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    Posted 7 years ago

    fortapache
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    Johnny West came into production in 1965. The molds were delivered to the Marx factory in May of 1965. Once again this in response to GI Joe so as to capture their share of the 12" scale market but going with western figures instead of the military. Marx did have its own military figure line but Johnny West and the "Best of the West" line was their mainstay. It's a rather large line with 18 human figures, horses, dogs, a buffalo, buildings, more horses and so on.
    Anyway this is an original Johnny West from around 1965 in a first edition box. You can tell the early figures as there are no rivets holding the arms on at the shoulder. An even earlier Johnny West would have the "open hands" which didn't hold on to the accessories so well.
    The box is called the Vargas box due to the art style.
    I fear there is much much more to come.
    Please excuse the dust, Johnny and his horse Thunderbolt are dusty from being out on the range.

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      Is it 50 years? Thanks for telling me!!

      Love to see your posts -- and your horse THUNDERBOLT !! The horses were my fav.

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/118692-my-toys-1960-marx-best-of-the-west
    2. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much antiquerose. Oh yes I recall your post with the lime green Geronimo.
      I still need to get a first version Thunderbolt box like that.
    3. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      Oh, mine is the First version Box? Never knew that. I also have lots of the little piece to that came with them. [Eg] Frying Pan, pot, purses, compact case....a lot of times those small (really small) pieces get lost

      HAPPY 50th BEST OF THE WEST !!

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a0/7c/b1/a07cb18d35dff8e8dd950354e41f5b4a.jpg
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      This is ultimate cool!!!! Your collection is absolutely out of this world!!
    5. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 7 years ago
      I love this! My brother and I had these...wish we still did!
    6. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Johnny thanks you for the birthday wishes antiquerose.
    7. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much JScott0363. Wait until you see my collection of these. I fear I am nuts.
    8. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you
      antiquerose
      pencilnecktie
      toolate2
      jscott0363
      vintagelamp
      officialfuel
      catburglar
      Manikan
      aghcollect
      pops52
    9. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      I remember seeing an image of best of the west figures but I have never heard of this. It is really cool though.


      Vincent.
    11. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much Vincent. Glad you like it.
    12. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you kerry10456 and Manikan.
    13. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you Trey and SEAN68.

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