This guy belongs to my husband. And make no mistake, according to Hasbro and pop-culture this is no doll. This is a GI Joe Action Figure. Hasbro first started making these dolls, I mean action figures, in 1964. This particular “Action Soldier” is from its founding year and seemingly goes for some coin on eBay. “America’s movable fighting man” was printed on every box and since then all “boy”-related figures are referred to as “action figures” — well, okay, but I think I’m going to change my vernacular just the same.
Unique markings on these original figures are trademark and year on the soldier’s butt cheek (check), a slash mark on his right face cheek (check) and his nail is mistakenly placed on the inside of his thumb (oops and check!).
This guy is in great condition minus the loss of his left hand.
Items photographed around the doll include a 1950’s Hit Spy Camera, a .50 caliber KS-43 (’43) round from WWII used with a Browning M2 machine gun, and a vintage happy-face button just to represent the hippie side of things in this military infused post.
And here all along I thought this was a “Ken” doll — I mean action figure.