According to Andrew Nafekh, the first action figure of Sir John A. Macdonald was launched in 2003.
“When the Sir John A. figure was first introduced, it received much acclaim through the toy industry, the media, and at the Liberal Party convention in Toronto. It was also featured in many news articles,” says Nafekh, “We still have approximately 2500-3000 figures in stock and Canadians can purchase them through our website or by contacting us through e-mail or telephone.”
The hand-painted, 15-centimetre-tall figure of Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister and the Father of Confederation, comes with a table, glasses, two books and a stand (but no flask). Each comes with a 20-page illustrated booklet, written in English and French, describing the man's contribution to Canadian history.
“We have a softness for the city of Kingston and were fortunate to be invited to attend Capital Day celebrations there where we met many nice people, including members of the Commission and toured Bellevue House, City Hall and participated in many activities to commemorate that day,” says Nafekh. “We are avid followers of the Sir John A. Bicentennial website. The Commission is doing a wonderful job to raise Canadian’s awareness of Sir John A. importance in building this country despite many hardships.”
"We've received a lot of emails from Canadians saying, 'What a great idea. When are the next figures coming out?'" said Andrew Nafekh. "But the hardest part is still creating market demand, getting people to know about them. We really wanted to promote Canada."