G.I. Joe Meets Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat in the 1990s

When It Was Cool takes a look back to the early to mid-1990s G.I. Joe toy line and two sets of action figure properties that "sort-of kind-of" mixed in with G.I. Joe for a few years- the video game properties of Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat.  These two action figure lines used G.I. Joe parts and one was even branded a G.I. Joe sub-team.  When It Was Cool takes a look back at the time G.I. Joe met Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.  Read More.


Funko Pop Review - Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Pop Vinyl 01

(10-11-2017) When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth continues with a look at a figure from Tonya's Funko Pop Vinyl doll collection.  In this article we look at Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th movie franchise.  A very cool horror themed figure from Funko Pop!  Read More.


A Glen Doll from Seed of Chucky (Child's Play) Haunts My Closet

(10-17-2017) I have never watched a minute of any of the Child's Play movies but Tonya from When It Was Cool owns a doll that haunts my nightmares and sits in our closet.  One day I finally decided to ask her what this Frankenstein looking #MonsterMonth monstrosity is.  Here is his (or her) story.  Read More.


1987 G.I. Joe Crystal Ball Action Figure Review

(10-10-2017) As #MonsterMonth continues at When It Was Cool we take a look at the 1987 G.I. Joe Cobra hypnotist action figure Crystal Ball who was created by none other than acclaimed horror icon Stephen King! Stephen King's son Owen was a big G.I. Joe fan so Hasbro let the legendary author create a Cobra character and write the file card.  Take a look at this odd edition to the G.I. Joe line from 1987.  Read More.


Alice in Wonderland - American McGee Action Figures / Doll Series

(10-09-2017) When It Was Cool continues #MonsterMonth with a look at the twisted and dark versions of Alice in Wonderland based on the American McGee video game interpretation. These amazingly well crafted figures from Milo's Factory capture the macabre and sinister world of American McGee's Alice and takes you down an entirely different rabbit hole.  Read More


Funko Pop Review - Regan from The Exorcist Pop Vinyl 203

(10-06-2017) When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth continues with a look at a figure from Tonya's Funko Pop Vinyl doll collection.  In this article we look at Regan (Linda Blair) from The Exorcist movie franchise.  A very cool horror themed figure from Funko Pop!  Read More.


Mummy Mask - Power Commandos Action Figure Review

(10-01-2017) When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth kicks off with our look at a unique G.I. Joe knock-off action figure named Mummy Mask from the obscure Power Commandos line from the late 1980s and early 1990s.  Mummy Mask is part of the Terror faction of the Power Commando mythos and we think you'll find him very interesting!  Read More.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi Action Figure Review of the Black Series Luke Skywalker and the Praetorian Guard

(09-04-2017) This is a look at a couple of the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi action figures.  These are the higher quality Star Wars Black Series action figures with more articulation and (sometimes, though not this time) more accessories than basic figures.  When It Was Cool takes a look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi Luke Skywalker and the Praetorian Guard action figures.  Read More.


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium Encyclopedia Review

(08-22-2017) When It Was Cool takes a look at a wonderful and massive new encyclopedia from Dark Horse Comics covering He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  Join us for a look at the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium. Read More.


1965 Mattel Talking Doll- Baby Say'N See Review

(07-31-2017) When It Was Cool takes a look at a 1965 talking doll released by Mattel named Baby Say'N See.  Originally priced at $9.44, this doll says multiple phrases and moves it's eyes and mouth.  Also included in this article is a video review by When It Was Cool featuring the doll in action.  Read More.


The Return of ROM the Spaceknight and his Intriguing and Complicated Story

(07-26-2017) ROM the Spaceknight began as a forgettable 1979 toy that somehow spun off a fairly successful Marvel Comic book series.  The toy property laid dormant for many years as fans longed for a return.  Over 40 years later ROM has risen from the grave with a new comic book series, the possibility of a movie, and even a new action figure.  Join Karl from When It Was Cool with a look back at the complex and intriguing story of ROM the Spaceknight, a failed toy that just kept succeeding.  Read More.


Absolutely Everything You Did (or Did Not) Want to Know About the Most Maligned G.I. Joe Character- The Headman

(07-14-2017) He is a character so unlikable that he was portrayed as being hated by G.I. Joe and Cobra alike! Writers and artist went to great lengths to make him completely hateable with no redeeming qualities because drugs are bad... m'kay? Join us on a detailed look at the G.I. Joe enemy- The Headman.  Read more.


Bionic Bigfoot New and Old Review

(06-30-2017) Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look back at the classic 1976 Bionic Bigfoot toy from the Six Million Dollar Man television series which stands over a foot tall and has some cool features and then takes a look at it's 3.75 inch 2013 retro counterpart.  Read More.


G.I. Joe Repeater 1988 Review

(06-20-2017) G.I. Joe Steadi-Cam Machine Gunner- code name: Repeater was released in 1988 and stands out as a pretty much straight up solider in an era with a lot of neon and ninjas in the toy line.  When It Was Cool takes a look at G.I. Joe Repeater.  Read More.


When It Was Cool - Toys of the 1970's to Today - The Battle!

(05-27-2017) A giant battle unfolds in the When It Was Cool kitchen.  Find out who, where, why, and how in this fun-filled look back at toys, comics, television, movies, and pop culture from the 1970's to today in one giant battle scene!  Read More.


Universal Monsters Action Figure Collection

(05-03-2017) Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look at his 3.75 inch scale collection of Universal Monsters action figures mostly by ReAction but others as well.  Read More.


Looking at G.I. Joe Firefly

(03-10-2017) When It Was Cool celebrates the evil Cobra saboteur and explosives expert Firefly, taking a look at his comic book, movie, and action figure appearances.  Read More.


Magnum T.A. WWE Action Figure by Mattel

(02-24-2017) When It Was Cool takes a look at the new Magnum T.A. WWE action figure by Mattel.  Read More.


FunSkool Police Jeep G.I. Joe VAMP Variant

(02-13-2017) When It Was Cool takes a look at a G.I. Joe VAMP Jeep variant from India.  Read More.


FunSkool Rescue Jeep G.I. Joe VAMP Variant

(02-08-2017) When It Was Cool takes a look at a G.I. Joe VAMP Jeep variant from India.  Read More.


G.I. Joe Lifeline 1986 Review

(02-05-2017) When It Was Cool reviews the 1986 G.I. Joe medic Lifeline.  Read More.


Six Million Dollar Man Enemy - Maskatron

(01-30-2017) When It Was Cool takes a look at a cool 1970's action figure- the Six Million Dollar Man enemy - Maskatron.  Read More.


G.I. Joe Sgt. Slaughter 1986 Review

(01-27-2017) When It Was Cool reviews the 1986 G.I. Joe drill instructor and pro wrestler Sgt. Slaughter.  Read More.


Shogun Warriors Godzilla & the Broken Handle Fix

(01-21-2017) When It Was Cool fixes the broken fire breathing function on their 1970's Shogun Warriors Godzilla.  Read More.


G.I. Joe Roadblock 1984 Review

(01-11-2017) When It Was Cool reviews the 1984 G.I. Joe Heavy Machine Gunner action figure Roadblock.  Read More.


The Super Friends of the DC Infinite Heroes 3.75 Inch Action Figure Line

(01-07-2017) When It Was Cool takes a look at the Super Friends as represented by the DC Infinite Heroes 3.75 inch action figure line. Read More.


G.I. Joe Blowtorch 1984 Review

(12-28-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1984 G.I. Joe Flamethrower action figure Blowtorch.  Read More.


G.I. Joe Major Bludd 1983 Review

(12-11-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1983 G.I. Joe Mercenary action figure Major Bludd.  Read More.


G.I. Joe William "The Refrigerator" Perry 1987 Review

(12-06-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1987 mail-in special William "The Refrigerator" Perry - AKA: The Fridge - action figure.  Read More.


Marvel Universe Iron Fist 3.75 Inch Action Figure Review

(12-05-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the Marvel Universe versions of Iron Fist 3.75 inch action figure.  Read More.


G.I. Joe Gung-Ho Marine Soldier 1983 Review

(12-01-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1983 second wave G.I. Joe Marine Gung-Ho action figure.  Read More.


The Spectre DC Infinite Heroes Crisis 3.75 inch Action Figure Review

(11-17-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the DC Comics Infinite Heroes Crisis 3.75 inch The Spectre action figure.  Read More.


G.I. Joe Cobra the Enemy Trooper 1983 Review

(11-16-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1983 G.I. Joe Cobra Trooper 3.75 inch action figure.  Read More.


K-2SO Star Wars - Rogue One Action Figure Review

(11-16-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the new K-2SO action figure from Star Wars - Rogue One.  Read More.


Superman DC Infinite Heroes Crisis 3.75 Inch Action Figure Review

(11-13-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the old DC Infinite Heroes Crisis 3.75 inch Superman action figure.  Read More.


Quasar Marvel Legends 3.75 Inch Action Figure Review

(11-12-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the new Quasar action figure from the Marvel Legends 3.75 inch line.  Read More.


A Care Bear Journey

(11-11-2016) Tonya from When It Was Cool looks at her personal journey with the popular 1980's toy property the Care Bears! Read More.


1983 G.I. Joe Cobra Arms Dealer - Destro Review

(11-10-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1983 G.I. Joe Cobra arms dealer code name: Destro.  Read More.


2011 Marvel Universe Dr. Strange 3.75 inch Action Figure Review

(11-07-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 2011 Marvel Universe Dr. Strange 3.75" action figure.  Read More.


1977 Star Wars Darth Vader Review

(11-07-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1977 Star Wars villain Darth Vader.  Read More.


1983 G.I. Joe Cobra Commander Review

(11-04-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1983 G.I. Joe Enemy Leader code name: Cobra Commander.  Read More.


1983 G.I. Joe Snake Eyes Review

(11-02-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1983 G.I. Joe Commando code name: Snake Eyes.  Read More.


1982 G.I. Joe Grunt Review

(11-01-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1982 G.I. Joe Infantry Trooper code name:  Grunt from the original straight arm line up.  Read More.


1982 G.I. Joe Short Fuse Review

(10-28-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1982 G.I. Joe Mortar Soldier code name: Short Fuse from the original straight arm line up.  Read More.


1982 G.I. Joe Breaker Review

(10-25-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1982 G.I. Joe Communications Officer code name:  Breaker from the original straight arm line up.  Read More.


1982 G.I. Joe Rock and Roll Review

(10-21-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1982 G.I. Joe Machine Gunner code name:  Rock and Roll from the original straight arm line up.  Read More.


Video:  1965 Mattel Baby Secrets Doll Review

(10-20-2016) When It Was Cool Family reviews the 1965 Mattel Baby Secrets Doll.  A neat pull-string doll that whispers. Many people rank this doll as one of the scariest and creepiest dolls ever but here is a straight up review of the doll.  Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUMN4QfiwWU

Or for a little Halloween fun, here is the haunted, creepy version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWXWjGLp9vA


1983 G.I. Joe Stalker Review

(10-19-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1983 G.I. Joe Ranger trooper code name: Stalker from the updated swivel arm line up.  Read More.


Article & Video:  2016 Star Wars Emperor's Royal Guard 3.75 inch Black Series Action Figure Review

(10-19-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 2016 update to the Star Wars Royal Guard action figure.  Read More.


1982 G.I. Joe Flash Review

(10-15-2016) Karl Stern reviews the 1982 G.I. Joe Laser Rifle trooper code name: Flash from the original straight-arm line up.  Read More.


Heidi Pocketbook Doll (1964) Remco Review & Video

(10-10-2016) Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool review and do a video on the 1960's Remco Heidi Pocketbook Doll.  Read More.


Saucy Expressions Doll (1972) Mattel Review & Video

(10-10-2016) Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool review and do a video on the 1972 Mattel Saucy Expressions Doll.  Read More.


G.I. Joe Star Brigade Starfighter (1993) Review

(10-07-2016) Karl Stern reviews one of the later classic era G.I. Joe ships the 1993 Star Brigade Starfighter. Read More.


Video:  Godzilla From the 1970s Shogun Warriors Toy Line Review

(10-05-2016) A YouTube video review of the 1970s Shogun Warriors toy line's Godzilla and compared with the modern movie Godzilla version.  Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2Uo2euRKw8


Video:  HALO Warthog Anti-Tank RC Vehicle Review

(10-01-2016) A YouTube video review of a HALO remote control vehicle by Tyco which we are customizing into a G.I. Joe vehicle.  Stay tuned until the end for a French Bulldog sneak attack. Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7DMjn3CpGg


Video:  Great Mazinger / Great Mazinga Shogun Warriors Toy Review

(10-01-2016) A YouTube video review of the restoration project Shogun Warriors Great Mezinger from the 1970s.  Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_nFRdJb5Q8


G.I. Joe 1982 Straight Arm Zap bazooka trooper review

(09-30-2016) A review of the 1982 straight arm version of the G.I. Joe bazooka soldier Zap.  Read More.


Little Miss No Name Doll

(09-24-2016) A review of the Little Miss No Name Doll by Hasbro.  A departure from the dolls of her era this retro doll took an entirely different direction from Barbie.  Read More.


Video:  G.I. Joe Cobra Commander 1983-84 Review

(09-21-2016) A review of the G.I. Joe Enemy Leader Cobra Commander helmeted and hooded versions. The 1983 swivel arm battle grip helmet version and the 1984-1990 mail-in hooded version. Link- https://youtu.be/_jqMuj7Xb6w


1970's Shogun Warriors Great Mazinger

(09-19-2016) A review of my restoration project Shogun Warriors Great Mazinger (AKA: Great Mazinga) and all it's various pieces and some information about the 1970's Shogun Warriors toy line.  Read More.


Video: G.I. Joe 1982-83 Review in Less Than 4 Minutes

(09-16-2016) A review of my collection of 1982-83 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures including Snake Eyes, Grunt, Zap, Short Fuse, Stalker, Clutch, Steeler, and more.  Free video on our YouTube Channel. Please Subscribe! Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZvZrZwsPk&feature=youtu.be


Video: Six Million Dollar Man & Bionic Bigfoot Toy Review

(04-19-2016) Karl Stern reviews the Steve "Six Million Dollar Man" Austin and Bionic Bigfoot action figures from his personal collection.  Also included is a glimpse of the Bionic Repair Station.  Free video on our YouTube Channel.  Please subscribe! Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qztwq9ycUDQ


Video: Harley Race Toy Review Jakks Pacific WWE NWA

(11-05-2012) Karl Stern reviews 8 time NWA World champion Harley Race action figure from the old Jakks Pacific WWF / WWE toy line. This is from Karl's personal collection complete with replica NWA Domed Globe World title belt.  This is the first action figure review ever done by Karl on YouTube for the old DragonKingKarl Website. Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfcHDjvPcOY


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