Period: 50th Anniversary
Dates: October 2016 -
Cat No: AM00001
"The hero that inspired whole generations is now fifty years young. It's time to celebrate and start new adventures. You can relive your special childhood moments with this very special collection of Action Man products. Whatever the adventure, Action Man is back in this limited edition range with the best of the 1960's and 70's features. The flocked hair, the hands that really grip and the signature scar all feature with outfits, accessories and of course, the iconic dog tag."
On October 16th 2016 a 50th Anniversary Action Man Action Soldier was first available to buy. This celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the launch of the basic Action Man Action Soldier of 1966 in the UK and re-establishes the Action Man brand once more. He wears a uniform very close to the original 1966 shirt, trousers, tall boots and cap. He has flock hair, and gripping hands and a body similar to the original Action Man action figures of the 1960s and 1970s. RRP on launch was £34.99. He is produced by Art + Science International, the licence holders.
Go to official website for more information on this figure: actionman.com
ACTION SOLDIER CONTENTS:
Action Man figure
The GI Joe Action Soldier was first released in 1964. It crossed the Atlantic in 1966 as the Action Man Action Soldier and was an instant hit, so much in fact that figures from Canada were sourced as a stop gap measure. This 2016 50th Anniversary Action Soldier, is similar to the first Action Man of fifty years ago, however has the welcome advancements of flocked hair (brown only) of 1970 and gripping hands of 1973, retaining the features and iconic scar of his predecessors. The box art features a Hasbro artist's work, along with side panel line drawings. The new dog tag is similar but omits the 'dash' above the 'A' in Action Man, distinguishing it from it's 1966-1969 brethren. The jacket has a a sewn in 50th Anniversary label. The booklet has AM00001 on the front cover but is the same inside as the 50th Footballer booklet. The box is the same size as the 1966 equivalent, but has an inner corrugated card tray which further strengthens the package. The top and botton flaps each have one single 40mm diameter adhesive patch sealing the box. One of the top box flaps carries the date of production stated as 25th August 2016 (200816). It is understood all boxes will have their creation date marked on them. A&S have stated that once the original batch are sold (which there are signs of even less than a year later) they will not be recreated, and so are a true limited edition.