ACTION MAN

Adventurer 1970

Period: Flock Head

Dates: 1970 until c.1973

Cat No: 34012


Action Man Adventurer

Action Man Adventurer (1970) Contents:

Action Man with beard / hard hands

Jumper (white)
Denim Trousers
Boots (short tan)
Plastic ID Tag (light grey, grey or silver)
Star Card
Equipment Manual

Adventurer Description:

The basic Action Man range of figures gained a flock haired Action Man Adventurer figure in 1970. This all-new Action Man Adventurer was flocked (brown or blond) with a full beard and had a white jumper, dark or mid blue jeans with white stitching and tan boots. The Action Man Adventurer of 1973 (34053) gained gripping hands, a new blue jumper, lighter trousers and black boots. It could be accessorised further by equipment card sets. He ran for approximately ten years, gaining Gripping Hands in 1973, and then Eagle Eyes in 1977.

Notes:

Flock haired Action Man figures for the Action Soldier and Adventurer were launched in 1970 along with new style artwork boxes. The Sailor followed the next year. His original jumper was white and trousers a mid or dark denim colour. His boots started life as short tan, but progressed to black by 1973. A blue jumper followed for the rest of production and is the more common. The Action Man Adventurer figure of 1970 had flock brown or blond beard and hard hands. It is said the original beards were 'fuller' around the lips and under the chin, possibly more so than the figure pictured, and by the advent of gripping hands in 1973, the beards were 'tidier' like pictured. The box pictured was sold for £2.67 in 1973 (equivalent value of £31 in 2017).

40th Range

Action Man Adventurer of 1970 (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

Action Man Adventurer 1973

Action Man c.1970 Star Card

Action Man Gripping Hands Leaflet

Action Man c.1972 Star Card L57

Action Man Gripping Hands Leaflet

First depicted in the 1970 Equipment Manual (and 1971 and 1972)

1970 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1970

1971 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1971

1972 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1972
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Action Man Adventurer Boxed Figures

 

c.1970 Action Man Adventurer 34012
(image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

By 1973 he gained a blue jumper and gripping hands. (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)