GI Joe 1964 1966 Accessory SOTW Baggy Japanese Jacket Pants Original

GI Joe 1964 1966 Accessory SOTW Baggy Japanese Jacket Pants Original

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GI Joe 1964 1967 Accessory SOTW Baggy Bag Japanese Uniform Adventure Pack

Listing is for a GI Joe 1964 1967 Accessory SOTW Baggy Bag Japanese Uniform Adventure Pack.

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 Helmet - incised HASBRO Hong Kong
  • Japanese Uniform Jacket - 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

By 1967, the failed experiment of the foreign soldiers introduced the prior year was over - whether it was the price point or the fact that American boys preferred to have endless US GI soldiers. Hasbro did what most toy companies do - and decided to get rid of all the excess inventory of the prior years by creating large grouping into collections they called "Adventure Packs". The SOTW Adventure Pack contained a talking soldier, dressed in standard olive drabs, and included uniforms for the Russian, Japanese, and German. The accessories came on remainder window box backing cards - the cloth uniforms came sealed in baggies. This is one of them. The sets are incredibly scarce - this is the ONLY format we know where the SOTW uniforms came bagged - not on figures (excluding, of course, the VERY common Backyard Patrol Japanese uniform).

All original, 1960s Hasbro.

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