To coincide with the release of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey in the summer of 1991, Kenner put together a series of Bill & Ted action figures based on the movie Excellent Adventure.  These action figures were set up so that if you squeezed the character's legs together they would play the various instruments they could hold.  Here are the various figures and accessories which were made available for sale:

Bill S. Preston, Esq. (with guitar)

Ted "Theodore" Logan (with guitar)

Rufus (with keyboards and suitcase)

Genghis Khan (with club, sword and drums)

Billy the Kid (with guitar and lasso)

Abraham Lincoln (with keyboard & pull-off stovepipe hat
to reveal Wyld Stallyns logo and keyboards)

Death (with scythe and guitar)

Telephone booth (with a snap back receiver for capturing historical personages . . . you could pull out the phone receiver and wrap it around a historical figure's arm then press a button on the top of the booth and the line would snap back, dragging the figure into the booth.  When the line snapped back the antenna on top of the booth would spin.)

Speaker and cassette set (sold separately to use with figures to make them play music . . . each action figure had a place in the back where an audio line could be plugged in.  By plugging in the figures to a cassette playing using this item the characters could be made to play music when their legs were squeezed together.  Music on the cassette was all Bill & Ted-unrelated instrumentals with such titles as Rufus Riff, Rhythm guitar / Lead guitar, Accidental Chord, etc.


Wyld Stallyns Jam Session Two-Pack - while this item was actually produced it was not widely distributed or made available to the public.  Kenner apparently did sell their stock to smaller distributors and sellers.  The set includes Bill & Ted dolls wearing tuxedos with shorts (different than individual figures) plus a speaker and cassette set.

Napoleon (with drums) - pictured on the back of the
Jam Session Two-Pack box, this action figure was never
produced to the best of our knowledge.

Boom Truck with Portable Sound Stage - also pictured on the
back of the Jam Session Two-Pack box this also never made it
onto the commercial market and was never produced en masse.

Historical Playset - There was only the briefest glimpse of this on an Entertainment Tonight report about movie merchandise in the year 1991.  At a toy trade show a man was displaying various Bill & Ted items being licensed and this was among the items, but it was never promoted or shown anywhere else.  The first photo shows a torture chamber with Death presiding, in the second photo you can see Lincoln sitting in front of some stocks.

Most Excellent Motorcycles - Okay, we don't know where they got this idea from, but this is another item shown briefly on that Entertainment Tonight report that never seemed to make it into mass production.  Apparently a little chair could be set up between the two motorcycles, probably so historical figures could ride between them or be "snatched up."


The bodacious Dr. Kent dude provided us with these images from the Kenner Toy Fair catalogue when the Bill & Ted toys were first offered up to buyers.  These have really good photos of the items which were never made available for sale!  Most interesting is a talking cruiser which we've never seen mentioned before (according to Dr. Kent, this was simply a refurbished Knight Rider car!)  There's also a much better look at the medieval playset!  We totally appreciate these pics!


The Bill & Ted action figures were never promoted much, especially not on television.  I'm not aware of any commercials for the figures ever airing.  However, there was a commercial made to promote the toys.  After viewing it one comes to the conclusion it's probably best it never aired, as the main catch phrase for the ad (and we are NOT kidding) is a little boy saying enthusiastically "Squeezing their legs gets them jamming!"


**Not bad!**

Sadly these action figures seemed to be a somewhat misguided effort.  It's highly unlikely that kids would want to sit around and play with action figures of Bill & Ted . . . they're more apt to want to role-play Bill & Ted themselves!  Since the characters are not prone to violence, the traditional action figure play would not apply and I don't know anyone who would want to bother with the trouble of hooking the toys up to their speakers to make them play music (the novelty gets old fast and the figures would essentially be "tied down").  We're not sure what Kenner was thinking of with these toys, but they still remain good collector's items and frankly they do look pretty darn excellent sitting on a shelf, especially if you have the entire band assembled!

The most outstanding Judge dude on our Forums shared some excellent photos of prototypes for the Bill & Ted Kenner figures, plus artwork, which he's collected.  You can view even more photos of the figures on his most bodacious website: