Today is Christmas Day! Whether or not you celebrate it for its religious significance, today is day in which much of the western world seems to set aside differences and grievances and instead focuses on a spirit of giving and compassion. For children, it’s a day in which brightly wrapped packages appear under a decorated tree– each promising hours of excitement to come. For parents, it’s a day to watch over their children or even grandchildren as they embrace Christmas with open arms.
For all of you who read this, I’d like to express my wamest wishes for a safe and happy holiday to your and your families. While our favorte brand of adventurers, soldiers, and Real American Heroes are no longer in stores, we can still enjoy the spirit of the season and look back fondly on the days when boxes of familar Hasbro products were unwrapped and new adventures with G.I. Joe were ahead. G.I. Joe will return– and whether or not it is in a form familiar or in a brand new aspect, we all hope that name “G.I. Joe” will continue to foster the imagination of future generations.
Or rather, as the “Great Snake” himself once put it so succinctly:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from JoeBattlelines.com!
I’d like to thank everyone who still visits this site for stopping by throughout the year and hope that you all have a wonderful day with family and friends. May the Grinch be kept at bay, may Shipwreck not hit the egg nog too hard, and may you have a blessed holiday.
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!
So far, the celebration of the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary have seemed a bit lackluster. Hasbro’s efforts have been minimal and are primarily focused on the A Real American Hero era which ran from 1982 – 1994. Thankfully, another company has seen fit to pick up the slack and is commemorating Joe’s first 18 years with something a bit more fitting.
This commemorative G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary ornament will be released tomorrow at Hallmark stores around the nation as part of their second wave of collectible ornaments. According to both The Joe Report, who first broke the story back in April, as well as Hallmark’s website, this piece is one of the more limited edition offerings this year and isn’t guaranteed to be available for long. Joe carries a price tag of $19.99!
So, if you’d like to add some additional G.I. Joe holiday cheer this year to your tree or if you’d like to get one of the few actual pieces released this year that commemorates the ORIGINAL G.I.jOE you’ll have to get up early and fight the crowds at your local Hallmark location.
The xmas holidays have this high value: that they remind Forgetters of the Forgotten, & repair damaged relationships.
– Mark Twain in a letter to Carlotte Welles, 30 December 1907
Just a quick shout out to everyone who visits this site whether frequently or occasionally– a quick moment to wish any and all who celebrate it “Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays”! Whether you enjoy the day with friends and family or quiet reflection, it’s a day to reflect on the blessings that each of us share and to remember those who are less fortunate than us. For children it’s a day filled with the excitement of a new present; for adults, it’s a day to put aside the cares of every day living and just enjoy the spirit of the season. It’s a day in which mankind shows the best that it has to offer its fellows. It’s also the day in which TBS broadcasts the story of a young boy and his quest for a Red Rider BB gun for 24 hours straight! (Something that my friends over at TheBreauxShow remember all too well!)
I’d also like to thank everyone who visits this site on a regular basis. JBL isn’t the biggest Joe site on the web and it was inactive for far too long during the past couple of years. It’s meant a lot to me that people still stop by, check out the news and the reviews, and even post on the forums. (All seven of you!) As the admin, I’d like to just humbly say “thanks for sticking with us.”
So have a safe and happy holiday, don’t shoot your eye out, and thank you for visiting JoeBattlelines.com. We look forward to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of G.I. Joe in 2014!
To all of the G.I. Joe fans around the world, the staff of JBL would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and blessed New Year! 2012 has been a year of challenges for the brand with the film delayed and merchandise absent from stores, but 2013 promises to be a strong year with a revamp of the comics and a brand-spanking new film hitting just in time for a certain admin’s birthday. Plus, JBL will be back on schedule next year– having survived a fairly disastrous year of house-hunting and moving.
I look forward to returning with reviews, news, and more random G.I. Joe insanity in the new year and hope that JBL will always find a place in your internet browser favorites.
And let’s hope Scarlet doesn’t find out about Duke and Cover Girl!