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GI Joe Fuzzy head Land Adventurer w/ Kung Fu Grip. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/63045541@N03/5761370539/">Meg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GI Joe Fuzzy head Land Adventurer w/ Kung Fu Grip. Photo: Meg, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GI Joe, the world's first action figure, turns 50

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) G.I. Joe is turning 50.

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and Hasbro Inc., which introduced it in 1964.

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G.I. Joe was introduced at the annual toy fair in New York City in early 1964 and hit the shelves in time for the 1964 Christmas shopping season. It soon became a big seller at $4 apiece.

Collectors will mark the toy's 50th birthday this Saturday by displaying some of their G.I. Joes at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.

Hasbro says it intends to announce details of its 50th anniversary plans during this year's fair in New York on Feb. 16-19.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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