ACTION MAN

Field Commander and Field Radio 1974

Period: Flocked Head

Dates: 1974 until c.1976

Cat No: 34154


Field Commander Description:

The (non-talking) Action Man Field Commander came complete with a working battery (HP7) operated field radio pack and looked similar to the Talking Commander of the previous year. The Action Man figure included was the flock haired gripping hands type. It was available as a complete set shown here, or the Field Radio Pack was available separately (with 3 different discs from the 'complete set' with figure). The pack was redesigned and so there are two versions. This is true too of the Astronaut Radio Pack which used the same moldings. The battery operated Action Man Field Radio, upon the press of a button on the front, broadcast one at random, of a set of eight 'simulated radio transmissions' per record side. In total there were 5 different records across the two sets.

Action Man Field Commander Sets:

34154:

ACTION MAN FIELD COMMANDER AND FIELD RADIO (boxed set with figure):
Flock haired gripping hands figure (with or without plastic dog tag), cap, jersey, trousers, muffler, pistol belt, holster with red cord, .45 Colt pistol, boots, headset with lead wire, working field radio, radio cover, green and clear discs (see below), 'Crowns and Pips' rank stickers, information leaflet, Equipment Manual.

 

34155:

ACTION MAN FIELD RADIO PACK (boxed):
Working field radio with fold up arial, sliding back cover, material radio cover, red, yellow and blue discs (see below), information leaflet, Equipment Manual.

 

Buy replacement Field Radio stickers here.

 

Notes:

The Action Man Field Commander shared a few items with the 'new' Tank Commander in 1974 - the headset, trousers, pistol belt and side-arm and boots. The woolen jersey and muffler was the same as found on the 1973 Talking Commander (of similar appearance) and the 1973 Soldier - the type that did not keep their shape very well. (later versions of the Action Man jersey were a synthetic type with a pronounced bottom elastic seam). The working field radio played plastic double sided records with eight phrases on each side. The two included in the set were clear and green. The separate Field Radio Pack (34115 - without the Action Man Commander) featured red, yellow and blue records. A battery powered a motor with an elastic band drove a turntable. The sound was amplified by a primitive stylus and sound cone. The cover on the radio is often missing, as is the fold up aerial. Many of these do not work. It is possible quite often to replace the simple elastic band, and clean up the battery contacts with some wire wool. The dial stickers can sometime be damaged with age (if they have been exposed to rain) but replacements are available. An internal slider bar in the player section underneath the battery, governs the speed of the voice using friction, and to some degree it can be sped up or slowed down. The Field Commander should have gripping hands that were already newly introduced the year earlier. We show a hard hands figure in some of the images.

Action Man Field Commander 1974

Action Man Field Commander

Action Man Field Commander pistol belt

Field Radio front dials - replacement stickers available here

Action Man Field Radio

Rank stickers (as with Army Officer)

Action Man Field Commander Instructions Leaflet

Action Man Field Commander Leaflet

Click to hear Action Man Voices

Action Man Voices

Action Man Field Commander Instructions Radio Set

Action Man Field Commander and leaflet

Action Man Field Commander cap as per Talking Commander of 1973

Action Man Field Radio record player - note speed slider under battery

Action Man Field Radio back door

Action Man Field Commander Instructions Leaflet

Action Man Field Commander Instructions Leaflet


Action Man Field Radio Records - Voice Sounds

 

Field Radio GREEN record disc:

SIDE ONE
Aim for the tracks
Direct hit
Head for cover
Close hatches
Enemy tanks sited
Commence firing
We’ve been hit
Check all controls

SIDE TWO
Enemy destroyed
Armoured car ahead
Bazooka attack
Maintain speed
Pursue and destroy
Report position
Camouflage all vehicles
Watch for tank traps

 

Field Radio YELLOW record disc:

SIDE ONE:
OK come in
Request air support
Right on target!
Enemy pulling out
All units report
Mission complete
Regroup, regroup!
There go the Paras

SIDE TWO
Take the ridge
Stand by taskforce
Pursuit craft ready
Come in helicopters
Alert all frogmen
Signal for supply drop
Scale the cliff
Equipment on, winch up!

 

Field Radio RED record disc:

SIDE ONE
The bridge is the target
Board dingy now
Signal for assistance
Synchronise your watches
We’ve been observed
Fix demolition charges
Watch out for guards
Maintain radio silence

SIDE TWO
Use the call sign
Open fire now
Return to base
Cease firing
Stay close together
Helicopter coming
Keep your head down
Detonate, detonate!

 

Field Radio CLEAR record disc:

SIDE ONE
Enemy in sight
Good shooting
Range 5,2,5
Tanks approaching
Prepare to attack
Hold your fire
Watch out for snipers
Stand by all units

SIDE TWO
Air attack, air attack!
Take Hill 90
Silence those mortars
Use your grenades
Advance in single file
Wait for my signal
Look out for mines
Move in from the right

 

Field Radio BLUE record disc:

SIDE ONE
Rescue team ready
Use the life-lines
Avalanche, Avalanche
Make for the ledge
Watch your step
Everyone safe
There he is
Load the Landrover

SIDE TWO

Supplies are low
What is your position
Head due north
Check the maps
We're nearly there
Visibility nil
Keep a lookout
Pitch the tent here

 

Action Man Field Radio Set Instructions


Action Man Field Commander and Field Radio Pack Sets

 

ACTION MAN FIELD COMMANDER AND FIELD RADIO 34154
(image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

ACTION MAN FIELD RADIO - later type
(image courtesy of The-Saleroom.com)

ACTION MAN FIELD RADIO PACK 34155 (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

 

1974 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1974