Action Man Uniform Period Chart from 1966
Periods covered 1966-84 (vintage), 2006-10 (40th), 2016 on (50th)
This guide is compiled from the official Action Man Equipment Manuals from the main periods listed and is intended to show rough periods Action Man uniforms were made available. Some vintage Action Man uniforms went through a 2nd generation when materials became lighter and accessories changed slightly. You can jump to the Action Man equipment manuals mentioned by clicking the numbers in the red bar at the top or the chart to view the very high res PDF files.
Where we have a Action Man figure photographed, this appears as a link too - by simply clicking the name.
It is interesting to note that some years' vintage Action Man manuals have uniforms absent that appeared in preceeding and in following years' Action Man manuals - and one shouldn't assume that those Action Man uniforms were discontinued for that year. Also note that listings in this chart are quite literal to the Action Man manual's contents and may well differ from UK toy shop's contents at the time. Information becomes sketchy in the early 1980s as by the end of production Action Man manuals (or rather fold-out Action Man posters) were no longer yearly and were not totally representative of available uniforms - there were obviously more - here we have had to assume some dates. 1984 became the sell-off-old-stock year, and many odd combinations were released to clear lines.
Boxed figures are denoted by a dot next to the listing.
(*) Action Man uniform actually made from one or more carded accessories added to basic uniform.
(SOTC) = Action Man Soldiers of the Century/World.
(INT) ="Internationals" - Reduced outfit versions, lighter material, toward end of production.
(ST) = Special Team.