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Big Jim
by Mattel
Big Jim


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This memory was added on: July 8, 2012

When i was a teenager.I used to have a Double trouble Big Jim Wolf P.A.C.K Leader action figure. And Dr. Steel action figure.I used to make up all sorts of missions to put them through. It was alot of fun.I wish that Istill had them. Even though i'm all grown up.

Mullen


This memory was added on: March 11, 2010

It was 1976. I was 9 and was mesmerized by ads touting the new Big Jim P.A.C.K. Commander Action Figure. I already owned the standard-issue Big Jim, but he wore only bikini briefs. By contrast, the new P.A.C.K. Big Jim had a special outfit and arm band. It was much cooler than the previous edition, a fact that was completely lost on my parents when I tried to explain to them why I needed the new Big Jim figure. Dejected, I wrote a letter to the Mattel Corporation, outlining my frustration, and then eventually forgot about the dilemma. Months and months later, an envelope arrived in the mail from Mattel!! Some kind soul at Matell H.Q. had put together a Big Jim P.A.C.K. outfit and sent it to me so that I could dress my Big Jim figure in the latest style. Incredible - I still can't believe that somebody went to the trouble of solving my problem - and at no charge.

Robin


This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

The year was 1973, I spent the whole month before Christmas looking at the JCPenny catalog, imagining how much fun I was going to have playing with my Big Jim Safari playset. I had marker'd and dog eared that page and would visit that page after school EVERYDAY! Christmas eve, around 11 PM, I was down there under the tree pulling the jeep out of the box, setting it up, capturing the rhino and gorilla. I was the happiest 13 year old boy. UNTIL....the lock on the front door had inturrupted my play. It was my dad, home from the bar, drunk...like usual. He was confrontational about me being up so late and playing with dolls like a little girl. And to prove that I was wasting my time on foolish play, he put that foot down right ontop of the jeep, breaking the wheels off, thus knocking over the Christmas tree; waking my mother, sending us both to bed.

The next morning, the jeep and playset where GONE, and my sister told me that mom and dad went off to the store to get it replace (mind you, it's Christmas day) so unfortunately, there was no Safari playsets avaiable, I had to settle for the Rescue Truck...after all that waiting and anticipation for the Safari Jeep....UGH! The Rescue Truck was cool too, but I really wanted that Safari Jeep and playset. Now I'm 44 years old and I still think about it. I'd now like to own the whole playset to get it outta my head I guess.


B-rad
...In search of his Safari Jeep (even if the wheels are broke off)


This memory was added on: November 30, 2008

It was probably 1972 or 1973 when I recieved my "Big Jim" w/ Kung Fu Grip. I had the SCUBA suit and van. Along with "Action Jackson" we would have hours of fun pretending. I'm 44 now and those days are one. But being an only child with no one to play with.. Big Jim and I had great adventures and hours of fun. Thanks Jim

Eric


This memory was added on: November 26, 2008

What i remember about Big Jim is actually not about him at all. I rec'd the Sky Commander plane one year for my birthday, and i loved it. The trouble was, i didnt have any Big Jim figures. I used it with my GI Joes. And not having a ton of toys, i made do with what i had... and played with it til it fell apart. The trouble was, so-called "Big" Jim was actually a little smaller than Joe! So everything in the plane was a tight fit (i dont think he fit in the chairs, and his head and feet hung off the fold-down bed. Still, the winch and cage was always fun!

Chuck


This memory was added on: September 3, 2008

My dad bought me a Big Jim action figure when I was a kid. There were times when my dad would go to my uncle's place to play texas hold'em and I was his constant companion. I always brought my Big Jim with me whenever I tag along with my dad.

Bob

This memory was added on: August 2, 2008

I remember having Big Jake and Big Josh and the camper too! I loved the little bands that you put on their arms and they would pop off when their muscles flexed.

Mike


This memory was added on: July 6, 2008

My brother had a Big Jim camper when we were kids. It was vinyl and had all kinds of camping gear. We used to play together until my Dusty Sports Action doll went swimming with Jim in the sink, and my brother put the hairdryer hose on her head and melted her hair. That was the end of that. Aaah memories!

Dar


This memory was added on: June 20, 2008

I grew up with the 3 3/4 Gi.joe's from the 80's and early 90's and they're still my alltime favourite. When I was about 13 years old, I found a Big Jim indian with cowboy gear and sombrero on a flea market for a dollar or so. He looked so cool with a wolftattoo on his hand and those little revolvers (witch he couldn't grab by the way) and flashy black cowboy boots. Never played with him, though. My interest died when I found my first vintage Action man for about the same amount on another junksale. That really ticked my imagination (even as a fifteen year old with a healthy interest in girls, mopeds and alcohol). Now I'm 26 and collecting the 3 3/4 and vintage Gi.joe's along with the vintage action man line. Poor indian Jim was sold on e-bay, but I still have a safari Jeep and another Big Jim guy with semi kung fu grip. At least he can hold a rifle ;) Hope too come across a bearded one some day, those look so silly when their hair is all messed up :)

Harry
1982


This memory was added on: June 4, 2008

I got a Big Jack figure when I was 9, I think. I thought the karate chop action and muscle action was so cool. He used to team up w/ my Action Jackson for the occasional adventure, and then go home to his wife and family (some of my other dolls). Today I have 2 Big Jims, Big Jack, Big Josh, 2 Big Jeffs, Dr. Steel, Warpath, (renamed BlackHawk) and The Whip, (renamed Big John). They love to go on adventures in the sports camper and tent, when I baby sit some of my students.

~Sharry,
1966


This memory was added on: May 18, 2008

There was a huge line of Big Jim toys in the mid-seventies. I had the Big Jim Safari set (which came with a very cool airboat, alligator, gorilla with net launcher, and a truck), and the Big Jim Camping Set (which came with large tent, fishing boat - with vinyl fish, campfire, and jeep). I know there were several other Big Jim playsets, like one where he was some sort of rescue worker. He was kind of like the non-military GI Joe, and had really awesome equipment and accessories. I noticed you can still buy a lot of used Big Jim stuff on e-bay.

Thanks for your time.


Brad