Anyway! Back to this G.I. Joe cleanup project. Thanks once again go out to YoJoe.com for their great site that had the visual aids I needed to make sure these things were put together as much as possible. I have a small box full of missiles and rockets that go to the various vehicles and having those visual references has been invaluable in pairing them up. As another quick tangent I always liked the ridiculous amounts of missiles G.I. Joe vehicles had attached to them. The missiles very rarely actually fired from the vehicles, they were just attached on pegs and you’d have to pluck them off and toss them over at the enemy. I suppose it added a bit of strategy to the play of the toys perhaps? You couldn’t just point the vehicles and push a button you would have to create some type of rule for your battles, such as: “You have to flick the rockets with your finger and however far they go is it!” or “You can only throw them with your throwing hand touching the vehicle!” Again I have to say I didn’t have these toys as a kid so I didn’t play with them that often but I remember arranging these mini Geneva Conventions beforehand on the rare occasions I did play with Joe toys at friend’s houses. Maybe it was just me?
Also as a side note I learned from reading some posts on YoJoe.com that hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten plastic on toys that has gone yellow over time. I’ve had this problem with some of my Stormtrooper toys in my Star Wars collection and I know I’ve heard other toy collecting comrades complain about the same thing on Transformers toys and others. The posts did mention that hydrogen peroxide should only be used on white plastic parts, and could fade the colors of other parts, so be careful to use it delicately around those colored sections.
Ok tangents ended. Below are some before and after pics of what I cleaned up this round. From the G.I. Joe Battle Force 2000 collection the Marauder and the Eliminator. From the Cobra fleet of vehicles, one of my personal favorite names of all time, the Stellar Stilleto, and I also washed a couple of the smaller vehicle accessory doohickies. So take a look!