In 1977, Marx Toys launched the Ready Gang, a beautifully detailed line of 9″ action figures from the old west with little to no back story (Seriously, are these guys, outlaws, or good guys? I guess it’s up to the kid?) and it lasted two years before fading away.
My best guess is the line’s intention as additional characters to the popular Gabriel Toys Lone Ranger line. However, this is very late for Western action figures, making it somewhat curious.
The series consisted of three characters, the Sundown kid, Ringo and Trooper Gibson.
Their designs seem influenced by “Spaghetti” Western films, particularly Sundown and Ringo. Trooper Gibson is a rarity as most Western toy lines did not feature people of colour.
Marx went all out on this line, creating horses and a western town for the Ready Gang. These toys sold well enough in 1977 to warrant a proposed expansion to the range in 1978, including new characters, horses and a wagon. It was, however, not meant to be, and the Marx Ready Gang would fade away after two short years.
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