Period: Flocked Head
Dates: 1977 until c.1979
Cat No: 34070
In 1977 Palitoy released the Hasbro designed 'Tom Stone' key figure. He was introduced as 'A Member of the Action Man Team'. He came in basic camo fatigues and carried a Heckler and Koch sub machine gun and wore a green parachute regiment beret. His body construction was of a significantly different inherited design (of the US muscle body Joe) to Action Man and is prone to falling apart because of degradation of plastics in the connecting pieces.
TOM STONE: Camo jacket, camo trousers, Heckler and Koch MP5A2, green cloth beret, short boots, information leaflet, Equipment Manual.
Tom Stone's camo shirt and trousers should have the clothes label with the bullet holes omitted from the Action Man Logo (they had long since disappeared since the first 'beachhead' camo fatigues of 1966 of similar design). They have only one popper holding the front together and same is true of the trousers. The green beret is elasticated and carries the Parachute Regiment Logo. The body usually has its stringing of arms and neck disintegrate to powder, requiring repair. The hips are not so prone to aging. The main featured figure on this page has reproduction hands, but we show the original hand separately next to the new, in an image below. He carries a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with elastic strap, not to be confused with the more common SAS type. Two box designs were issued in a short space of time, making them both a rarity.
The UK Tom Stone body is derived from the later 'muscle' body Joe - the 'Black" Adventurer was the original strung figure sold as the 'Black' Soldier with a new head sculpt and gripping hands sold both as flock head Adventurer and bearded Talking Commander - and as such was never sold in the Palitoy lineup. The black muscle body Joe could be passed off as the Tom Stone figure if dressed accordingly, since used the Joe body without changes (same patent/markings). Thanks to Hussein Holland for this detail.