ACTION MAN

Special Operations Kit 1972

Period: Flock Head / Eagle Eye

Dates: 1972 until c.1983

Cat No: 34240


Action Man Special Operations Kit Contents:

Special Operations bag

Primus stove

Radio set

Canteen

Mug

Mess tin, Knife, Fork, Spoon

Boots

Helmet

Binoculars

Revolver

Knife

Sterling sub machine gun and clip

6 x grenades

3 x dynamite

Entrenching tool

 

Equipment Manual

Specail Operations Kit Description:

The Action Man Special Operations Kit was very popular and a great way to get all the accessories Action Man needed in one pocket money hit. It first launched in 1972 and ran until end of production with little change other than detail.

Notes:

The Action Man Special Operations Kit primus stove has a solid burner on earlier issues, and hollow on later. The knife originally had a gold handle (as seen in other sets) but ended up with the silver handle variety. Earlier Sterlings would have elastic straps, and later plastic. The entrenching tool is two part - the handle should have a plastic strap which often goes missing. The bag itself varies in colour and print thickness and design over a long period. The earliest bags had a metal pin that went through all the eyelets around the bag and a hook on the strap would connect to the looped end. The bags progressed to having a notched plastic tie a bit like an open zip-tie. Earlier knives and forks are harder than later which bend easily. Earlier radio sets have a proper pin hinge, and later had a softer plastic folding hinge. Early canteen had the black top and solid build, later all silver with hollow body. The first binoculars would have a thin elastic strap, progressing to plastic strap connected to lugs. Earlier sets were all packed within the bag itself and stacked in a display box - some feat! The last 'Equipment Centre' carded version had the softer plastic American M1 helmet with the plastic chin strap (the type seen within the Secret mission to Dragon Island set). An Australian version produced by Kenbrite, who named their range 'GI Joe Man of Action'.

40th Range

Action Man Special Operations Kit

Action Man Special Operations Kit

Action Man Special Operations Kit with plastic neck tie

Action Man Special Operations Kit later

Special Operations Kit

Action Man Special Operations Kit in 'as new' condition

Action Man Special Operations Kit in 1972 Manual. Note burner top is solid.

Action Man Special Operations Kit bags from the UK (left) and Australia (right)

Kenbrite Man of Action

Action Man Special Operations Kit Instructions Leaflet

 

Action Man Special Operations Kit Leaflet front

Action Man Special Operations Kit Leaflet inside

Kenbrite GI Joe Man of Action Special Operations Kit Leaflet front

Kenbrite Special Operations Kit Leaflet

Kenbrite GI Joe Man of Action Special Operations Kit Leaflet inside

Kenbrite Special Operations Kit Leaflet