I hear so much about Chuck Norris that I often have to question fact from fiction. So when I saw the above picture, my first reaction was to think it was fake. I was very wrong. The Karate Corvette is just one of a series of items produced to tie-in with the 1986 Karate Kommandos mini series. Why did I ever doubt Chuck!
I’ve started a Toy Archive Pinterest board which is filling up nicely with lots of similar retro toys. Take a look if you fancy it.
Now I know they call them Action Jeans, but in my neck of the woods they were called Karate jeans. They were called that because one person in my entire town owned a pair and he would not shut up about them. Yes, we see how flexible you can be in your jeans! Now please stop kicking mailboxes!
This video covers Chuck Norris’ appearance on the Arsenio Hall show from October 22, 1991. Norris talks about his movie “The Hitman” but more interestingly about his early career (including a long story about his Missing in Action rat scene).