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on January 26, 2004
At first, I only wanted to see the new figures. But then I looked at the 60s figures and wanted the 40th Anniversary sets. I agree, the "prototypes" were fake but the book was still good. It is the only book I read. A great edition to your collection. Buy and Enjoy!
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on October 10, 2002
This book for some reason includes re-creations of proto-types. How do you recreate a prototype? Sounds like a dumb idea to me. ...I don't know, but I liked the book mostly because of the interesting photos of GI Joes, and the information that it added to what I already know. The parts of the book (like the value guide) which I thought were garbage I just skipped over. There are lots of entertaining photos in the book, and interesting information too. Is it some kind of Collector's Bible for GI Joe? No, I don't think so.
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on August 28, 2002
While Santelmo's book is valuable for all the interviews with early GI Joe creators, collectors who have not had experience handling rare items can be easily misled by the many photos of so-called "prototypes" which were "re-created" for the book. Because the "re-creations" are not clearly marked there is significant concern that when these surface in collecting circles they will be thought authentic because of their association with the book. The price guide is also virtually useless as it undervalues some very rare pieces and wildly overvalues some more common ones. Buyer Beware!
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on March 22, 2002
This book rocks! I can't say enough good things about it. Very well put together and great pics. It makes me want to get my joes out of the attic.
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on December 21, 2001
While some hardcore collectors and professional critics have found some small points to pick at in this book, most reasonable collectors will find it to be just what it purports to be: A very good standard reference guide to one of our all time favorite toys G.I. Joe. So find a comfortable chair, turn off the TV, flip open the book and get reacquainted with a old childhood friend G.I. Joe.
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on November 26, 2001
This guy thinks collectors want to see his own creations of what rare prototypes are. What a complete waste of time. Collectors want to see the real thing. Most of the "rare" prototypes in this book are fakes that Santelmo forgets to tell the reader. This book would be useful if you are interested in conterfeit items!
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on November 20, 2001
This is the latest, 3rd Edition of the very popular "Encyclopedia" of GI Joe collecting. This 1" thick, 512 page book has more than 1,000 black and white photos, and a super 48 page large, sharp, full color picture section. It has a very useful, complete table of contents making item location easy. Values are provided. I found this volume most interesting and useful. GI Joe fans will find it of value, just as the popular previous editions.
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on November 16, 2001
It seems very strange that Santelmo adds to an otherwise useful collector's guide a whole bunch of material taken from John Michlig's book, GI JOE: THE COMPLETE STORY OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE MAN OF ACTION. Why not do inexpensive updates to the collector information without all the poorly written "history" at the beginning? 592 pages? Under half of those pages are useful.
The collector book by Derryl DePriest is much better, leaner book for collector's, and the Michlig book is a better book for the history of the product.
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on November 16, 2001
Vincent "San Repro" is at it again. This book is filled with reproduction "prototypes" which the author fails to mention are complete fakes that he created. There is a tiny disclaimer toward the back of the book which claims there are reproductions. However, in the body of the book, the author misleads collectors by showing several pictures of reproduction items that are passed off as the original. This book is a complete sham and a disgrace. Any longtime vintage collector will see right through it.
If you are looking for a truly great book on the history of GI Joe, I suggest you read John Michlig's books. They have all authentic prototypes from the actual creators of GI Joe.
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