Action Figures

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle This section presents action figures, a favorite toy of boys since the 1950's when the original action figure, G.I. Joe, was released to the public. From the original 3-3/4" Star Wars figures to the relatively gigantic Shogun Warriors, this is a toy that has more than overcome the original misgivings that parents may have had about their boys playing with 'dolls.'

The most popular action figures, as can be expected, are based around superheroes and TV-movie action characters. Some (like Mattel's Big Jim) are entirely new creations, sold to boys through ads in comic books and on television.

Although initially a violence-oriented toy, not all action figures emphasize that aspect. The best example of this is the original action figure, G.I. Joe, which started out as a Cold War era soldier but, after Vietnam, became a search-and-rescue figure with the Adventure Team line. Of course, G.I. Joe would become popular again during the Reagan era as 3-3/4" figures in the A Real American Hero series.


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Kenner

Alien
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bionic Woman
Butch & Sandance
Centurions
Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos
Gargoyles
Ghostbusters, 1986-1991
Indiana Jones
M.A.S.K.
Robocop and the Ultra Police
Six Million Dollar Man
Strawberry Shortcake
Super Powers, 1984-1986

Marx

Archies
Astronauts
Best of the West
Lone Ranger
Mike Hazard
Noble Knights
Ready Gang
Safari Adventure
Stony Smith
Vikings

Mattel

Battlestar Galactica
Big Jim
Big Jim's PACK
Bravestarr
Captain Power
Clash of the Titans
Flash Gordon, 1979
Major Matt Mason
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars
Masters of the Universe
Mork and Mindy
Pulsar
Sea Devils, 1970
She-Ra, Princess of Power
Shogun Warriors
Space: 1999
Welcome Back Kotter

Mego

Action Jackson
American West
Buck Rogers
CHiPs
Comic Action Heroes
Die-Cast Super Heroes
Dukes of Hazzard
Flash Gordon, 1976
Happy Days
James Bond: Moonraker
Love Boat
Mad Monsters
Micronauts
One Million BC
Planet of the Apes
Pocket Super Heroes
Robin Hood and His Merry Men
Starsky and Hutch
Star Trek, 1974-1980
Super Hero Bend n Flex
the Waltons
Wizard of Oz
Wonder Woman, 1977-1980
World's Greatest Super-Heroes
World's Greatest Super Knights
World's Greatest Super Pirates

G.I. Joe


Star Wars


Transformers


1960's

Addams Family
Bonanza
Captain Action
Comic Heroine Posin' Dolls
Colorforms Outer Space Men
Honey West
Johnny Hero
Man From UNCLE
Moon McDare

1970's

Banana Splits
Charlie's Angels
Derry Daring
Emergency
Evel Knievel
Heroes of the American Revolution
J.J. Armes
Legends of the West
Lone Ranger (Hubley)
Lone Ranger Rides Again
Official World Famous Super Monsters
Rom the Spaceknight
Space: 1999 (Palitoy)
Universal Monsters, Remco 1979

1980's

A-Team
Bionic Six
Blackstar
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
DC Comics Super Heroes
Defenders of the Earth
Dune
Dungeons & Dragons
Ghostbusters (Schaper)
Inhumanoids
Legend of the Lone Ranger
Lost World of the Warlord
M*A*S*H
Pee Wee's Playhouse
Rambo
Robotech
Sectaurs
Transformers, Hasbro 1984-1995
Voltron





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