GI Joe: Real Canadian Hero
June 21, 2012 1:48 PM Subscribe
Did GI Joe fight for other countries?
posted by asnider to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
As a kid, I had a lot of GI Joe toys, the 3.75 inch ones from the "Real American Hero" line. Despite the fact that GI Joe was the Real American Hero, all of my Joes wore Canadian flags (except for the one guy who was a Marine; he still had an American flag since the Marines are an American thing).
I assume that the marketing team at Hasbro decided that Canadian kids would like GI Joe more if all of the units were marked with the Canadian flag instead of the American flag. I wonder if this was true in other countries, too. Did GI Joe toys sold in the UK fly the Union Jack? Did Australian ones have the Australian flag on their tanks?
I've done a bit of Googling but can't seem to find any information about this. I've found photo evidence
that I'm not just imaging my Canadian GI Joes, but can't seem to find similar documentation from other countries. Was this a uniquely Canadian phenomenon?