Stanley Weston, American licensing agent and inventor of the action figure, Died at 84


Stanley Weston was born on April 1, 1933, in New York City and died on May 1, 2017.

He was an American inventor and licensing agent who created the G.I. Joe toy line in 1963, as well as the very concept of the action figure.

He later sold the rights to his invention, which he called “outfitted action figures”, to Hasbro just $100,000 dollars.

Then later, he created his own company, Leisure Concepts, which represented and licensed products based on the likeness of Farah Faucet, Star Wars, and Nintendo.

In the 1980s, he oversaw the creation of the ThunderCats animated series (1985–1989), which spawned the successful ThunderCats toyline.

Stanley Weston passed away at 84 years old.