August 22, 2002


Hasbro restores 'Kung-Fu grip' (AP Online, 8/21/02)
Hasbro hopes to grab toy collectors by restoring the legendary "Kung-Fu grip" to some new GI Joe action figures, the toy company announced Wednesday.

Hasbro introduced the gimmick in 1974, to capitalize on the popularity of the martial arts craze of that era.

Kung-Fu grip was created by making the clenched hands of the soldier dolls out of soft rubber with individual fingers, which let the figures "squeeze" objects or the limbs of other toys.

The younger among you won't care a whit, but the elder among us are rejoicing.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 22, 2002 12:50 PM
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