Welcome to Action Man HQ, the Palitoy vintage Action Man reference website

Selling Action Man UPDATED OCTOBER 2018

This website is a tribute to the vintage Palitoy Action Man of 1966-84. It aims to supply the enthusiasts a long overdue place to enjoy the original vintage Action Man from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, some of the Hasbro 1993 to 2006 range and now the 'new' Action Man ('50th') from 2016 to date. We have official recognition by Art & Science Int, UK licence holders of the Action Man brand. Action Man is still alive and well today and loved by enthusiasts the world over. He can also be found at his official home at www.actionman.com.

Click the picture icon links along the top of this page, or panels to the far left, to start your own personal journey of nostalgia. Enjoy the past with childhood memories sure to come flooding back.

ACTION MAN TO SELL OR DONATE? Action Man items forgotten in your loft are better off on Action Man HQ for the world to see! Contact us by clicking here. Let's grow this Action Man site together!

Action Man Day 13 - the Pre-Christmas (Yes!) event not to be missed!


Date: 4th November 2018

Contact Roy Minshull 01379 640003

This Action Man Day 13 event held in Essex pops up just before Christmas! That means stocking fillers... The popular event in North Weald draws top sellers from all corners and buyers can expect a huge amount of vintage Action Man figures, vehicles, paperwork andmany collectors class the event as the main one not to be missed. Great opportunity to find those missing pieces or treat yourself to a new Action Man.

Earlybird tickets (entry 8.30am) are available as always from the organiser Roy Minshull on 01379 640003. Venue: North Weald Village Hall, Sunday 4th NOVEMBER 2018. Public: 10am - 2pm. Dealers arrive from 8.00am. Action Man HQ will see you there! Commemorative posters of these special events are available by clicking here

West Ham Utd Bobby Moore Action Man!


Date: 8th Sept 2018


West Ham Utd have released a very limited edition of only 1,008 Bobby Moore figures. They say: "Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of one of West ham United's greatest legends with this limited edition Bobby Moore Action Man. Bobby Moore made his West Ham United debut on Monday 8th September 1958 against Manchester United. The Boxed Action Man includes a 1958 miniature embroidered No. 6 shirt, ball and dogtag. An asset to any West Ham collection!" Available here. Write up and more images here.

Action Man returns for 2018


Date: Oct 2018

More to follow

Action Man 2018 Some early studio images of a budget range of new Action Man has been circulating from a French website. The images released are just part of a RRP £14.99 range (without accessories) intended to hit the price point and play values for young children and are expected online and in shops in the UK October 2018.

Good news for adults is that a much advanced range will follow in line suited to collectors but timings on this are not released yet.

Of interest to VAM collectors might be the new two piece metal scale dog tags, contemporary camouflage military outfit, super-detailed boots, and the opportunity to kitbash. Also the light blue flight suit is as per the first 1966 Pilot box artwork and would make a good edition as such.

A press release is sure to follow from Art & Science.

We say a figure at £14.99 is a logical progression. There are dozens of Marvel, Batman, and other superhero action figures with less articulation and no accessories. Why not an Action Man locking horns with them - they've had it all their own way so far... Long live Action Man I say, he has just wised up!

More on the UAMHQ Facebook Page: HERE

NEW! String-Fellows online shop ready to restore your old Action Man and vehicles


Now Open

Need an Eagle Eye head reattached? Need new elastic for your floppy Action Man? Your Field Radio gone silent? GOOD NEWS: A new on-line Action Man repair service website has just been launched by Samantha Wood of String-Fellows. Complementing her excellent String-Fellows Facebook page, the new on-line Action Man repair store offers professional restringing and other products such as starlocks for restoring vehicle wheel hubs, press studs, fasteners, 3D printed accessories such as machine gun mounts and steering wheels, and restored vehicles in A1 conditionready to buy. Get your troops heads reattached, elastics renewed, and talkers voice boxes speaking once more. Sam's enthusiasm for Action Man, her repair skills and extensive vehicle collection and knowledge are becoming second to none. Recommended. Click to visit the NEW STORE!

Summer's scorching Action Man Day 12 a hit


Date: 1st July 2018

Contact Roy Minshull 01379 640003

Action Man Day 12 Action Man Day 12 event held in sunny Essex was a hit with visitors. The popular Action Man event in North Weald Village Hall in Essex, drews top sellers from all corners and buyers snapped up a large amount of vintage Action Man figures, vehicles, paperwork and repair products. These shows offer the greatest opportunity to handle, check, and buy those missing pieces or treat yourself to a vinatge Action Man. Lots of helpful advice and on-site repair, twinned with the famous bacon and sausage rolls with a cup of tea made for the greatest of day's out.

AMCon 3.1 Action Man event a success!


Date: 14th 15th April 2018

Contact Alan Dawson

This April's AMCON 3.1 event saw two days of vintage Action Man worship, with happy sellers, and happy buyers and fans and collectors could enjoy the company of Bob Brechin - again on hand to inform the visitors on Palitoy's past on this historic site (now with its own Green Plaque). Charity benefitted too - donations made for the New Kopila Children's Home @ AMCon 3.1 amounted to £84.27. Held twice yearly in the Heartwood Conferencing Building on the "sacred ground" of the old Palitoy Factory site in Coalville, Leicestershire. AmCon 3.2 is on its way in November, ideal for those pre Christmas plans for gifts (and treats). Follow all the news on Twitter #AmConGB and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AMCON.GB . Contact Alan Dawson for more information www.amcongb.co.uk.

Action Man feels 'epic' in new Money Supermarket Advert!


Date: March 2018

Agency: Mother

Action Man Money Supermarket AdvertAction Man Fans are enjoying the latest Money Supermarket advert which features a whole team of slightly camp Action Men popping to dance routines. The ad has caused such a stir and has placed Action Man back in the public's affections. Action Man HQ put the production company MJZ in touch with Ian Moore of Eagleeyeactionstation for the project which was top secret. Ian supplied the figures and vehicles you see on screen. Directed by Tom Kuntz, the whole advert is stop motion animation (which we think makes it even more incredible) with a few 2D tweaks to the faces. 'Mother', the agency responsible for this (and the last few 'Epic' ads) is parting ways with Money Supermarket after a change at the top of the commissing company. A shame, but they went out on a high note.

Action Man Day 11 beats the snow!


March 2018

Organiser: Roy Minshull

Action Man Day 11 held again at the North Weald Village Hall, and beat the tail end of 'The Beast from the East' - many Action Man fans made the trip to Essex. There was a an amazing amount of vintage Action Man bargains to be had. Bacon rolls and an open bar punctuated the event and made it possibly the best on offer ever. If you missed this one, don't worry - there is Action Man Day 12 coming up on July 21st - put it in your diary!

Old Action Man picture springs into life


26th Jan 2018

Wisdom Design

Wisdom Design have taken an old familiar image from the 1968 printed Action Man Manual and brought it to life. The effect known as 2.5D or 'Parallax' effect is frequently seen on television programmes, when old images appear to be shot in a version of 3D. You can see the remastered image on YouTube here. The technique can be applied to any image, but some suit rather better than others. The Deep Sea Diver image underwent this treatment and the menace of the giant octopus is all too realistic!

New Action Man online shop open


Now Open

A new Action Man HQ store for all your Action Man needs! A large selection of reproduction stickers, fabric patches, and various vintage Action Man items for sale. Restore your old Action Man vehicles to their prime with reproduction stickers that are virtually indistinguishable from the original Palitoy ones. Restore those uniforms with replacement repro badges and patches. Also available are Action Man Figures, Vehicles, Equipment and posters. Stock is changing all the time so be sure to bookmark the shop. Click to visit!

Colchester Castle Museum hosted Action Man Exhibition for 6 months


Date: 11th Dec 2017 - 29th Jun 2018

Rob Wisdom

'Colchester Collections' exhibit within Colchester Castle's Museum, Essex showcased part of Rob Wisdom's vintage Action Man Collection.

Motivations for collecting can differ; some people collect for the ‘thrill of the chase’, the satisfaction of finding the missing piece and completing the puzzle. For others it can help to form a connection to a certain person, place, memory or time. It can be an extension of our identity and a legacy after death.

50 of Rob Wisdom's personal Collection of Action Men dating from 1966 were be on display in a large case for 6 months inside Essex's Colchester Castle, including the 'brother' of Mercury 10 Astronaut Major Bob Tom #FindMajorTom

Action Man brings back happy childhood memories for many. Collecting Action Man is a contemporary archaeology of sorts – learning the history, discovering anomalies, searching for rarities, and careful repair and restoration techniques. It is a collection that brings out so many happy reactions for generations under the spell. Colchester Castle is built on the ruin of an Ancient Roman Temple and is the largest Norman Keep in the UK.