About Cotswold Collectibles
Cotswold got started in the mid 1980's as an antique auction
in Seattle, importing fine British antiques. We picked our name based on The
Cotswolds, that lovely region in the southwest of England known for its many antiques
As you might guess, it wasn't a straight path from armoires
and dining tables to specializing in 12 inch action figures. But by 1989 we had
branched out into lots of English collectibles including Action Man (the brand name for G.I. Joe in England), and in 1989 we
sent out our very first sales list of vintage Joe parts we'd found in a
warehouse in Uruguay (true story). Our G.I. Joe/Action Figure mail order
service for collectors was born!
Fast forward to the mid-nineties. We were knee-deep in the
US Vintage 12-inch G.I. Joe as well as Action
Man and began manufacturing replacement parts (like hands) and figures to
complete and use all of the vintage gear that was around. We named our product line
The Elite Brigade. Before long we
started to expand on Joe's legacy, adding additional uniforms and periods of
history and moving the hobby past vintage G.I. Joe. By the late nineties
several other large manufacturers joined us and together the sixth scale
collectible figure hobby that spans interests from the earlier 60's figures
right up to the most incredibly detailed figures now in the marketplace,
Today there's not a stick of antique furniture to be seen
anywhere in our business and we've dedicated ourselves entirely to the creative
fun of the action figure hobby. Military action figures are still an important
part of what we do, but following our customers' broad interests, we also offer
all kinds of 12 inch (1:6 scale) figures and accessories as well as figures of
After our business start in Seattle, we split our time
between England and California for a few years. In 1992 we relocated our
headquarters from California to Whidbey Island in Washington State where we
remained for the next 28 years. Then in 2020 our headquarters, under the
leadership of new owner (and previous long-time Cotswold marketing director)
Greg Brown, moved to Ennis, Texas, near Dallas.
We have a friendly, helpful staff and enjoy being a
person-to-person business, so please call when you have questions or need help.
What We Sell
We are all about having fun with action figures, so we carry
all the leading brands as well as products from the smallest companies . . .
and including our own Elite Brigade
12 inch figures and accessories. You'll find military, civilian and "pop
culture" (based on movies, TV, comic books) collectible figures....and
fancy complete sets as well as bits and pieces to put together in unique ways.
Our philosophy: Have It Your Way!
Our selection of collectible action figures includes both
old (we call them 'vintage') and brand new, highly detailed state-of-the-art
action figures from companies like Hot Toys, DiD, DAM Toys and Dragon Models.
We have original Hasbro G.I. Joes from the 1960's and 1970's (plus the Hasbro
Joe-related brands from around the world like England's Action Man and Spain's Geyperman)
as well as sets dating from the 1990's when the 'rebirth' of the 12 inch action
figure got underway. So our site is a mix of harder to find older sets in very
limited supply and brand new sets in good supply. But even new items sometimes
sell out quickly and most of the modern manufacturers do not reissue their
Our site allows you to shop by your area of interests
(categories), or by brand, using the menu choices in the red bar near the top
of the home page. There is also a quick-look sidebar of shopping choices on
many of the display pages.
While the majority of our products are 1:6 scale (12 inch)
figures and accessories, we also offer a large selection of action figures in
other scales (1:18 to 1:4). We designate the items that are not 1:6 scale so
you can tell the difference. Scale designations are based on 72 inches as full
(1:1) scale. To know the size of a figure all you have to do is divide 72 by
the number after the colon. For example: 1:8 scale would be 9 inches tall. Most
items that are not sixth scale (1:6) will tell you both the scale and the
height of items in the product descriptions. A good way to see these other
sizes of action figures is to use the "Other
Categories" menu in the red menu bar.
Brigade & Vintage Joe Replacement Parts
We have manufactured our brand, The Elite Brigade, since the mid-1990’s. Our first manufacturing
projects were all about fixing up old G.I. Joes. We started with German
helmets, and soon added replacement hands for original G.I. Joe figures, and
before you knew it we had a complete 12 inch action figure nearly identical to
the figures of the 1960's and 1970's.
Our offerings have grown to include lots of replacement
parts for vintage G.I. Joe figures including complete figure bodies, a big
selection of heads (including fuzzy versions), complete dressed figures,
uniform sets and unique items that 1:6 scale collectors can use with any
Our products are not affiliated with Hasbro, but we are
proud to support and to help continue the now-expanded 1:6 scale hobby that
Hasbro inadvertently launched with their hugely successful G.I. Joe toy line in