Ground Assault 1982
Period: Eagle Eyes
Cat No: 34281
The 1982 ‘Special Team’ (later to be rebranded 'Special Operations') was a 4 figure Action Man outfit range consisting of Ground Assault, Underwater Assault, Arctic Assault, and a year later, Missile Assault (1983). They were a futuristic fighting force designed to tackle a number of exciting terrains. The creative work of Greg Hughes, conceptual designer, this exciting imaginative departure was set to introduce a range of associated futuristic ‘Wolfpack colour schemed’ vehicles before the plug was pulled on Palitoy in 1984. (example here). The Ground Assault special haversack contained two ladder sections that joined to form a short ladder
34281 Ground Assault
34281 Arctic Assault
34281 Underwater Assault
934843 Missile Assault
Action Man' Special Team' Ground Assault:
GROUND ASSAULT: Camouflaged combat shirt with armband, combat trousers, tan rubber balaclava, plastic webbing with pouches and water bottle, haversack and 2 x ladder pieces, gloves, boots, helmet with built in visor and fabric emblem, rifle, bayonet and scabbard. Equipment Manual.
These outfits were produced when Action Man sales were on the wain, and the number sold were lower than the majority of Action Man outfits, which make them amongst the rarer of uniforms to find complete. Material divisional badges tend to fall off of helmet and sleeve (replacements available here) and balaclavas perish. The oversized boots rattle a little on the figures (strangely based upon those oversized type previously borrowed from the Six Million Dollar man toy line) and the cumbersome plastic gloves totally negated the development of gripping hands, making weapon holding impossible. The Missile Assault is the rarest of the three, and the Underwater Assault frogman rubber outfit is super rare due to perishing material.
Action Man Ground Assault Packaging