I was not a Big Jim guy, I was more into G. I. Joe, but they seem very similar.
(Big Jim had a lot of cool accessories. The Sports Camper, Boat and Buggy, Camping Tent, and a Rescue Rig are pictured here.)
Big Jim seems to be a Ken doll on steroids. Where as my G.I. Joe had battle scars on his face, Big Jim has almost a model look to him and lots of bulging muscles. (If Barbie ever sets her eyes on him, Ken maybe looking for new girlfriend!)
Well… Big Jim might be able to beat G. I . Joe at arm wrestling, but I bet he can’t out run a sniper rifle.
When I first looked at this ad I thought it was for a generic police action figure to coincide with all of the cop shows that were popular in the 70s. As I started to read the description, it described them as TV Superstars.
So I looked up “The Rookies” on the IMDB website and sure enough, this was a police show that ran from 1972 thru 1976.
It is time for some manly post. Well, manly from the viewpoint of a 70s child!
G.I. Joe and Hombre!
I don’t recall Hombre, but our G.I. Joes were very similar to what is pictured here. We had the fuzzy hair and beard, but he didn’t talk or have a kung fu grip.
The Sea Wolf submarine looks way cool. It submerges in water and has a view screen with it. I am already thinking of a ton of things that I would have used this for when I was a kid, but then I start to wonder how many of these ended up in the bottom of lakes! (I would have tried that one myself as well as taking it for a spin in an aquarium.) The tank would have been a blast too.
Shogun Warriors was a Mattel toy line based on Japanese anime comic books from the late 70s. I wasn’t into the whole comic book scene but my cousin had a few of these Shogun Warrior toys and they were pretty cool. Many of them had missiles that could be launched and I think a few of them had moving parts.
I had posted before about the Buck Rogers series starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray. They had a really cool toy line out for this show.
Here we have the Interplanetary Star Fortress ( I don’t remember that from Buck Rogers, but okay), the Star Fighter and Draconian Marauder spacecraft, and an assortment of Buck Rogers figures. Don’t even think I didn’t notice Mego left out Erin Gray and Princess Ardala in the figure line up. How could you not include two of greatest crushes from the late 70s? (No offense Cathrine Bach, you are still number 1 in my book! Lol.) I think they did have an Erin Gray figure but it just wasn’t sold thru this catalog.
It was about this time in my life that I started going thru the change where toys were becoming less and less a part of my life. I never asked for this set and my parents where buying me less action figures anyway. In three short years, computers will become a big part of my life.
I can’t say I was ever a big fan of the Lone Ranger. I remember watching these shows occasionally when I was a kid, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Today we have the “Lone Ranger” action figures that include “Butch Cavendah” (I assume he is the bad guy?) and “Tonto”. I do like what appears to be good quality with this set of toys. The figures and horses are fully poseable with lots of detail. Though I am not sure what is up with the mysterious prospector outfit. Was that a main character in the Lone Ranger series?
If you watched this series or had fond memories of these action figures let us know. 🙂