ACTION MAN

Sabotage

Period: All Periods

Dates: 1969 - c.83

Cat No: Various


Sabotage Description:

The Sabotage set was launched in 1969 and was popular right up to the end of production in 1983. Although it never had a uniform as such, people like to pair it with the French Resistance Fighter outfit, basic soldier fatigues, or less often with the Beachhead Jungle Camo outfit pictured. Palitoy frequently picture it with the French Resistance clothes in the Equipment Manuals and on some of the packaging, whilst in 1968 GI Joe produced a repackaged Sabotage box set with the Marine camo outfits pictured.

Action Man Sabotage Set:

34118:

ACTION MAN SABOTAGE: Inflatable dinghy, paddle (black), 3 x TNT sticks, detonator, red binoculars, signal lamp, flare pistol, gas mask, radio set, 'Grease Gun', woolen hat, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.

34160:

ACTION MAN SABOTAGE: Inflatable dinghy, paddle (black), 3 x TNT sticks, detonator, red binoculars, signal lamp, flare pistol, gas mask, radio set, 'Grease Gun', plastic hat, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.

34310:

ACTION MAN SABOTAGE: Inflatable dinghy, paddle (black), 3 x TNT sticks, detonator, black binoculars, signal lamp, flare pistol, gas mask, radio set, 'Grease Gun', plastic hat, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.

 

Notes:

The Sabotage set had a long run and notable changes were made over the years. The dingy came with a lozenge shaped cardboard floor insert to stabilise the shape. It is thought the black dinghy always had paddle loops to stow the paddle. The paddle had a yellow tip painted across the ends. The black dingy in the Special Mission Pod (at least some of the time) did not have these loops. The hat changed from knitted to plastic, elastic straps changed to plastic (binoculars and machine pistol). Why the binoculars were red within such a stealth-themed set remains a mystery. Later sets swapped them in favour of black. The gas mask, unlike the British Infantryman, only had one filter section - typically in an emerald green as opposed to khaki/green. Earlier radio sets had typical hinges and were a darker green, and later had tabbed hinges and were lighter green in colour and a softer mix plastic.

Action Man Sabotage set 1st issue (uniform not included)

Action Man Staotage Set

Action Man Sabotage Set (shown with later plastic hat)

Action Man Sabotage radio (later type tabbed hinge) Buy replacement stickers here

 

Action Man stickers

Action Man Sabotage Set first issue contents - note early type radio hinges. Grenades were not supplied.

Action Man Sabotage dinghy

Action Man Sabotage

Action Man Sabotage operation


 

Action Man Sabotage Set

 

ACTION MAN 34118 SABOTAGE SET (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

Action Man Sabotage Set

ACTION MAN SABOTAGE 34310 (image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

1969 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1969

c.1974 ACTION MAN 34160 SABOTAGE SET

c.1974 ACTION MAN 34160 SABOTAGE SET (back)

c.1981 ACTION MAN SABOTAGE SET