G.I.Joe

Action Pilot 1964

Period: Original GI Joe

Dates: 1964 until 1968

Cat No: 7800


GI Joe Pilot

G.I.Joe Action Pilot Typical Contents:

Flightsuit
Black Boots (tall)
Cap (blue)
Metal ID Tag

 

Selection from:

Air Manual (Training Manual)
Equipment Manual

GI Joe Collectors Club Leaflet

Rank Insignia Sheets (Stripes + Medals / Name)

Boot Removal Instructions

'How to' leaflet (one of three)

 

GI Joe Action Pilot Description:

The basic vintage GI Joe Pilot figure from 1964 was the forerunner to the Action Man figure of the same name and could be accessorised further by accessory cards. Also available from Hasbro were a GI Joe Action Sailor, Action Marine and Action Soldier. The four original figures came ready-dressed in a simple two piece 'coffin' box adorned by artwork by American Sam Petrucci of the US design agency Thresher and Petrucci. Inside were one of four themed 'Training Manuals' (Army, Air, Navy, Marine), and variations of brochure / posters, instructions of removal of boot, and Collector's club leaflet. He became an instant sensation 1964 but anti-war sentiment was to tone him down for the Adventure Team figures that were to follow.

 

Price in 1964: $4.00

Notes:

The GI Joe Action Pilot featured attractive paper rank stickers that helped give some visual appeal to the figure, again not adopted by the UK Palitoy version in from 1966. From the first 'TM' to '©' figures there were many slight detail changes to the copyright information on buttock, and literature included with the figures. Early figures had eyeliner, not seen in the UK.

The GI Joe figure, unlike Action Man, came with rank stickers (available here)

GI Joe Action Pilot Vintage

The GI Joe figure head sculpt c1966

GI Joe Pilot Head

The GI Joe figure, unlike Action Man, came with rank stickers (available here)

GI Joe Stickers Repro

GI Joe Box art - supplied the template for Action Man

GI Joe Box Art

Action Man origins are from America's G.I.Joe action figure...

GI JOe figure and kit locker

Price when new: $4.00

GI JOe figure and kit locker

c1966 GI Joe Action Pilot in his box

GI Joe Pilot MIB

GI Joe Box art - supplied the template for Action Man

GI Joe Pilot Box Art

GI Joe Boot removal instructions (preceeded by a 'typed' version).

GI Joe Boots instructions

One of the GI Joe Club leaflets

GI Joe Club

GI Joe

GI Joe

Canada also had GI Joes: 'G.I. JOE REG.T.M COPYRIGHT 1964 BY HASBRO ® PATENT PENDING MADE IN CANADA'

Made in Canada Copyright on back

GI Joe Equipment Manuals from 1964

 

GI Joe Fold out poster

GI Joe Poster

GI Joe Manuals. Smaller version was for the boxed figure.

GI Joe Manual