ACTION MAN

The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) 1971

Period: Flock Head

Dates: 1971-c.73

Cat No: 34127


Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) Description:

The Action Man Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) is better known to collectors as The Blues & Royals. Originally launched in 1970 the 'Famous British Regiments', renamed the next year 'Famous British Uniforms' and colloquially known as the 'The Ceremonial Range' were fantastically detailed. They included the Grenadier Guard and Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (and the Parachute Regiment [battledress]) to begin with. It later included the Royals Marines [No.3 Dress], Life Guards, Royal Horse Guard (Blues) and 17th / 21st Lancers. A separate Horse was also available without, or with full dress saddle.

Action Man The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues):

34025

BLUES AND ROYALS (Figure in display box): Figure, tunic, breeches, jackboots, spurs, waist belt, shoulder belt, gauntlets, helmet, cartouche, sword, scabbard, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.

34127

THE ROYAL HORSE GUARDS (THE BLUES) (display card tray): Tunic, breeches, jackboots, spurs, waist belt, shoulder belt, gauntlets, helmet, cartouche, sword, scabbard, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.

34242

BREAST PLATE ARMOUR (CUIRASS): Front breast plate, rear breast plate, plate shoulder straps x 2, lower strap x 1, sword, scabbard. Equipment Manual.

Notes:

The Action Man Blues & Royals uniform is a very authentic looking uniform. It is generally accepted that it less common than the Life Guards uniform as it had a shorter production period. The pair share many pieces of webbing and equipment. The breeches are a nylon type of material and are rather prone to yellowing if kept out of daylight. Also the elastic in the braces can degrade. The spurs are vulnerable to damage, as is the delicate plume stand on the helmet. The sword is intricate and the tassels can sometime be missing. Cuirass breast plate armour was also available as an accessory. Early example helmets were not chrome finish, but appeared as silver paint and featured a painted red cross on the guards emblem (same true of Life Guards). The tunic's buttons have rear flanges that punch through fabric (unlike 40th examples). The belt should have a slight texture, and sword a slight curve to its length and a white tassel on its handle. The 'current' figure at time of launch were the 'new' flocked hair type. The sleeve bears a metal 'Waterloo' badge honour. Painted head figure type dating from 1966 shown only for display. Details of spotting 40th from vintage click here.

40th Range

Action Man 'The Blues & Royals'

Action Man Blues and Royals

Action Man Blues & Royals

Action Man Horse Guards

Action Man Blues & Royals Waterloo badge

Action Man Blues & Royals / Life Guards Jackboots

Action Man Blues & Royals Helmet - less common 1st issue

Action Man Blues & Royals Leaflet cover

Action Man Blues & Royals Leaflet

Action Man Blues & Royals shoulder belt with red powder cord

Action Man Blues & Royals

Action Man Blues & Royals Cartouche

Action Man Blues & Royals Collar detail

Action Man Blues & Royals sword and scabbard

Action Man Blues & Royals Leaflet

Action Man Blues & Royals Leaflet

1972 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1972

Action Man Life Guards Sets

 

ROYAL HORSE GUARDS (THE BLUES) 34127

HORSE WITH DRESS SADDLE 34711 (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

Horse

BREAST PLATE ARMOUR 34242 (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)