G.I. Joe Inventor Stanley Weston Dies At 84

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Stan Weston, whose concept for a military action figure became the heroic G.I. Joe, one of the most popular toys ever produced, died on May 1 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 84.

In 1963, Mr. Weston was a successful licensing agent who represented properties and personalities like the television drama “Dr. Kildare,” the comedian Soupy Sales and the Kingston Trio folk music group. When he approached the Hasbro toy company, he believed he might be able to replicate the success of the Barbie doll, the plastic fashionista that was introduced by Mattel in 1959 and was followed two years later by her boyfriend, Ken.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Weston’s family and friends at this sad time!

READ FULL STORY: Stan Weston, 84, Dies; Sent G.I. Joe Marching Into Childhoods of Millions

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