a zombie-like trance.  Continue reading

One of the great parts about the Adventure Team toys, is how easy it is to create a story. Children can drop their GI Joes into almost any situation with a little creativity and a dose of imagination. Take for example, a lawn that’s in desperate need to be mowed. Suddenly the Adventure Team is transported to the thick brush of an exotic jungle. Which is exactly where this brief photo story begins today…

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We have another all new Adventure Team Photo of the Week pitting the Adventure Team against it’s biggest challenge yet… Godzilla! This photo is from chevy2who in his Flickr photo stream. What makes this photo unique is that it combines the classic Adventure Team GI Joes, with a nice perspective shot against Mattel’s Shogun Warriors Godzilla. These are two sets of classic 70’s toys, set to do battle in what is no doubt an epic adventure.

Watch out for that rocket firing fist, Joe!

Watch out for that rocket firing fist, Joe!

“As a kid this was one of my favorite mash ups Adventure Team vs. Godzilla. Zilla and the Adventure Team guys had countless battles against each other,” says chevy2who of this photo. What a great idea! I’d guess a lot of kids who had the Adventure Team put their guys up against the mammoth Gojira!

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The new PTSD Action Man advertisements will leave you speechless in more ways than one.

The new PTSD Action Man advertisements will leave you speechless in more ways than one.

Our goal here at Adventure Team Headquarters is to raise awareness about the excellence of the Adventure Team toy line, including it’s companion lines across the globe, such as the UK’s Action Man. Today’s topic is a bit of a unique one, as it’s a newly released video from the Veterans For Peace UK organization. They recently decided to use Action Man, including many of the “Adventure Team” style of fuzzheads to promote their message of the realities of war. While we all know war can be horrific, the UK in particular has come under some criticism for recruiting people at the age of 16. Though to be fair, those soldiers don’t enter the battlefield until the age of 18.

Mock-up packages were created. The attention to detail is impressive, no matter how you feel about the message.

Mock-up packages were created. The attention to detail is impressive, no matter how you feel about the message.

We here at ATHQ have no real opinion on this one way or another, we’re a toy site. Our interest is more in the fact that Action Man (and by proxy the Adventure Team) are involved in this rather stunning advertisement. The concept is similar to the TRUTH anti-smoking ads, where it’s very stark in satire and downright disturbing at times. It should be noted that this campaign is NOT anti-Action Man. The creators aren’t bashing the toys, but are using them because they can help highlight their message. Continue reading

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.

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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

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