ACTION MAN

Action Soldier 1966

Period: Painted Head

Dates: 1966 until 1969

Cat No: 93530000


Action Man Soldier

Action Man Action Soldier Contents:

Shirt ('regulation cut army denims')
Trousers
Brown Boots (tall)
Cap (green)
Metal ID Tag
Star Card
Army Manual (Training Manual)
Equipment Manual

Action Soldier Description:

The basic Action Man Action Soldier figure from 1966, could be accessorised further by accessory cards (See Combat Soldier). Also available were an Action Man Action Sailor 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 box with the oversight corrected (shown). Towards the end of production the hard heads were replaced by softer, squeezable material. Flock haired Action Man figures were launched in 1970 along with new boxes. The original GI Joe version had additional medal ribbon, name badge and arm rank and division stickers and decals (available here), strange that Palitoy's rendition did not include these basics.

40th Range

Action Man Action Soldier
(earliest box and hard head figure) showing contents

Action Man

All the boxed early Action Man figures came with the same dog tag

Action Man Action Soldier

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

Action Man 1966

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

Action Man Action Soldier clearly showing Army Manual

Action Man Soldier

Early 1966 box (left) and later corrected version c.1967 (right)

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 Soldier Dog Tag

Action Man metal dog-tag

Action Man origins are from America's G.I.Joe action figure...

GI JOe figure and kit locker

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 L30

Action Man Star Card L100 (1967)

Action Man Star Card L100

Action Man Star Card L30 (1969)

Action Man Star Card L30

Action Soldier Army Manual 1966 - 1969

 

Army Training Manual 1966

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Army Training Manual 1966

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Action Man Army Training Manual

Army Training Manual 1966

Action Man Army Training Manual

Army Training Manual 1966

Action Man Army Training Manual