An Action Man Soldier doll (circa 1977) in its original yellow, black and red box. The box has coloured illustrations on all sides. The front has a drawing of a close-up of a armed soldier. The back has a picture of a soldier firing a rifle and labelled with some of the good points of the doll. The sides have information about other Action Man characters and the improvements made to the dolls. On one end it shows that it was the Toy of the Decade, 1970-1980. The flesh coloured plastic doll has moulded features, blue plastic inset eyes (which can be moved by a lever) and painted eyebrows and lips. The artificial blond hair is cut very short. The doll is jointed at the neck, shoulders, waist, hips, knees, ankles, elbows and wrists and the fingers can be moved. He is dressed in a khaki coloured knitted jumper with long sleeves and 'v' neck. A pair of yellow coloured cotton trousers printed with black, brown, red and green camouflage pattern. They have a large patched pocket. He has a cotton belt with a brass buckle and black plastic boots and beret. The hat has a silver coloured badge. There is a brown and black plastic rifle with carrying strap. There are 3 leaflets in the box. One printed in black and white, explains some of the features of the doll and what it can do. One, printed in red, black and white, explains about the Action Man Star Awards and the gifts that are available and one leaflet printed in full colour showing the range of Action Man Kits that can be purchased. Total number of items is 6.
Donated to the Museum of Childhood by Mr S. Feber in January 1984.
Makers and roles
Palitoy Company, maker