Of all the entries I received (just under thirty), only two included the correct answer. After asking for, "one of the more popular G.I. JOE characters from the early 1980s," a couple of the attempts were puzzling. I mean, Alaska? Really? Anyway, the answers are as follows:
The city and state where the pictured building is located: Fresno, CA
The character's code name: Storm Shadow
The character's file name (real name): Tommy Arashikage ( or Thomas S. Arashikage)
In issue #26 of Marvel Comics' original G.I. JOE series, Stalker is providing Hawk and Scarlett with details about Snake-Eyes' past. Recounting an incident from their time together in Vietnam, he mentions "Tommy", a "Japanese-American kid out of Fresno. Unpronounceable last name." He then goes on to say that Tommy's last name (Arashikage) translates into Storm Shadow. This was the first city of origin ever given for the character, although file cards from later figure releases would name both San Francisco and St. Louis. The only file card to ever give Fresno as his hometown came with the Tommy Arashikage figure from the comic book three-pack with Stalker and Snake-Eyes, portraying the characters from their tour in 'Nam. The photo in the contest post shows Fresno's City Hall.
Both names were written on scraps of paper, crumpled up, and dropped into a plastic cup (a bowl wasn't even necessary). After pulling a piece of paper from the cup, the winner is: Irid70/Lastbestangryman of New Castle, DE. He will receive two carded Snow Serpent figures from Wave 5 2008 of Hasbro's current G.I. JOE line. I don't have any more Snow Serpents, but because there were only two correct responses, I'd like to do something for the other contestant. So for Eric of Austin, TX, I have a carded Snake-Eyes figure from Wave 3 2008 to send you. Just send over your mailing addresses, and I'll ship the figures to you guys this weekend.
Congratulations, and thanks for entering!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Prepare Your Cobra Forces For The Coming Winter!Happy Labor Day, everyone! It's going to start getting cold in a couple of months; is your Cobra army ready? If not, I have two carded Snow Serpent figures up for grabs, a little something for the hard-working collector on this holiday. The cards aren't flawlessly mint, but they're sealed and perfect for openers, especially army builders. I'll take all the correct answers from the trivia question below, put their names in a bowl, and pick one winner randomly to receive both Snow Serpent figures. This is open to anyone in the U.S. or Canada, and the shipping is on me.
Your MissionThe building pictured here is located in the hometown of one of the more popular G.I. JOE characters from the early 1980s. Conflicting sources have given a few different cities of origin for this particular character, but I'm looking for the first one ever revealed. HINT: Of the various action figure releases, only one file card gave this city as his birthplace.
In order to enter the contest, just send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- The city and state where the pictured building is located
- The character's code name
- The character's file name (real name)
- Your first name, city, and state (or province)
And the prize:
Entries must be received by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 14, 2008. I'll announce the winner here on the Compulsive Collector Blog Monday, September 15.