It was an honor writing one of the POPCANDYblogs for USA Today. I've wanted to write that story for a while, and Whitney gave me a space, and a deadline.
If you popped over here because of the links in the blog - thanks.
Looking back, I can see that I was incredibly naïve to imagine a billion dollar toy company had any interest in my plans for their products, but I think that worked in my favor. Even as an adult I retained that sense of adventure I had as a child. By mixing in a little perseverance, and dash of Kung Fu Grip, I learned you can accomplish nearly anything.
I wanted to thank some people in the POPCANDY blog, but there's really no way. Once I listed one name, I had to list a dozen, and with a word count limit it just wouldn't work.
So, I thought I'd post something I did a while back, a scroll of folks that had a hand in bringing the Adventure Team back to life. They all contributed, and in their own way helped bring the era of Kung Fu Grip back to a store near you.
Barb Kelly Hasbro Marketing rep - with the first two modern "adventure" sets. Hawk River and Save the Tiger.
One of the many Paul Strassner camping photos.
Devil of the Woods promo shot by Dan DiBiase
One of the many logos designed for Adventure Gear by Daryl Williams. This is for the Carl Butcher adventures.
I'd like to make a long wave back through the time machine to my childhood friends Chip Tsangarides and Arnold Poplin. I haven't seen them in years, but I've never forgotten all the backyard adventures, or the rain that poured down every time we set up a tent.
Thanks to all of the gang at Spy Island, you can still buy Adventure Team stuff today through Collector's Club exclusives. A huge tip of the knitted cap to Barry, Tod and the rest of the gang that keep working it.
Lastly - Thank you Derryl for making me a Pharaoh. I'm proud to be in the company of giant spiders and pygmy gorillas.
If you're still interested. You can visit the museum for Adventure Gear.
'til all the old Fuzzheads retire for good
Keep the Adventure Alive,
P.S. Thanks to my amazing friends and fellow writers who get to (have to?) read all of the things I'm currently doing. They continue to inspire my creative side. Jean, Suze, Michelle, Diana, Viki and Robert. Thanks :)
P.S.S. Lori, Phillip and Tommy, who put up with all of this.
I've highlighted the work of Tim Hare in the past, but not recently enough. Tim is known for creating amazing models of one-sixth scale dragsters.
Recently Tim has been creating other one-sixth scale vehicles. Unable to find some of the harder to locate GIJoe sets from the seventies, Tim set out to create his own versions of these fantasy adventure vehicles. Starting from scratch, or building off of the shells of other vehicles, Tim has done an amazing job of recreating these vintage toys.
This is Tim's version of the GIJoe Adventure Team Capture Copter.
GIJoe Adventure Team Capture Copter
You have to look closely to realize that it's not an out-of-the-box copter, and then you have to look even closer to see how Tim actually improved on Hasbro's design.
It's too bad Hasbro got out of the one-sixth business. I think Tim could provide them a few tips.
Remember those book and record sets you had as a kid? Jim Sweet has taken an old Peter Pan record, and animated the GI Joe adventure - Secret of the Mummy's Tomb.
Mummy's Tomb was one of four GI Joe Adventure Team stories given the Peter Pan Treatment. Headquarters, Stolen Idol and Spy Island also received a book and record set and three of the adventures were later combined into a large deluxe book.
"Hello Boys and Girls, this is your Peter Pan storyteller..."
I first saw this film at an animation festival at a theatre in Charlotte about 15 years ago.
It blew me away then and I still love it.
Created by Gregory Grant,it won a stack of awards and helped fuel the comeback of the 12 inch GI Joe. This clip is only fair in picture quality, but it's still a lot of fun to watch.
Look closely for other signs of the seventies such as the Partridge Family and that "awesome" Polaroid Swinger camera which took only black and white pictures, but amazingly spits out color photos in this film. That same camera took this photo of me in 1971.
My dad who has a bunch of old cameras, still has that Swinger.
Ode to GIJoe
'til the Adventure Team makes it to the big screen again
Just returned from a week of hiking on the Appalachian Trail, adding to the sketchbook and putting words to paper.
It was interesting that after I came back to civilization the first thing I noticed was the top story on CNN: Anna Nicole's Tragedy. Nothing against Anna Nicole, and I feel for her, but this is the biggest news that happened while I was gone?
Next time I'm staying two weeks.
Here's a bonus picture from Dan DiBiase, continuing last weeks theme.
That pesky vulture, swoops in on the Adventure Team Commander
I never owned the tracked "Troubleshooter" ATV as a kid. Dan's set brings it to life. Wrapping up Series I of the Dan DiBiase gallery. Hope you enjoyed it. I know I enjoyed my week in the mountains! We return to our irregulary scheduled programming on Monday.