The Year Was 1988!

Just recently  while on vacation,my family and I stopped at a nearby pizza joint close to the hotel we were staying in.After placing our order, the lady behind the counter proceeded to give us our total which happened to be $19.88!  “That was a great year!” I replied, thinking out loud as i do so very often.Others call it “talking to oneself” ,I on the other hand would prefer to call it “thinking out loud” ;)Anyways,the clerk cracked a wide eyed smile,electing to echo my sentiments with  a gesture rather than coming out and saying “I too think 1988 kicked royal a#$!”Now don’t get me wrong,certain years and times in my life will stand out for one  memorable reason or another,but 1988 was magic!I can still hear Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” playing in the background as i methodically organized my Joe’s,separating their weapons and categorizing their file cards.My mom would always have the radio playing in our kitchen and I jammed out to whatever she was listening to while simultaneously playing with my G.I. Joes.That coupled with the intermittent cartoon + cereal breaks pretty much summed up my idea of  the perfect day!I  still enjoyed  playing outdoor sports and never ending games of manhunt,but nothing beat laying back in my bed with a Marvel comic or watching ALF over a bowl of  Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🙂 It goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent chilling at home. Christmas of ’88 was by far the most memorable for me.I remember getting the G.I. Joe Rolling  Thunder and the Phantom x-19 and being so sleepy that I wasn’t able to finish putting them together.By the end of  1988 my collection of Joes was pretty impressive,but  I remember slowly growing out of actually playing with them to mainly just displaying and organizing them(kind of like what I do now). In ’89 I began collecting comics and then moved on to baseball cards and Kenner Starting Line Up figures. Then video games started to become more prevalent,mainly NES and SNES, so collecting would ultimately take a back seat.Flash forward to the present,and here I am essentially picking up where I left off in 1988.Who knows what the future holds?Maybe comic books and baseball cards?Maybe lunchboxes?I’m leaning more towards lunchboxes.Oh goodness!Only time will tell.Until then,here’s to 1988!


 My most memorable action figure from 1988 was this mail-away Super Trooper.Although the date stamp on leg reads 1986,this figure was first available in 1988 via mail-order!Those were the longest couple of weeks, waiting for this guy to arrive.It was well worth it though!


1.The Real Ghostbusters                                                                                    


3.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

4.Duck Tales



1.The Cosby Show

2.A Different World


4.Golden Girls

5.Growing Pains                                                                                                                                                                                    

6.Who’s The Boss

7.Night Court

8.60 Minutes

9.Murder,She Wrote

10.The Wonder Years


1.Rain Man

2.Who Framed Roger Rabbit

3.Coming To America



6.Crocodile Dundee 2

7.Die Hard

8.The Naked Gun-From The Files of Police Squad!




1 George Michael Faith
2 INXS Need You Tonight
3 George Harrison Got My Mind Set On You
4 Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up
5 Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine
6 Whitney Houston So Emotional
7 Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth
8 Tiffany Could’ve Been
9 Breathe Hands To Heaven
10 Steve Winwood Roll With It

1988 G.I. Joe A.R.A.H. Super Trooper (Mail-in) 12/12-12/18

My first ever figure “mail-in” experience was in 1988 when i sent away for what i thought was the most amazing looking figure in the G.I. Joe universe…. “Super Trooper”!All chromed out!As a kid i remember seeing the “Super Trooper” commercial on television and wanting it so bad!My friends and i would sit around and talk about what action figures were on our radar and Super Trooper would always come up in our conversations.I was getting ready to take a trip with my dad down to Florida but before we left   I took it upon myself  to collect the 4 certificates needed to send away for  the figure  and ultimately did.My mom had stayed behind and i remember calling her every other day from Florida to ask her if my “Super Trooper” had come in the mail yet LOL! I must have driven her crazy!Before leaving Florida to come back home i decided to make one last call to see if it had arrived and indeed it had.This particular figure i picked up on eBay with his shield and helmet a few years back .He’s missing his rifle and file card  but still serves it’s purpose looking cool as ever on display next to my other Joes!I have him holding a rifle that came with one of my G.I. Joe ROC figures.Enjoy the pics!

1988 G.I. Joe A.R.A.H. Super Trooper

A sparring session!

1988 T.M.N.T. Bebop & Rocksteady

G.I Joe’s were(and still are) my favorite action figure line as a kid but every now and then a new amazingly cool cartoon would premier and it wasn’t long before i was compulsively walking up and down my local Gold Circle’s toy aisle looking for the toys associated with it.Even before the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series was released i was already hip to the  B&W comics of the same name put out years before by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.I remember playing outside with my Marvel Secret Wars Captain America figure when my buddy Stacey (LOL i still remember his name) came over to show me the book.I remember loving the way the turtles were drawn but not digging the fact that it was in black and white.I remember him telling me how this book was going to take off and me disagreeing.Boy was i wrong!While the book never became mainstream popular, the concept and characters did ultimately spawning a cartoon series in the late 80’s.I was hooked!My first action figure from that line was Raphael,then came Donatello and i think Shredder came next.Michelangelo would be the last figure from that line that i would pick up. One of the reasons i’ve started collecting toys again is to somehow get back some of those childhood memories and action figures that got passed down to my younger siblings or all-together disappeared.I so wish i still had my T.M.N.T. collection from back then.Long story short my boy jboypac recently sent me a package with a ton of toys and to my surprise there was all kinds of Ninja Turtle stuff .Out of the bunch my two favorite are these guy’s right here.I was going to do separate  posts for each figure but these two are an item.Bebop and Rocksteady should go down as two of the most iconic villains  in cartoon history!OH I almost forgot…Happy Veterans Day!

Bebop & Rocksteady