I went to a Toys R Us today to look for the new 25th anniversary figures, and as I was walking from my car to the store, I thought to myself "it was twenty years ago that my dad was bringing me to this very place to buy joes for me." I would have been three years old. Up until I became more acquainted with the gi joe toy release timeline, my memories were just a blur, I had no certainty about how old I was when certain things happened in my life. Now that I've learned when exactly certain figures came out or were available, I realize that I have vivid memories of being as young as three, playing in my backyard. I have extremely vague memories of being even younger, but to have vivid memories at three, that seems crazy to me. I still remember the day I got Techno Viper and Chuckles and I think someone else too. I always knew those figures came out in 1987, but I never realized they were only available that year, and to a lesser extent the next year. I guess I just feel grateful that this site exists, because it's really what made the difference.
BTW- I can't tell you how fast I ruined the cobra symbol on that techno viper.
Anyone feel the same about this or care to share any memories? I think it's more meaningful the younger you were when the toys came out.