1985 RAMBO “The Force of Freedom”-Colonel Trautman

G.I. Joe more than served it’s purpose when it came to  getting my daily “military action figure” fix as a kid,but  no military figure begged to be played with outdoors and around the house more than my Rambo Force of Freedom 6″ action figure.I mean i loved my Joes and spent most of my time in my room creating different scenarios and missions with them,but when it came to playing on my stairs,down in the living room or around the yard,Rambo was my go-to fig.As a kid i was a bit over protective of my Joes and knowing how frail they could be and prone to cracking,i would never take them outdoors or out of my room for that matter.Which is why i loved my Rambo figure so much.There was a certain portability and ruggedness  about him that made me a little less reluctant about propping him on top of  a banister or hanging him off of a protruding tree branch.I remember getting multiple offers from  kids  wanting to trade their Commando Schwarzenegger  for my Rambo figure,only to be disappointed  after i would reject them lol!Sadly Rambo was the only figure that i owned from that particular line so most of the time he’d be in pursuit of  Python,a 6″ figure and villain of the A-Team  produced by GALOOB  a little before the RAMBO toys came out.Man would i have killed,figuratively of course,for this Colonel Trautman figure as kid.Years later i can finally place him on my toy shelf next to my current and newly arriving  Rambo figures. I picked Trautman up last week and not only did they include most of his accessories,but he also came with Rambo’s famed survival knife!.The extra pistol in his hand and holster are from the weapons pack i recently posted about and i can’t stress enough how pleased i am with them.I’m on a serious Rambo high right now so stay tuned for new and upcoming posts  about this totally kick a#$ line of action figures!Enjoy the pics 😉

1983 Galoob B.A. Baracus (Mr.T)

The great thing about vintage toys is that if at some point in your child hood you managed to own or come into contact with one ,the memory tends to stick with you as an adult.Re-uniting with an action figure or toy I owned as a kid has always had a magical and gratifying impact on me. I’m assuming such is the case with most toy collectors(over the age of 30) .Show  someone who’s feeling down in the dumps or is just having a bad day an action figure they used to have as a kid and i guarantee you’ll get an instant smile out of them.Such is the case with this Mr.T action figure.I was around 7-8 years old when my family decided to make that change and move from Puerto Rico to N.Y. and by that time i had already been exposed to Clash Of The Titans, Star-Wars and He-Man action figures(I can’t begin to tell you how funny the He-Man cartoon intro sounds in Spanish,i still know it by heart LOL).Gosh i can still remember the name of the street we moved to(Pomeroy St.) .It was one of those side by side (duplex)homes with all kind s of carpeting,wallpaper and two floors!(most homes in P.R. were one floor with cement and tiled floors.)I remember venturing out to my front lawn and finding a strange Star Wars like vehicle(Speeder Bike) underneath some bushes,knowing that some unlucky kid had either lost or forgot to bring it inside, and began playing with it.Across the street a kid around my age starts to approach me with an action figure of his own in hand.He holds up the figure(1983 Galoob  BA Baracus)  in his hand and shows it to me.  We try to communicate but it turns out that my English is just as bad as his Spanish LOL but a funny thing happens.We totally put our language barrier to the side and began talking the universal language of toys!He placed his Baracus on the Star Wars Speeder Bike i had just found and like “magic” a new friendship was formed.I so was diggin’ that Baracus figure and said to myself “self..one day you too will own a Mr.T BA Baracus figure”And whaddaya know 26 years later i have my very own 1983 Galoob BA Baracus action figure!He’s not in the best of shape but i bet the one that kid had back in ’85 isn’t either LOL!All jokes aside,if ever i’m feeling down or just need to lighten up a bit i can count on ol’  BA Baracus to take me back to that memorable  autumn encounter back in ’85 with a Star Wars Speeder Bike,a kid and his action figure.

1983 Galoob B.A. Baracus