Hasbro had been in the business of creating school supplies like pencil cases and bidders long before the days of GI Joe. In consequence, they already had machinery to seal together vinyl and flexible plastics. In a thrifty move to keep their existing department busy, they created a line of inflatable pool toys with GI Joe themes. As you might imagine, these are tough to find today, and bring high prices in the original packaging. The site lacks an image of the German Soldier bop bag, so if you can share one, or any other one that is missing please contact me!
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