ACTION MAN

Breeches Buoy 1969

Period: Painted Head / Flock Hair

Dates: 1969-70

Cat No: 34505


Based on Action Sailor figure:

Boots are needed from the basic Action Sailor figure.

Breeches Buoy / RNLI Description:

"Kit out your Action Man for every phase of military service with these authentic true-scale equipment sets", read the Equipment Manual. The Breeches Buoy set was intended one would assume, for the Sailor range of 1966-70, an basically an accessorised Action Sailor. The set later became the R.N.L.I Sea Rescue set, and the letters were applied to the jacket. The accessories could be bought separately and included:

Action Man Breeches Buoy Equipment Sets:

34505:

ACTION MAN BREECHES BUOY: NAVY 'Oilskin' jacket, trousers, breeches buoy and pulley, flare pistol, signal light, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.

 

Notes:

The Breeches Buoy is a rescue / transportation device to carry sailors to and from vessels whilst at sea. The 1969 'Breeces Buoy' issue set's oilskin hooded jacket bears the NAVY letters. The adapted 1974 set carried the letters R.N.L.I. on oilskins and the life vest when the set was rebranded to that of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

1969 Action Man Breeches Buoy (with added life vest not included until rebranded to RNLI in 1974).

Action Man Breeches Buoy

Action Man Breeches Buoy

Action Man Breeches Buoy

1974 - rebranded Action Man RNLI Sea Rescue

RNLI

1974 - rebranded Action Man RNLI Sea Rescue 35013 - note incorrect early life jacket.

Action Man Breeches Buoy Information Leaflet

Action Man Breeches Buoy Information Leaflet

Life vest could be added retrospectively from Action Pilot range

Action Man Life Vest

First appears in 1969 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1969

 

Action Man Breeches Buoy Equipment Set

 

BREECHES BUOY 34505

G.I. Joe version of Breeches Buoy (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions Ltd)