Donald Levine, Inventor of the Actionfigure, R.I.P.

25.05.2014 Misc #R.I.P. #Toys

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Donald Levine, Erfinder des G.I. Joe und damit der allerersten Actionfigur, ist am Dienstag im Alter von 86 Jahren an Krebs gestorben. Ich hatte es ja nie mit GI Joes – das Military- und Kriegsgedöns war mir schon als Kind suspekt –, sondern hab der Konkurrenz Big Jim den Kopf amputiert. Ohne den Mann sähe mein Regal voller Toys (und die Kiste voller Star Wars-Actionfiguren) heute anders aus. R.I.P. Donald.

Donald Levine, the Hasbro executive credited as the father of G.I. Joe for developing the world’s first action figure, has died. He was 86. […]

Levine shepherded the toy through design and development as Hasbro’s head of research and development. He and his team came up with an 11½-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts […] G.I. Joe hit the shelves in time for the 1964 Christmas shopping season and soon became a big seller at $4 apiece. […]

Hasbro said in a statement that Levine’s “influence on the toy industry was profound” as his team developed the concept of an action figure.

Levine, Hasbro exec who helped create GI Joe, dies