30 Days Hath Novembeard – Day 18

Today’s article is about GI Joe. Now before you get excited, it’s not about the critically acclaimed film, it’s about the line of toys. And it’s not about the tiny little figures who fought Cobra, it’s about the Barbie-sized soldiers who fought Communism. I was recently at a local comic convention and I happened upon an old-school GI Joe. I could not help but notice is life-like hair and beard.

It’s a fantastic little bit of facial hair, but it always seemed a bit wrong to me. GI Joe looks like a no-good longhair peacenik, for Pete’s sake.

But what really stood out to me was the unnerving look on his face… he had seen some shit in ‘Nam. He had seen some shit that he couldn’t unsee. It kind of creeped me out to imagine GI Joe in this situation. And the closer I got to his shell-shocked eyes, the worse I felt for this tortured soul.

Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of million-dollar equipment. Back here I can’t even hold a job parking cars!!

I kind of hope that they take a look at the psychological toll that war takes on it’s soldiers in the new GI Joe movie… maybe they’ll show a younger generation that no one walks away without wounds. But then I remember the trailer, and think about how fucking awesome it’ll be to see a swordfight on a mountainside and watch Bruce Willis shoot up some Cobra Crimson Guard. Maybe save the poignant mirror-on-society story for part 3 ?

Seriously, though… although the first movie was honestly about the worst motion picture I’ve ever seen, I genuinely look forward to GI Joe 2. Whoever edited that trailer should win an Oscar.

And we’ll all go down together, Geeks.

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Posted on November 18, 2012, in Novembeard and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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