1977 Gabriel Toys Hal Needham: Stuntman Catalog

1977 Gabriel Toys Hal Needham: Stuntman Catalog



1977 saw Gabriel Toys try an interesting experiment in action figures.

Instead of licensing a hollywood movie, they sought to captilize on the making of a movie by creating a set based on then legendary stuntman Hal Needham. 



Gabriel devoted six pages of the 1977 catalog to this line and it was clearly their big feature.


Gabriel’s spokesman was Dick Van Dyke that year and here is a rare toy fair sales reel for the line.

The unique concept allowed kids to film an action sequence in a Western complete with breakaway sets, a camera and our titular Stunt Man, who wasn’t a household name.

This really was a great and well-made concept.

This should have been as big as Evel Knievel…

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AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.

1 Comment

  • DBenson on May 27, 2021

    Dress him up to take falls for your more valuable action figures!

    Let him roll Barbie’s Dream Car and be the patient in Nurse Barbie’s Hospital Playset!

    Use the breakaway stuff to make your little brother think he broke it and owes you a new toy!

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