ACTION MAN

Despatch Rider 1976

Period: Flock Hair / Eagle Eyes

Dates: 1976 - c.78

Cat No: 34170


Despatch Rider Description:

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 Set:

34137:

ACTION MAN DESPATCH RIDER: Tunic, riding breeches, boots, jerkin, crash helmet, goggles, gauntlets, pistol belt, .45 pistol, holster, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.

 

Notes:

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.

Action Man Despatch Rider with pistol and holster

Action Man Despatch Rider

Action Man Despatch Rider riding breeches

Action Man Despatch Rider Information Leaflet

1976 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1976

Action Man Despatch Rider 'battledress blouse'

Action Man Despatch Rider on Action Man Motorcycle

Action Man Despatch Rider

Action Man Despatch Rider with leaflet

Action Man Despatch Rider Information Leaflet e


 

Action Man Despatch Rider Set

 

DESPATCH RIDER 34170

Action Man Despatch Rider box arte