Jared Zampini of West Warwick was never really into G.I. Joes as a kid. He liked monsters instead and Joe hardly ever tangled with one of those.
When Zampini, 31, was growing up in the 1980s, the popular G.I. Joe action figure had morphed into characters like “Duke,” “Roadblock,” “Gung-Ho,” and other fictional anti-terror fighters from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic books and cartoon series.
This year, G.I. Joe turns 50 and even though he’s half-a century old and a bit long in the tooth, he can still kick butt.
The birthday of what’s called the world’s first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and Pawtucket-based Hasbro Inc., which introduced G.I. Joe in 1964.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Monday's Call.