Throwback Thursday: the “G.I. Joe Tomahawk” and the “Cobra Rattler!”

I had plenty of Hasbro’s “G.I. Joe” vehicles; the “Tomahawk” and the “Rattler” were easily my favorites.  I assiduously protected all of those detachable missiles and bombs.  I might have been a spacey kid in a lot of ways, but I was positively O.C.D. where ordnance was concerned.

God, these toys were fun.  Look at that red-clad Cobra pilot.  His outfit just screams “evil.”  His codename was “Wild Weasel.”  I suppose that might be confusing to people who actually know something about military aircraft — “Wild Weasels” were real-life Vietnam-era U.S. fighter jets designed to target Soviet surface-to-air missiles.  (The only reason I know that is because they were featured in Tom Clancy’s retro “Debt of Honor.”)

The affable-looking Joe pilot had correspondingly affable name — “Lift Ticket.”

 

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