When It Was Cool takes a detailed look at the world of G.I. Joe. Action figures, comic books, cartoon series, movies, and more - G.I. Joe has amassed a huge fan following and inspired many collectors over the years. Join G.I. Joe collector Karl from When It Was Cool in a journey through pictures, history, and imagination into the world of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. G.I. Joe is there. Read More.
For Christmas in 1983 I was lucky enough to get a G.I. Joe Dragonfly helicopter with Wild Bill. Wow, did this toy ever have play value! It’s still one of my favorite toys from childhood and one of the best Hasbro vehicles ever made. Join Karl from When It Was Cool as he looks back at this exceptional G.I. Joe vehicle- the Dragonfly Copter. Read More.
This is the age of the “creepy” doll. These are not the type of dolls you give to children. Unlike Barbie they are not known for their beauty. They do not look like they welcome cuddles or love such as the faces of Cabbage Patch Kids nor do they come with swanky (most popular girl in school accessories) such as the American Girl dolls (unless by swanky you mean a murder weapon, a crucifix, or a tiny coffin). Read More.
When It Was Cool takes a look at a classic G.I. Joe vehicle design- the A.W.E. Striker (All Weather - Environment) vehicle. This classic vehicle has been re-released at least twelve times since it first came out in 1985 including a reuse of the mold for the Stargate movie. When It Was Cool takes a look at this classic G.I. Joe vehicle and four of it's classic designs. Read More.
When It Was Cool takes a look at the seven figure Spider-Man verses The Sinister Six 3.75 inch action figure box set featuring Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Electro, The Sandman, Mysterio, The Vulture, and Kraven the Hunter. This comic book inspired box set features a hit and miss collection of Marvel action figures and When It Was Cool tell you if it is worth the price! Read More.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(12-06-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 1987 mail-in special William "The Refrigerator" Perry - AKA: The Fridge - action figure. Read More.
(12-05-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the Marvel Universe versions of Iron Fist 3.75 inch action figure. Read More.
(11-17-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the DC Comics Infinite Heroes Crisis 3.75 inch The Spectre action figure. Read More.
(11-13-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the old DC Infinite Heroes Crisis 3.75 inch Superman action figure. Read More.
(11-12-2016) When It Was Cool looks at the new Quasar action figure from the Marvel Legends 3.75 inch line. Read More.
(11-07-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 2011 Marvel Universe Dr. Strange 3.75" action figure. Read More.
(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
(10-19-2016) When It Was Cool reviews the 2016 update to the Star Wars Royal Guard action figure. Read More.
(10-10-2016) Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool review and do a video on the 1972 Mattel Saucy Expressions Doll. Read More.
(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
(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
(09-30-2016) A review of the 1982 straight arm version of the G.I. Joe bazooka soldier Zap. Read More.
(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
(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
(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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