Period: Flock Head
Dates: 1973 until c.1974
Cat No: 34826
Following the launch of the Action Footballer in 1968, Palitoy decided to expand the footballer range and recreate the 'Famous Football Clubs' major teams from Division 1 of the Football League. In 1971 they introduced Manchester Utd, Leeds Utd, Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham Utd. In 1972 they added Glasgow Rangers, Newcastle Utd, Arsenal and Celtic. Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur had to wait until 1973 and represent the last (and possibly rarest) two football kits produced. The Aston Villa Action Man kit came with shirt, shorts, socks, boots, tracksuit top, ball metal pin badge and information leaflet. A greater range of kit colours were available on separate cards. With these, one could make up their own favourite teams. A colour Football Book was also sold with key club information, tips and suggested kit combinations (see bottom).
ACTION MAN ASTON VILLA: Shirt, shorts, socks, boots, tracksuit top (team name on reverse), ball, metal pin badge, Club Information Leaflet, Equipment Manual.
The Action Man Aston Villa kit is a particularly rare kit along with Tottenham Hotspur and possibly Newcastle Utd. Each figure came with zippered tracksuit top, club metal pin badge, ball (printed with HONG KONG) and information leaflet particular to the club featured. Most of the footballers are difficult to source and complete.