Period: Painted Head
Dates: 1968 until c.1969
Cat No: 34112
The basic Action Man Action Soldier figure from 1966, could be accessorised with one of these popular uniforms from the range entitled "Soldiers of the Century" that first appeared in c.1967 and appear in the 1968 Equipment Manual. They included the British Infantryman, German Stormtrooper, Russian Infantryman, Australian Jungle Fighter, French Resistance Fighter and American Green Beret. All sets were available in one complete set, or on two 'half cards'. Also included with the set was the 'Intelligence Manual' - showing line drawings of all the 'Soldiers of the Century', their equipment and a brief summary of their exploits.
RUSSIAN INFANTRYMAN SET: Jacket, trousers, jackboots, fur-lined hat, belt, field glasses (elastic strap), case, D.P. light machine gun, bi-pod, magazine, ammo box, 2 x grenades, Order of Lenin Medal, Equipment Manual, Intelligence Manual.
RUSSIAN INFANTRYMAN UNIFORM: Jacket, trousers, jackboots, hat. Intelligence Manual, Equipment Manual.
RUSSIAN INFANTRYMAN EQUIPMENT: Field glasses (elastic strap), case, D.P. light machine gun, bi-pod, magazine, ammo box, 2 x grenades, Order of Lenin Medal, Equipment Manual, Intelligence Manual.
The Russian Infantryman appeared in 1967 within the 'Soldiers of the Century' (SOTC) range and didn't make the cut into the later 'Soldiers of the World' range - being dropped in favour of the French Foreign Legion it seems. The sets only appear in the 1968 Equipment Manual and is one of the rarer of issues to find undamaged. The machine gun bi-pod is often missing or broken and the binoculars case can also be a casualty. Components of uniform and weapons were also available on accessory cards.