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kingdom warrior
May 7, '07, 3:59 PM
Big Jim is Perhaps my second favorite line next to Mego.As a Kid I always liked the Idea of having an action figure where I could change the clothes and have different adventures with them.

I had numerous ones I enjoyed buying the adventure outfits and had the Camper. My only dissapointment with Big Jim is that he was smaller than Gi joes and slightly bigger than Megos. I really liked the Muscularity of the figure and the fact that he could actually make a Muscle....

I recently started getting them back again and I was thinking in the age of bringing back figures Would Mattel ever ressurect Big Jim? My son and some of his friends have really taken to him they ask me did he have a cartoon and video game lol! Funny if he was around now he would......I was wondering if a Newly Designed Big Jim could make it now......So how many of you older guys had any Big jims?

joshvox
May 7, '07, 4:05 PM
I always wanted a Big Josh, for obvious reasons :) I'll get one someday I suppose.

palitoy
May 7, '07, 4:09 PM
I love Big Jim as a kid, I remember being sad that they weren't making any more PACK toys.

Mattel paid homage to Jim with Max Steele, it was shown that Max's biological father was Big Jim in the animated series.

The Toyroom
May 7, '07, 4:11 PM
I had Big Jim (my brother had Big Jeff) and just a basketball and scuba uniform. He was too big for the Megos and too small for the GI Joes,SMDM,Lone Ranger/Best of the West guys we had so he didn't see too much play.

kingdom warrior
May 7, '07, 4:13 PM
Oh Wow I didn't know that.....Very cool Funny I use to watch Max Steel off and on I must've missed that thanks for that bit of Info.....

SlipperyLilSuckers
May 7, '07, 8:50 PM
I did, and I still do :) In fact, I am about to unpackage an Indian guy I won recently in a few moments. I think he's Winnetou, but I haven't been able to track down the costume he is wearing yet.

And, as a matter of fact, I am half way done making a Mego Dr Steel, I have done his head, and he has a real steel hand from Rob Britannicus...just need to make his pants and put the tattoo on his chest and then I'll put him up in customs.

kingdom warrior
May 7, '07, 9:48 PM
Found this very nice Big Jim site

http://www.bigjim.it/index.php

kingdom warrior
May 7, '07, 9:50 PM
I did, and I still do :) In fact, I am about to unpackage an Indian guy I won recently in a few moments. I think he's Winnetou, but I haven't been able to track down the costume he is wearing yet.

And, as a matter of fact, I am half way done making a Mego Dr Steel, I have done his head, and he has a real steel hand from Rob Britannicus...just need to make his pants and put the tattoo on his chest and then I'll put him up in customs.

I thought you might be a Big Jim fan....Can't wait to see the Dr.Steel Custom I just recently got him in my Collection again! :grin:

SlipperyLilSuckers
May 8, '07, 12:21 AM
http://64.233.179.104/translate_c?hl=en&u=http://bigjimgirl.kilu2.de/&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dbig%2Bjim%2Bwinnetou%26start%3D20%26h l%3Den%26sa%3DN

I was pretty stoked to find a girl's Big Jim site recently ;P ... Big Jim Girl

I am looking forward to finishing Dr Steel, he has taken a while :)

megoat
May 8, '07, 2:20 AM
I loved Big Jim as kid....However, today I must say I the only line I like is the PACK stuff. The Big Jim as adventurer or sports hero or camping guy is just kinda boring for me now. But the PACK line--Big Jim as Comic Book Hero--is pretty friggin' great.....

thunderbolt
May 8, '07, 3:30 AM
Me too on the Pack. That caught my eye when I saw the Jack Kirby ads in the comics. I had the Pack Jim and a couple others.

palitoy
May 9, '07, 7:56 AM
I loved Big Jim as kid....However, today I must say I the only line I like is the PACK stuff. The Big Jim as adventurer or sports hero or camping guy is just kinda boring for me now. But the PACK line--Big Jim as Comic Book Hero--is pretty friggin' great.....

As a collector, yeah the PACK stuff is really the only thing I go after. As a kid though, that sport stuff rocked my world, especially the camper. I just saw a MIB camper at an antique mall and my kid was begging me for it, I guess it really appeals to four year olds.

kingdom warrior
May 9, '07, 6:19 PM
I had the Camper and loved all the Gear and his many outfits but when the whole Wolf Pack line came out I really went nuts for it.But as for collectors of Big Jim it's the 80's overseas stuff and Mexico figures that hard core collectors go more for...I'm dying to add the Secret Agent Big jim there were some other really cool figures.

megoat
May 9, '07, 11:55 PM
As a collector, yeah the PACK stuff is really the only thing I go after. As a kid though, that sport stuff rocked my world, especially the camper. I just saw a MIB camper at an antique mall and my kid was begging me for it, I guess it really appeals to four year olds.

I'm with you, Brian. As a kid I loved ALL the big jim stuff. Probably as much as my Megos. But today, as an adult, It's Mego that wins easily.....

Johnny
May 10, '07, 1:32 AM
Love The Big Jim Line. I have a ton of them. Even bought the camper a few years ago.

Thundarr
May 10, '07, 9:35 PM
Not a fan myself, never cared for my brother's Big Jim figures..maybe the rubbery "skin" creeped me out. :shocked: I DO though have the Camper set. It's got the canoe, some dishes, a seat, the awning and post, an oar, a vest, and a few more things. It's not COMPLETE, but the vinyl body itself is EXCELLENT...looks like the kid never even touched it at all. I'd love to trade it for something(s)....I have zero interest in it, but it sure is a great vintage set...

:)

Joe

HardyGirl
May 10, '07, 11:38 PM
When I was a kid, all I had was Big Jack (black guy), and he'd team up w/ Action Jackson sometimes. I now have several figures: 2 Big Jims, Big Jack, Big Jeff, Big Josh, Dr. Steel, (had to give him hand sugery, no more steel), The Whip (renamed Big John, isn't it funny they never had one?),& Warpath, (renamed Blackhawk). I also have the camper set (minus the boat) and the camping tent, along w/ various clothing and accessories. I even have the paper dolls and the coloring book!:cool3:

Thundarr
May 11, '07, 6:25 AM
I wanted to share this, since I rarely see a Big Jim topic here. My girl and I always are lookin' at toys...old, new, whatever. Anyhow, I was showing her a Big Jim page, so she'd know what to look for at yard sales and whatnot. Now, before I say this next thing, I want to make a disclaimer that this query was by NO means meant to be offensive...and that my girl and I are both VERY open minded, and she is involved in the community...via MANY friends. Let me get to the point..
Upon seeing the page, and the dolls posed around a camp, driving, hanging out, etc, she looks at me and says, with all sincerity:

"Oh how COOL! Thats SO awesome of Mattel! I knew the 1970s were progressive, but I didn't know they made an ALL GAY line...." :shocked:

She HONESTLY thought that...lol...And her reasonings actually aren't bad...I mean, again, I'm NOT trying to stereotype here, but c'mon....the toys and the pictures speak volumes. ;) She took particular note of Jim's headsculpt, and the fact that they are often depicted shirtless...no women mind you...frolicking around a faux campfire or "jeeping". I never would have thought of that before she made her comments...lol...I always thought they were a bore as a kid, camping and riding in a buggy really weren't or aren't my thing, but g a y? I never even noticed but I believe she's right...
Just our three cents..

:)

Joe

DocDrako
May 11, '07, 6:31 AM
My brother had quite a few Big Jim toys. I think it was his favorite. I remember when he got Dr Steel. I thought Dr Steel was so cool. I never had one until eBay came along. I bought Dr Steel and then a Big Jim, but then I lost interest. I'll probably keep my Dr Steel forever. But I have no interest right now in aquiring anymore Big Jim figures. Maybe someday.

:biggrin:

brineb
May 11, '07, 6:55 AM
I had one Big Jim, red undies and karate chop action arm ... I still have him, but he is too out of scale for me. I like full-size G.I. Joe and Mego!!!

I have always wanted the P.A.C.K. guys and may one day break down and get them!!!

garagesale
May 11, '07, 7:57 AM
"Oh how COOL! Thats SO awesome of Mattel! I knew the 1970s were progressive, but I didn't know they made an ALL GAY line...."
Joe

It is definitely easy to come to what we call in literary criticism a "queer theory" interpretation of Big Jim (BJ), not unlike some have done with Batman and Robin or with Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club characters.

Perhaps we are into the realm of politics, but I'll continue anyhow...

I agree with Joe, and I think there is nothing wrong with this, as it's merely an interpretation. Certainly, there have been customizers who have brought emphasized the gay connection by creating Village People groups out of Big Jim kitbashes.

JamesD

kingdom warrior
May 11, '07, 1:37 PM
She HONESTLY thought that...lol...And her reasonings actually aren't bad...I mean, again, I'm NOT trying to stereotype here, but c'mon....the toys and the pictures speak volumes. ;) She took particular note of Jim's headsculpt, and the fact that they are often depicted shirtless...no women mind you...frolicking around a faux campfire or "jeeping". I never would have thought of that before she made her comments...lol...I always thought they were a bore as a kid, camping and riding in a buggy really weren't or aren't my thing, but g a y? I never even noticed but I believe she's right...
Just our three cents..

:)

JoeFunny I never once thought of this as a kid.... Camping was really Big in the 70's I was Heavy into it I went Camping with the Boy Scouts and with My Family so having an Action figure that did that seemed normal....same with the Karate gear my Babysitters Boyfriend was a Black belt and the Kung Fu Craze was huge thanks to Bruce Lee.Also Bodybuilding was hot also with Arnold having his legendary run with Mr.Olympia having Big Jim in the speedos was like the bodybuilders.

When the Wolf Pack came out Big Jim really hit it's stride and for me it put it over the top also as a Boy I didn't care and was glad there was no females I felt the Figures were an All boys thing any way......

I've Heard that perception of Big Jim before I never cared for it because it wasn't meant to be that.

saildog
May 12, '07, 10:10 AM
Many things in pop-culture are now being interpreted in ways that differ from the creator's intent. I think garagesale and others on this board are more equipped to comment on it than I am, but I believe it falls under a category of post-modern criticism known as "Deconstruction".


Finally, the term is used in pop-culture criticism to refer to a story (novel, film, etc.) which presents a well-known concept or plot in a way which intentionally reverses or subverts the common elements of the original, with the intention of laying bare the underlying assumptions in it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#Deconstruction_in_popular_media_and _culture

palitoy
May 12, '07, 6:23 PM
bump

SlipperyLilSuckers
May 13, '07, 6:54 AM
I am posting a picture of my recently finished Dr Steel custom here...

http://megomuseum.com/albums/SlipperyLilSuckers-Toyroom/Mego_Dr_Steel.sized.jpg

:baby04: Cat

The Toyroom
May 13, '07, 7:42 AM
Man this is getting too heavy into other realms...I just liked Big Jim as a kid because he had the cool karate chopping action.

kingdom warrior
May 13, '07, 4:34 PM
Man this is getting too heavy into other realms...I just liked Big Jim as a kid because he had the cool karate chopping action.

Yeah me too!:grin: .........Cat Thanks for Posting your Custom here! It's a Beauty!

LadyZod
May 13, '07, 5:41 PM
I myself am a big Big Jim fan. I gravitate towards the earlier sports related stuff, while my husband would rather the P.A.C.K spy stuff. Since I'm the one searching and buying, he's kinda stuck with my choices. :grin: All kidding aside, I'm slowing inching my collection towards the P.A.C.K, The Whip being my favorite.

Heck, I've even added a Sport & Shave Ken to my collection since they reused the muscle arms for that figure. (Proportions are way off, hair included.)

That is a fantastic Dr Steel, Cat. Are you working on any others? Might I suggest, The Whip?

kingdom warrior
May 13, '07, 6:22 PM
I myself am a big Big Jim fan. I gravitate towards the earlier sports related stuff, while my husband would rather the P.A.C.K spy stuff. Since I'm the one searching and buying, he's kinda stuck with my choices. :grin: All kidding aside, I'm slowing inching my collection towards the P.A.C.K, The Whip being my favorite.

Heck, I've even added a Sport & Shave Ken to my collection since they reused the muscle arms for that figure. (Proportions are way off, hair included.)

That is a fantastic Dr Steel, Cat. Are you working on any others? Might I suggest, The Whip? Wow a Sport & Shave Ken does that bring back memories my sister had that and I use to play with it lol! :grin:.....Yes I think Cat is on to something it would be nice if she just went for broke and made The Wolf Pack Mego sized...of course then I would need a Bib to wipe my Drool! lol!

SlipperyLilSuckers
May 13, '07, 8:46 PM
:dance1: :o :9: Cute Icons...even a little Aussie fly-repelling hat in there! :grin:

Thanks for your kind words, but no, I am not planning on doing anymore. I had the PACK set, as a grown up but let 'em go as I was always more of a classic Big Jim gal...and Dr Steel was one of the very first ones...way before PACK was even dreamed up. I have to love 'em to make 'em....

FastDog40
May 20, '07, 12:20 AM
What's up everybody.really pumped about this site.yes im a big mego guy being from the 1970's.besides my planet of the apes,batman and robin,evel knievel,six million dollar man toy's.big jim was very cool.I had all the line of toys.Them days were great day's.I still buy big jim items.
Thanks for the look back.:grin:

Agent of SHIELD
May 20, '07, 10:07 PM
I'm slowing inching my collection towards the P.A.C.K, The Whip being my favorite.

The P.A.C.K figures are all I remember. I've seen photos recently of the sports ones, but they don't seem familiar to me at all.

The Whip appealed to me the most. It must've been the boomerangs!

kingdom warrior
May 20, '07, 10:22 PM
The P.A.C.K figures are all I remember. I've seen photos recently of the sports ones, but they don't seem familiar to me at all.

The Whip appealed to me the most. It must've been the boomerangs!

First Welcome aboard FastDog 40 and Agent of Shield.......What makes Big Jim appealing for many kids was always the adventure aspect of the figure although not as articulated like Joes or Megos Big Jim held his own..The Pack really added fun to the series and made Big Jim more of a James Bond type adding the other members made it a team which most kids can Identify with.

Big Jim lasted well into early to mid eighties mostly overseas and in Latin America....I still say if you brought him back updated with a Kick Butt cartoon series he would do well IMO

Captain
May 20, '07, 11:52 PM
Big Jim was a cool toy line. I would love to see the generic line revived. Basic figure, with hunting, camping, and sports equipment sets.
The Camper and the Rescue Rig were some of my favorite toys. Thinking back, it was kind of refreshing to play at fishing and camping once in a while. Saving the day with the superheroes, branding cattle and fighting indians with Johnny West, and cruising around the galaxy with Jimmy T and the boys could get a bit stressfull without a break with Jim and the gang!!

Sweep Secondhand
May 21, '07, 10:35 AM
To answer the original posters question: I believe Mattel actually looked seriously into bringing Big Jim Back in some capacity about five or six years ago. This was around the time when several companies like Playing Mantis were making reissue figures of Evil Knevil and Johnny West, Action jackson was modernized, and all the Timeless Collection Joes came out. I think the dissappointing sales of a lot of these lines sealed the deal and a modern Big Jim figure never materialized.

Speaking of five or six years ago, back then there was a lot of interest in Big Jim among collectors. There was a collector's club, articles were being published in collecting magazines, and a few high profile collectors were doing everything they could to catalog the entire line, both US and foriegn. It was an amazing time but it seems almost all of this interest has dried up now and everyone has scattered and/or moved on.

It has been my observation that most people had the sports stuff as kids but want the PACK stuff as adult collectors. I remember the sports stuff being VERY available as a kid. I really only wanted the sets with guns and gaurded my spy outfit with my life! Parents and other relatives could not understand this and so I got lots of sports sets for birthdays and Christmases anyway. The PACK stuff came along in the last few years of US production. I had the basic figures and the Beast from that line but there are many pieces that I don't even remember seeing as a kid, let alone owning.

One final thought, I recently got a 16mm commercial for the Big Jim camper with Big Jim and Big Jack. I remember having seen this as a kid on TV but as an adult, all I could think of was Brokeback Mountain! I nearly fell of the couch laughing at that commercial!

- Sweep

kingdom warrior
May 21, '07, 3:17 PM
To answer the original posters question: I believe Mattel actually looked seriously into bringing Big Jim Back in some capacity about five or six years ago. This was around the time when several companies like Playing Mantis were making reissue figures of Evil Knevil and Johnny West, Action jackson was modernized, and all the Timeless Collection Joes came out. I think the dissappointing sales of a lot of these lines sealed the deal and a modern Big Jim figure never materialized.

Speaking of five or six years ago, back then there was a lot of interest in Big Jim among collectors. There was a collector's club, articles were being published in collecting magazines, and a few high profile collectors were doing everything they could to catalog the entire line, both US and foriegn. It was an amazing time but it seems almost all of this interest has dried up now and everyone has scattered and/or moved on.

It has been my observation that most people had the sports stuff as kids but want the PACK stuff as adult collectors. I remember the sports stuff being VERY available as a kid. I really only wanted the sets with guns and gaurded my spy outfit with my life! Parents and other relatives could not understand this and so I got lots of sports sets for birthdays and Christmases anyway. The PACK stuff came along in the last few years of US production. I had the basic figures and the Beast from that line but there are many pieces that I don't even remember seeing as a kid, let alone owning.

One final thought, I recently got a 16mm commercial for the Big Jim camper with Big Jim and Big Jack. I remember having seen this as a kid on TV but as an adult, all I could think of was Brokeback Mountain! I nearly fell of the couch laughing at that commercial!

- Sweep

Hey Sweep Secondhand Welcome Aboard thanks for the insight and Info on Big Jim....I'm sure if Mattel would have tried to a least add a Cartoon series to it they would have done better all those other toys were retro and got very little to no real advertising.
I'm not saying that Big Jim would have been a Hot seller but a Saturday morning Pack Cartoon series with those figures and I'm sure they would have done well......I just asked my ten year old son this question if they would make the pack figures again with a Cartoon series would he want it and would he watch the cartoon.....his eyes lit up and said heck YES! :grin:

danadoll
May 22, '07, 7:36 AM
I had a Big Jim and I think a jet plane...But I think that was all.

Dana