Adventures With My Marx Cowgirl Action Figure

Anne Marble
6 min readMar 8, 2023

Those of a certain age remember Marx toys. They made everything from Western playsets to tin dollhouses to the original Big Wheel and Rock’em Sock’em Robots.

A small cabin from a Marx Western playset with an open door and two small windows on each side plus a chimney on the top right. The parts of the cabin are painted, so the roof tiles are a rustic brown and the logs are painted light and darker browns.
Marx Fort Apache Cabin. (Source: Ed Berg, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Not everyone remembers Marx toys. But collectors like the fans behind Stewart’s Attic and Marx Collector remember. Not to mention the Marx Museum, Marx Lane, and Ed Berg’s Toys and Stuff blog.

Marx Playsets

When the Sears Wish Book came, I would flip through the toy section. Like many kids, I studied it as if it were the Voynich Manuscript.

I was fascinated by Marx playsets. Vast forts filled with cowboys. Western towns. World War II playsets with tanks and hills. Space exploration playsets. Worlds you can learn about on Rick Eber’s Marx Playsets site. To an imaginative kid, they spoke of adventure.

My parents nixed the idea of getting a playset. They knew they would end up stepping on sharp little soldiers and astronauts.

Then, the Marx Johnny West “Best of the West” action figures ambled into town.

The box for the Johnny West action figure. The box shows the Johnny West action figure, an adult character, holding an Old West gun. Beyond the action figure, there is a drawing of an Old West saloon with wooden doors. The box advertises that there are 24 pieces and calls him “Johnny West — The Moveable Cowboy.” The Marx logo is displayed at the bottom left.
Johnny West in the Original Box. (Source: Stewart’s Best of the West website.)

Meet the Johnny West Toys



Anne Marble

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