Theodore Roosevelt G.I. Joe

I recently discovered that back in 1996 Hasbro came out with a Classic Collection of 12″ action figures that harkened back to the 1960′s style G.I. Joe’s which had more realistic clothing and equipment. Included among the collection were a “Historical Commanders” series which included Colin L. Powell, Omar N. Bradley, George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, George Washington, and….Theodore Roosevelt! The TR G.I. Joe came outfitted  in Rough Rider garb, ready for a charge up San Juan hill. They were more of a collector’s item than a toy even at the time, and today can be found on Amazon and elsewhere for $50 and going up from there. Still would be kind of cool to give to your kid though. “Now son, this is an All-American hero.”




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Simon Kesterson April 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

If I had that toy as a child, his smile would still be haunting my dreams.

Tom April 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Looks like he’s suffering from piles.

Chase Christy April 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

This is awesome!

My wife and I have our second child on the way. We aren’t finding out if it’s a boy or a girl. If it is a boy, we are trying to decide on the middle name – Winston (after Churchill) or Theodore (after TR, of course).

Kenny Noland April 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I’m proud to say that I own one of these very G.I. Joes. I also have one of the Omar Bradley ones. Unfortunately, their boxes got thrown away shortly after their purchase.

Mark Graves April 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

I have some of the G.I. Joes like this. Never did see this one anywhere. Teddy would find a good home with rest of my Joes.

Cody McCloud April 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I remember this came out when I was about ten years old, and I wanted one so badly. But I knew that if I’d gotten it, I would’ve opened it and “The Colonel” would’ve taken over my playtime.

Looking back, I should’ve gotten it.

mike May 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

So … is the trunk dead?

Brenden May 22, 2012 at 9:28 am


What happened to the Trunk?

Chris Norman June 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I found one on eBay for $35. I look forward to keeping it in the family, and passing it on to my son. A fine example of a man that Teddy R.
The creepy smile doesn’t scare me, makes me laugh though!

Joe July 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I work in the toy industry and wow…toys looked so real back then. Now everything just looks like its from the future.

Mr S. Heaton July 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

When I was a young man my father gift wrapped his original Joes in a small case as a gift to me for Christmas. I experienced hours of enjoyment playing with them. I do feel as if my son’s generation has been spoiled by many of today’s entertainment inventions and find it a bit complicated to teach him the benefits of imagination through playing with toys that don’t beep, squeak, walk, talk, or move on their own. Every once in awhile he finds that place where I, in retrospect, was a child. There’s something to be said about the toys of our youth. I hope when he is my age he to will have the satisfaction of watching and playing with the Original Joes with his son someday. They are truly an American childhood heirloom.

Brian August 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Bring back the trunk!!

Michael August 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I have a few of these G.I Joe figures and this is the only one I could never find when I was younger. Good idea about passing them down or gifting them to my son when he gets a bit older….. 3 weeks is a little

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