The Old West by Gabriel

In 2013, we got a pretty disappointing Lone Ranger movie, just like we did in 1981. In 1981, we got a killer action figure line for that Lone Ranger movie that was so good, most kids loved them anyway. Advantage 1981…. Gabriel Legend of the Lone Ranger Catalog.

The 1978 Marx Ready Gang Catalog

  I’m still learning things. When I last posted about the wonderful Marx “Ready Gang” series of action figures, I pontificated that these old west figures had bombed in their initial year of 1977. Now I discover that the line not only didn’t bomb, it continued into a second year and even added new items […]

The Ready Gang

File this toy line under “Can’t remember the name” Marx’s Ready Gang line didn’t get a lot of recognition and kind of got swept away with all the Western Action figures released in the 1970s. It’s hard to imagine but at one point almost every major toy company had a series of Cowboy action figures […]

Viva Zorro!

In the early 1980s Gabriel Toys, (known mostly for their fan-freaking-tastic line of Lone Ranger toys) picked up the license to the Filmation Zorro television series and worked their usual magic with a series of awesome 3 3/4″ action figures. Click on any of the images to explore the 1980 Gabriel Zorro Catalog. More Western […]

The Lone Ranger Rides Again!

I am extremely happy to anounce a new toy gallery at Plaidstallions, dedicated to what is definitely one of the finest and somewhat under rated action figure lines of the 1970s, Gabriel’s Lone Ranger.Thanks entirely to the generosity and support from collectors Bill Frost and Rob Chatlin, we now have on display what might be […]

1975 Marx Johnny West Catalog

Like G.I. Joe, Johnny West was one of the few hold over action figure lines from the 1960’s. This durable (hell, indestructable) cowboy figure line was looking a little strange on a shelf now populated by superheroes, aliens and talking apes but he managed to kick around for at least one more year. The line […]

Butch and Sundance : The Action Figure Years

In the late seventies, Kenner released a line of action figures based on the Western film “Butch and Sundance : The early Years” which was a commercial failure. Kenner had done such a nice job on the toys that they attempted to repackage the line as “The Real West” in 1980. The Real West would […]

Butch and Sundance: The Plastic Years

Another toy line that I never knew existed, Kenner’s Butch and Sundance (based on the 1979 prequel) line made a real quiet debut but the amount of effort into them have made them a cult favourite with collectors. The Saloon playset is a recycled Star Wars Creature Cantina and the figure’s body style would later […]