ACTION MAN

Astronaut Set 1967

Period: Painted Head

Dates: 1967 until c1971

Cat No: 34701


Action Man Astronaut

Action Man Astronaut Contents:

Space suit
Space helmet
Tether cord
Gloves
Boots
Oxygen chest pack
Propellant gun with bar
Camera
Instruction Leaflet
Equipment Manual

Astronaut Description:

"Action Man's on the launching pad! He's got a helmet, spacesuit and a whole lot more - and it's all authentically modeled on that used by real live astronauts for Mercury flights" reads the Action Man Equipment Manual. A very popular set at the time and not hard to find in collections.

Notes:

The Action Man Astronaut is fairly common but a few of his accessories are often missing or broken, such as the propellant gun (missing metal quarter pipe) and balance bar (snaps in two), and camera. Helmet visors are also prone to breaking at one or both hinges. There should be two cylindrical foam pads either side of inside of helmet (see images). Elastics quite often degrade and need replacing. Also check comms wire is present between helmet and elasticated chest pack. The orange tether cord should have a blue plug in the end. A redesigned Action Man Astronaut set, with talking back pack featured in 1974. In 2016 an adapted Action Man Astronaut (named Major Bob Tom) and Space Capsule were successfully sent into near space on Art+Science Mission Mercury 10.

40th Range

Action Man Astronaut Set

Action Man Spaceman

Astronaut Spacesuit

Space Capsule 34705 was also available for the Astronaut from c.1967

Space Capsule leaflet was different to the outfit set leaflet

1966 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1966

1968 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1968

Action Man Astronaut close up

Astronaut

Action Man Astronaut Instructions (Outfit set version)

Action Man Astronaut Leaflet

ASTRONAUT SET 34701 (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

Action Man Astronaut Box

To bulk out the outfit the packaging contained a flesh coloured 3 part dummy as did the Red Devil Parachutist. A light green version was used for the Deep Sea Diver.

Action Man Astronaut Box

Space Capsule version of Astronaut Leaflet

Action Man Astronaut Box

See also Space Capsule