Bill Young

Bill Young, Sr. Product Designer, interned at Hasbro on two occasions during 1984 and began full-time employment in 1985 and worked until February of 1997.  Most of his time at Hasbro was devoted to designing vehicles and playsets for the G.I. Joe line.  A few of the vehicles Bill designed include the Cobra W.O.L.F., Buzz Boar, Phantom X-19, Cobra Rage, and the Hurricane VTOL!

One of Bill’s favorite moments while working on Joe was boarding the USS Theodore Roosevelt at 4am in Virginia and then setting sail for the next four days with the crew, officers, and pilots of the air craft carrier. We had the full tour, ate with the crew and pilots, sat in the ready room, and witnessed shakedown operations with near constant deck launches & landings for the first 48 hours. At the end of our “tour of duty” we were catapulted off the deck in a mail plane on our way home. An incredible life experience!

What were some of your favorite moments working on G.I. Joe?
 

“In the early years attending the big Toy Fair in NYC. It was fun, colorful, and inspiring to see what other industry creatives had been up to.”

“Attending the AUSA shows in Washington D.C. was amazing. We were surrounded by military brass from around the world in a trade show atmosphere where people are holding drinks in front of beautifully crafted scale models of the latest weaponry while casually discussing kill ratios. While fascinating it was a surreal and very sobering experience.”
 

“The hands-down show stopper for me was boarding the USS Theodore Roosevelt at 4am in Virginia and then setting sail for the next four days with the crew, officers, and pilots of the air craft carrier. We had the full tour, ate with the crew and pilots, sat in the ready room, and witnessed shakedown operations with near constant deck launches & landings for the first 48 hours. At the end of our ’tour of duty’ we were catapulted off the deck in a mail plane on our way home. An incredible life experience!”

 

What is your greatest accomplishment with the G.I. Joe line?

“The hands-down show stopper for me was boarding the USS Theodore Roosevelt at 4am in Virginia and then setting sail for the next four days with the crew, officers, and pilots of the air craft carrier. We had the full tour, ate with the crew and pilots, sat in the ready room, and witnessed shakedown operations with near constant deck launches & landings for the first 48 hours. At the end of our ’tour of duty’ we were catapulted off the deck in a mail plane on our way home. An incredible life experience!”

 

Who is your favorite figure? Why?

“‘Payload’…because it’s me : ) Runner up will always be Snake-Eyes!”

 

In your opinion, what characteristics made the G.I. Joe brand team successful?

Who is your favorite vehicle/playset? Why?

“Teamwork, hardwork, respect, playfulness, friendship, and a little irreverence!”

 

“The Defiant Space Shuttle Complex because we all worked together, laughing, and sharing ideas until it all came together. It was a labor of love and lot of fun.”

“The GhostRider Trans-Atmospheric Jet. Although the project almost killed me I lobed the way it came out and Dave Kunitz did an amazing job in creating the landing gear mechanism which I could never figure out!”

“The Armorbot because it was another very fun project to work on. I was in my ‘Mech’ phase at the time so it was perfect timing.”

 

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