Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Armadilha (Brazilian Exclusive Alley Viper Commander)

I've long had a soft spot for Brazilian figures. They simply offer so much to a collection. Due to the overall exotic allure of the figures, even mundane, poorly colored molds can take on new collecting importance. Such is the case with Armadilha. On the surface, this figure is a barely repainted 1993 Beach Head figure. But, this Brazilian release features just enough superficial differences for him to be a major player in my collection. Of course, the most important difference is that Armadilha is a Cobra. He is a Cobra that is unique to Brazil and he has no American counterpart. Frankly, there are a lot of Brazilian figures who were released as Cobras in South America even though they were Joes in the US. Of them, though, only Armadilha has really gained widespread notoriety.

Many collectors simply regard Armadilha as an Alley Viper commander. This likely came from the fact that Armadilha was released in the same wave as an Alley Viper (Mortifero) in Brazil and that Armadilha includes yellow versions of the Alley Viper's accessories. There is no indication on the figure's filecard, though, that he is associated with the Alley Vipers in any way. However, many modern collectors have simply accepted Armadilha in this role. As the Alley Vipers lacked a true commander, the ascension of Armadilha is a logical step in filling this void in the Cobra hierarchy. In the few instances where you will see Armadilha appear, it is almost always in this capacity as leader of the Alley Viper forces.

In my collection, Armadilha is still evolving. Years ago, I concocted my own leader of Cobra's urban forces when I acquired Relampago. I like Relampago in that role and am not willing to move him aside for Armadilha. I've always viewed this mold as more of a maritime character than anything. As such, I could see Armadilha becoming the leader of the Lampreys. Unfortunately, in that capacity, Armadilha's use would be limited. While the Lamprey is one of my favorite molds, it is tough to use in my desert environment. He could also become the land commander uniform for the leader of the Eels. In this role, though, his use would even more limited as it is rare when I use my Eels outside of water settings. And, it wouldn't make much sense for Armadilha to change out of his diving suit while those in him command did not.

However, as I spend more time looking at the figure, I do find myself linking him in with the 1997 Alley Vipers. Those figures are my favorite coloring of the Alley Viper character and are somewhat elite since they can be tough to track down. So, I could see Armadilha evolving into a lesser Cobra commander who's sole charge is an elite group of Alley Vipers. They would be the highly specialized division of the Alley Vipers, the guys called into an area first, or after it has gone so bad that standard troops no longer are sufficient. This would allow me to keep Armadilha as more of a combatant. I have enough politicians in my Cobra ranks and, every now and then, it's nice to find a Cobra character who is on par with the Joes. Cobra wouldn't be all troopers and leaders afraid to risk their necks in combat. They would have to have combat commanders. Ultimately, I think that is the role that will occupy Armadilha's time.

Quality-wise, Armadilha is right in line with his Brazilian contemporaries. His paint masking is not as tight as those on the American version of the mold, but it is still better than you would find from Funskool. (The last few waves of the Brazilian Joe line show signs of the paint masking quality slipping as the you will find slight over spray and inconsistent application of the paint on most samples of the figures.) The plastic is close to American figure quality, but is still a bit more brittle. It is much easier to break this figure's thumbs by simply using his accessories than it is to break those of an American figure. But, Armadilha isn't so fragile to render him useless. Like all Estrela figures, you simply have to handle this figure with a bit more care.

You can see a photo below that compares Armadilha to the American Beach Head figure. Armadilha has brighter green pants and the blue on his arms is slightly richer than Beach Head's. The true difference lies in the figure's under coloring on the chest and face. Beach Head is a much brighter green. Armadilha is quite dark and that more subtle base makes quite a difference in the appearance of the two figures. With the dark coat on his upper body, Armadilha's brighter green pants are actually a nicer offset than the more subdued green on Beach Head. That gives Armadilha some nice depth and allows him to be a figure that is more recognizable in photos and dioramas. The rest of the figure has the same black trappings as Beach Head and Armadilha does not feature any painted details that are not present on his American counterpart. (All Brazilian figures from Armadilha's era simply use the American paint masks, though the colors may be slightly different.)

Armadilha's accessories leave a lot to be desired. While he does include versions of the Alley Viper gun and shield, they are colored bright yellow. He also includes the standard spring loaded missile launcher and yellow missiles. This entire series of figures from Brazil basically mimicked their American counterparts in terms of accessory colors. So, Armadilha has yellow accessories to match Beach Head, Anjo De Guarda has blue accessories to match Keel-Haul, etc., etc. It's an unfortunate trend but one that is easily rectified. A simple swap of Armadilha's yellow accessories for the fairly easy to find black versions from American Alley Vipers simply makes all the difference in the world. (Much like the '93 Beachhead with the black backpack from the original and the black gun that was released in 2002 is an entirely different look than the same base figure with yellow accessories.) As such, a figure sans accessories isn't one to pass by should the price be right.

Loosely translated, Armadilha means "trap" in English. Now, a code name like "Trap" is fairly unimaginative and lame. But, in Portuguese, the name takes on a different dimension. Knowing the meaning behind Armadilha's name gives the character more depth. The commander of an elite unit of Cobras who is known as "Trap" connotes the type of missions that Armadilha and his men would undertake. It brings a bit of mystery and intrigue to a character who, were he named in English, would be somewhat forgettable. That's why I try to incorporate foreign names whenever possible. Many of these characters would blend into the background without a great name. And, their foreign moniker often provides the distinction that I crave in my collection ranks.

Armadilha marks the last appearance of this mold. It is probable that the mold died in Brazil and will never be available again. In a way, that's too bad as the mold is very high quality and someone with a vested interest in new figure design could easily turn this mold into something special with just a few new colors. Alas, that will likely never happen. In the meantime, though, the idea of the Armadilha character could easily be resurrected into a newly amalgamated figure. Armadilha has enough fame that he wouldn't be just a random homage to foreign figures and enough collectors know of him to make a new figure appealing enough to consider. I doubt it will happen any time in the next few years, but it is a possibility that, were it to come to fruition, I would like to see.

Armadilha is the hardest figure of his wave to find. Time was that all 8 of the figures from this wave and one immediately preceding it were equally easy to find. In time, though, collectors slowly absorbed the Armadilha and Mortifero figures. After that, Tiro Certo started to disappear. Now, Armadilha is rarely seen for sale with his contemporaries. But, when he is, the figure isn't pricey. Even MOC, Armadilha is still available in the $20-$25 range from American sellers. There were a lot of the later series of Brazilian Joes who were imported to the U.S. As such, there is stock out there that can be had. For my money, that's a fair price to pay for an exclusive Cobra character from Brazil. In fact, it's about the cheapest price you'll pay for an exclusive Cobra character from Brazil! But, Armadilha's similarity to the American Beach Head figure definitely keeps interest in the figure lower than it otherwise would be. The reality is that you can buy a MOC version of an exclusive Brazilian Cobra character for less than the going rate of several of the shorter run 25th Anniversary Joe figures that will still be shipping for months. But, that gives the savvy collector a great opportunity to add this figure to their collection without breaking their budget.

Armadilha, Beach Head, Brazil, Estrela, Alley Viper Commander, Trap, 2002 Alley Viper

Armadilha, Beach Head, Brazil, Estrela, Alley Viper Commander, Trap, 2002 Alley Viper, 1997

Armadilha, Beach Head, Brazil, Estrela, Alley Viper Commander, Trap,

Armadilha, Beach Head, Brazil, Estrela, Alley Viper Commander, Trap, Filecard, MOC, Carded

Armadilha, Beach Head, Brazil, Estrela, Alley Viper Commander, Trap, Filecard, MOC, Carded

Thursday, March 13, 2008

2000 Funskool General Flagg

It's hard to remember now, but there was a time when Funskool figures could only be purchased by importing them from Asian toy dealers directly. As such, the figures tended to be expensive and were tough for many people to find. In late 2000, I found a website that was selling many Funskool offerings for decent prices. I ponied up the international shipping and waited for nearly a month before a package arrived at my home. Inside were many of the most popular Funskool figures of the day. But also included was a new figure. One that hadn't been publicly shown prior to that time and the one figure of the bunch to whom I most looking forward: General Flagg. Of course, this was all made moot in Feb of 2001 when American toy dealers began importing massive quantities of Funskool figures to the US and offered them for about 1/3 of the price I paid. It wasn't fun to see the same figures that cost me $80 now available for $28, but I quickly got over it and started taking advantage of the cheaper prices and domestic shipping.

General Flagg is one of the better done Funskool exclusives. He features only a smattering of unflattering colors and his accessories are the same as the American figure. He is obviously based on the design for the V1 American figure, but with just enough color change to produce a drastically different take on the General Flagg mold. The copper jacket is a color that's not often seen in the Joe line and it makes this figure visually distinctive. The green pants are a bit bright, but they are not to the point of being neon and they blend nicely with the copper from the torso. The black and yellow highlights give the figure some depth and showcase some of the detailing that the mold offers. There is a red holster on the figure's waist that is a bit out of place, but it is small and relatively unobtrusive. As an overall figure, the copper allows this General Flagg to stand out a bit more in a group of Joes. The American figures are also well done, but they can blend into the background when showcased with more prominent characters. As such, I like the copper and lighter green as they give this figure more prominence and allow him to hold attention in a group shot that is befitting a general.

This version of General Flagg includes the same accessories as the American version. For me, the only accessories that matter are the hat and gun. The Funskool hat, though, can be problematic. It is made of a more rigid plastic than the American hat and is harder to afix to Flagg's head. It can be done. And, when done right, it does stay. But, when the hat fell off one of my Flaggs, I gave up rather than spend an hour trying to get it securely back on the figure's head. Flagg also includes a missile launcher that is powered by a rubber band. The Funksool version is brighter green, but still equally useless as the American design. It is a reminder of times when action figures first needed gimmicks to succeed at American retail. If you get the rubber band that powers the mechanism into place, though, the launcher does work adequately enough. For a child, it probably has some play value. For a collector, though, it is an inconvenient annoyance that has to be stored away in order to keep a complete figure.

Quality-wise, my General Flagg figures are in the top tier of Funskool figure quality. However, part of that is when I first bought the figures. My original Flagg was manufactured in 2000: before Funskool started getting sloppy with the figure quality. As such, that original figure is on par with American releases in terms of paint applications, construction and plastic quality. My later General Flagg was from very late in the Funskool production life. As such, it is also of high quality. I do not own a Flagg made during the time when Funskool let their quality lapse. But, in seeing complaints about Funskool figure quality, I rarely saw General Flagg as an example of poor workmanship. Funskool quality seemed to vary by figure and date. Some figures simply were better than others. (I have yet to see a Funskool jet-pack General Hawk that didn't have poor paint applications.) General Flagg seems to have been one of the lucky molds that produced higher quality output. So, that's something to keep in mind if figure quality has been a reason you were avoiding buying more Funskool product.

The General Flagg mold was one of the first figures I purchased back in late 1992. I wanted the character of General Flagg...even if this figure is, technically, only related to the original character from the classic comics. Plus, he had a really cool gun. When I got the figure home, I found that it was a perfect rendition for my own custom Joe commander: Col. Deadeye. You see, I had long since retired Hawk and now used a new leader in his place. My backstory was that Col. Deadeye and Hawk were the 2 finalists to lead the new top-secret military team. But, the higher ups simply couldn't decide between the two. While Hawk was more decorated and a better political choice, Deadeye had better international connections and was well respected by world military leaders. Each candidate would have been a great leader of the Joes and it was nearly impossible to distinguish between the two's credentials.

In the end, General Austin and the original General Flagg put together 2 distinct military units: one what would respond to domestic threats and one that would work internationally. However, Cobra intervened. When Cobra kidnapped Dr. Burkhardt on American soil, the mission fell under the jurisdiction of General Hawk. But, since Cobra took her off American soil, they had a decision to make. In the end. Joe ended up remaining the primary domestic response unit, but was also solely responsible for fighting Cobra...wherever Cobra may be. In time, that lead to the larger roster and budget for the Joe team. Meanwhile Deadeye's Brigade continued to operate around the world. They worked top secret missions in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, the U.S.S.R., China, Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia. Their missions were more highly classified than the many that were undertaken by Joes and many of the members of Deadeye's Brigade found their way there since they were "dead" to the rest of the military and the rest of the world.

This all came crashing down in late 1986. Deadeye's Brigade was running a training exercise in the Rocky Mountains. Unbeknownst to them, Cobra had intercepted top secret government communications telling them that an elite covert unit was going to be training in the Rockies. Thinking it was the Joes, Cobra laid and ambush. Deadeye's Brigade was trapped at the bottom of a small cannon while Cobra basically tore them to pieces. Less than a quarter of the members of the Brigade survived...Deadeye being among them. At that point, Deadeye's Brigade was disbanded. The surviving members worked alongside the Joes from time to time, but were more often called upon to consult with international military forces in super secret missions. When General Hawk retired from the military in late 1995, Col. Deadeye was the only choice to replace him. Since then, Deadeye has overseen the Joe team (though, when he took command, there were less than 2 dozen remaining members) and is now the full commander of the fully restored Joe squad.

As a character, Deadeye is more secretive and mysterious than Hawk. It is hard for his new subordinates to get close to him. Some, like Flint have succeeded. Others, like Falcon try hard but are simply unable to break Deadeye's tough exterior. Deadeye himself is no longer prone to action. He works his top commanders with great precision and is rarely called into combat. (One of the reasons the younger Joes have trouble bonding with Deadeye is because he only trusts fully those along whom he has fought. Being out of combat, it is hard for the new recruits to get that type of experience with him.) He is, though, an astounding military tactician and is remarkably well connected around the world. (Aside from being one of the best friends of the British Witch, Deadeye is also close to Manleh, Dragonsky, was close to Col. Brekhov and counts many diplomats and politicians as friends. Those who have been fortunate enough to have been invited into Deadeye's private office for a drink usually notice that the bottle of vodka Deadeye serves is from a private distiller bearing the seal of the president of Russia....) Deadeye is an astute tactician who is able to match the moves of the modern Cobras who are lead by Ramen. This figure is, as you can see, one of the integral pieces to my collection and represents one of the major forces behind my Joe collecting.

The General Flagg mold has a short, but somewhat significant history. After it was used twice in the US for the 1992 and 1993 General Flagg figures, parts of the mold were then used by Hasbro to create the exclusive and collector favorite Chinese Major Bludd figure. This Funskool version of General Flagg appeared sometime around 2000 in India and was produced there for many years. Now, it is likely that the mold is back in Hasbro's hands and could be used for future projects. As the mold is high quality and not one that most collectors find great use for in their collections, I would like to see it return either as an amalgamation or just a new take on Flagg. If that doesn't happen, though, I've got three great versions of this mold available as the character, so I can't complain too much.

Like pretty much every Funskool figure, General Flagg features some variants. The most noticeable is that his gun and missile are available in either bright orange or black. It seems the gun was originally black, went to orange for a while and then went back to black. The missile is the same. You can find any combo of orange and black accessories if you look around hard enough. The figure itself has a very obscure variant where a few of the Flaggs that came bagged as vehicle drivers have reversed paint applications on the crotch piece. More subtly, though, Flaggs produced at different times have slightly different shades of the same colors. While you can't really notice it on any one figure, if you put Flaggs from different production runs next to each other, you will see slight differences in the green pants, copper coat and his eyes and eyebrows.  Whether these are truly variants is up to the individual collector. But, it is something to keep an eye out for.

These days, most of the online Joe dealers who sell Funskool are sold out of General Flagg. But, this doesn't mean that he's terribly hard to find or all that expensive. MOC, you can still buy them for around $5 before shipping. As this mold of General Flagg isn't all that popular, I don't see this figure increasing all that much in price. I still find this figure the best version of General Flagg and a distinctive way to use the character. But, I don't think a large portion of collectordom is going to join me in that opinion. So, that will likely leave this figure as one that can be used for unique purposes in each collection. These days, there really aren't enough figures like that. Today, I struggle to relive the excitement I had when I first added this figure to my collection. That lack of flair keeps this figure below the radar in the collecting world, but allows for a figure that, with a little work, can become a unique addition to any collection.

2000 Funskool General Flagg, 2007 Convention Steeler, 2004 Chief Torpedo

2000 Funskool General Flagg, 2007 Convention Steeler, 2004 Chief Torpedo

Friday, March 7, 2008

Ninja-Ku (Argentine Exclusive Black Ninja)

Foreign Joes are a mixed bunch in terms of their design. Some are great. Others are different, but not, necessarily better than the figures from whom they were created. Others are pretty much the same as their American counterparts. And, some are just terrible. Each country that produced exclusive Joes has some of their native designs firmly in each category. In the case of Argentina's Ninja-Ku, the figure is simply great. It is a figure that is an incredibly unique repaint of one of the most significant molds in the history of the Joe line. The fact that this design appeared in Argentina but not in the US is one of the great oversights in the original line and makes this figure a must have in the modern collection.

The Ninja-Ku figure is a straight repaint of the V1 Storm Shadow mold. It is cast in dark black plastic and features minimal gold details. Really, the figure is just two colors. But, for a masked assassin, those colors are all that are needed to create a figure that instantly recognizable. The most distinguishing feature, though, is that the figure is black. Ninja-Ku's skin color that shows beneath his mask is purposely dark and that little detail only enhances the mystery of the character. Aside from that, there's not much to the figure. He only features 3 paint masks and would be kind of boring were perfect mesh of black and gold not such a perfect fit for the character's intended specialty.

How does Ninja-Ku fit into a collection? As such a distinct figure, he is certainly a necessity and a figure who will stand out in a display. However, is he an army builder? A unique character? An enemy of Stormshadow? An ally? The figure's filecard is fairly clear that Ninja-Ku is an individual and is allied with Cobra. He is a stealthy assassin who can "hide in shadows". It's a fairly simplistic character but one that works given the context of the figure's design. The biggest mystery, though, is the figure's skin color. The card art shows what appears to be a Caucasian behind the mask. But, the figure is obviously the first black villain released in the Joe line anywhere in the world. The fact that the character is known as Cobra Black on the card also implies that the character is supposed to be black. So, that adds just another level of desirability to this character.

Ninja-Ku's accessories are the same as the American Storm Shadow...kind of. Argentine figures are notorious for accessory variations and Ninja-Ku is no exception. Some versions have gold swords. Some have nunchuks. Some have golden backpacks, others have black. It's possible to make a case that a Ninja-Ku figure is complete with a wide combo of accessories and accessory colors. (Satan is the same way.) But, the figure should have some accessories. Mine includes 2 small golden swords and gold nunchuks. He has a black pack, but as the figure was opened, I can't be sure that the black pack was an included accessory or something that was added in later by the original owner. (Though it is apparent that the black pack is from Argentina...) It is up to the individual collector to determine the completeness desired for a Ninja-Ku figure. Personally, I wouldn't settle for anything less than 2 swords and nunchuks (as those weapons are referred to on the figure's filecard), but I'm sure there are carded Ninja-Kus out there with less in the way of included accessories.

There were three distinct colors of the Storm Shadow mold released in Argentina: red, black and white. However, in 2002 and 2003, a large number of well done fake blue Storm Shadows appeared on the market. These are customs and nothing more. They were well done, though, and many collectors were fooled into thinking they were something more than simple hand repaints done by an enterprising Argentine con artist. From time to time, you will still see blue ninjas in various people's collections. These are the fakes and should not be confused as legitimate pieces. You can still find the blue ninjas from time to time and some collectors do buy them as they are interesting display pieces. But, they should only be purchased and priced as a custom and not as a "rare" foreign exclusive.

In my collection, ninjas have never been much in the way of major players. Even Storm Shadow has found his role heavily reduced from typical Joe canon. Ninja-Ku is likely to suffer the same fate. As a lone assassin, the figure is cool and can have its uses. But, the need for such a specialized role is very small and a figure like this will likely see little use for that reason. As a display piece, though, Ninja-Ku is great. He perfectly blends with a pre '86 Cobra display and works perfectly as another member of the early Cobra hierarchy. Even though the Hasbro produced Black Dragon Ninjas aren't up to Ninja Ku's quality, they make perfect soldiers for Ninja-Ku's command. (An army of Black Dragon Ninjas behind Ninja-Ku and an army of Red Ninja Vipers behind Satan would be a nice way to display a ninja army.) As such, it is in that way that Ninja-Ku sees use today. The figure is somewhat brittle and is relatively expensive to replace. So, I don't really want to take him out in the rocks and water for fear of breaking or damaging the figure. In a display, though, I can enjoy the look of the figure and the way he blends with other, early Cobras without the concern for the figure's condition.

This mold was quite the world traveler. After it was used in the US, it was sent on to Argentina. There, it was released as Satan, Ninja-Ku and Cobra de Hielo. After those figures, the mold was sent on to Brazil where the mold was released in colors very similar to Cobra de Hielo. After that, the mold was returned to Hasbro where it was used in the early '90's as the Ninja Viper mail away figure. The mold was showcased in the 1997 15th Anniversary 3 packs but was not used after that until 2004. In 2004, Hasbro at least tried to pay homage to these Argentine exclusives by releasing the Red Ninja Viper and the Black Dragon Ninja. These figures were red and black paint jobs of Stormshadow. But, they both are far inferior to the Argentine originals. Ninja Ku simply blows the Black Dragon Ninja away and anyone who thinks the figures are similar enough to forego the more expensive foreign figure is shortchanging his collection by overlooking the superior figure from South America. At this point, the mold could still be used to resurrect the characters of Ninja-Ku or Satan. But, if the original Storm Shadow mold is to return, I would only want to see it in new colors (like Cobra blue!) and with all the original accessories. Anything less than that would be a cheap letdown.

In the late '90's, South American Joes were hard to come by. When one of the first carded Ninja Kus appeared on Ebay, it sold for over $400. To put this into perspective, back then most high quality, MOC 1982 straight armed figures could be purchased for well under $100 each. So, for the price of the Ninja-Ku, you could have bought a MOC V1 Snake Eyes, MOC V1 Scarlett, MOC V1 Cobra Trooper and still had enough left over to buy a complete set of loose, mint, complete with filecard Night Force figures. When put into those terms, the price for this figure was...well...nuts. But, at the time, there was no way to know that just a few years later there would be a large warehouse find in Argentina and cases upon cases of figures that included Ninja Ku would become available to the entire collecting community. But, it serves as a lesson for modern collectors who are now faced with some tough choices in regards to expensive aftermarket figures. Would you regret paying $200 for a figure if, three years later, it was available for $40? For most people, the answer is no. But, the hard realities of a fickle toy market make scenarios like that probable. So, it has to be something that the modern collector considers. I know I pay what I feel a figure is worth to me. I don't have a Cobra De Aco because a common straight arm figure like that is not worth $100 to me. But, a Mickey Mouse Cobra Commander was worth $90 to me several years ago and I don't regret paying that even now that the price for a that figure has been halved.

There is a great fallacy in the Joe world in regards to this figure and his companion Satan. Many collectors think these figures are "rare". Truth is, they are not. What they are is popular. You see, Ninja Ku, Satan and Cobra De Hielo all shipped in the same case as Sokerk, Sparta and Destro. Those three figures are easy to find and were available for about $10 each MOC for many years. The difference was that the three ninjas were substantially more popular than the others from the same case and thus sold out first and for higher prices. Back in late 2000, you could easily get Satan and Ninja Ku carded for about $25. By the end of 2001, that price was $45 or so. Now, Satans routinely sell for $100 for a MOC specimen and around $70 for a loose, mint and complete figure. Ninja Ku figures typically sell around $70 for a MOC and around $40 for a mint, loose, complete figure. Those prices are high, but they are indicative of the figures' popularity. Hasbro has tried but failed to capture the essence of Satan and Ninja Ku and that has kept collector interest in the Argentine originals very high. Long term, this isn't going to change. These are figures that will always be among the highly desired foreign exclusives. The prices, though, have likely peaked and the only future growth will be mostly inflationary. So, if you missed out on these figures back when they were cheap and plentiful you can still buy one today. You're going to pay more, but at least you're not going to have to worry that these figures will disappear forever like some of the other Argentine figures.

Ninja Ku, Ninja Black, Stormshadow, Argentina, Plastirama, Rare G.I. Joe Figures, European Exclusive Tiger Force Sneek Peek, Mission to Brazil Dialtone

Ninja Ku, Ninja Black, Stormshadow, Argentina, Plastirama, Rare G.I. Joe Figures, 1983 Cobra Trooper, 1984 Stinger Driver, G.I. Joe Headquarters, HQ

Ninja Ku, Ninja Black, Stormshadow, Argentina, Plastirama, Rare G.I. Joe Figures, 1983 Cobra Trooper, 1984 Stinger Driver, G.I. Joe Headquarters, HQ

Ninja Ku, Ninja Black, Stormshadow, Argentina, Plastirama, Rare G.I. Joe Figures, 1983 Stalker, Snake Eyes

Ninja Ku, Ninja Black, Stormshadow, Argentina, Plastirama, Rare G.I. Joe Figures, 1983 Cobra Trooper, 1984 Stinger Driver, G.I. Joe Headquarters, HQ