(Updated 10 August 2012)
Looking into the Joe Nook.
Simulated 360 view of the wall, viewing each wall from left to right and generally splitting them top to bottom. Left wall holds Talking Commander Variations, small collection of 1968 West Point Cadets, Basic carded/boxed figures, my small team of Intruders, and uniform/sets I have from the early part of the series. The back wall holds all my boxed basic figures (boxes with Joes inside most of them), miscellaneous kit pieces, a few set dioramas (in fancy plastic aquariums), a good portion of the motorpool, and plastic bins full of disassembled bodies. Right wall continues the uniform sets into the mid-late AT years at the top with Repro sets toward the bottom. I also have a few modern sets including Army/Navy football and both an old (World War II) and New (OIF) 101st Airborne Trooper (in homage to the organization I commanded in Iraq). Also on the bottom are the 1998 Sandbox Exclusive U-Boat Commander (which I helped develop) and a 1/3 scale AT Commander in box that was custom made using a "Men of Honor" figure. Wrapping it up on the bottom are a couple of command centers and the heavy vehicles from the motor pool. Helicopters are flying recon over the entire collection with both 1st and 2nd issue AT Copters and a Capture Copter.
I've collected quite a few reproduction AT figures over the last decade or so. I've got these on the shelf shown above including the last few years GI Joe Collector's Club annual figures on the left, two variations of the Land Adventurer, Sea Adventurer, and Air Adventurer, Black Adventurer, Another variation of the Sea Adventurer, Man of Action and a Sea Adventurer in the Magnum Power reissue.
This portion at the top of the back wall has all my boxed figures. The two on the ends are Polistil Action Team figures from Italy. In the middle you have the hard hand figures (non-talking) to the left, kung fu grip figures (non-talking) on the right, and talking figures in the middle.
The next shelf down on the back wall hosts the nearly complete boxed Troubleshooter (I think I'm missing a little antenna or two), Hunt for the Pygmy Gorilla, Avenger Pursuit Craft in box (with some broken pieces that prevent it from displaying well), and the rebuilt collection of my Super Joe Team (including Darkon (missing his evil black helmet), Illuminos, and Super Joe Commander. I restrung them using various, tedious techniques and they are poseable but not playable.
Next shelf down has some odds and end equipment pieces that don't fit well in figure boxes and a couple other sets that I display in two additional aquariums to keep the dust off. Turbo swamp craft complete and the Search for the Mummy's Tomb. Also displayed are a Defender figure (far left), some AT Colorforms (complete) and a few carded uniforms.
Three helicopters on the ceiling include two releases of the AT Copter (note the different blade tips as the most obvious difference) and the Capture Copter.
Top left shelf has two special sections. On the left I have Adventure Team Commander variation uniforms as well as my French Talker. On the right three 1968 West Point Cadets and a custom West Point Cadet Drum Major in custom kilt.
My Collection as of 2001
The photo is a recent picture of the
majority of my collection in my newly built shelf system. They are
not really organized yet, just pulled out of boxes and placed on shelves.
The shelves are 10' wide with four shelves of 14" height each (to accommodate
figure boxes which they stay dust-free in). What isn't evident from
the photo is that the ceiling slopes upward just above that top shelf with
barely enough room for the footlockers.
My Collection as of 1997
I got into collecting in 1997 and this was the entire collection at the end of that year with the exception of a full set of the Masterpiece Edition Joes that got me started. They used to all fit in two shelves of a glass front bookshelf.
Boxed Vintage Items
Vintage Adventure Team Uniform Sets NEW
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