G.I. Joe Creator Dies...

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  1. HS Cult Leader

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    [h=1]Donald Levine, Hasbro exec who helped create GI Joe, dies at 86[/h] Published May 24, 2014
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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – 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.
    He died of cancer early Thursday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, said his wife, Nan. They were just about to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Levine shepherded the toy through design and development as Hasbro's head of research and development. He and his team came up with an 11 1/2-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts, and since the company's employees included many military veterans, it was decided to outfit the toy in the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, with such accessories as guns, helmets and vehicles.
    Levine, who served in the Army in Korea, said he got the idea for the moveable figure as a way to honor veterans.
    G.I. Joe hit the shelves in time for the 1964 Christmas shopping season and soon became a big seller at $4 apiece.
    It remained popular until the late 1960s, as opposition to Vietnam intensified and parents shied away from military-related toys. Hasbro countered in 1970 by introducing "Adventure Team" G.I. Joes that played down the military connection. Into the `70s, G.I. Joes featured "lifelike hair" and "kung-fu grip" and were outfitted with scuba gear to save the oceans and explorer's clothing for discovering mummies.
    Over the decades, G.I. Joe has spawned comic books, cartoons, two movies starring Channing Tatum, and a G.I. Joe Collector's Club and its annual convention -- GIJoeCon -- held in Dallas in April.
    Levine's funeral will be held Sunday morning at Temple Beth-El in Providence. He is survived by his wife, three children and four grandchildren.
     
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    As long as he had absolutely nothing to do with that shit movie I am sad.
     
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    I prefer G.I. Jose

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    the Kung Fu grip of death

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    [video=youtube;NW4xMgV21Sg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW4xMgV21Sg&list=RDLh-F62TfVYs&index=3[/video]
     
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    Thank you sir, for contributing to 1990 Sgt. Slaughter, the Iraqi sympathizer.
     
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    Had the navy guy too from an lol
     
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    If I had a dime, every time I enjoyed that kung fu grip....
     
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    Why is he wearing a license plate around is neck ??
     
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    FACK THE SARJUN' SLAUGHTUR! HE IS GAY AN' FAGGOT!
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    My GI Joe had an out of control drinking problem and used to show up at my sisters Barbie house, kick in the door and trash the place before beating the fuck out of Ken.
    My sister and her friends really hated his and my guts.
     
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    Hahaha! :hilarious: Yeah, I did the same thing. My GI Joe's would crash through all the windows of my sister's Barbie dream house and shoot up the place. Good times.
     
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    And knowing's half the battle.
     
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    I never got the whole boys playing with dolls thing. I'm sorry. I liked my Tonka toys.
     
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    My understanding is Mr. Levine was a bit of a puss hound.