now from the North Island of New Zealand

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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