VINTAGE GI JOE COLLECTING: HOW TO IDENTIFY THE YEAR YOUR GI JOE WAS MADE

VINTAGE GI JOE COLLECTING: HOW TO IDENTIFY THE YEAR YOUR GI JOE WAS MADE

        On June 15, 1964, The Hasbro Toy Company (Hassenfeld Bros Inc.) filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to claim their rights to a then, revolutionary action figure described to have twenty-one movable parts. After much success, this action figure came to be widely known as, "G.I. JOE" "America's Movable Fighting Man." 

        Throughout the process of finalizing Patent US3277602, which came on October 11, 1966, G.I. JOE had five different distinctive figure markings. Depending on the year in which a particular G.I. JOE ran off Hasbro's production line, the markings, which were stamped on the right buttocks of the figure, read differently. This has allowed collectors to gauge the year in which each figure was made, despite the fact that every G.I. JOE was imprinted with the year "1964."   

        Now lets get down to business! The buttocks identification markings corresponding with the specific production year/years for the vintage G.I. JOE figure are shown below.

1964-1965: TM/R Patent Pending 

1966: R/R Patent Pending 

1967-1975: R/R with Patent Number

1965-1969: Canada Markings 

Early Canada Marking

Later Canada Marking

        The above markings are meant to be used as a rule of thumb for identifying the year in which your G.I. JOE was made. Now being able to correctly identify the year of your Joe is one thing, but being able to identify how early/late in that specific year your figure was made, takes more time and experience. We will dive into that specific topic in another post.

        Please feel free to comment in the section below if you should have any questions or ideas related to the topic at hand. We are always willing to help fellow collectors find their way in the collecting world! Until next time...Yo Joe!

~Ryan

Ryan's Vintage GI JOE & Toy Bricks  

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  • Terry Costilow - July 10, 2019

    Yo jo

  • David Regan - April 07, 2019

    Thanks, I found a tote full of them at flea market paid very little for so many

  • Darryl Lockman - March 30, 2019

    I have a g I Joe the only marking u can find is a 12 stamped on back of his head how old is it n is it worth anything

  • Darryl Lockman - March 30, 2019

    I have a g I Joe the only marking u can find is a 12 stamped on back of his head how old is it n is it worth anything

  • Kim - January 24, 2019

    I have an Adventure team piece that I can’t identify. It’s a yellow casing with a red propeller or fan inside with a couple of straps in the back. Any idea what it is?

  • Al deborde - January 24, 2019

    I have a older g.i. joe missing from elbow down on left arm trademark appears to older and a few accessories would like to sell

  • Stephen Gradijan - October 24, 2018

    Where is the best place to sell 1964/65
    GI Joe to get a fair price without being low balled?

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