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Short-Fuze was the resident “hothead” of the original G.I. Joe team released in 1982. He was also one of two G.I. Joe items purchased by author Mark Bellomo on his first magical encounter with the toy line.

Why vintage G.I. Joe prices are rising

When Mark Bellomo, an authority on contemporary collectible toys, met his first G.I. Joe 3 3/4” action figure, it was articulated love at first sight. Still an impassioned collector, Bellomo explains how a perfect storm of reasons are contributing to the skyrocketing prices of vintage 3 3/4” G.I. Joe product.