Donald Levine, Developer of G.I. Joe Action Figure, Dies At Age 86

May 24, 2014 7:33 PM

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Donald Levine, Developer of G.I. Joe Action Figure, Dies At Age 86

The Hasbro executive responsible for helping create G.I. Joe died on Thursday at the age of 86. Donald Levine died of cancer at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, reports the Associated Press. His wife Nan Levine says they were preparing to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

As head of Hasbro’s research and development department, Levine assisted in the creation of the G.I Joe toy. The first figure was an 11 1/2-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts. Due to the fact that many of the employees working at Hasbro were veterans, the decision was made to dress the G.I...

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