G.I.Joe Keychain - Sailor
Pictured above is a 1998 "Classic Collection" keychain. Ordinarily, most Classic Collection merchandise is 12" related and not of interest to 3 3/4" Joe collectors. However this item is of interest to 3 3/4" collectors because the keychain is basically a 3 3/4" figure with a key chain in its back.
The figure itself is from the same mold as the 1994 Action Sailor. However, the plastic is of a slightly cheaper quality. Plus, the date stamp has been changed to "1998".
The earliest figures had a keychain assembly that is a plastic "plug" that is fit into the backpack hole in the figure's back. With some effort, the plug can be pulled out. Later figures actually had loops molded onto the back so as not to cover the screw.
There are four different keychains - Soldier, Pilot, Sailor, and Marine. They are produced by "Fun 4 All" and are dated 1998. There was also a box set of all four figures in new colors.
From the collection of: J. Yingling