There have been plenty of iterations of GI Joe action figures throughout the years, with the newest being the 6” Classified line. While some versions are highly regarded, such as the A Real American Hero line of the 1980s-90s, others are not looked on fondly by the Joe community.
One of those maligned iterations was the GI Joe vs. Cobra/SpyTroops/Valor vs. Venom era of the early 2000s. Some of the criticism is justified — the proportions were often horrendous, paint applications were sometimes soft, and many figures looked downright janky — but this line also had many positive qualities that get overlooked today. Here are 8 ways GI Joe of the early aughts kicked ass: