Monday, June 16, 2014

Big Jim

One of the best presents my parents ever gave me was a Big Jim action figure and his camper van. Big Jim was a lot like G.I. Joe, but his adventures were sports-, safari-, and spy-themed. I don't remember which costume my first Big Jim came with - perhaps it was the standard karate suit - but I recall vividly when we found my second Big Jim at a department store in Thompson, the P.A.C.K. version that came with nappy blue turtleneck, paw-print boots and a pistol.

Big Jim had a couple of cool features. If you bent his arms, realistic biceps would bulge. And pressing in his back would make Big Jim perform a karate chop.

Some genius has created a short film featuring Big Jim, his friend Big Josh and the camper van. Check it out:

I love it. But the relationship between Big Jim and Big Josh takes an unfortunate turn in the sequel:

Fortunately they patch things up and share their scrapbook:

And then it all goes south again:

Sadly, naught remains of my Big Jim collection except for the DC comic book that came with the P.A.C.K. edition of Big Jim. Thanks to the miracle that is the Internet, you can read it here

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