Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Real World Action Figures - Rosie the Riveter - Accoutrements 2003
Rosie the Riveter is a symbolic cultural icon from World War II America.  Social norms in the 1940s were for women to be housewives, teachers, and nurses.  However, the demands of war saw the male labor force diminish greatly.  While all the men were being enlisted for the battlelines, there was a major effort to recruit women to fill in the vacant factory jobs back home.  Rosie the Riveter is the fictional figurehead of this movement.  She was the subject of songs, ads, and posters and was inspired by numerous real working women (and several non-working models).  She was a hit.  Eventually, the name "Rosie" became a nickname for almost any woman holding an industrial job during the war.  This action figure of Rosie the Riveter seems to be based off her two most iconic images.  The first being the classic 1942 "We Can Do It" poster by Pittsburgh Artist J. Howard Miller and Norman Rockwell's 1943 cover of Saturday Evening Post.  The main figure is clearly based on the Miller print, but her "Rosie" lunchbox and Riveter are original to Rockwell.  Let's check out the figure in detail below!



She's a pretty cool figure.  I know Accoutrements typically makes these figures for novelty tongue-in-cheek gag gifts, but a lot of them, including Rosie, are really classic and definitely worth having in your collection.

Here are the two key images used for this figure.
She comes with a Riveter and a Lunchbox.  Unfortunately my riveter is missing.


I'll leave you with my attempt to emulate the famous "We Can Do it!" poster.  A little extra arm and shoulder articulation would have made this a lot easier for me.

Time for a Comparison Shot!



  1. I love the Accoutrements figures! Hadn't seen Rosie before.

    Planning to get Marie Antoinette?

    1. Yup! She's already photographed and ready to be posted. But Anne Bonny comes first :)