Action Soldier 1981 (Sharpshooter Head)

Period: Eagle Eyes

Dates: c.1981 until c.1983

Cat No: 34032

Action Man Soldier 1981 Contents:

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

Muffler (nylon)

Belt (no slider)

SLR Rifle (plastic strap)
Instruction Leaflet L830

Star Card L920
Equipment Poster 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 on the old figure 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. The 1983 Soldier was the last of the soldiers. It could be accessorised further by equipment card sets.


This was to be the last iteration for the dynamic physique 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 this 'Sharpshooter Head Position' improvement 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 preceeding boots (of which there are numerous versions!)

40th Range

Action Man 1981 Soldier with box

1981 Soldier with SLR (plastic strap) and lightweight fixed length belt

Action Man dynamic physique (from 1979)

Action Man Box 1981

1981 Sharpshooter Head Position flash

Action Man Box 1981

Action Man 1981 Soldier - nylon type jumper and scarf, camo trousers

Action Man Soldier 1983

Action Man Soldier Sharpshooter has 'adams apple' on neck.

Action Man 1981 Soldier box from all sides

Action Man Soldier 1983

Action Man 1981 Soldier box with date code for (Aug?) 1981

Action Man Soldier 1983

Action Man 1981 leaflet L830

Action Man Leaflet L830

Action Man 1981 leaflet L830

Action Man Instructions L830

Action Man 1981 Star Card L920

Action Man Star Card L920

Action Man 1981 Star Card L920

Action Man Star Card L920

1981-84 Action Man Official Equipment Poster

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1981