Don Amaral Jr.
Don Amaral Jr. was a Mechanical Designer in Boy’s Toys working for Joe Morrone and Guido Fazio. Don shared that it was exciting to work on the G.I. Joe product because as a child, he received 12” G.I. Joe product from his aunts, who worked at Hasbro, for Christmas and his birthdays! He was at Hasbro from 1990 through 1997 and worked on product such as the Ice Snake, Armor Bot, and the Rhino G.P.V. for the 12” Hall of Fame series. Don recalls that his time at Hasbro was very fulfilling and had a lot of fun working on the product. He still stays in touch with some of his former co-workers and plays in a band occasionally with them.
What were some of your favorite moments working on G.I. Joe?
“ Anytime we worked as a team. The more detailed the product, the better. The ‘toaster head’ Armor Bot was a lot of fun! A big learning experience for me.”
What is your greatest accomplishment with the G.I. Joe line?
“ It was awesome to see how kids reacted to the products.”
Who is your favorite figure? Why?
“ I was always a fan of the 12” figures, vehicles and accessories because I grew up with them. When it came to 3-3/4” figures and designing I preferred the vehicles (because I’m a car guy) and the figures that we did in ’93 that moved their arms when you squeezed their legs.”
In your opinion, what characteristics made the G.I. Joe brand team successful?
“Awesome product ideas that were well executed into product. We strived to make high quality toys.”