Stanley Weston, NY native and U.S. Army Vet passed away at the age of 84 May 1 2017. He created the military doll after watching Barbie's success. He sold his ideas to Hasbro, spawning the 1985 cartoon and later a couple of movies with Channing Tatum (2009).
G.I. JOE was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame, Rochester N.Y. 2003.