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    Captain Action: First Issue Box (Ideal, 1966). Spurred by the unprecedented success of Hasbro's G.I. Joe line of 12" action figures and accessories (before Joe, "dolls for boys" was an unheard-of concept), the Ideal company launched a superhero-based imitation called Captain Action. The concept behind Captain Action was simple: a crime fighter in his own right (with a costume that included colorful tights, a captain's hat, jagged sword, and laser pistol), CA could, in an instant, assume the costume and powers of many other well-known superheroes, including Batman, Superman, the Phantom, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Green Hornet, and more. Captain Action remains unique in toy history for the sheer breadth of licensing agreements that the company secured to give CA a range of costume options, cutting deals with Marvel, DC, King Features, and more. Offered here is a breathtaking example of the original Captain Action figure, complete with his first-issue box, from a warehouse find. The figure is absolutely mint, C10, with perfect face paint and no tears, rips, or runs in the uniform; all accessories are sealed in their original bag, mint condition with no melts whatsoever. The box is structurally perfect, but must be graded down to C9.5 for very, very light color wear. Includes the original brochure, which has light-to-moderate wear. Given Captain Action's relatively brief stay in the market place (the line never achieved G.I. Joe-level success, and was gone from toy shelves by the end of the '60s), examples this beautiful are rare indeed.

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    October, 2002
    10th-13th Thursday-Sunday
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