Period: Flock Hair / Eagle Eyes
Dates: 1976 - c.78
Cat No: 34170
The Action Man Despatch Rider was the ideal figure for the Action Man Motorcycle and Sidecar. He featured a unique suede effect sleeveless jerkin and gauntlets and a ('battledress blouse') tunic that bore the same divisional square patch as the earlier British Infantryman. His riding breeches were similar to the German Officer, only in a tan or green colour. They were not always of a colour match to the tunic. The goggles had the plastic strap and his jackboots were the same pattern as the German figures.
ACTION MAN DESPATCH RIDER: Tunic, riding breeches, boots, jerkin, crash helmet, goggles, gauntlets, pistol belt, .45 pistol, holster, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.
The Action Man Despatch Rider jerkin was unique to this figure, and features chrome domed poppers to close. The fabrics by 1976 were becoming appreciably lightweight as can be seen by the belt and tunic. The gauntlets are a poor fit for the gripping hands, and the helmet does not fit very well over the pips on either side of the goggles. The helmet had a sponge pad inside to help it fit better. The separately available Action Man Motorcycle Combination was an ideal vehicle for this uniform set. The belt with this set would have benefitted from an adjustment slider - like those of the 1960's. It didn't - it was was fixed belt, and so is very tight if worn with the jerkin, and creases the waist if left over long periods.