ACTION MAN

Red Devil Parachutist (and 'Sky Diver') 1969

Period: All Periods

Dates: 1969 until c.1980

Cat No: various


Description:

"Kit out your Action Man for every phase of military service with these authentic true-scale equipment sets", read the Equipment Manual. Action Man Red Devil Parachutist is basically a kitted out Action Soldier. He appears for the first time in the 1969 Equipment Manual. The accessories could be bought as set during a long period that included all the phases of Action Man from original painted head to Eagle Eyes of late 1970's:

1st Issue 'Red Devil' Parachutist Set:

34121:

RED DEVIL PARACHUTIST SET: Jumpsuit, parachute pack (with hinged single lid) parachute (red, white and blue), helmet, goggles, boots, reserve chute pack, information leaflet, Equipment Manual.

Notes:

The Action Man Red Divil was a very popular set and was loved by kids. As a result, many helmets lost their chin straps and goggles on maneuvers, and quite often parachutes, and lines, are discoloured and twisted. Limbs did get broken, especially if played with over conctrete. The original back pack had a bottom hinged lid, that tears off easily and so becomes detached. This lid was only held 'shut' by pulling the rip cord string across the top of it, pinching the ring against Action Man before launching skyward (see leaflet). Later issues had 'barn door' twin arrangement. Also note parachute underwent size, shape and colour changes - most notably in 1973 to large and orange. His name also became 'Sky Diver' in 1978.

40th Range

Action Man Red Devil Parachutist

Action Man Red Devil

Action Man Red Devil Parachutist Leaflet

Action Man Red Devil Leaflet

Action Man Red Devil of 1973

A 1971 Action Man Book on the subject was also available

Action Man Books

Action Man Red Devil reserve pack and harness detail - 1st issue

Action Man Red Devil Parachutist

Action Man Red Devil later 'barn door' parachute pack and orange chute

Action Man Red Devil Parachutist Orange chute

Action Man Red Devil Instructions Leaflet

Action Man Red Devil Instructions

Action Man 'Sky Diver' in 1978

1969 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1969

Action Man Sets

 

RED DEVIL PARACHUTIST SET 34121
(image courtesy of EagleEyeActionStation)

RED DEVIL PARACHUTIST SET 34121
(image courtesy of EagleEyeActionStation)

To bulk out the outfit the early packaging contained a flesh coloured 3 part dummy as did the Astronaut. A light green version was used for the Deep Sea Diver.

Action Man Astronaut Box