12 Facts About G.I. Joe


G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced and owned by the toy company Hasbro.

An action figure is a poseable character figurine, made of plastic or other materials, and often based upon characters from a film, comic book, video game, or television program.

Hasbro, Inc. is an American multinational toy and board game company.

A toy is an item that can be used for play.

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The initial product offering represented four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces with the Action Soldier, Action Sailor, Action Pilot, Action Marine and later on, the Action Nurse.

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The name derived from the usage of "G.I. Joe" for the generic U.S. soldier, itself derived from the more general term "G.I.".


The development of G.I. Joe led to the coining of the term "action figure".


G.I. Joe's appeal to children has made it an American icon among toys.

G.I. Joe's was a privately owned former retail chain for sporting goods, ready-to-wear clothing, and auto parts; that operated stores in the Pacific Northwest region of the northwestern United States.


The G.I. Joe trademark has been used by Hasbro for several different toy lines, although only two have been successful.


The original 12-inch line introduced on February 2, 1964 centered on realistic action figures.


In the United Kingdom, this line was licensed to Palitoy and known as Action Man.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe.

Action Man is an action figure launched in Britain in 1966 by Palitoy as a licensed copy of Hasbro's American "movable fighting man": G.I. Joe.


In 1982 the line was relaunched in a 3.75-inch scale complete with vehicles, playsets, and a complex background story involving an ongoing struggle between the G.I. Joe Team and the evil Cobra Command which seeks to take over the Free World through terrorism.

Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.

Cobra is the nemesis of the G.I. Joe Team in the Hasbro action figure toy-line G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, as well as in related media.

G.I. Joe is the code name of an elite covert special mission unit operating under the control of the United States Military in the fictional G.I. Joe universe.


As the American line evolved into the Real American Hero series, Action Man also changed, by using the same molds and being renamed as Action Force.

Action Force was a brand of European action figures released in the 1980s that was based on the Action Man toyline.


Although the members of the G.I. Joe team are not superheroes, they all had expertise in areas such as martial arts, weapons, and explosives.

A superhero is a type of heroic stock character who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers and who is dedicated to fighting crime, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains.


G.I. Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 2003.

The National Toy Hall of Fame is an American hall of fame that recognizes the contributions of toys and games that have sustained their popularity for many years.

The Strong is an interactive, collections-based educational institution in Rochester, New York, United States, devoted to the study and exploration of play.

Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York.

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