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Action Man: The Official Dossier Hardcover – 6 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition, First Impression edition (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007165501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007165506
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turning the pages of this book brings back happy memories. -- Toy Soldier

From the Inside Flap

In the beginning, there was GI Joe. He was the world’s first action figure and he had the scars to prove it. In 1964 he carried out his attack on a tactically important gap in the market with a level of success that surprised even his makers, Hanssenfeld Brothers Inc. (now Hasbro). Two years later his mission was extended to the British market, where he was unleashed by Palitoy as Action Man.

Bill Pugh, along with his Research & Development team at Palitoy, immediately began making a number of improvements to Action Man and, in doing so, they turned a success story into a legend. Under Pugh’s guidance Action Man went from strength to strength, with the development of realistic hair, gripping hands and eagle eyes supported by an ever-growing array of equipment, uniforms, vehicles and weapons.

In 1975, Action Man was awarded a Ten Year Gold Award for his continued success, but nine years later, in January 1984, Palitoy announced Action Man’s retirement after 18 years in production. Fortunately retirement proved to be temporary, and in 1994 our hero gave up his pipe, slippers and cocoa to return to the fray. Less than a decade later, second generation Action Man was named UK’s No 1 Boys’ Action Figure.

Action Man: The Official Dossier is much more than just a catalogue of features, uniforms and accessories; it is the biography of a hero. This richly illustrated book will appeal not only to the new generation of Action Man fans but also to collectors and to those who remember the original, for whom this will be a nostalgic look back at the life and times of one of Britain’s best-loved toys.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony Neil Roberts on 4 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
A must have for all Action Man acficionados. I have been collecting Action Man figures all my life. I became a serious adult collector some twelve years ago and in that time I have purchased several books (every one I know to have been published) on the subject. What makes this book so different from the rest is that until now all Action Man related books have been encyclopedias of the figures, uniforms and vehicles that were produced. This book actually tells the story of Action Man. From his birth in 1964 as GIJoe right through to today.
If you are an Action Man collector, the various books available illustrating the different figures and uniforms are an invaluable resource. However, anyone with a passion for learning more about the life story of the greatest hero of the 20th Century, this is the book for you.
With insights into some of the planned figure and uniform releases that never made it into production, I found this book very interesting indeed. And learning how the first batch of Action Man, SAS products arrived in the UK smelling of strawberries really made me laugh. I won't spoil it for you, you'll have to read the book, but you must agree, smelling of strawberries is not a very macho image for Action Man.
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in Action Man.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Oh Action Man - the best toy of my childhood (yes, girls liked Action Man too - it's a precursor to fancying men in uniforms).
This book describes the glorious history of Action Man, from his birth in 1966, through his retirement in 1984, to his relaunch in the nineties. There are lots of interesting and amusing stories about the people who designed Action Man and his outfits and lots of information about the different figures, uniforms, equipment and vehicles. This is not a comprehensive collector's guide (although it is illustrated with numerous full-colour photos) but more a lovingly written account of Action Man's existence.
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By Kenneth H. on 20 July 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
top book great read for action man collectors
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Anderson on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
doesnt even do anyfin when i put it on my table and stare at it it doesnt even do anyfin, 1 hour 2 hour 3 hour 4, still nufin like a mufin i left it ther and went to bed then i got out of bed after night time and it was still in the same place, it sucks a bag of toast
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