GI Joe Convention

Yo, Joe! Collectors want iconic soldier in National Toy Hall of Fame

Fans want GI Joe to take his place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, with the likes of Barbie and Mr. Potato Head. At the International GI Joe Collectors' Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, this weekend, the little soldier is marking his 40th anniversary. He was the world's first action figure, with about 400  million sold since his debut in 1964. The director of one collectors' club says, "GI Joe has more name recognition that virtually any other toy in America." Twenty-eight toys have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was founded in 1998. The hall will take nominations into September, and two inductees will be announced November twelfth.