Johnny West and the Best of the West collection

Johnny West Best of the West Share your own memories of this toy



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 1970’s I was too cool for these toys so I sold them in a garage sale for next to nothing I’m 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!

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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