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    When I started restoring my Big Jim collection about 15 years ago, I was pretty amazed by the history of it that I NEVER knew existed. I always assumed, the line died out completely after the mid to late 70's. I had no idea it flourished as well as it did overseas with a wide variety of characters. To this day I don't know the exact period when it actually came to an end. There seem to be such a huge catalog of characters overseas, it's surprising to me that Mattel didn't at least keep that body going in one form or another. I know it even had a few spin offs in the 70's. I have the Tarzan and gorilla set they made which is essentially Big Jeff with Black hair on a Olympic Jim body for the darker skin. They also did Grizzly Adams and Nakoma characters on that body as well.

    I was fortunate when I started recollecting Jims back in the late 90's and 2000's. You could get alot of them for a song still boxed. And I did. So I got both editions of Big Jim in the oddly shaped box with the huge back side, as well as the traditional version that has the painted depiction on the front side. Did that with Big Josh, Big Jeff, and Big Jack. I also picked up a nice first edition box of Dr. Steel, although it has a tear on the graphic in front. I scored a nice Zorak boxed as well. But my coolest find was a Olympic Big Jim with all the contents still in the box and I found that right here in the marketplace a few years back. Fantastic price too. But that was about the end of my figure scores. Other figures from my childhood had survive like Torpedo Fist. I would like to find him his original box. But at this stage, they have gotten pricey enough that I wouldn't mind getting some repro boxes now to finish that out. But I've never seen anyone who makes them as well as the Mego boxes. Plus their a little bigger so they have to be made a little more sturdy to hold these figures.

    I've got the Camper boxed and quite a few of the outfit sets. I think my favorite in that lot is the baseball/catcher set. I retained the Beast from my childhood, but it has certainly seen better days. They occasionally have a good sell for the Beast in auctions. I also have a carrying case for the early figures. Outside of Dr. Steel and Torpedo Fist, I don't have any of the other Pack figures. Wish I had gotten them when they were cheap. But my basic love is for the those original figures. I enjoy looking at them in their boxes and remember the great times I had , because they were most definitely an outdoor figure to be played with. Great memories.

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    ^That's great! My fish is green, not blue...

    Tom, I think the line ended around 1986 with the space/sci-fi series. I often refer to Tomart's AFD #55-56 as a guide. I only have two outfit sets: Safari Hunter and the very detailed, beautiful Scuba set. Like you, I did find an early carry-case.

    I never had any BJ figs as a kid--I recall coveting Steel & Zorak, though, & thinking Torpedo Fist looked really cool.

    Megotu, I like your idea of a place here for Big Jim...
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    I think a place just for Big Jims would be awesome. There is so much information to be discussed and gathered from various sources. It would be nice to have a "go-to" place to share all of that.

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    I'd love to collect Big Jim, but unfortunately I'm only interested in PACK items and the prices for nice complete examples are a bit more than I want to spend.....the cheaper pre PACK stuff is of no interest to me....

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    Funny, I actually had Big Jim as a kid but was never into them as much as I was my mego figures. My mego's traveled much in the Big Jim camper. I recently just obtained one in a collection and while I thought it was cool to see again, I'll probably lug it to the Meet if I opt to get a table. It just didn't have that got to get it back appeal for me. If anyone is interested in a camper LMK. I'd much rather see it stay in the Mego family, even though it's not a Mego product.
    It's not a doll it's an action figure.

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    I run across so much Big Jim stuff in the vintage GI Joe lots that I buy, that I decided to put a few figures together and add them to my variety of collections here. I've not been accumulating BJ stuff for long, but I don't have alot of room for it either. I made a few trades both here and on another board for some odds and ends. My best score was a trade with a guy that had a box full of PACK figures. We agreed on a deal for one figure and when the box arrived, he had sent me 4! .....just for the hell of it! I received Dr. Steel, Zorak, BJ Blue Commander, and BJ Double Trouble Commander. All had their original outfits and gear and were in perfect condition too. Nice guy! I also recently picked up a Lazer Vette on eBay mint in box for about $25. I have a Whip figure and a Torpedo Fist here, but still looking for some of the pieces to complete them. I have some of the original figures and stuff too. I have a few Big Josh, a Big Jack, a Big Jeff minus his tan shorts, and a Chief Tanakua. If anyone is interested in trading, I have a camper here that needs to find a home. I also have extra body parts and a huge box full of outfits and accessories.

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    ^That was a sweet PACK score!
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    Yeah, i've gotten bags of misc. Big Jim parts and accessories from guys in my local GI Joe Collector's Club. Once they found out i collected Big Jim, they had a place to dump all the stuff that they find mixed in with the GI Joe lots they buy . Good for me though. One of the guys recently snagged this neat PACK swamp patrol boat for me.

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    BTW, if anyone ever comes across a half piece of the karate board in dark brown, i could use it. It's the last piece i need to complete my Kung Foo studio. The lighter brown pieces that came with the figures are fairly common, but i guess the dark brown version only came with the KFS playset. Thanks!
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