The GI Joe Steel Brigade

Hey kids. Your old pal IseeRobots here again. As some of you may know I’m in the process of some pretty heavy house cleaning around the ISR Command Center. Ya, I have lots of stuff and I’ve been given the order by the higher-ups it’s time to let some of it go. That’s cool, really, I’m fine with it. (not really)

Anyhow, I’ve been cleaning out some stuff and while cleaning I’ve been engaging in the only part of cleaning that’s any fun, carefully examining the stuff you are considering parting with. By that I mean reading old comics and playing with old toys. Hey, I have to make sure that they don’t have any important ads or antique value. I’m doing important work here kids.

So I’m sitting on the floor reading Suicide Squad number 26 from back in April ’88 when I got slapped in the face by a GI Joe promotion that I totally forgot about: The Steel Brigade.


The Brigade was this deal where for a nominal fee you can gain admittance to the Elite GI Joe Team and get an action figure to prove it. That’s pretty cool but not really as cool as it sounds. What happens is that you send in your loot (7.50 plus 1.50 S&H) and fill out the registration form and then in just under 2 months you get a generic Steel Brigade Trooper (I guess it’s supposed to be you under the mask) and a file card with all the info from the application that you sent to Hasbro.


In retrospect the file card is the real money. Imagine having one of those today. Ugh, that’d be sweet. Imagine also that you filled it out with all sorts of timely references like I’m as fast as Scott Baio on The Battle Of The Network Stars and I fight as good as The Junkyard Dog. Man, that’d be sweet.


The Steel Brigade team has been resurrected a few times over the years by Hasbro most recently as an Anti-Zombie team, or the team has been turned zombie. I’m not really clear on the concept. It’s cool either way though. it’s cool to see that they managed to keep The Brigade going. I like it when a company references and uses weird old idea’s from the past. Well. I imagine that we all like it when that happens. It’s the coolest.

Thanks for dropping by and as always, if you have as second pop on over to Iseerobots on Facebook and see what I’ve got cooking over there. You won’t be sorry for long!


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