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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 3:58 p.m. PST






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USAFpilot06 Jun 2020 5:04 p.m. PST

My older brother had that; we grew up on G.I.Joe.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 5:52 p.m. PST

Nice stuff.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 6:28 p.m. PST

Those look fresh out of the box. I find that sad, to be honest. I handed mine to my sons, years ago: well worn, played with for many a year. They were anything but pristine, like these figures.

A real pleasure to see these, though. They bring back a great many memories. I remember so many fun times playing with mine. Thanks for the reminders, Tango01. Cheers!

Jeffers07 Jun 2020 1:19 p.m. PST

That was my first Action Man uniform & completely impractical! Never watertight, the rubber inside rotted in a couple of months. The most annoying thing for me is that despite still having my chaps in the loft, Sharky, the plastic shark that came with it (named after a crewman in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea), has disappeared. He was a vital part of the team and could drive the jeep and handle a Garand.

Legionarius07 Jun 2020 7:53 p.m. PST

I had this diver more than half a century ago! I remember it came with a small octopus.

forrester08 Jun 2020 11:11 a.m. PST

I think the sailor and airman versions of Action Man tended to be neglected in favour of the soldier..I think even back then I had the idea if you don't have a ship and you don't have a plane, then where is it going?
Sadly some outfits especially those made of rubber perish over time- the frogman outfit emerged from long storage as a lump of sludge.
Beware also that even hard plastic from that period can become brittle; I had to reach for the superglue when a chunk of upper arm decided to detatch itself when an outfit was being changed. So if you've still got the 60's originals, you need to be nice to them.

I believe they were re-released as a 40th[?] anniversary commemorative range, but probably more aimed at collectors by then.

Our Action Men performed numerous roles and were the mainstay of our imaginative play for some years. Sad that there is no longer an equivalent for children available.
In the UK a few years ago there was a short lived attempt to put British armed forces figures in the shops, though the chosen scale oddly was 10", a pointless departure from the conventional 12".

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2020 3:10 p.m. PST

Glad you like them boys!. (smile)


Asteroid X08 Jun 2020 11:35 p.m. PST

I look at these and wish I had been born earlier…

I think baby boomers had the best toys!

Jeffers09 Jun 2020 9:00 a.m. PST

BTW, you could blow down those long black air pipes to create bubbles. That grey thing on the end was the mouthpiece which also contained a compass.

If you look at Norman, my first Action Man and second from right here: link you will notice his bald chin. That was the result of taking the diving helmet on and off!

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