Top 5 Wildest GI Joe Classic Characters / Action Figures
Many kids who grew up in the 1980s or the 1990s remember the action figure line of G.I. Joe. From 1982 until 1994 the figures lined toy shelves at stores and were a big seller for many of those years. With all those characters being created between the toys, the Marvel comic, and two different cartoons, there were some real stand outs in either the heroic G.I. Joe or the evil Cobra. Here are the Top 5 wildest G.I. Joe Characters.
#5 – Croc Master
Released in 1987, Croc Master was Cobra’s animal handler. He didn’t make it to the cartoons of the 80s or 90s and didn’t appear much in the Marvel Comics either. But what makes him the coolest is that he appears wearing what looks like a gimp mask and comes with a BIG alligator sidekick. Although Croc Master was never really expanded upon as a character, a lot of kids of the era would come up with explanations for his bizarre appearance or make pretend that his alligator sidekick might have had a few GI Joes for dinner!
#4 – Toxo Zombie
Released in 1992, he was part of the Eco-Warriors subset based on saving the Environment and by the looks of him, he didn’t do that well. He was a Toxo Viper soldier that had fallen into the Toxic chemicals and Toxo Zombie was what was left. Besides parts of his outfit looking like it had melted away, he is also missing a few fingers on one of his hands.
#3 – Capt. Grid Iron
Released in 1990. Capt. Grid iron was a part of the Gi Joe team whose backstory is that he used to be a star football player in College. He came with football grenades and a football helmet. The card that came with the figure said he also annoyed the other Joes with his John Wayne impersonations. He did make appearances in the D.I.C. cartoon of the 1990s and wasn’t nearly as annoying as his figure portrayed him to be.
#2 – Raptor
Released in 1987 he was packaged with no weapons, just a hawk and a cape to wear with his bird-like suit. The story of this character was that he was a tax accountant for Cobra and a master of falconry. He didn’t appear in the cartoons but made some memorable appearances in the old Marvel Comics as his character was introduced in the same story as the assassination of Cobra Commander. Although he didn’t have any part with the killing, he ended up being punished for it and along with many other Cobra, was locked away in a landlocked freighter and left to rot.
#1 – Crystal Ball
Released in 1987, Crystal Ball was the Cobra mystic. He was said to be the “Seventh Son of the Seventh Son” and that the others in Cobra had to watch what they were thinking around him. The craziest part of this figure is the long-standing rumor that the toy bio was either written by horror author Stephan King or his son Owen who were big fans of the GI Joe figures.