They say that reading is like travel, allowing you to exit your own life for a bit, and to come back with a renewed, even inspired, perspective. The book I received today is more like time travel, where you wish you could go back in time and have bought more G.I. Joe and other action figures.

Action figures of the 1980’s by John Marshall

The book gives an overview in 160 pages of the most popular action figure lines of the 1980’s. It also gives an indication of the prices, both loose and carded/boxed. The thing is, the book was published in 1998, so those prices are eye watering low compared to the prices we see now.

Jinx is kicking Zarana’s butt, while Rafaël is “playing” with E.T.

Inside, there are chapters for each toy line, starting with G.I. Joe, The Corps, over He-Man and the masters of the Universe all the way to Star Wars. I’m honestly only really interested in the G.I. Joe section.

Carded Snake-Eyes, Stalker and Grunt. Notice the original price tags of $2.69.

For each year, from 1982-1989, the figures are listed and given a value, both loose and carded. If somebody still wants to sell me the figures at the prices listed here, send me a PM 🙂

1982-1983 figures with values for loose and carded.

That’s all for now, for those looking for the book themselves, the ISBN number is 9780764304941.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the dapper looking author with his favorite Cobra T-Shirt.

The author, John Marshall.

See you back soon. Happy Collecting and YoJoe!

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