Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Tale of Two Dukes



These two Dukes were part of the haul sent to me by John of The Clawful Punch. The Duke on the bottom is from the Tiger Force line up, and I came close to owning him several times. He was the lone G.I. Joe figure hanging on the pegs at the local Five and Dime store. Sadly, most of the toys there were marked up quite a bit, so he never made the trip home with me. It's a shame too, because I rather like the look of the Tiger Force Duke compared to the original figure. One thing I find interesting, it looks like Duke was hitting the hair dye when he joined the Tiger Force. Maybe that blond hair of his stuck out too much in the jungle.


The one up top there is from 1992, the first year that all the main line figures came with a missile launching accessory. It's also the only version of Duke that I actually owned. He was my go to figure when I needed someone to lead the troops, then one day, he was just..gone. You see, it was really windy outside, and a friend of mine and I decided to attach shopping bags to our figures and toss them into the air. The wind would catch the bags and act as a parachute on the way down.  We had been doing this for a while, when my buddy tossed Duke up on another paratrooper mission. Unfortunately, it would be his last. A strong gust came up, and pulled Duke higher into the air. He kept going higher and started floating toward the creek. We started tossing rocks and dirt clods, trying to knock him down, but it was too late. The breeze carried Duke way, way out to the middle of the creek, where he finally crashed down. We were both amazed at how far he traveled, but that quickly turned to disappointment, and I lost interest in the game. Several years later, a friend of mine claimed that he found pieces of Duke washed up on the beach on the other side of the creek. I'd like to imagine he made it over there and survived for a while, before finally succumbing to old age and the elements.

Or he ended up in some guy's crab pots.

8 comments:

  1. Awesome but some what sad story Chris but am glad i could send some Dukes your way so maybe some new but more careful adventures can be had now.

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    1. Definitely, there are no shopping bags in this Duke's future!

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  2. Great story! I played by the creek too! But I was far more abusive to my figures...

    And here I thought this post was going to be about Bo and Luke vs. Coy and Vance

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    1. I got more abusive the older I got. If I could go back and have a stern talking-to to my younger self..

      Ha! I completely forgot about the Dukes of Hazzard.

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  3. Tiger Force Duke was my go-to version for years, along with the TF versions of Flint and Recondo. And several friends owned the '92 Duke and I was always super-jealous. So, so cool.

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    1. The Tiger Force repaints were definitely some of the cooler ones out there. I'm surprised they went with the brighter color scheme on the vehicles though.

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  4. Poor Duke :( Funny because I was thinking about doing a post about past traumatic toy experiences lol!.I've had one or two. Still might do a post about it.

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    1. Oh man, I say go for it. I know I'd certainly read it.

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