Happy Holidays from JBL!
2014 certainly has been an “interesting” year for G.I. Joe. It was the year of the 50th Anniversary which celebrated more with whimper than with a bang. There was the Toys R Us exclusive 50th Anniversary line, and the Hallmark ornament but otherwise Joe received precious little attention from Hasbro to celebrate his half century of inspiring kids around the world. Even this year’s G.I. Joe convention was a more muted affair with Hasbro not in attendance. Even the Kre-O line seemed to fade this holiday, with Toys R Us slashing prices just before the holidays.
However, the year is soon to draw to a close. With that, comes a brand new year with brand new possibilities. After all, the G.I. Joe brand has been nothing if not adaptable in its 50 years on toy shelves. When Joe returns, and I’m certain it will return, it may not be as the Adventure Team, Super Joe, Sgt. Savage, Renegades, Extreme, Sigma 6, or even the celebrated A Real American Hero but that’s the beauty of the brand. It has evolved over time and adapted to play patterns of the children of its time.
Thanks for visiting JBL in 2014. We may not be the biggest, most talked about or frequently updated, or flashiest site on the web, but as long as there are fans of G.I. Joe out there, we’ll keep the lights on and the forums open, just in case anyone wants to stop on by, crack open a frosty Yo Joe cola, and talk about G.I Joe– regardless of scale, size or format.
Again, thanks for the stopping by and Happy Holidays! Here’s to a brighter 2015!