(Sorry… “Action Figure”)
This licensed John Travolta doll was released by Chemtoy in 1977. This would have been in the middle of Travolta’s run as Vinnie Barbarino in the classic sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, and the same year that Saturday Night Fever hit theaters.
One interesting thing about this toy is that the front of the box advertises that the doll can also wear clothes made for Ken (Barbie’s boyfriend) and Donnie (Marie’s brother). Funny, I can’t imagine John Travolta, Tony Manero, or Vinnie Barbarino wearing anything from Ken or Donnie’s wardrobe.
For those of you who are curious, the doll is not anatomically correct. Noticeably missing are any nostrils, which means there is no way to shove a rubber hose up Travolta’s nose.