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This memory was added on: July 8, 2012

I just looked at your coverage of Johnny West. Why wasn't the Geronimo figure not included? I still have one and gave it to my daughter.

I noticed horses and other sets weren't mentioned. Too bad.

As for Jay West, I think he resembles the cartoon character Jonny Quest.

Anyway, thanks for the trip back to Yesteryear.


Scott


This memory was added on: August 26, 2010

Between my brother, one of my sisters and two brothers down the street we had just about everything. I had a Johnny West, the cardboard ranch house and the covered wagon that converted into a buckboard. I also had a Sam Cobra. My brother had one of the Indians , whose name I can't remember, and my sister had a female figurine I think named Calamity Jane. The brothers that lived four houses down from us had another Indian and a figurine that resembled General Custer, I've forgotten all the names. We had several horses to go along with all of this. We spent a ton time creating gunfights,rescues and other harrowing adventures in the huge sandbox my Father built in our back yard. As a teenager I gave everything I had to a kid that lived across the street. Later in my late twenties I almost shed a tear when I first saw Johnny sitting in an antique store. Do kids today really have as much fun as we did??

Arden
1963


This memory was added on: February 21, 2010

Me and my older brother also shared JW figures - it was awesome both of us could play with the same toys. Well, ok, it might sound awesome when I look back now, but back in those days we used to fight a lot over who would ride Comanche and who would be left with Pancho.... I was so obsessed of having the horse for myself, I even went to bed with him.... But over the years, our parents bought us more figures - we had Johnny West, Jane West, Sam Cobra, Sheriff Garrett, Princess Wildflower and Geronimo.

Barbora


This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

Between my two brothers and I we had the whole set of Johnny West except for General Custer, I don't know why he was left out.Man were thse the days.We also had the whole Cartright family and horses, we loved the westerns.I have no idea what ever happened to of the pieces.We did move quite a bit probably got left behind, hope someone got good use of them.

Larry
1952


This memory was added on: March 13, 2009

I loved my Johnny West and Thunderbolt horse. I got them for Christmas in 1966 and got Geronimo a couple years later. A good friend of mine had Sam Cobra and my younger sister had Jane West. We loved playing with them. They were among my favorite toys growing up. By the early to mid 1970ís I was too cool for these toys so I sold them in a garage sale for next to nothing Iím sure. I recently purchased a 1967 Geronimo figure, Johnny West & Thunderbolt with all their accessories and original boxes. They are displayed in my home office with some other memorabilia from my childhood. Just seeing those toys makes me smile.

Bob
1962


This memory was added on: November 26, 2008

Wow, I loved my Johnny West toys! I still have them, as a matter of fact, though some of these things fetch quite a price on eBay! I got into them when I was about 10 years old, because my friend had them and I thought they were so cool. I got one toy each Christmas/birthday for several years, and get this - they were about $5 each in those days!

I have Johnny & Jay West, Geronimo, 2 Thunderbolt horses (black and palomino), and the smaller brown horse, Pancho. I have dragged them with me every time I've moved, in their original boxes. I just love them still!


'Nameless Me'


This memory was added on: October 26, 2008

Best of the West was Cool! I had (I think) the whole collection! Took good care of it. I remember being invited to a "Tri-Chem Liquid Embrodery" Convention (with my Mom, of course) 1970 or something like that, the Theme was "The Old West", I was to display my West toys like they were on the Trail.

I remember the Wagon Horses had bearings on the bottom of the hoovs, that allowed them to roll with the wagon. Well made toys. On the last day I was to pull them across the stage as though they were leaving, that brought laughter and a big applause from all the ladies in attendance.

SamO
1960


This memory was added on: August 2, 2008

Oh, I loved my Johnny West set! They were brilliant! I think the only other childhood toy I loved more than that was Marx's Fort Apachie, that came with the fort and action figures in the tin carrying case. But, I had my Johnny West figures for years and years, well into my teenage years. I had the horse well into my early 20's, when it finally fell apart. Basically, I played with these figures until they fell to pieces. I took them everywhere we me. I thought they were much, much cooler than Barbie or G.I. Joe figures. I will always treasure the memories of have of them, and bless my mother for buying them for me.

Nancy G.


This memory was added on: July 6, 2008

I still have my West dolls. I worked hard pulling weeds in my uncles bean fields so I could buy them. I had Johhny, Jane, Josie, Janice, Thunderbolt, Lightning, Pancho and Flame. I played with them everyday and at night I would wipe them off and keep them in thier boxes. My favorite thing to do was take them outside and play in the sand pile with them. I used some of my mom's white edging fence for a corral. I would wait for my dad to mow the lawn and then gather up some of the grass clippings. I let them dry in the sun and that was my hay. An old wooden crate became the barn. I had quite the set up! I would play out there for hours. My collection is still at my parent's house, safely tucked in my old closet. I never let my kids play with them for fear they would break them; I didn't want to be upset with them. I am torn between keeping them or selling them. I am not sure I am ready to cut those ties with those happy childhood times.

Sandy
1960


This memory was added on: June 20, 2008

Twice a year I go to a big collectors fare in Utrecht (Netherlands) for years and years now. About 3 years ago, I saw a fighting eagle in drap green (later I learned that was the UK version) on a stand there. But I never got around too buy him, cause I always ended up flat broke buying tons of Gi.joe stuff. The last time however he still wasn't sold and I bought him early in the day too prevent the earlier financial mishap. Now he stands proudly next too the chief along with some vintage action men. Love it. Always had a weak spot for action figures with a mowhawk :)

Harry
1982


This memory was added on: June 20, 2008

The first day I got my Johnny west, some time in 1967, While I was playing with him I lost the pistol. I looked for a long time, then prayed for God to help me. I could not find it, in a fury of anger I then cursed, as I looked down, there was the gun. I apologized to God and learned from that to not get angry too fast. Johnny West was helping me to grow up. That's why he is special to me.

James Smith
1960


This memory was added on: June 20, 2008

HI, i'm 49 now, but always remember the west dolls. My 4 brothers & me got them for christmas one year. We got the horses too. I had jane & josie, colt, & flame. My brothers had jeronimo, johnny, jay, jamie, general custer, thunderbolt, and cherokee. We loved them so much. We spent day after day playing with them. At some point when we got older they seemed to dissapear. I wish so much I could have them back.

Carol


This memory was added on: May 13, 2007

My brother got Johnny West, Chief Cherokee and Thunderbolt. I got Jane Wast and Lightning. We had many years of fun with those toys. Every year my brother (who was a horse fanatic) got Breyer horses. In our living room we had a big oval rug. That was our coral. We went on many horse drives over the years. Oh to be young again and spend a few hours playing like we did back then.


Joyce Hines
1955


This memory was added on: April 22, 2007

I've had so much fun reading all this and dredging up old memories!! I had Johnny, Jane, Josie, and I think Jamie or Jay (who knows...maybe both!). I use to make them all "socialize" with my G.I. Joe and my Barbies. What fun!!


Kelly
1958


This memory was added on: April 13, 2007

OK, I had two Jane West dolls and Flame her trusty steed. Wow, I played with them by the HOUR! I still have them and every so often my daughter will get them out and I let her play with them. We had very little growing up and so my things were much cherished and taken care of... there was no such thing as replacing toys! I still love them and remember the smell and the feel of them. Perhaps one day I will have grandkids who will marvel at the funny toys their grandma played with?


mama
1963


This memory was added on: April 9, 2007

I have an Aunt who is only 7 yrs older than I am. I was a bratty kid and she was forced to play with me. I spent Easter weekend with her recently and asked her what was the name of the cowgirl doll she had and she said Jane West. I loved that doll. I asked what ever became of her and I was crushed. Apparently, she wanted a Barbie doll for Christmas and that was the only thing she had asked for. My grandparents gave her Jane and she hated her. That was probably the only reason she let me play with her, until SHE THREW HER IN A FIRE!!! Now we wonder how much she is worth today?


susan
1963


This memory was added on: March 24, 2007

My absolute favorite toy of my childhood was Geronimo and I also had Johnny, Jay, and Josie. Our local hardware store had the five foot display which I would stare at everytime we went in there. Two really cool stories, for me at least! About twenty years ago I went to a garage sale to look at a bed they had advertised but it had sold. Walking out I saw a large box marked $10 and full of Marx figures played with but still in boxs. I picked up Sam Cobra, Sheriff Garrett, and Jed Gibson who I had always wanted. When I went to pay the lady asked me why I didn't want the rest! I thought they were $10 apiece. She sold them all to me for $10. I was in heaven! I spent the next fourteen years going to garage sales and flea markets buying more so I could get all the accessories which I finally accomplished thanks to ebay about five years ago. Second cool story: The hardware store had closed ten years ago in my hometown and one of the employees had got to keep alot of the old display stuff. She had originally planned to let her grandkids play with them but never got around to digging them out of there storage boxes. She remembered how much I liked them and called my folks to see if I wanted them three years ago. I told her they were worth alot of money and that she should sell them. She thanked me for my honesty and them told me take them out of her house. I got the five foot Best of the West, two smaller BOTW, the Mighty Vikings, the Noble Knights, Safari Adventure and the Stony Smith displays. I have offered several times to pay her for these and she always smiles, thanks me, and tells me "to throw another five in the church collection plate"! I have made repeated donations to the church all in her name and plan to continue doing so.


M.S
1967


This memory was added on: February 26, 2007

All my Barbies wanted to hang out with Johnny West-- until they tried to ride Comanche and one leg would break off at the hip. I ended up with a Barbie Dream Case full of single Barbie legs. I tried to hide them because I thought my parents would yell at me for wrecking something they worked hard to buy. Years later when I was in a psychiatric facility my mom brought this up. Hmmmm.


Trixie Kitsch
1961


This memory was added on: February 16, 2007

I had Jane? and my brother had Johnny. I still remember all the little accessories they both had. Johnny with his holster,gun and carry pack. Jane had her hats,carry pack, vest, skirt, cooking pans. She truely was one of my favorite dolls/toys. Jane endured a partial arm amputation. Can't remember the cause. Nor whatever happened to her. I used to have the two an "item" when my brother wasn't around. I recently purchased Jane and all the accessories in it's original box as well as the white horse from Ebay. She has all of her limbs intact!

: )


Ms_PS
1963


This memory was added on: January 15, 2007

I remember Johnny West being my favorite toy of my childhood. For Christmas 1969 0r 70 I got The Johnny West Thunderbolt in the 2 color Brown and Yellow box as did my older brother. The following year I got Sam Cobra and a black horse with black tack. My older brother got Custer and the cavalry horse my younger brother got Geronimo and the paint horse, I forgot his name. They were always the toy to go to when all your others just wouldn't do. I put my Johnny and Sam and their horses away in what I thought was safe keeping when I turned 18 and moved out. Forgetting about them with two younger brothers who loved them as much as I did was not a good idea. Years later I asked "Hey where is my Johnny West Stuff". Needless to say they were broken up ,lost, shot at, thrown from tree tops, buried in sand and muck. One of them had his face painted like KISS. It was the only Toy I wanted to take with me where ever I ended up. Don't worry I don't hold my brothers responsible, I left them unatended and they had fun. I tried bidding on a nearly xomplete Johnny West and Thunderbolt on Ebay but couldn't aford to keep bidding. I really wish they would re issue them because I would buy two of each item and I know my brothers would too. They were the Best toy ever made I think. Come back Johnny!!


Mickey
1963


This memory was added on: January 10, 2007

I was never a fan of Johnny or Jane....but the horses...how I loved the horses! I still have them to this day. Thunderbolt,Storm Cloud, the pony,the buckboard (in the original box ) and the corral.....they all have the origianl accessories. Takes me back to my best friend,Barbara and I playing with them for hours on end. Those were the days!


Teresa
1964


This memory was added on: January 8, 2007

When I was a kid I thought his name was Johnny Quest!!


Linda
1965


This memory was added on: January 6, 2007

When I became "too cool" for Johnny West in the late 70's, I sold him and about 5 other figures, with all of their accessories, at my mom's garage sale for about 2 bucks. IDIOT! Last year I bought a Johnny West on Ebay for $35 and he didn't even have all of his accessories.


Stevie B.
1966


This memory was added on: January 2, 2007

I got Thunderbolt and all his accessories at a yard sale when I was seven. He was my favorite toy, and the best friend of all my Barbies. My girlfriends had the fficial "Barbie" horses, but they all fell apart and got shabby looking while Thunderbolt was as sturdy as heck. He's sitting on my bookshelf right now, thirty years later.


Mel
1971


This memory was added on: November 21, 2006

Whoa - I too had a "THAT"S what he was called!" moment when I saw this picture. This was a very realistic, quality toy that had good heft and great accessories. He endured the do-it-yourself scarring technique my brother and I had (using the electic floorboard heater element) much better than the GI Joes. Never had the girl figure, but probably for the best; Johnny W. could freely engage with any of sister's Barbies that happened to passing through.


PD
1968


This memory was added on: November 16, 2006

True story. My Johnny West doll came with a little brown plastic chest, and inside were tiny, hard-rubber brown bags of gold that looked like, well. . .like poop. One day while I was at school, my mom (so she said) saw one of those little "bags" on the living room carpet and thought I had done something nasty. She got mad, pulled off several squares of toilet paper, picked up the little object, felt how hard it was, sniffed it, and was relieved it wasn't a little turd ball. She said she felt relieved, but I got a lecture about leaving my toys around when I got back from school that day.

Y'know, I've always thought the expression of Johnny's face looked as if he was hung over or trying to pass a kidney stone.


Tim
1961


This memory was added on: November 15, 2006

Got Jonny for Christmas one year and loved it, the pistol,rifle, holster,hat,vest .....(he was green) Being the distructive monster that I was though, I had been playing with Johnny outside one day and decided to see if he could make it over the phone wires that crossed our property, well he actually got stuck on the line...straddled the wire. It was pretty funny to see, poor Johnny sitting on the phone line 20 feet in the air. Some of my friends came over and we figured the only way to get him down was to throw stones at him....it worked but his legs broke off when he hit the grownd. Never got another one, what a moron I was




Rick G
1966


This memory was added on: November 14, 2006

Hi, christmas of 1971 I wanted a fighting eagle so bad that drove my mother and father crazy. When time came that christmas morning I ran down the stairs, running over brother and getting to the tree. My Mother handed me these two gifts and the rush was on first one was custer in a sears mail way box, looking up at my parents I can see it in ther eyes something was wrong I opened it and there was geromino. Well they tried looking back know being a parent I can just inmagine how they felt. Christmas of 1991 my wife shocked me on chritmas morning, she heard of my story about 100 times so she got me a fighting eagle for me, My first one I ever had. It was over 24 years later.

Thank You John jkgeraci@msn.com


John Geraci
8/14/62


This memory was added on: October 23, 2006

Johnny and me. There was the first one- "Old Johnny". He was the piker that set out across The Grand Canyon alone. (The grand canyon in my neighborhood was a retaining wall that held an alleyway road) He and his Palamino met with great adventure untill his son, "Young Johnny" came along with Jane. Settling together as a sort of "Three's Company" meets "Bonanza" trio in a log cabin homestead that resembled a discarded washing machine shipping carton- they tamed the wild lands, brought peace, lawfulness and a sence of appreciation for the land to anyone they met. That would be me.


Dennis Wilhoite
5-16-59


This memory was added on: October 21, 2006

Oh my lord. THAT's what these were called! We had the whole set in my family, one brother had Johnny, the other Custer, I had Geronimo. We used to play w/ them out in the pasture and behind the house and etc. These guys were indestructible. I lost Geronimo, then wound up finding him again some 11-12 years lator! It was at a cousin's, he'd wound up in a tree w/ a cloth parachute tied to his shoulders(!) oh the things kids do. Anyways. We got alotta fun outta these. Classics.


Grulg
1966


This memory was added on: October 4, 2006

Oh my goodness!!

I had a whole SLEW of Barbies & accessories, but let me tell you, my all time favourite toys were my brothers Johnny West figurines. We had Johnny, Jane, Janice & Chief Cherokee, as well as horses, a stagecoach (not sure if this was part of the collection) & all kinds of accessories.

My brothers used to get so mad when they couldn't find them & they'd find me hidden in my room with them, or would find I'd stolen them out of the house for an afternoon at a friend's house... Cripes, we had sooo much fun with them!

Thanks for this site & all the memories you'd stirred up... I could likely write something about MOST of the toys!

Dee


Dee Latta
1963


This memory was added on: October 2, 2006

I remember having a Johnny West figure when I was a kid...caused quite a controversy in our family when I took it to school for show-and-tell. I put it in my desk (in those days we had desks made of wood with square seats with an opening on one side you stuffed your books into) and when I reached for a schoolbook, it fell out onto the floor. I picked it up and was in the process of putting it back (I SWEAR) when my teacher, a psychotic named Jones, demanded to know why I was playing with my Johnny West, and ordered me to bring it to the front of the class, where she dumped it in the trash can!

My parents were understandably ticked off by this, and called a meeting with the principal of the school...by week's end, my teacher had gone and bought me a new Johnny West.


Greg
1962


This memory was added on: September 23, 2006

i got my first jane west doll and thunder the horse when i was in 4 th grade for christmas i have always been crazy about horses i got my first real horse when i was 16 years old and she lived till she was 33 years old when she died last year i still have horses , donkeys , cows and i live on a farm with my family i still collect the best of the west i have a lot of the toys it was a way to bring back a good part of my childhood i am 59 years old now and still love my toys and my farm


judy a vaughn
1956


This memory was added on: September 9, 2006

My five siblings and I shared a Johnny West doll. Though we did not know about his background or tv history, we played with him and believed he had a magical ability to move around our house of his own accord. My aunt bought him in a secondhand store for us and he lasted through all six of us and I believe still lives in my parents' house.


Ann B.
1976


This memory was added on: September 5, 2006

I had Jane West and two of the horses when I was a child and I will always remember how I repainted the horses hooves whenever the black started to fade. I loved Jane West and those horses better than any of the Barbies I ever got.


Susan Cawthorne
1962


This memory was added on: July 5, 2006

I've had my Marx Johnny West horses since my childhood!! I kept them for YEARS, and decided to add to the collection in 1996,about the same time Ebay started up on the Internet. I was just browsing through some websites looking for information on my long lost childhood toys, and came upon Ebay... I finally found most of the figures I never knew existed in the Johnny West line!! Then a longtime friend named Cheri "introduced" me to a few other Marx collectors named Noah and Tom. Before long, the CIRCLE X RANCH was created on Yahoo thanks to a very nice lady named Suzanne. Now there's a GREAT home on the net for Johnny West and the WHOLE gang!! There's SO many talented collectors there that customize the horses, wagons, figures, and just about ANYTHING you'd EVER dream of for Johnny West and company!! It's truly amazing!! Visit www.circlexranch.com HAPPY COLLECTING!! ;-)


Diane
1956


This memory was added on: June 29, 2006

I was so excited! We recently to return to my parents home. While assiting my father cleaning out the attic we discovered my Jane and Jamie West and General Custer Dolls and Horses. I was so excited! I have twin 4 year old boys who immeadiately began playing with them!! Still three weeks later they are playing with them. I tought these guys were lost forever. I am so happy to have them for my boys!


Arleen
1964


This memory was added on: June 19, 2006

I had totally forgot all about Johnny West. I thought he was so cool. Actually a friend of my dads gave my brother and myself each one of these. Used to have him play with the lone ranger since he has a horse too.


David
1970


This memory was added on: June 11, 2006

Johnny and the gang were and still are my favorite toys. I am now a collector of these great figures. I have more than I would ever dream of having. Greg


Cherokee_Greg



This memory was added on: May 31, 2006

Wow!! When I tell people I played with Johnny West they look at me like I'm nuts!! These were my favorite toys! And if you got a horse with jointed legs for your birthday or Christmas...that was just the best!!! I was always running to my Dad to tape up the horses legs because they almost always got broken!! My friends and I also loved Johnny West because he could "hug" Barbie...although Barbie never could ride those horses right! Thanks for the memories!!


Alice M.
1965


This memory was added on: May 20, 2006

My parents just threw Johnny West out because he was falling apart and they didn't want the grandkids to get hurt on him. They still have Jane though. She too is looking pretty ragged but my daughter (one year old) thinks she is the funniest thing and loves to play with her when at Nana's house.


Laurie
1975


This memory was added on: May 19, 2006

I wanted one of these so BAd ! My dad got me one right before he went into the Hospital in 72. He died of ALS in jan of 73. I wish i still had one


Tom Hamilton
1965


This memory was added on: May 6, 2006

I loved Jane and Johnny West. I had the entire collection and played with them for hours on end! I'm 46 and have been riding horses for approx 3 years now. Always had the dream, but never the time or finances before...my husband has started to ride too. My childhood dream fullfilled! While out on the trail I exclaimed to him...."we are like Jane and Johnny West!" He had no clue as to what I was talking about. I explained in full detail my love of these childhood toys and the dreams I had as a child of finding my own Johnny West! I'm so happy to see that others had such happy trails as children with these fantastic toys. Long live Jane and Johnny! :)


Carri
1960


This memory was added on: April 27, 2006

Growing up, my sister and I had Johnny, Jamie, Josie, Janie, Geronimo, a couple buckboards, several of the horses and a few of the Panchos. We also had several Breyer horses so we would have many, many horse round-ups, ranches and such. We would arrange the table chairs in the livingroom and have string everywhere for stables. We also interacted our Barbies with them.... although she couldn't ride very well.

I never had as much fun with anything as I had with the Johnny West toys. We played with them for hours and hours on end... They were the absolute best!!!!!


Kenda
1964


This memory was added on: April 21, 2006

Johnny West was my first best freind!! We lived on a very rural farm and there were no other kids within MILES!! I think I have owned 20 Johnny Wests over the years, form 1969-73 and form 2003 to now... Long live Johnny West!!!!

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Stevo
1966


This memory was added on: April 15, 2006

I have a very vivid memory of the Christmas I got my Johnny West and gear. A bad one. That Christmas I received Johnny and Thunderbolt and Geronimo. I was exstatic. For some reason in my child like mind I didnt put them in my room, but kept lining them up in the hall, like that's where they belonged. Well, by Dad had had enough kicked the lot of it down the hall. I ran screaming to gather up what was left. Poor Thunderbolt had a broken leg. From then on He had black electrical tape on his leg to keep it together.

After many years of play, I still have most of the tack and extras, but some things just disappeared over time. But I found that Ebay has all kinds of things. And other people I never knew existed. If I had the cash I'd buy me a fine collection.


Dennis
1961

This memory was added on: March 20, 2006

All I wanted for Christmas in 1966 was Johnny West and his horse Thunderbolt. I got them both. I am soon to turn 49 and when asked what I wanted, I said I wanted a new Johnny West. I love that man and his horse. He was so much more fun to play with than Barbie. I was shocked to see a site dedicated to him and I had to write in. I remember that Christmas because of Johnny West and his horse more than any other Christmas as a child. It was like a dream come true. I played with him for years but I haven't a clue what happened with him. Having three brothers I can only guess!!!


Katrina M.D.
1957


This memory was added on: March 11, 2006

Wow! How fun...tonight was a special night...I finally allowed my daughter (13) to play with my Johnny West collection...I remember saving my own money and buying each piece as I could, and playing for hours...Don't know what happened to my buckboard and covered wagon (still have the horses) and the Circle X Ranch set was played with to oblivion. But Johnny, Jane, Geronimo and Janice are living a second life now with my daughter...Thanks for the memories.


Susie
1965


This memory was added on: March 10, 2006

Same message as all posted. Awesome toy.

But you are all missing out. At 37 my first child is on the way. We just found out that he is a boy. Yessss! unfortunately the attic took its toal on my small collection. Ebay for some bucks came to the rescue. I am soon to pick up a set ten times larger than I ever had still with many years of play time. 2-3 years from now i have an excuse to play with johnny garret geronimo cobra and the rest of the gang. i thought those days were over. Can't wait till that first christmas.


luke
1969


This memory was added on: February 9, 2006

Boy, it's sure nice to see so many people from everywhere loved these figures as much as my brother and I did! We actually grew up on a large ranch/farm in Western Nebraska. My brother was almost 6 yrs. younger, and since my dad wouldn't let him play with "dolls" (I had Barbies up the wazoo), we had tons of these to play with together. I can't begin to tell you the adventures we had! Now that my folks are almost 79 and finally ready to retire (jeez, they're still running the home place as a WORKING ranch!), it's time to clean out the boxed stuff and move it along, hopefully to good new homes where they will be treasured. Interested? Please contact skitmom@hotmail.com with questions.


Deb
1957


This memory was added on: February 9, 2006

Oh man. I loved my JW figures. I had Johnny West, his horse, Sam Cobra, General Custer, and Geronimo. My sister had Jane West and her horse.

Like others have said, those things were almost indestructible. I may just have to break down one of these days, and buy one from Ebay. Good memories.


Shawn
1965


This memory was added on: January 27, 2006

wow this is so cool, about 32 yrs ago i had johnny west and his chuck wagon, i also had dangerous dan and the indian. man thx a bunch for the site


Glenn
1965


This memory was added on: January 17, 2006

Little booy in Wales circa 1971, loved his Johnny West (Lost his side shooter - found weeks later in the garage drain of a friends house - much relief!) Just before we moved to Australia in 1972. There was a train strike on in '72 (common at the time) and we had to catch a bus to Heathrow, left my Johnny West and the horse head sticking out of an airline bag in South Wales. 'Bout six months or so later (I guess) Mum say's there's a special delivery for you... now living in Wollongong, Australia, and there she holds the airline bag with Johnny West's horse head sticking out, fair melted my heart.....Like everyone, never knew what happened to him, but he's gone and not forgotten. Always remember the anguish when you lost just a liitle part, especially when it was a gun...empty holster doesn't a cowboy make. Steve Lane




Steve Lane
1962


This memory was added on: January 14, 2006

I just returned home from my mothers house with Jane West,a covered wagon and five horses!!! My memories of playong outside with all my Jane West toys are the best memories I have of growing up I brought these things home and now my two daughters are loving them. Any one remember the horse that had a movable neack and looked like it drank from a trough? I have that horse too but it needs a little repair. the price on the box of the buckboard wagon-- 7.99.

You can't find toys of that quality or price these days.


Patrice
1966


This memory was added on: January 4, 2006

Was cleaning out my garage and came across the box that I had put up with the horses from my Jane and Johnny West days....I had Jane, Johnny, Josie and Jamie...both the dogs, the buckboard, and 4 different horses....and all the accessories. These great toys provided a world of entertainment and adventure for me. I loved them...wish I had kept the action figures.....but all I have are the horses. I read all the memories and I have one that I didn't see mentioned....Any one remember there being a Jeep and a horse trailer???


Debbie
1956


This memory was added on: December 25, 2005

Johnny West, Jay West and Jane West. We had their horses too, but they had moveable legs. They were the best, BEST dolls ever. It made me wish that I was a out there on the range. Wow, if I had only known about all the other great dolls and stuff, my parents would have had a hand full. My sister through Jay West, my favourite doll into the lake, and my father almost drowned trying to retrieve it. My most special Christmas present was for one of my other sisters, 30 years later getting me a Johnny West doll.


Karen
1962


This memory was added on: December 19, 2005

My sister got the ranch with Jane West one year for Christmas, and we absolutely loved that ranch! Hard-core fans will remember Flick and Flack, the ranch dogs(a german shepherd and and English setter). How much of an impact do our toys have on our adult lives? My sister went on to be a race horse trainer, she had an English setter, and I have a german shepherd...


Debbie Y.
1962


This memory was added on: December 18, 2005

My sister and I had almost all of the Johnny West cowboys and Indians. I have to say that they were the greatest toys I had growing up! I had the Indians and she had the cowboys. My Chief Cherokee, (his name was Steve) was dating my Barbie. She didn't like her Ken much, he was one with "Mod" hair. Poor Barbie's legs were never the same after riding around on his horse! He is still with me, sitting on top of my bookcase.


Carol Rossi
1962


This memory was added on: December 14, 2005



I hadn't thought of my Geronimo until recently studying the artwork of the Oklahoma License plate. It resembles the shield and peace pipe that were one of the dozens of accessories included with the wonderful packaging. These action figures were so durable and damage proof... that I had to struggle with a file to create a region in his mouth to smoke on the pipe. Not only do I regret having altered this one of a kind figure... I wish I could remember what happened to it. More than likely a victim to "mother's house cleaning."

I've made up for it though... Have gone on to collect almost all of the Harryhausen action replicas. Perhaps one day... I'll spring for another Geronimo. It truly was one of a kind.

Nostalgia buff


Brett
1968


This memory was added on: December 12, 2005

The 1965 Sears Catalog was connected to my right arm for weeks. I was seven years old. Please can I have Johnny and Thunderbolt for Christmas? No - make that Jane West and Flame. I begged my mother, but knew that with four kids in the family there wasn't too much hope. Still I dreamed on. It was Christmas morning - Johnny, Jane, Thunderbolt, Flame, Thundercolt, the plastic fence and all their accessories - they were all there....my parents still don't know how happy they made me and my childhood. I played with those dolls & horses for years. Last year I bought them all from Ebay - they bring me only happy memories.




Clare
1958


This memory was added on: December 6, 2005

Wow, Johnny West & Geronimo, 2 of the most durable action figures I've owned. Indestructable! Survived many "action adventures" like being thrown off the garage, whipped across the street, run over by cars, frozen, burned, etc., Far more durable than my other Fav's like G.I Joe, Big Jim and Action Jackson, but a little bland looking, not as visually appealing as the other 3. Could be that the clothes were permanent plastic, except for the vest, hat, holster and gun.


Mikey
1965


This memory was added on: December 3, 2005

I have been holding on to "Thunderbolt" for years now (obviously). He has always been one of my favorite companions. I had forgotten his beginnings until finding this site! How I wish that I would not have scattered the accesories around the backyard! He does still stand noble and proud!


Lynn
1972


This memory was added on: December 1, 2005

I had Johnny, Josie, Jamie, and Janie West, all the horses and Geronimo. It was my favorite toy. Wish I could get a reproduction or an original.


gaynor
1967


This memory was added on: November 30, 2005

i had johnny and sheriff garrett brother had geronimo and sam cobra we shot sam with bb guns and the indian got burned at the stake lol the family dog chewed up johnny and the sheriff all i have left is one of their hands missing all fingers but one lol i miss those days


brad
1969


This memory was added on: November 12, 2005

My memory of johnnywest was in the early 70's I wanted a Fighting Eagle figure for christmas and when the day came I got geromino instead. Never question my parents over a christmas gift, about 29 years later finaly got him through toy newspaper the wait was worth it.

Fellow marx collector John


John
1962


This memory was added on: November 11, 2005

My memory of johnny west will also be, when I was 8yrs old. Around christmas time I wanted fighting eagle, well christmas came and I ran down like any other kid did. My parents where like any thing you like just tell us and will go back to the store.I should have seen the writing on the wall, you know what happened geromino was there instead of fighting eagle. 29yrs later I landed my first fighting eagle. Asked my mom what happen she said there where none to be found.


John Geraci
1962


This memory was added on: November 11, 2005

I remember have JW, Jane, and their Indian friend whose name escapes me. Accessories included the horse and the classic cowboy coffee pot used by the likes of Marshall Dillon on Gunsmoke and the Cartwrights on Bonanza when on the trail. A favourite toy, it provided countless hours of fun.


Phil
1960


This memory was added on: November 11, 2005

I had Johnny West, Jay West (his son?), Thunderbolt and was it Captain Maddox(?) the calvary man? I also had a palimino horse that looked just like Thunderbolt, whose name I can't remember and there was also a palimino pony, whose name I can't remember either. I kept these for years unharmed, but my nephew and his friends lost some of the parts when I was in my 20's.


Dale
1958


This memory was added on: November 10, 2005

I didn't have Johnny, I had Geronimo from the same set. Geronimo came with a complete set of latex headresses including a headband, a full war bonnet, and and buffalo medicine-man headress. Like most of the toys I had at the time I took Geronimo apart completely to see how he was put together. I intended to put him back together but unfortunately I lost the spring which connected his arms,so I installed a larger more powerful spring. There was a notch in his neck, and the spring also held his head in place with this notch. I soon discovered I had greatly improved on the original design and every time I pulled his arm, his head would twist sideways. This was great fun, I would tell my little brother to call Geronimo and then lift his arm so his head would turn by itself. I lost Geronimo years ago, and my little brother ate his head band, but the war bonnet lived on for many years in my parents junk drawer and may still be there for all I know.


Huey
1961


This memory was added on: November 4, 2005

I still have Johnny's girlfriend, Jane. Still have her horse and buckboard wagon (although the family dog chewed up the traces and such!). I even have Jane's sidekick, Janice and her pony (and all the gold they stole from the neighbor boy's Johnny!).


Crissy
65


This memory was added on: November 3, 2005

My cousins had Johnny West, but we all called him John Wayne, 'cos he does sorta look like him. He filled in w/ the Lone Ranger figures (by Gabriel)in a Western town built w/ Lincoln Logs and blocks.


Sharry A.
1966


This memory was added on: November 1, 2005

It always upset my friends and I that we could never take Jane or Johnny West's clothes off like we could GI Joe's and Barbie's......ptooey.....We could never have Jane and Johnny go naked parties.....


DeAnna
1963


This memory was added on: September 28, 2005

When I was a wee lad my brother got "Cowboy Kid" (as Johnny West appears to have been called in the UK-I just came across the name JW for the first time ever about 5 minutes ago!). Soon after, we also got one of the Indian's (can't remember his name) and the Black Knight, this Spanish looking geezer in Black Armour! All these toys were played and played with until their arms and legs drooped (I'm sure we all remember them when the joint springs stretched) and rank as some of the best toys I can remember playing with. Cowboy Kid and co. (the little that was left of them!) finally went to the great toybox in the sky about a year and a half ago when my parents moved house, but trusty Thunderbolt (my pride and Joy as a six year old) is still played with by my youngest son! Incidentally, Cowboy kid a.k.a. JW was Blue in the UK. I never did understand the obsession with minor transatlantic variations that toy manufacturers seem to have indulged in over the years...


Martin
1967


This memory was added on: September 23, 2005

My brother and I were thrust into the world of Johnny West by our older aunts and uncles. Our parents then went and got us everything Johnny West. We had a grand time playing with them in the backyard in the summer and in the basement all winter long. The funnest thing that ever happened, however was when the "homestead" was attacked by the Indians and for some strange reason all by Barbies were visiting. My brother and his buddy scalped the Barbies. They came back into vogue in the 80's for the Punk Rock craze.


Tawnya
1969


This memory was added on: September 13, 2005

I remember these toys. My sister and I each had one. I had Johnny was a brown horse whose name was Flame, I think. My sister had Jane West and a Tan horse. I remember Flame broke in half so my Mom threw him away. Later I got Thunderbolt. We loved playing with all the gear and tack that that figures and the horses came with. Over the years, I lost most of the stuff and I think I gave Thunderbolt away when I was in High School but I still have Johnny on a shelf in my bedroom. All he has left for gear is his hat.


Tanya
1963


This memory was added on: August 31, 2005

Well yes of course i had Johnny west and others and buckboard and horses. But -i am here to invite you all to the johnny west yahoo groups- freee to join any of the groups, we will start with mine - wolfstradinpost, johnnywestviakirbyland , circlexranch , jwcorral ... there are many johnny west customizers also -HAve you seen any custom johnny west horses ?? or custom johnny west figures, custom gun rigs ? custom chaps vest, heads, wagons ,stagecoachs etc...etc... check out the groups -and check out kirbyjonas.com thetoysmith.com circlexranch.com marxmabroscreations.com ---e-bay has johnny west stuff there too !!! Peace -Wolf


wolf
1966


This memory was added on: August 28, 2005

For my 5 year old birthday I got my first doll,Geronimo. Next my older sister got a Johnny and his horse, Thunderbolt. On other birthdays I got the General Madox, Sam Cobra and his black horse Satan. We had Jamie and Jay West and the two little girls also. They were great toys. They were much more exciting than the Barbie dolls to us. The only thing we didnt like is they did not swim well!! All in all between 3 of us girls, we ended up with about every horse, doll and assecory available. My mother still has most this stuff and we are wondering if we can sell this?


Tami
1962


This memory was added on: August 19, 2005

The blonde's name was Jane West. We had them both.

My younger sister and I also had some action figures of medieval knights, that were, I believe, made by the same folks that made JW (Their armor fit Johnny, and his chaps and cowboy hat fit them). Their names were "Sir Lancelot(?) the Silver Knight" and Sir Gordon the Golden Knight." Anyone else remember these two?


Pastor Z
1960


This memory was added on: August 7, 2005

Had a cousin who owned all of this stuff. LOVED THEM. Couldn't afford them then and still can't. As collectables, they're pretty expensive.


PJ Hedrick
1961


This memory was added on: June 7, 2005

I've still got my 1966 Johnny West and his horse Thunderbolt with all the accessories. I can remember how Barbie used to cheat on Ken with Johnny. Guess it's hard to compete with a man that has a horse and bags of gold. I have no idea why I continue to hang on to him. Thinking about selling them but have no idea what they're worth...better do some research.


L
1955


This memory was added on: May 23, 2005

I still have my girl johnny west dolls. Even all the accesories. I have the blond, the brunette and the indian lady with her papoose. My brother had johnny and the horse. I loved these dolls. Wonder how much they're worth now. Mine are all still in great condition.


tami
1971


This memory was added on: May 7, 2005

I had a Johnny West. Was this thing made out of wax or something? It would get kind of melty if I left it in the sun too long. And it had a weird kind of smell!


Jim
1968


This memory was added on: February 19, 2005

I member' tryin to put Johnny's cowboy stuff on me other dalls, hat and stuff but wouldn't fit. That blondie is the hunny of the doll world.


Crunk Stuf
1957


This memory was added on: February 18, 2005

Had this toy as a kid... Johnny, his horse, the wagon, the accessories. Now it sells on ebay for $$$. Oh well, I loved it. I'm also looking for a toy that I think was called Flying Aces. It was the Enterprise aircraft carrier (about 2 1/2' long) and two F4U Corsiar planes. You had a yellow "T" handle on the ship that you pulled and launched the planes. They'd fly 15 or 20 feet. Let me know if you know of this toy.


Scott
1966


This memory was added on: February 5, 2005

My name is John Boender and I am 33 years old. My fondest child hood memories are of my Johnny West collection I had. I recieved my first Johnny West action figure, along with horses and the buckboard, at the age of 3 and can still remember how it made me feel. That cool brown plastic cowboy with all his guns and stuff was the neatest thing I had ever seen. Sam Cobra the renegade bad man was next as well as more horses, the Geronimo indian and the two younger sisters cast in turquoise plastic. I sold them all for $20 about 20 years ago like a dumb ass and would like to replace them. Does any body have any for sale?


John B
1972


This memory was added on: February 1, 2005

Man, I had many a Johnny West/GI Joe crossover adventure. Actually I had the Sam Cobra (bad guy) doll for about a year before I got Johnny - cluelesss grandma. I remember wondering why I couldn't have plastic molded clothes too.


David
1966


This memory was added on: January 19, 2005

Man! This brings back memories! I had Johnny West, Geronimo, Pocahontis (?) a girl indian anyway, and about 4 of the horses. Can you still get these anywhere?


Tara
1965


This memory was added on: December 29, 2004

Wow, this is the first time I have seen anything on Johnny West. I cannot remember the cowgirls name, but I still have them both and the horse he rode on. The only problem I had with the toy was the springs that held the arms on broke.


Natalie
1961


This memory was added on: December 17, 2004

Hey, this guy was indestructible, and had all kinds of great accessories! I can't remember the cowgirl's name, but he had some more in his posse too, Geronimo, Custer, and a bad guy dressed in black (can't remember his name), and I think a young sidekick. The only bad part, was that when he hung out with my G.I. Joe, he couldn't fit into the vehicles properly, as his legs spread to sit on his trusty steed, not into the all-terrain vehicles!


PH