G.I. Joe franchise creator Stanley Weston has passed away. The licensing expert was 84.
Weston was responsible for the creation of the original iteration of the toy line in the 1960s, which he sold the rights to for $100,000, as he believed that there could be a market for a Barbie-like brand directed primarily at boys. The original G.I. Joe toy line did not involve a team of crack operative heroes that fought the terrorist organization Cobra, but instead emphasized the bravery of real-world soldiers based on Weston’s own experiences in the army in the waning days of the Korean War (something that he had in common with Donald Levine, who was a Hasbro executive at the time). The 12-inch toys were the first to be labeled as “action figures”, and remained popular until backlash against the Vietnam War caused the brand to lose steam in the late 1970s. Following the success of Kenner’s line of 3.75-inch Star Wars figures, G.I. Joe was revisited in the 1980s using the same format, and every iteration of the franchise since has been based around the updated “Real American Heroes versus Cobra” format.
Outside of G.I. Joe, Stanley Weston had a hand in the creation of the Thundercats franchise. His licensing company, Leisure Concepts, handled licenses for Farah Fawcett, Nintendo, and the World Wrestling Federation, among many others. Weston was one of the first people to be inducted into the Licensing Industry Hall of Fame for this reason. He is survived by his brother, three children, and three grandchildren. He will be missed.
Paramount is developing a reboot of the G.I. Joe movie series.
Source: The LA Times
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