Christmas Morning, 1984 and 1985: G.I. Joe Headquarters Command Center and M.A.S.K. Boulder Hill Playset

Christmas G.I. Joe 1986

Christmas Mask 1985

The happy kid is Bo Nash. Competition among toy lines, particularly lines geared to boys, was never fiercer than in the ’80s. Despite the shrinking middle class, parents continued to save up and shell out to make their kids happy. My mom would often put toys and other Christmas gifts on layaway in the middle of the year, or even earlier, so that they would be paid off by Christmas. M.A.S.K. is after my time, and clearly derivative of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, but Kenner didn’t disappoint: the toys and package design are excellent.

1 Response to “Christmas Morning, 1984 and 1985: G.I. Joe Headquarters Command Center and M.A.S.K. Boulder Hill Playset”


  1. 1 Scott Miller February 22, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Not sure I would call MASK a derivative of GI Joe. MASK wasn’t a favorite of mine, mostly because of the tiny figures, but in some ways, it was a forerunner of Transformers. GI Joe on the other hand truly is the greatest line of action figures.


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