Posted 6 years ago
From 1964. When GI Joe came out Marx came up with Stony Smith. He was basically a green army man with moveable arms and lots of accessories. For just about a quarter more than a basic GI Joe, which came with just a figure and uniform, you could get Stony with a complete set of accessories. It seemed like a good idea but it didn't turn out so well. Stony's molded on uniform and limited articulation did not put much of a dent in GI Joe's sales. Plus GI Joe had hard plastic painted accessories while Stony came with molded soft plastic accessories that seemed a bit cheesy. Also while GI Joe had a wooden footlocker Stony had one made out of cardboard as seen in the last photo.
Improvements were made but Stony was discontinued in 1968.
That is enough bad news about Stony. He had tons of fun accessories and is low cost to collect now. Plus his head went on to become Johnny West. A highly successful line with the same basic design.