Sam Cobra was one of my favorite Johny West characters. My grandma got me one of these for Christmas in the 70s.
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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.
And lastly I have a ton of the accessories.
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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Here is an assortment of Johnny West figures and horses.
Between my brother and I we had a couple of the Johnny West guys. My brother also had the armored knight. Wasn’t his name Gordon? I don’t remember the viking.
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The second greatest toy of all time is actually a tie because I played with both toys at the same time. Johnny West and G.I. Joe.
My Johnny West collection consisted of:
- Johnny West (Had several of these)
- Geronimo (couple of these)
- Jamie West
- Josie West
- Sam Cobra with the Quick Draw
- Sir Gordon
- General Custer
- Lots of horses
and my G.I. Joe collection:
- I had one of the really old ones with hard plastic legs that did not move.
- I had a couple with “real” hair.
- I had a couple of the pull string talking ones.
These toys got hours of playtime almost daily. They were good for indoor rainy day playtime as well as outdoor adventures in all seasons. (Though many accessories seem to vanish in the snow!) For the most part they took a beating. We had many instances of broken Johnny West trigger fingers and springs. (We discovered that we could use rubber bands to replace the broken springs.) G.I. Joe held up a lot better since they were a harder plastic, but the real hair did end up with bald patches.
I can remember watching all of the G.I. Joe commercials during Saturday morning cartoons. There were a lot of G.I. Joe sets I wanted, like the Secret of the Mummy’s Tomb. Of course as a child you want it all and I am guessing that the sets were pretty costly.
I still have most of these toys in an old wood toy box at my parents house.
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