Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture

Yet Another Look at The Kentuckiana GI Joe Toy Expo

This is the last batch of photos I took at The Kentuckiana GI Joe Toy Expo last month.  Apologies for dragging these out, but our technical restraints here at the blog (I can’t currently include more than ten photos in a post) combined with an influx of mundane and time-consuming paying work, caused delays.

I do plan one more photo essay of the cool stuff I got at the show, but that will have to wait until I have time to unpack it and take photos.

It’s been that hectic, juggling the blog with the radio station with the paying gigs and with other obligations, I haven’t had time to even look at the cool figures, playsets and custom stuff that I picked up at the show.

In fact, tomorrow I’ll be telling you about a radio programming stunt for The AIR that is designed to lighten my workload a bit next week so that I can get away to celebrate my eighth wedding anniversary.

But the cool part of today’s photo essay is the inclusion of photos of the prototypes of Super Joe Unlimited. Ths is the revival of the unjustly-overlooked 8-plus inch-tall incarnation of GI Joe that existed between the Adventure Team and the Real American Hero.  New, sturdier, figures are being designed and tooled up, and hopefully we’ll have some exciting news about how you can buy these before the end of the year.

Sadly, most of the photos I took of the prototypes on display fell victim to a defective SD Card, but we got a few good pics, and you can find more images and information at their Facebook Page, along with up-to-date news.

After the Super Joe Unlimited pictures, we have a few more shots of the cool toys at The 2022 Kentuckiana GI Joe Toy Expo…

A slimmer Gor, Darkon and Super Joe, prototypes on display.

Gor, The King of the Terrons!

Prototypes for new characters and helmets.

“We’re getting the band back together!”

More vintage goodness. It was only a lack of space in stately Radio Free Charleston Manor that kept this scramble van from coming home with me.

More recent 12″ figures.

More 3D printed goodies from Brad Curry’s Bee-Active Toys.

Aside from the Action Man and Star Wars stuff, I already had most of this stuff. Still cool to see it in the wild.

Finally we glimpse some Dragon figures and some MEGOs. Good stuff to be found ’round every corner at Kentuckiana.


  1. Mark Otnes

    Magnifico! Great reportage as always, Rudy!

  2. Thomas Wheeler

    This looks like such a cool show. I wish it was geographically feasible for me to attend.

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