23 Must-Have Toys from the 1950s and Beyond


G.I. Joe Action Figure

A G.I. Joe Paratrooper action figure.
A G.I. Joe Paratrooper action figure.
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Toy lovers have to salute manufacturer Hasbro for its G.I. Joe action figure, which first marched out in 1964. The 11-1/2-inch-tall doll for boys had 21 moving parts and was the world's first action figure. Hasbro's 40th Anniversary G.I. Joe collection in 2004 included a re-creation of the original doll, his clothes, accessories, and even the packaging. Nostalgic Joe pals snapped up thousands of these new recruits.