The inventor of the G.I. Joe action figure, Stanley Weston, passed away May 1 at the age of 84.
Born in Brooklyn back in 1933, Weston entered the advertising industry following a stint in the Army shortly after the Korean War. After seeing the success of Barbie dolls in 1960, Weston came up with the idea of dolls for boys and in 1963 created what would later be known as G.I. Joes.
Weston also played a hand in the creation of ThunderCats.