How to Tell If Your 12 Inch GI Joe Is Authentic or Fake

This is obviously gonna be a short instructable, but I wanted to make one because I have had an account on here for a while and havn't made any yet, sooo... yeah.

Step 1: How to Find Out

On their left hand, the thumb will be backwards. I see ebay items all the time titled "GI Joe?" so I thought this could be an easy first instructable. So all you have to do is take a look at THE ACTION FIGURE'Sleft hand. Not the hand on your left. If it has a backwards thumb, then it's most likely an authentic GI Joe.



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    3 years ago

    The 12" star wars characters have that on their right hands. Made me think that they just reused the GI joe bodies for the Star Wars


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Who knew Joe had this birth defect! Obviously, Joe Senior spent too much time with his Radiation Detection Set back in the 1970s... Great idea for a quick Instructable!


    Sorry, but I'm not sure. I have a hard time looking up G.I. Joes on the computer. All I ever really find are the REAL REAL old ones and the 3 1/2 inch ones. Nice name by the way. Lucky no one stoll it so that no one can use it. LOl


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Good 'ible. I'd like to see more 'ibles about authenticating antique items. I did notice that the thumb curvature and shape appears correct, but it's the actual thumbnail that is on bass ackwards.

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