ACTION MAN

Action Soldier 1979

Period: Eagle Eyes

Dates: c.1979 until c.1981

Cat No: 34091


Action Man Soldier 1979 Contents:

Dynamic Physique Action Man (brown or blond)

Jumper (nylon)
Trousers
Boots (short)
Beret (black Tank Regiment.)

Muffler

Belt (no slider)

SLR Rifle (plastic strap)
Star Card L160 0r L774

Instruction Leaflet L487
Equipment Poster 1979 or 1981

Soldier Description:

"Go into action with the modern army. They're the stuff that heroes are made of". The basic Action Man Action Soldier figure from 1966, was replaced by a flock haired Action Soldier figure in 1970, and then this 'Gripping hands' version in 1973. This set's materials were improved around 1975. The Eagle Eyes head arrived in 1977. The dynamic physique (or 'Blue Pants') figure was released for 1979. In 1981 it was upgraded to have a 'Sharpshooter Head' along with camo trousers. It could be accessorised further by equipment card sets.

 

Bob Brechin (Chief Designer with Palitoy) has stated that by 1978 the original artist's dummy style figures' tooling was becoming worn out and it became apparent that now it would be an appropriate time to consider a totally new design. The new design could tackle any shortcomings of the original molds, be easier and more cost effective to produce. Bill Pugh had challenged the design team to use no metal parts, separate 'hot-runner' tooling for each component, and to conceive a figure as agile as the old Hasbro design. Bob and designer Ivor Edmunds came up with the dynamic physique figure, Ivor doing much of the development and sculpting.

 

The muscular and tanned figures have ©CPG Products Corporation 1978 (Creative Products Group was the toy division of General Mills - Palitoy's owners) text on the back section, and feature 'blue pants' for the hip section. Early appraisal figures have green pants and are very rare. The new figure used the eagle eyes style head and redeveloped gripping hands from the retiring figures.

 

It is said that by 1979 eight million Action Men were in circulation - a phenominal number.

Notes:

This was to be the last iteration for the Action Man Soldier. He would have had all the improvements bestowed upon him dating from the original 1970 figures' new flock hair. So he sported 'Realistic Hair, 'Gripping Hands', 'Eagle Eyes', 'Dynamic Physique in 1979'" and 'Sharpshooter Head in 1981'. Beret is a flatter version of the first type of black plastic beret and looks quite different. Beret badge is susceptible to partial damage - top or bottom quarter often missing. The synthetic material Jumper should not be confused with the earlier wool version. The boots are a wider lace spacing than preceding boots (of which there are numerous versions!)

40th Range

1979 Action Man Soldier Launch box with side panel (later omitted)

1979 Action Man Soldier with nylon type jumper and scarf

Action Man Soldier of 1979 had plain trousers

Action Man dynamic physique

Action Man Soldier 1983

Action Man 1979 Soldier - copyright information on back

Action Man Soldier 1983

Action Man 1979 Soldier box from all sides

Action Man Soldier 1983

Action Man Leaflet L487 (single sided)

Action Man Leaflet L487

Action Man 1978 Star Card L160

Action Man Star Card L160 1978

Action Man 1978 Star Card L160

Action Man Star Card 1978 L160

Action Man 1979 Star Card L774

Action Man Star Card 1979 L774

Action Man 1979 Star Card L774

Action Man Star Card 1978 L160

1979-1980 Action Man Official Equipment Poster

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1979

1981-84 Action Man Official Equipment Poster

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1981