http://news.yahoo.com/levine-hasbro-exec-helped-create-gi-joe-dies-125720103.html Hasbro Exec. who has been called the "Father" of GI Joe due to his role in the creation of the product has passed away due to Cancer, he was 86 years old. Part of the Article: "Levine shepherded the toy through design and development as Hasbro's head of research and development. He and his team came up with an 11½-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts, and since the company's employees included many military veterans, it was decided to outfit the toy in the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, with such accessories as guns, helmets and vehicles. Levine, who served in the Army in Korea, said he got the idea for the moveable figure as a way to honor veterans." As a fan of the product, more the cartoons rather than action figures (although I had a few of them; later models none of the more rarer toys) I offer my condolences.