G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Box Set

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Box Set
A stunning package for one of the '80s most memorable cartoons, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Box Set is everything and more that a child of eight, or 38, could possible wish for ― short of it being delivered by Snake Eyes himself, that is. Housed in an army-green footlocker, the entire series' 95 episodes are presented on 17 DVDs in running order, so as to account for plot lines. While watching a childhood show in retrospect can be shaky ― G.I. Joe might view as propaganda for the U.S. war machine, and it's a bit ludicrous to see no one injured despite virtually everything being blown to bits ― on a superficial level, this saga of America's special missions brigade battling the evil forces of Cobra is still engaging. And some decidedly adult twists reveal themselves with the wisdom of age to boot. Witnessing their various 007-esque equipment, corny one-liners (such as personal favourite, "I'm gonna beat the mustard out of that hot-dogger") and Cobra's then timely yet now asinine plans ― taking over Alaska and renaming it "Cobralaska" for strategic reasons, a machine that inserts subliminal messages into rock song "Cold Slither," which desperately needs a real-world cover, and fund-raising Cobra telethon ― constantly going awry is ridiculous, albeit infinitely entertaining. As if the show wasn't enough, the set hosts a bountiful array of bonus features that are just as captivating and well planned ― possibly more so. From a useful one-GB "Dog Tag" USB flash drive holding silent comics to a 60-page colour booklet chronicling shows and featuring character stats, amusing new featurettes, tattoos, a kitschy voice cast reunion, toy commercials, the unforgettable "And knowing is half the battle" PSAs and more, this set never stops. At that, it might bear a hefty price tag but with the bevy of material contained within, this is the definitive package. Yo Joe! (Shout! Factory)