Top 5 G.I. Joe Action Figure Knock Offs
In the 1980s and 1990s, you could walk into a toy store and there would be an entire section devoted to G.I. Joe figures known as “The Real American Hero” figures. These were 3-3/4 inch plastic figures that took the place of the 12-inch figures that had sold in the 1960s and 1970s. G.I. Joe figures sold sp very well that other companies tried to make their own figures the same way. These knock off action figures were sold in the toy aisles next to the ones stuffed with the actual G.I. Joe figures. Here are the top 5 G.I. Joe action figure knock offs.
G.I. Joe Knock Offs – X-Troop
X-Troop were knock off figures made from G.I. Joe molds usually from Hong Kong. Produced by the Happy Well International Enterprise Limited company, these figures were often not as articulated as the real thing and it is said that the same molds were sent to India to make the Funskool line of official G.I. Joe figures there.
G.I. Joe Knock Offs – A Team
Produced by Galoob starting in 1983. Galoob actually made both 3 3/4 inch figures like G.I. Joes and also made 6-inch figures of the characters from the show. These toys were usually sold in 4 packs with the Hero “Soldiers of Fortune” figures from the TV show as well as a 4 pack of generic named villain figures to fight against.
G.I. Joe Knock Offs – American Defense
Produced by Remco from the early 1980s until the early 1990s. These were sold at K-marts and were based off the Galoob line of A-team figures. Eventually, these figures were released in other stores and were made less expensive and sold at places like corner and drug stores in the early 1990s.
Produced by the Olmec company in 1988 and again in the late ’90s, these were a package of figures displayed near G.I. Joe figures, with the big difference being that they were all Black or Hispanic characters. These figures often used parts of the same molds as actual G.I Joe figures. While the villains were named and identified on the cards the figures came in, the heroes weren’t identified as clearly on the packaging. This led to a lot of confusion to anyone who bought them.
Produced by Lanard toys for many years starting in the mid-1980s, these figures were most often mistaken for G.I. Joe figures. Most often they were displayed right next to G.I. Joe figures in stores. When Hasbro brought back to smaller figures in the late 1990s, Lanard brought back many of the Corps! figures in special 6 packs as well. The figures tend to be bulkier than G.I. Joes but are the same scale so they fit in with the real figures.