Action Joe! Jouets vendues separement!
October 3, 2009 2:05 PM   Subscribe

Action Joe's awesomeness transcends linguistic barriers.
posted by cleancut at 2:46 PM on October 3, 2009

I agree. Each of those links got more and more awesome. Each link building upon the awesome of the previous one. You start with some doll-to-live-actor comparison shots. Next one you add in some funky/groovy music. Next you build up suspense in faraway lands (without the kids aiding in any of the action). Then you GO TO THE MOON!
posted by P.o.B. at 2:51 PM on October 3, 2009

These are going to replace dubbed Firefly episodes as my French Bootcamp tool of choice.
posted by The Whelk at 2:54 PM on October 3, 2009

Now you've got me walking around the house saying: "ArrĂȘt Action Joe! ArrĂȘt Action Joe!"
posted by smoothvirus at 3:29 PM on October 3, 2009 [1 favorite]

I want an Action Joe/Venture Bros. crossover.
posted by bunnytricks at 3:45 PM on October 3, 2009

You can't fool me, those are Original Design G.I. Joes without the American military uniforms. Growing up in the 60's, I had an original Barbie-doll-sized Joe, but I could never get the girl next door to have her Barbie invite Joe over for a date (she didn't even own a Ken doll, but I knew my Joe could whup his blond ass). I was already getting too old for dolls action figures when the G.I. Joe with a full beard came out, but I got him anyway, dressed him in combat fatigues and set him on a high shelf in my room until we lost Vietnam (I recall he had the movable eyes, but they were kind of creepy for anything but spy missions). But it was all perfectly normal in a Republican household of the time.

When they redesigned G.I. Joe down to current action-figure standard size, I wondered where all the larger Joes would go, and now I know... France.
posted by wendell at 3:46 PM on October 3, 2009

They need to bring that "shifty eye action" back! Today's action heroes suffer needlessly from too many preventable neck injuries!
posted by orme at 3:48 PM on October 3, 2009 [2 favorites]

These are great, best post o' the day for me.
posted by marxchivist at 3:49 PM on October 3, 2009

That site has some other wonderfully weird advert videos
posted by A189Nut at 4:07 PM on October 3, 2009

It's amazing that these action figures are more capable actors than Roger Moore in the Bond films on which the ads are probably based.

See also: the GI Joe PSAs.
posted by hnnrs at 6:09 PM on October 3, 2009

I had a G.I. Joe with the fuzzy hair and beard, but when Star Wars came out he didn't fit in with the rest of my action figures, so Joe eneded up buried at the bottom of my toychest. The Star Wars figures would hold top honor from then on with some random Micronauts being thrown into the mix.
posted by GavinR at 9:59 PM on October 3, 2009

These were sold in the UK as 'Action Man.' I had a bunch of them (with 'eagle eyes'), plus that helicopter with the grappling hook.
My grandmother used to make me little uniforms for them, and knitted a few tiny norwegian sweaters!
posted by Flashman at 10:06 PM on October 3, 2009

Micronauts were the most wonderfully esoteric and mysterious toy of my childhood.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:12 PM on October 3, 2009

I was so ready to respond with pork chops - but the incorporation of disembodied hands moving boy-dolls arounds sort of trumps everything.
posted by unmake at 10:24 PM on October 3, 2009

Whatever run Action Joe had, it must have been pretty short-lived. According to the air date, they're from 1979 to 1981. My family moved to Brussels in 1982 and I was right at the target age for Action Joe. I don't remember any of these.
posted by Loudmax at 10:56 PM on October 3, 2009

The eyes... those are better than the Steve Austin bionic sight feature. Maybe.
posted by queensissy at 2:17 AM on October 4, 2009

Action Man returns to the shelves today after an absence of three years.
posted by doogyrev at 5:27 AM on October 4, 2009

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