Item History (General)
PLEASE NOTE: INFORMATION in the Item History section is REGARDING COMMON ATTRIBUTES TO THE ITEM (ie size, year of production, color, scarcity, etc).
None of what follows has anything SPECIFIC to do with this listing and the actual item could vary in terms of completeness or manufacturing variations. Please see "Item Condition" for specifics to this listing.
GI Joe 1964 1966 Figure Set SOTW #8101
Japanese Imperial Soldier
The original GI Joe American soldier was unique in appearance - and
showed the 'hard life' he lived with the large visible scar that was
featured prominently on his cheek. When Hasbro came out with the
'soldiers of the world' line, they probably wanted to distinguish these
foreign soldiers easily and left the scar of the face (in addition the
face is a different sculpt). There were 6 soldiers released - still
not sure exactly what went into their final decision process in how they
chose the particular 6). The soldiers included: German
Stormtrooper, Japanese Imperial Soldier (with a unique Asian head sculpt),
Russian, French Resistance fighter, British fighter, and Australian Jungle
fighter. The Soldiers of the World (SOTW) were marketed in two main
ways - you could buy the figure with no accessories (small window box) and
then the weapons (small card)...or the figure and accessories were
available in a large window box.
A complete Japanese Imperial Soldier would include:
- Japanese Soldier of the World Figure
- Japanese Helmet (usually incised HASBRO
- Japanese Uniform Jacket (usually tagged GI Joe
HASBRO Hong Kong)
- Japanese Uniform Pants (seldom, if ever, tagged)
- Japanese Field Pack
- Japanese Belt
- Japanese Holster
- Japanese Nambu Pistol
- Japanese Rifle
- Japanese Bayonet
- Boots, short brown
- Order of the Kite Medal
This listing is for a Japanese Imperial Soldier SOTW figure and
accessories set. Original 1960s Hasbro issued set.
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Item Condition (Specific)
Complete! Nice figure - just the tiniest bit of hair thinning. The medal has lost it's "ribbons" decal (typical as the glue dries after decades - even in the package, the decal is often off). Loop intact on bayonet. Really nice set.