Period: Flock Head
Dates: 1974 until c.1977
Cat No: 34153
The basic Action Man Action Soldier figure from 1974, could be accessorised with one of a popular range of uniforms entitled "Soldiers of the World" (SOTW) that first appeared in 1973 and appear in the 1973 Equipment Manual. They also included the British Infantryman, German Stormtrooper, French Resistance Fighter from the Soldiers of the World range, and a redesigned Australian Jungle Fighter, French Foreign Legion and a year later on, this German Staff Officer. Also included with the first sets was the top secret 'Intelligence Manual' - showing line drawings of all the soldiers, their equipment and a brief summary of their exploits, with the exception of this Staff Officer it seems.
ACTION MAN GERMAN STAFF OFFICER: Cap, jacket, breeches, jackboots, waistbelt, Luger, holster, map case, map, Iron Cross, sandgoggles, binoculars, Intelligence Manual, Equipment Manual.
ACTION MAN GERMAN STAFF OFFICER EQUIPMENT: Waistbelt, Luger, holster, map case, map, Iron Cross, sandgoggles, binoculars.
ACTION MAN GERMAN STAFF OFFICER UNIFORM: Cap, jacket, breeches, jackboots.
The Action Man German Staff Officer outfit was added to the the 'Soldiers of the World' (SOTW) range of 1974 but is not covered in the pages of the 'Intellgence Manual'. A matching jacket and trousers (wider topped riding breeches) can sometimes be a problem because these items were also available on other accessory cards. The iron cross is unchanged from the earlier Stormtroopers, version (that of a WW1 Iron Cross). The belt is quite often loose because there is a temptation to slide the map case inside, stretching the plastic. The cap is thought to have had a red dot in it's badge early on, but was later dropped. The cap was shared with the German Camp Kommandant. The 'sandgoggles' were originally elastic-strapped, but progressed to plastic-strapped. The 'current' Action Man on the launch of the Action Man German Staff officer uniform was a flocked haired gripping hands Action Man figure. Pictured is a Geyperman version (Spanish equivalent of Action Man produced by 'Geyper') of the Action Man uniform. Colours for the jacket vary between dark green and turquoise. Buttons vary in colour, shape and opacity, as do pocket shapes quoted for this figure (round bottomed or rectangular). It is probably safe to assume almost any combination may have been output by Palitoy of the lighter fabric German jacket. It is likely this cross-sharing is also by Soldiers of the World German Stormtrooper and the Colditz Guard (the Guard also is often quoted as having a lightweight, shiny fabric version). The early Soldiers of the Century Stormtrooper jacket in heavy material would never have been part of this set. The map should be the countryside version (not Polar.)