U.S.S. Flagg Highlights the Biggest G.I.Joe Birthday Haul Ever

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by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

in G.I. Joe

The picture below, found on the website I’m Remembering, is courtesy of UnderScoopFire friend Chad Young. Chad shares our feeling toward the elusive G.I. Joe aircraft carrier, the USS Flagg – he posts on Facebook: “PROOF that someone actually received the USS Flagg for their birthday“.

Getting my hands on a USS Flagg was my biggest unrealized childhood goal. I’ve actually never even seen one in person to this day. Despite this, I’ve never been jealous of or spiteful toward any lucky Flagg owner; HOWEVER – the young (and seemingly unappreciative) smug little creep in this picture not only got a USS Flagg for his birthday (apparently fully assembled when he found it, by the way – a nice touch) but :LOOK at all of those other vehicles and playsets he got!!

I assume he got this haul in one day, because who would get a present, and then instead of playing all day say “Wait, wait – let’s get out all of the boxes from every toy in my collection and stack them up on and around the new gift, because I’m a mega-showoff and I want all of my friends to cry.”? Okay, maybe that’s actually a very possible scenario. Whatever.

I need your help on identifying everything in the pile. Hit the comments and let me know what I’ve missed.

I’m seeing a Tomahawk, a HAVOC, a Conquest (behind the birthday banner), it goes on and on.

F you, kid.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason G January 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

It’s like they are having his birthday party at at toy store…seriously, can you imagine getting all of that in one day? You could play an actual wargame.


Howie D January 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

It’s beyond ridiculous Jason


Joseph Tages January 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

There’s a Snow Cat atop the HAVOC. I can also spot the Ammo Dump Unit, Cobra Rifle Range Unit, Weapons Transport, Night Landing, 2 Devilfish, Bomb Disposal, the Armadillo, and the L.C.V. Recon Sled.



Joseph Tages January 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Plus, that’s the Cobra Surveillance Port atop the Snow Cat and the one item hidden by your banner in between the Conquest and Snow Cat. It’s too obscured to check out.


Howard Decker January 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

It’s unbelievable. I’m starting to think he just gathered all of the boxes of everything he already had and put them in the picture. Judging by the house in the background, it’s hard to believe that family could afford all of those gifts in one year, unless they had just hit the state lottery and hadn’t pulled the trigger on upgrading the house yet. Thanks again for commenting Joseph.


Howard Decker January 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

YES! Knew I could count on Joseph to nail at least 3/4 of the remainder. Thanks!!


Brian Morin January 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

I also see a He-Man Wind Raider on the floor to the left of the Flagg.


Howard Decker January 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I was wondering what that green and yellow thing was! Looked familiar but couldn’t put my finger on it. Thanks!!


Will January 23, 2012 at 12:14 am

See, I usually feel a whole bunch of jealousy from pics like this, but then I like to imagine this kid is in rehab or jail or something. Problem solved.


Howard Decker January 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Problem solved! HAHA! I know, it’s hard not to want to strangle this kid, but I have to let it go 🙂

Just a note – we mentioned some of our top commenters on the most recent podcast, and I had written your name but missed it when reading, so be sure I will bring it up on the next show. Can I plug your site for you? Let me know what I can say to try to drive some traffic your way.


Will January 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I’m so forgettable! Thanks, as I’d love any plug you could give. I’ve got the blog (williambrucewest.com) and my new project is my ecrater collectibles store (willsworldofwonder.ecrater.com). Any support you can give would be greatly appreciated!


Howard Decker January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Will do – thanks!


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