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Nov 1 12 2:36 AM

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Just picked this 2005 GI Joe Convention Set a while back in the classifieds on the Action Man Command forums.   But I also had one of my jammy-minty fairies moments connected to it, more on which later...

Inside the box.  Note Luftwaffe pilot is a GI Joe Foreign head "sour face"...

Removing the RAF tray reveals the Luftwaffe tray underneath...

Working radio plays a recording of a Battle of Britain news cast...

Nice enamel pin...

Sew on patch...

The documentation...

The British pilot...

Rear view...

The German pilot...

Rear view...

The British flight gear...

Incredibly detailed kit.  A little too detailed for my liking...

Has more of the look of Dragon than Hasbro...

It's very nice but I would have preferred it to look a little less realistic and a little more "Joe"...

The German flight gear...

Again, incredible detail.  The life vest is a big step up from the Action Man version...

A look at the signal flare belts on the boots...

Oh, yes - the jammy bit!  Normally when I get a set like this I can't wait to rip the cards open and get the gear on to a figure, but this set looked sooooo pretty on the card and it is a set that doesn't show up in the UK that often.  So I hesitated and got to wondering.  I thought that there has got to be quite a few people out there who have bought the set and opened it up to dress the figures, that I'd hang fire and see if I could find any for sale.  

Well, my patience paid off, as a few months later the jammy-minty fairies came up trumps for me when both the British and German flight gear came up on eBay (eBay UK, no less!) and I scooped both for a bargain price.  Was willing to bid high to get these and ended up being gobsmacked at how little I had to pay...

Really pleased that I can display these sets in and out of the packaging....

And of course it also means... FOUR MORE PILOTS!!! 

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