Period: Painted Head
Dates: 1966 until 1969
Cat No: 94132220
Painted head figure with hard hands
Shirt ('Tailored Navy Work Shirt')
Metal ID Tag
Navy Manual (Training Manual)
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
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.