This ad has great color pictures of the Johnny West toy line. I was pleasantly surprised to see the other Calvary soldier listed on this ad, Captain Maddox, because I could not remember his name. You may also recognize some of the other figures like Jane West, Johnny West, Geronimo, Sheriff Garret (I don’t remember this figure at all), and Sam Cobra.
I found the heading of this ad very interesting. It is almost laughable that people were concerned about how much time kids were spending in front of the TV during the 70s. I wonder what they would say about the kids of today and the time they spend in front of the TV.
I took some photos of what I have left in my Johnny West collection. Here is the first one. Don’t even ask me why I thought Johnny West needed a blue beard. I have no idea what was going thru my head. Most of these poor guys have been thru the ringer.
This is the second photo of my figures. The GI Joe on the right is an old, old, GI Joe figure that didn’t have moveable legs. I am not sure who the dark blue body belongs to. The wrong head is on the body. The head belongs to Sam Cobra.
Still have all the horses but several have broken tails.
I love the concept, but be honest with me. After a week of stretching him around various things, didn’t the whole concept get a little old? He stretches…. that’s cool… now what? Give me those stories of why this guy was so popular!
I didn’t have any of these accessories (excluding the Major Matt Mason figure of course) but some of these look pretty cool. I like the XRG-1 Reentry Glider. It says that it would fly for 100 feet! That would have been a lot of fun.
I am not sold on the Programmable Space Vehicle though. Anybody have that as a kid? We had shag carpets all thru the house and I doubt it would have worked very well. (Lol)
Scorpio the Lighted Alien also looks pretty cool. (All this stuff is making me want to rebuild my Major Matt Mason collection.)
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Wow! This page had a goldmine of Johny West figures from the 1970s J. C. Penny Wishbook.
My brother and I had several of the these figures. We had Johnny West, Thunderbolt, Jamie West, General Custer, and The Fighting Geronimo. I think we had Josie West too. I need to get pictures up of what I have left in my old wood toy box at my parent’s house but most of them are not in real good shape. Have tons of the accessories but my figures are a little worse for wear.
(Me getting my first Johnny West figure and Thunderbolt! Nice cowlick!)
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You might recall that in 1974 they made Planet of the Apes into a TV series as well as an animated Cartoon in 1975. I think the renewed interest brought about by these two shows inspired this line of action figures. I absolutely loved all of the movies and even the TV series, but my parents were not to keen on the whole thing so these toys never made it in my personal arsenal.
All the commercials I found had messed up audio but still worth watching.
Evel Knievel and his toys were huge in the 70s where I grew up. I can still remember watching the TV specials of the stunts he did, like jumping the Grand Canyon. I think the High Flying Stunt Cycle and the Scramble Van were probably the most popular toys, the other items like the Canyon Car, Stunt and Crash Car, and Stunt Stadium I don’t remember as well.
Believe or not, I went to a garage sale about four years ago and paid $1 for the Scramble Van, Evel Knievel action figure, and the Stunt Cycle. The stunt cycle was missing the unit that you use to make it go but for a buck I still think that was one heck of a deal!