Two GI Joe action figures, a WWII Pacific Marine™ and GI Joe Pearl Harbor Hickam Field Defender™ action figures recently “enlisted” in the KYLM Toy Collection. One of the iconic toys of the 20th century, GI Joe made his first appearance at the 1964 International Toy Fair in New York where he was presented as an action figure rather than a doll. Made with 21 moving parts, action figures representing all four branches of the service were introduced during the first year.
The two figures in the KYLM collection resulted from the generosity of a WKU alumnus who participated in a talk on the Kentucky Library & Museum Toy Collection during the 2009 Alumni College.
Learn more about the KYLM Toy Collection which includes more than 1,200 toys, dolls, and games.