Period: Painted Head
Dates: 1966 until 1969
Cat No: 93831110 / 34002
Painted head figure with hard hands
Pilots overalls (orange zippered work clothes)
Black boots (tall)
Metal 'Action Man' ID Tag
Air Manual (Training Manual)
The basic Action Man Action Pilot figure from 1966, could be accessorised further by accessory cards (See Scramble Pilot). Also available were an Action Sailor and an Action Soldier. The three original figures came ready-dressed in a simple top-opening cardboard box adorned by artwork by American Sam Petrucci of the US design agency Thresher and Petrucci. Inside were one of three themed 'Training Manuals' (Army, Air, Navy), small fold-up 'Official Equipment Manual' (a two sided fold out poster) showing the full range, and a collector's star card (generally with two starter stars).
Price in 1966: £1 12s 11d
Box art for the soldier, pilot and sailor originally featured misleading artist's impressions of a partly accessorised figures on the bottom right (93831110). This was later remedied after complaints by placement of a covering sticker showing photograph of actual contents (34002). This then progressed to a new Action Man box with the oversight corrected. Towards the end of production the hard heads were replaced by softer, squeezable material. Flock haired figures were launched in 1970 along with new boxes. A rare 'Golden Rod' version of the jumpsuit exists which is yellow as opposed to orange. The original GI Joe version had additional medal ribbon, name badge and arm badge stickers and decals (available here), strange that Palitoy's rendition did not include these basics. batches of Action Man - The GI Joe type 'big feet' with longer straight toes, and at least two sizes of 'baby feet'. Parts often have orientation (e.g. L and R) and batch numbers (e.g. 2,3) on the limbs to help hand workers differentiate parts as they look almost identical. Many figures got through with mismatches - such as two right calfs, or two left forearms and it should not always be assumed a collector has replaced them incorrectly when repairing a figure.