Impel Trading Card #8 – The Skystriker XP-14F

This post should have been online yesterday as I plan to post at least once a week, but unfortunately my children fell ill and they needed my attention. Luckily both are now back to health and so I have found the time to finish this post and put it online.

This week, we leave the ECO-Warriors behind us and continue with one of the most iconic G.I.Joe vehicles of all time.

I present to you Card #8 in the 1991 Impel G.I.Joe Trading Card set.

The Skystriker XF-14


Impel_C_008bThe Skystriker was first released in 1983, with it’s pilot Ace. While many other vehicles are rather future-tech oriented, Hasbro built the Skystriker as an F-14 clone, looking exactly like the famous jet fighter. That’s probably why the Skystriker is a huge fan favorite and also one of my favorite vehicles. I currently have 2 jets in my collection, one in mint and complete condition and one that has seen it’s share of action over the years. I actually have a third plane, but that is called the “Sky Striker” MISB, the 30th anniversary version released in 2011.

The card art for the Skystriker depict it in a battle with a Cobra Rattler, which the Skystriker won, duh. A lot of the decals that are on the toy are not shown or visible on the art. The most striking decal on the plane is the red globe with the eagle that is located on the tail sections. In Belgium, the official G.I.Joe fan club organised a mail-away offer. For 9 Flagpoints and the equivalent of €1 in stamps, you could receive a sew on patch with the Skystriker logo on it.


I have several of these patches in my collection, let me know if you’re interested in one (or more), we can make a deal 🙂

DISCLAIMER All these cards are in my private collection and were scanned by myself. I don’t hold the rights on the card art or any text displayed on the cards.


Impel Trading Cards 4 – 7

Card number 4 in the series is the Sludge Viper.

Producing methane gas is the final step in the decomposition of biomass. So does this mean that the Sludge Vipers are decomposing inside their suit or are they just farting a lot in there? To have an unlimited ammo supply, Cobra chefs must have created the ultimate union soup with beans and Cobra Cola especially for these Vipers.

Next up is Clean Sweep.

Originally Clean Sweep was designated to be Anti-Tox. The action figure comes with a water shooting robot and has parts of color-changing paint that – uh – changes color whet it gets wet. The figure also came with one of the most impressive mustaches ever to be found on an action figure. Who said Nigel Mansell? Also, can anyone tell me how you move like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs?

Card numer 6 is up, the Cobra Septic Tank.

The anti-ECO equivalent of the HISS tank has an unlimited supply of sludge to fire at the Joes. I guess there are a lot of Sludge Vipers in the back enjoying their Cobra Soup… I could make some jokes on the Pit and a the Septic Tank, but let’s not get into that. Fact is that although this Eco-Warriors series is very colorful and is sometimes frowned upon by the collectors, I like the design of the tank and think it works great in the setting.

Okay, time for card 7. Here is Ozone.

I’m kinda missing the ninja of the team. But hey, at least Ozone got to be an astronaut on the next sub-team of the Joes, the Star Brigade. As they did with Cesspool, and with a few other characters, Ozone was named after David Kunitz, a member of the G.I. Joe design team working for Hasbro at the time of this figure’s release.

All in all, the Eco Warriors are a colorful bunch that heralded the nineties G.I.Joe line and defined the rest of the line. The wacky colors, strange accessories and just plain weird stuff. But hey, if you’re a fan, you stick by. For better or worse, through Sludge and Monstro-Vipers, till the DEF and Ninja Force comes and beyond. Oh and the Mega Marines.

Anyway, feel free to link this page to friends and family, heck even to people you don’t really like. If you have suggestions or remarks, leave a comment below or tweet me @EuropeanJoes.

DISCLAIMER All these cards are in my private collection and were scanned by myself. I don’t hold the rights on the card art or any text displayed on the cards.

Impel Trading Cards 1 – 3

To start this series, we’ll take a look at the first 3 cards from the 1991 Impel series. The first 7 cards of this set are displaying the Eco-Warriors subseries of G.I. Joe. It seems like a strange way to have these cards as first in the series, considering the popularity of the other characters (Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Scarlett, …). At the time however, these figures were just released and

The first card is Cobra member Cesspool.

The card art of this entire series is new (apart from the comic book covers on later cards) and I have to say that it looks pretty damn good. The use of vibrant colors may be a bit too much on the actual figures, on these cards it just looks good. Although the figure was released with a full cover helmet, the card art here shows Cesspool’s disfigured face

The back of the cards represent a somewhat smaller version of the file cards on the back of the figure’s cards. Notable here is that Cesspool’s file name is Vincent D’Alleva. That was the name of the Hasbro Executive overlooking the G.I. Joe franchise. Not much love for the boss if you ask me.

Next up is Flint.

The Eco Warriors needed a leader and I guess Flint takes the job personally. I, personally, think he was suckered in. Again, the figure does not do justice to the card art. He does seem to be pointing one way and shooting the other, so probably shooting some Cobra’s and giving battle field instructions to the other Eco Warriors.

The final card for today is Toxo-Viper II.

I must admit that the original 1988 Toxo-Viper (I guess they’ll be called Toxo-Viper I now), is one of my all-time favorite figures. I guess to me they have a Steampunk kinda vibe which I like. This 2.0 version doesn’t have the same impact on me. They are expendable for the Cobra High Command (leaky suit brigade anyone?) and I share that sentiment with CC.

Feel free to link this page to friends and family, heck even to people you don’t really like. If you have suggestions or remarks, leave a comment below or tweet me @EuropeanJoes.

DISCLAIMER All these cards are in my private collection and were scanned by myself. I don’t hold the rights on the card art or any text displayed on the cards.


Goint to try something new(ish)

A few years ago (when the USD-EUR exchange rate and the shipping costs were still favorable) I happened to purchase some G.I. Joe figures from a web shop I can’t remember. Anyway, while browsing for other bargains, I encountered the 2004 Wizard of the Coast’s G.I. Joe Trading Card Game Starter Pack and booster packs. Having played my share of Magic: The Gathering, I was drawn to the idea of playing a card game featuring the Joes and Cobra’s. So I ended up buying 2 Starter Packs and several booster packs, both from the first series and the Armored Strike Expansion Set. I still had my Ultra-Pro binder and inserts and soon my Magic cards were replaced by the G.I.Joe cards.


Naturally, I didn’t get the complete set of these cards with all the booster packs I ordered. See my other post on that if you have any lying around that need a new home 🙂 I have found that these cards loose are rather rare to find and that the asking prices can get very high ($ 50 for one card – seriously?). So I went back on a Google spree and I soon discovered that there were other Trading cards released and naturally my collector spirit came knocking and I was looking to buy what I could find…

The first full set of Trading Cards I was able to aquire for a decent amount, was the 1991 Impel set. I bought a full set through an eBayer, but upon arrival, it appeared that one card was not in the set. Card 132 (Dusty) to be precise. I asked the seller if this was correct and he sent me the missing card free of charge within one week! eBaying as it should be 🙂


I have recently been trying to expand my collection again (New Year’s resolutions and all) and completing my Trading Cards is high up on the priority list. I have purchased the 1987 Comic Images set and the 2013 Retaliation set (I know, Retaliation, but hey, I said I have a big collector spirit).

Okay, so after this somewhat long introduction… THE NEWS!

I will post and discuss all the Trading Cards I have in my collection, starting with the Impel set. I’ll launch a post about the cards about once a week, maybe more if this picks up some audience. So spread the word and follow my blog!


For now, happy collecting and YoJoe!

G.I. Joe Trading Cards update

I’ve been trying to complete my G.I. Joe Trading cards and have succeeded in buying a complete set of the 1994 30th Salute set.

They are now quite in place behind the complete 1991 Impel set 🙂

For the 2004 Wizards set, I’m still missing quite a few cards. I’ll list them here below, should you (or someone you know) have any lying around, just let me know and maybe we can make a deal.

Base Set
1 – Agent Faces
4 – Barbecue
12 – Duke
26 – Gung-Ho
30 – Lifeline
50 – Snake Eyes
67 – Blackout
68 – Cobra Commander
75 – Destro
106 – Storm Shadow

Armored Strike
1 – Ace
10 – Flint
14 – Hard Drive
18 – Nunchuck
23 – Shipwreck
27 – Wide Scope
29 – APC
30 – Brawler
31 – Desert Coyote
32 – Killer WHALE
34 – Night-Attack Chopper
35 – Patriot Grizzly
38 – Skystriker
40 – CLAWS Commander
46 – Copperhead
49 – Decimator
58 – Major Bludd
61 – Scrap-Iron
64 – Vypra
65 – Wild Weasel
66 – Zartan
67 – CAT II
69 – Crimson Command Copter
72 – HISS Tank
74 – Moray Hydrofoil
75 – Rattler


Happy Collecting and Yo Joe!


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