Big Jim (Mattel, 1972)
Originally titled Mark Strong, this first prototype was only released in Europe. Inspired by G.I. Joe, Big Jim was smaller than Joe (Jim was 10″ while Joe was 12″) and Jim was less military affiliated than Joe. Jim had a push button on his back so he could perform a karate chop. His arms contained a mechanism that could simulate the bicep bulge when his arm was bent. Jim was a secret agent.
The original Big Jim series of 1972 consisted of Jim, Jack, Josh, Jeff, Dr. Steel and Chief Tankua. The P.A.C.K. series in 1976 added Warpath, The Whip, Torpedo Fist and Zorak. The 1982 Spy series contained Agent 004, Joe (the alpinist), Professor O.B.B. and Boris. The Global Command series in 1985 ended the collection with Commander Jim, Astros, Dr. Alec, Baron Fangg and Vektor.
Big Jim made several cameo appearances on the 2000 – 2003 TV series Max Steel.