Happy Memorial Day everyone! Thought I would shoot out a quick post about one of my favorite G.I. Joe figures. Joseph Colton was the first figure to be called G.I. Joe. He is considered the creator of the G.I. Joe team. In the old Marvel Comics he served in the Vietnam war. A story of this is featured in Marvel Comic’s G.I. Joe #152. Joseph Colton was part of the G.I. Joe 30th anniversary series and was released in 1994 as a mail away exclusive. Later, he was also offered as a boxed exclusive figure for the 1994 G.I. Joe Convention. When I was kid, a buddy of mine got the Colton exclusive. He became one of my favorites because I loved the Marvel Comic about him. Fast forward twenty years, this same buddy of mine gave me the same Colton figure. He is still in great condition, and is a treasured figure in my collection.
Recent controversy has come to light with the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Yesterday, actor Mark Ruffalo called out Marvel on twitter by saying that he would like to see more Black Widow action figures. Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, has been noticeably less portrayed on Age of Ultron merchandise. This includes her action figures. According to celebrity website Whosay, the Black Widow is in action figure form almost three times less than her male superhero counterparts. I for one am with Mark Ruffalo, and can say that we not only need more Black Widow action figures, but we need more female action figures in general.
Therefore, in honor of female action figures I would like to feature some of the best so far.
One of the first heroines in video games was the awesomely armored Samus Aran. As the star of the NES game Metroid,
she became immensely popular and remains popular today. Unless you wanted to shell out plenty of money for an import action figure, she was basically unavailable as an action figure in the United States. Jakks Pacific, however, recently released a Samus figure as part of their “World of Nintendo” line, which can be found at Target, and Toys’R’US.
You can also buy her Amiibo as well.
Lara Croft of Tomb Raider was also a pioneer for feminism in video games. Not only was it cool to explore ancient tombs as a female, the games were actually quite fun to play. The Tomb Raider games were incredibly popular (and still are popular) and paved the way for future female video game heroines.
The first Resident Evil game for the Playstation One featured Jill Valentine as one of the stars. With her trusty bazooka, she blasted her way through the zombies and creatures of the Spencer Mansion. Her likeness in action figure form was made by Toy Biz.
Resident Evil 2, released on the Playstation One, also featured a female star. Claire Redfield, went searching in Raccoon City for her missing brother, Chris Redfield (Jill Valentines Co-star in Resident Evil). Unfortunately, the city was overrun with zombies and Claire also had to blast her way through to escape.
Even G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero had some girl heroines. Lady Jaye was one of the earliest and more popular.
Females are an essential part of comics, video games, and superhero movies. They deserve recognition in all aspects of the promoting and merchandising world. I applaud Mark Ruffalo for his insistence on more female action figures. Hopefully Marvel (and other companies) will listen and we will see more the heroines in the future.
Sound off in the comments below if you have any other amazing female action figures.