Period: Flock Head
Dates: 1970 until c.1973
Cat No: 34806
Following the launch of the Action Footballer set in 1968, a greater range of 'Sportsman' kit colours were available on these separate cards in 1970. With these, one could make up their own favourite teams. There are a selection pictured and I have identified what they might have been based on the club colours found in Action Man Football Book This Football Book was also sold with key club information, tips and suggested kit combinations (see bottom). A boxed 'Sportsman' footballer figure was available from 1970-72. 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.
ACTION MAN SPORTSMAN FOOTBALL KIT: Shirt, shorts, socks, boots, ball, Equipment Manual.
The Action Man football kits were available in many colour combinations.The orange shirt and socks are said to be rare. Each kit came with a ball (printed with HONG KONG) and information leaflet particular to the club featured. The 'current' Action Man figure at the time of launch would have been flock haired with hard hands. Painted head figure shown as an option. The shirts featured only paper stickers and these are commonly tatty or missing. Buy replacements here