G.I. Joe lands in Port A. May 14th, 2017.

 

Stan Weston, the creator of the G.I. Joe military action figured passed away on May 1st.   After learning a bit more about the maker,  we decided to pull these dudes out of their GI Joe lockers and play.   My son bought a nice collection at a garage sale a few years ago.   Their outfits and gear are cool, of course, but I was surprised when we pushed a  button and heard one speak  Korean, Vietnamese, or Japanese; I’m not sure which.

GI Joe’s were the first articulating dolls and, boy do I remember the first time I got my hands on one.   I  really pushed the limits of those joints!   Their fuzzy hair and beards and that scar fascinated me.   He was way neater than barbie.

Anyway, I found out that Stan Weston sold his concept to Hasbro in 1963 for $100,000 and declined the tiny royalty offer.   Since 1964 something like 400 million G.I. Joe’s have been sold,  so if you do the math, that’s a few billion dollars in sales.   A year before his death he was able to settle with the toy company, and hopefully, at age 83, got a few bucks back!

Here’s to you Stan, and everybody out there who had a great idea that made someone else rich!   But the joy you brought to boys, and girls, is priceless.

4 responses

  1. J James Derkitsu

    Nice work!! All the Derkitses enjoyed it!

    May 15, 2017 at 6:50 am

  2. Justine

    Bravo, you Port A cinema aesthetes. You have brought merriment, hope, and wanderlust to those stuck in the cold climes. You are so creative and fun. I am sure GI Joe and Kevin were pleased to be in the limelight once again. Thank you for being you and sharing your gifts!

    May 17, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    • Wow , thanks Justine! Glad some childish play made you guys smile. When we don’t know what to do, we must create!

      May 17, 2017 at 9:55 pm

  3. That’s hilarious, cool and well done! Thanks

    May 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

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