Hasbrow (9)

November 24, 2014

In the cusp year of 1964, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based toy company Hasbro released the greatest toy in history: the boys’ 12″ doll action figure G.I. Joe. These days, people sell disembodied G.I. Joe heads on eBay. Something about these images captivates us,. Via this series of posts, we’ll share 10 of our favorite examples with you.


GI Joe vs. ISIS


SIMILAR HILOBROW SERIES: 4CP FRIDAY | BICYCLE KICK | THE BOOK IS A WEAPON — a gallery | CECI EST UNE PIPE — a gallery | CHESS MATCH — a gallery | EGGHEAD — a gallery | CIRCLE GAME | FILE X — a gallery | HILOBROW COVERS — a gallery | PHRENOLOGY — the insane origin of browism | PLUPERFECT PDA — time-traveling smartphones! | SECRET PANEL —Silver Age comics’ double entendres | SKRULLICISM



What do you think?

  1. Interesting that in a series consisting entirely of disembodied heads, it is the one in a plastic bag that inspires a reference to isis. This means it is the bag rather than the head that sends a signal of violent execution, and yet paradoxically the bag is the one element that would indicate the head was not detached by an extremist executor. They don’t put the heads of their victims in bags. Bags preserve, protect, store. A bag would be a gesture of some kind of respect for the artefact, however small. Bags might also suggest evidence, which prompts an impulse thought around crime, but again, isis-derived heads are not available as bagged evidence but as visual evidence in images viewed on the internet.

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