Mark Hunter (ozma914) wrote,
Mark Hunter
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Writer's Block: Your own toy story

Did you have a favorite stuffed animal, action figure, or doll growing up? If so, what was it and what happened to it?

Yes, I had most of the set of Johnny West action figures -- they were called "dolls" back then, but dolls armed with six-shooters, knives, and rifles.  Let's see ... there was Johnny, of course, who was the John Wayne type but had a family: Jane, his wife (cue Jetsons music), two sons, and two daughters (Jay and Jamie, Josie and Janice). One of each sex was blonde, one brunette. Makes you wonder what Jane was up to with Sam Cobra, the bad guy dressed all in black, when Johnny was out on the range.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_of_the_West_%28action_figures%29

The group of figures kept expanding and we weren't exactly rich, so I never did collect the whole set. In addition to all four family members and Sam Cobra (who I remember came with a pool ball and cue. Must have been a gambler!), I had the Indians Geronimo  and Fighting Eagle, the cavalry soldiers General Custer and Captain Maddox, and -- naturally -- horses for several of them. I didn't get most of the larger accessories, such as the ranch homestead and fort, but I did manage to get the covered wagon and horse. That came out in 1968, and it was the last toy released until 1975, which was after I stopped collecting. That would mean I was around 7-10 years old when I accumulated what would have been a pretty fair set.

Despite hard play (they kicked my GI Joe's ass, by the way), I still have Johnny, in fairy decent shape, along with a few other pieces in not so good shape. Although fully articulated, they were solid molded plastic, and help up pretty well. I remember seeing this poster in the store:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zbqpMnEmvE8/RbVM9Fu8ALI/AAAAAAAAABw/bdo8QkWf5eQ/s1600-h/johnnywestposter.jpg
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