Real American Heroes

Are you frightened by the thought of a Democrat in the White House? Do you miss the sweet, sweet days when the Cold War was raging and a kid's only sanctuary could be found in hard-ass action figures that were ready to kill anytime, anywhere...for their country? Well, taxpayer, here is your chance to celebrate capitalism, patriotism, jingoism and a whole bunch of other -isms while indulging the die-hard collector-geek gene that is in all our DNA.The Great Texas G.I. Joe Show returns to Arlington this year for the fifth time, and it looks like it's going to be better than ever. It's a gathering for aficionados of not only G.I. Joe memorabilia, but a plethora of other military models, action figures and related artifacts from the age of the warrior. In addition to vendors selling rare and one-of-a-kind items, there are also custom figure contests where the classic 12-inch G.I. Joe's get a personal touch. If you're a G.I. Joe fan and didn't know about this great convention, now you know. And as the Joes themselves once said in their infamous PSAs, "knowing's half the battle." The Great Texas G.I. Joe Show goes down from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. Visit for details.
Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2009


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