ACTION MAN

Action Sailor 1966

Period: Painted Head

Dates: 1966 until 1969

Cat No: 94132220


Action Man Sailor

Action Man Action Sailor Contents:

Painted head figure with hard hands
Shirt ('Tailored Navy Work Shirt')
Trousers
Boots (short)
Cap
Metal ID Tag
Star card
Navy Manual (Training Manual)
Equipment Manual

Action Sailor Description:

The basic Action Man Action Sailor figure from 1966, could be accessorised further by accessory cards (See Navy Attack and Navy Dress Parade). Also available were an Action Soldier and an Action Pilot. 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

Notes:

Box art for the Action Man soldier, pilot and sailor originally featured misleading artist's impressions of a partly accessorised figures on the bottom right. This was later remedied after complaints by placement of a covering sticker showing photograph of actual contents. 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. The Frogman on the box artwork was also available at the time. The original GI Joe version had additional rank, name badge and service length stickers and decals (available here), strange that Palitoy's rendition did not include these basics.

40th Range

Action Man Action Sailor
(later box and hard head figure) showing Navy Manual

Action Man Action Sailor

Early 1966 box (left) and later corrected (oversized) sticker version (right).

Action Man Action Sailor

The first Action Man boxes had three variants:
1st: 'The moveable fighting man' with illustration example
2nd: Oversized oversticker showing 'Action Man dressed like this'
3rd: Corrected box showing 'Action Man dressed like this'.

Action Man Action Soldier

Price when new £1 12s 11d

Old money

First Action Man of 1966 - distinguishing marks were flesh coloured painted rivets and 1964 text on back

Action Man 1966

First Action Man body (and subsequent years until dynamic physique of 1978) maker's mark reads 'MADE IN ENGLAND BY PALITOY UNDER LICENCE FROM HASBRO ©1964'

Action Man Copyright on back

1966 Action Man Action Sailor Dog Tag

Action Man metal dog-tag

The GI Joe figure, unlike Action Man, came with rank stickers (available here)

GI Joe Rank Stickers

Action Man Equipment Manuals 1966 - 1969

 

1966-67 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1966

1969 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1969

1968 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1968

Star Cards 1966 - 1969

 

Action Man Star Card L51 (1966)

Action Man Star Card L51

Action Man Star Card L17 (1968)

Action Man Star Card L17

Action Man Star Card L100 (1967)

Action Man Star Card L100

Action Man Star Card L30 (1969)

Action Man Star Card L30

Action Sailor Navy Manual 1966 - 1969

 

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual

Navy Training Manual 1966

Action Man Navy Training Manual