My G.I. Joe was bought for my birthday when I was 6 years old. My vague memory says it was at Canadian Tire near Halifax Nova Scotia ( but that seems unlikely. ) He then went to Scotland with me where he suffered many bruising and downright crippling combat missions , sorties and covert operations. Like a good soldier he valiantly fought the Nazis, Big Jim, Steve Austin, Dinosaurs , Sharks and the Cat. His 'Kung-Fu Grip' tm enabled him to do insane feats of endurance which were completely impossible for any mere Action Man ( Action Man in the UK only got 'Kung-Fu Grip'tm some years later.) Sadly Joe lost all the fingers on his left hand in a death slide accident going down the stairwell ( the same accident that broke Big Jim's head clean off! ) then he suffered a debilitating fall from an upstairs window that necessitated replacing his right calf with the barrel from a BIC pen. Still able to fight valiantly , even with his transparent prosthesis, my Mum made him a Yugoslavian Partizan outfit, which probably allowed him to go undercover to fight the Nazi invasion and err... promote Communism.
Joe was last seen in a Scottish prison camp with many of his surviving comrades, packed away in a dark and unheated attic for the last 30 years. He's there right now...awaiting my orders.