It's almost impossible to imagine a world without G.I. Joe since the toy led to the coining of the term "action figure." The term itself stands for “Government Issued,” and after the World War I, became a generic term for U.S. soldiers. Seen as the male equivalent of the ubiquitous Barbie doll, G.I. Joe has directly and indirectly influenced dozens of spin-offs, including TV shows, movies, comics, and video games.