ACTION MAN

Talking Space Ranger Commander (1982)

Period: Eagle Eye

Dates: 1982 until c.1984

Cat No: 34038


Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander (1982) Contents:

All in one jumpsuit

Tabbard / bib

Boots

Helmet

Gloves

Space Gun
Equipment Manual

Talking Space Range Commander Description:

In 1978 the Talking Commanders gained Eagle Eye heads and a new voice box. In 1982 the Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander was launched and had six new phrases - all on a space theme. His dog tag was black (as opposed to dark green for the [military] Talking Commander) and attached to the pull cord. 1983 was the last year of production for these figures.

 

Action Man Talking Commander phrases (from 1978) were (in random order):

 

"All units stand by"
"We are under attack!"
"I’m going in…"
"Oxygen level falling"
"Space station now visible"
"Prepare to repel invaders"

 

Listen to the voices here

Notes:

The Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander was part of a series of Action Man created to respond from a new threat from space - namely the hysteria surrounding the Star Wars franchise of the time. He was preceded by a Space Ranger Captain, Space Ranger Commando, Patroller, and his nemesis, Captain Zargon - Space Pirate, amongst other accessories and vehicles. His pull out tag is black. He speaks six phrases listed above, as the mechanism is different from the very early Talking Commander type and apparently allowed for slightly less recording room. The gloves kind of thwarted the gripping hand's dexterity, and the boots were perhaps too big. The display type box pictured had a front flap that opens to revealed a window containing the dressed figure. The plastic tabbard had a built in holster and was affixed by slightly vulnerable poppers either side.

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander rear view

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander black tag and pull cord

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander box 34038
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1981 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1981

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander built in holster

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander Space Helmet

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander Tabbard (or bib)

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander Space Gun

Click to hear Action Man Voices

Action Man Voices

Action Man Talking Space Ranger Commander box inside
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