Tag: GI Joe

DNA Podcast 063 – A History of GI Joe with Tim Finn

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Tim Finn, author of the upcoming book GI Joe: A Real American Book, to discuss the history of GI Joe. The trio discuss Joe’s origins as the first Action Figure for boys, how the GI Joe comic helped reboot the franchise, and the GI Joe: A Real American Hero animated series. All that, and the real meaning of the name Hasbro, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Tim’s Website 
GI Joe (Wikipedia Entry)
Hasbro Toys
Mister Potato Head (Oh, sweet Merciful Fates…!)
Don Levine
First GI Joe TV Ad
Larry Hama
Shogun Warriors
General Hawk
GI Joe Steel Brigade
Lady Jaye
Mysticons Toys
Ron Friedman
Sunbow Productions
Marvel Productions (animation)
Steve Gerber
Howard the Duck
Shipwreck (Character)
Buzz Dixon
Sergeant Slaughter
Slaughter’s Marauders
Kenner Toys
GI Joe Extreme
ROM:Space Knight

DNA Podcast 010 – Twisted Robot Mego Chicken Theatre

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In this episode, Rob interviews Don about his Mego toymaking hobby. They discuss the history of the Mego company, the current state of Mego fandom, and the future of toys in a 3-D Printing world. All this, and the Mego Mangler are waiting for you in this 10th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Thing Discussed:

Mego Corporation
The History of Mego (short video)
Meco Star Wars Cover
A History of Action Figures
GI Joe – America’s Movable Fighting Man
Wooden Superman Doll from the 1930’s
Major Matt Mason
The Fighting Yank (GI Joe Clones)
Action Jackson Commercial (with the coolest theme song ever!)
Popy Japanese Mego Figures
Gatchaman (aka Battle of the Planets)
The Post Brothers
Robot Chicken
Twisted Mego Theatre
What The?
Doc Mego
Mego Mangler
Fisher Price Adventure People
Cyberpunk AV-4
Judge Dredd Lawmaster
Tor Johnson
Professor Badass
Apple’s Giant Automated Factory (apparently, the project died and it was cancelled)
Lego Braille Printer

Gallery of of some of Don’s Custom Mego Figures