Jay West - 'Cowboy Articulee'

Stock No. 1062-B

Canadian Jay was issued in four different boxes:

  • French Inscription Johnny West Series - Dark Caramel Body, 1968-1969
  • Mod Colours stamp Johnny West Series- Black Body, 1969-1973
  • Bilingual (Blue Splash) Johnny West Series- Black Body, 1973 on
  • Department Store Mailer - All Years

1st Canadian issue

"De La Serie Johnny West" French Inscription

Canadian Jay was first issued in a French Inscription box.

"Instructions en français à l'intérieur" is printed on the box face.

He had a caramel (darker than US color) body with a darker brown accessory set.

2nd Canadian issue

"Mod Colour" Stamp

Canadian Jay was next issued in the Mod Colours Stamp box.

"Instructions en français à l'intérieur" is printed on the box face.

He had a black body with a white or rare taupe accessory set. The rare taupe sets were probably sold before 1970.

It seems that the kids were the first figures to be produced in mod colors in Canada. Bruno has seen many black boys without rivets in shoulders indicating they were made before 1970 and were still in production a couple years after that.

3rd Canadian issue

"La Serie Johnny West"

Canadian Jay was then issued in a Blue Splash Bilingual box.

He had a darker carmel body with a brown or dark brown accessory set. The rare dark brown sets were probably sold before 1970.

Here are pictures from Jill's collection showing the French and English faces/sides of the same box.


4th Canadian issue

Brown Mailer Box

These shipping boxes were used throughout Jay's life in Canada.

JWA figures were not produced in Canada. They were imported from the US and bilingual instructions manuals were added. Then they would simply apply a sticker on the box saying that french instructions were included.

"Black Jay Bodies"
Like their US partners, the Scarborough plant also used either the fringed or plain front male child torso for Jay and Jamie.


Canadian Jay came with the same accessories as his US counterpart. However, Canada made more color variations! Here's a list of possible colors:
  • Darker Brown
  • Regular Brown
  • White
  • Taupe