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OpalCat
10-02-2010, 05:37 PM
Growing up I remember hearing ads for action figures that had "kung fu grip"... what the hell was it?

Palooka
10-02-2010, 05:42 PM
The way GI Joe's hands were moulded so they could hold stuff, like their weapons.

This video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=lxbW_BY4X80) explains it.

Boyo Jim
10-02-2010, 05:49 PM
From Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._Joe):
# In 1974, named after the increasingly popular martial art, Hasbro introduced "Kung-Fu Grip" to the G.I. Joe line. This was another innovation that had been developed in the UK for Action Man. The hands were molded in a softer plastic that allowed the fingers to grip objects in a more lifelike fashion.

Essentially, you could bend the fingers around stuff.

bleibtreu
10-02-2010, 05:56 PM
You could see exactly how the hands worked in the commercial. Thanks to YouTube, you still can:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=lxbW_BY4X80

You didn't bend them around something, but they were flexible rubber. You could hold them open, put something in the palm, and release them. They'd go back to their natural position, and hold whatever you had placed in them.

OpalCat
10-02-2010, 05:56 PM
I read the G.I. Joe wiki doing a search for Kung Fu and I didn't see that! I swear I looked!

Boyo Jim
10-02-2010, 06:02 PM
You could see exactly how the hands worked in the commercial. Thanks to YouTube, you still can:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=lxbW_BY4X80

You didn't bend them around something, but they were flexible rubber. You could hold them open, put something in the palm, and release them. They'd go back to their natural position, and hold whatever you had placed in them.

You are correct. I take that back. The hands are more like springs.

John Mace
10-02-2010, 06:53 PM
Oh, this isn't about song lyrics. Never mind! :)

bleibtreu
10-02-2010, 07:19 PM
Oh, this isn't about song lyrics. Never mind! :)
Heh. I didn't know anything about a song with that title, but judging from the title and comments at that YouTube link a lot of people arrive at the page under the impression that it's that video.

Robot Arm
10-02-2010, 07:28 PM
Oh, this isn't about song lyrics.I can fix that.

From Little Skipper (http://yellowtailrecords.com/lyrics/lyr_mel_1.html#skipper), by Andrew Ratchin. (A song about Barbie's little sister going out with G.I. Joe)

And Skipper wants to dress herself in leather
But Skipper needs assistance to unzip
Joe is armed and ready, willing, able
With his trusty hand-grenade and kung-fu grip

Johnny L.A.
10-02-2010, 07:44 PM
I was hoping someone would post something to which I could reply, 'Oh, that was sublime.' But since someone doesn't know about lyrics:

So she told me to come over and I took that trip
And then she pulled out my mushroom tip
And when it came out it went drip drip drip
I didn’t know she had that GI Joe kung-fu grip

http://youtube.com/watch?v=k_LP4IU6XD4

John Mace
10-02-2010, 07:51 PM
Oh, this isn't about song lyrics.I can fix that.

From Little Skipper (http://yellowtailrecords.com/lyrics/lyr_mel_1.html#skipper), by Andrew Ratchin. (A song about Barbie's little sister going out with G.I. Joe)

And Skipper wants to dress herself in leather
But Skipper needs assistance to unzip
Joe is armed and ready, willing, able
With his trusty hand-grenade and kung-fu grip

I was thinking of something a little more "Sublime".

Robot Arm
10-02-2010, 08:00 PM
I was hoping someone would post something to which I could reply, 'Oh, that was sublime.' But since someone doesn't know about lyrics:

So she told me to come over and I took that trip
And then she pulled out my mushroom tip
And when it came out it went drip drip drip
I didnít know she had that GI Joe kung-fu grip

http://youtube.com/watch?v=k_LP4IU6XD4I like mine better.

DWMarch
10-03-2010, 05:17 AM
I loved that they worked a joke about this into the live action G.I. Joe movie.

"Hey bro, you got some life-like hair over there... oww, and a kung-fu grip!"

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