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Action Man Military and Action Figures

Action Man has come a long way from the soldier he initially was when the action figures first appeared over fifty years ago. Originally launched in 1966 as a UK version of the American GI Joe, the first Action Man figures were all military based with a choice of soldier, sailor or pilot.

These original Action Man military figures grew to encompass a wide range of roles within the armed forces, such as special forces and parachute commando, as well as a number of different regiments, each with their own unique accessories and equipment. The uniforms on offer included everything from the formal Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders kilted dress uniform to the Royal Marines camouflage outfits.

Since then, the Action Man range has moved away from the purely military focus creating a range of action and adventure dolls from cowboys to frogmen, Olympic champions to jungle explorers.

Rare and Collector Figures

Like all collectible figures, Action Man dolls and accessories are worth considerably more if they are in mint condition and still in their original packaging, with the early models fetching up to hundreds of pounds. Rare uniforms, such as the German Storm Trooper outfit, can also change hands for considerable sums.

The 2006 Nostalgia Collection, launched to celebrate the 40th anniversary, is especially desirable as it was produced in strictly limited numbers aimed at the collector market. Also popular are Action Man figures with gimmicks such as gripping hands and eagle-eyes.

Used Action Men

For those who want to play with their Action Man rather than keep it as a collectible, used figures can be picked up for just a few pounds or even less. With a huge choice of used figures, uniforms and accessories available on eBay, you'll find an Action Man to suit your budget and requirements.

Accessories

To bring your Action Man to life, there is a wide selection of accessories available too ranging from weapons and tools to vehicles and planes, from the classic Land Rovers and armoured cars to modern sports cars and speedboats. You can even send your Action Man figure into space!

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