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My son got one of these for Christmas. On of my family friends is a soldier and my son loves hearing about his work, so enter Action Man!
Now, I assume most people will know who and what Action Man is. He's been around for many years now, and he still shows no sign of ageing!
The one my son has is dressed in Army Camoflage. He has a removeable jacket, which exposes a moulded vest and rather impressive pecs and a six - pack. He has khaki removeable trousers... and a bare bottom underneath! (Shock horror! But never fear, he has no male 'bits' or anything!!) The 2 shiny dog tags around his neck are metal and embossed with 'Action Man' on one, and the 'A.M.' logo on the other. He has big black boots on, which you can also remove.
In addition to the figure, there are also 3 hand grenades, which are extremely tiny at approx 1cm big, and have been taken off my son because they're a choking hazard! There is also a machine gun which is made of plastic and fits in the figures' hand.
The figure is approx 12 inches high, with fully poseable arms, legs and head. It is made of plastic and seems pretty robust. He's been dropped and thrown down the stairs and there's not a mark on him.
As you will have guessed, he doesn't require any batteries.
Cost: £4 from Asda, but also available in most toy stores.
Durability: Seems robust
Age Suitability: Recommended 3 years and above
What does it do? : Not a lot unless you make it(Insert appropriate bloke joke here!!!)
Overall, I would recommend this. My son has had some fascinating conversations with Action Man. Some parents may be apprehensive about buying this sort of toy for their children, but I don't think there's any harm in it. It is a traditional toy and many of the grown ups today will most likely have had one as children.
Acton man used to be so cool. At least when I was a "lad" my action man had Cool camo gear and some kickass realistic weapons. I remember he had an M16 type thing, a berretta and a cool combat knife. Should some fag like Dr X try "freeze the earth" or "promote homosexuality" My action man could have just shot the prick. But not now. I'm sure it has Something to do with international fag law or some drunk Germans, but Modern action man seems to have gone slightly wrong. Instead of shooting Armed and dangerous terrorists, the "greatest hero of them all" is happy to Simply send his animals to do the job. Now dont get me wrong, I mean, I'm no Animal rights hippie, but I think involving dogs and sharks in armed anti Terrorist action is a little cruel. Even more so when the animals are fitted With "EXTREEME HIDDEN KICKASS MISSILES!" At first perhaps Dr sex, I mean X, Would have been surprised when action man's pet great white opened up his face To reveal that his spine was in fact a sidewinder missile! But this has lost Its novelty. I mean Fuck, sure it was pretty cool when action man was no Longer limited to U.S army propaganda weapons. But then some bright spark Decided to give him a jeep or something. The trouble is it all went Up Shit creek When somebody suggested "I know, lets hide a missile somewhere on it" This moment was The turning point in action mans career. Well ok, let's analyze this. Action man is Obviously an American, (shit I'm bored typing actin man all the time, from now on He is called FagSac) and in modern warfare and counter terrorism, people like FagSac Are responsible for keeping the peace. They are employed to stop people like Saddam, Dr X And me from pissing the west off. In practice the U.S army acts mostly as a deterrent Only using weapons when absolutely necessary. In essence the firearms much like those Of the NYPD are carried mostly as a symbol. However what the h
ell kind of message are they Showing kids when FagSac is actively trying to hide his weapons?! I mean shit, its not even new anymore, EVERYTHING has a frikken missile on it, his Skateboard for example has a Shuriken launcher hidden in the nose! what the fuck is that for? cutting the ankles off of rollerbladers? I ask again, what message is this saying to the impressionable kids? I mean, shit how confusing is this? a child turns on the TV and sees FagSac Hiding missiles and everyone loves him, Saddam tries the same thing, and Bush wants his bollox for a frikken Hat! the really annoying thing however is that people actually buy this crap! Surely you can picture it, the fat little American kid screams for days because his fat American parents wont buy him the action man street ninja extreme (with hidden missiles) ok, cool he has his Doll, now what, what the fuck will he do with it? sure we have all seen the adverts, he has an evil Dr to stop, but where the hell does the fat kid fit in? Ill tell you where the kid fits in, he is the guy that controls FagSac. Fat Kid Stands aloft the action and watches with glee as the low velocity plastic safe missile puts an end to Dr X's plans. the kid is happy. Evil is vanquished America saves the day, the fat kid hasn't gotten a scratch on him. Do you see where I'm leading with This? no? well your Stupid then, Action Man is a recruitment system by the U.S Army for potential officers! Seriously look at the comparisons, The U.S Generals sit in comfortable offices and sign paper to end peoples lives, the fat American kid sits in his bedroom holding a doll by the arms dictating his every movement. The U.S army lower ranks are faceless infantry. told who to kill and how to do it by their superiors. the action man dolls are made in there millions, they have no control over their destiny, they won't stop and debate the human rights violations they are about to commit. do you see what I'm talking about? No? well fuck
you as well! in fact, fuck this I've only been writing for a few minuets and I've already proven what a frikken waste of polymers action man is, I'm just gonna say Fuck you, not at the man himself but the assholes who make it and the Pricks who buy it. if you have an action man, do what I did, put him in his jeep and send it down a hill, trust me, its 100 times more funny than counter terrorism! Now that I think about it, a new concept for the action man designers. ACTION MAN U.N WEAPONS INSPECTOR! Seriously! It would be the best action man ever! 1) its Sending a great message to kids, "terrorism is bad" 2) he would be really good at it, he knows all the tricks with hiding weapons! 3) it addresses current affairs, kids learn more and its totally realistic, to be honest I'm surprised The Dr X Model hasn't just been replaced by a fully articulated Saddam.
I remember when I was about 9 or 10, waking up on christmas morning DESPERATE to have an Action Man in my christmas stocking. Now I don't want to get into that 'My Parents were poor but they did what they could, Mr Cratchett' scenario. But, in hindsight, it was true. Action men were an expensive toy back in the early 1970's and, although my younger brother and I were longing for one, we knew that we had no real right to expect one. But, absolute joy of joys! As soon as I managed to work my eager fingers past the obligatory orange and nuts and small stuff I just KNEW that that square box could only be ab Action Man! What a buzz! What a toy! I shall never ever forget the sheer joy that overcame me from that doll, ( for that is what it truly is). The hours upon hours of innocent fun that ensued from that gift, ( and the hard earned pocket money spent), was testimoney to the durability of the toy. Myself, my brother and my cousin were all of similar ages, and we played for hours and hours with our action men. They assumed characteristics of real people, our back garden became Siberia, Africa, Germany, Asia, in fact , wherever we wanted it to be.The toy stimulated our developing imaginations, and, rather than stimulate violent play, ( as some critics would have it), it actually diverted and sublimated that violence, I believe, into a social activity that harmed no-one. However, one of the fascinations for me, in particular, ( although I cannot speak for the others), was the sheer authenticity of the uniforms. The stormtroopers was great, and I loved the Schmeisser sub-machine pistol with a passion. I also relished the detail of the WWII british tommy, with his sten and puttees and real laces in his boots. The russian soldier was pretty cool too, as was the Horse Guard, the Deep Sea diver, the Red Devil parachutis etc etc. The joy for me, you see, was in the realism and the detail. However, then the awful demise began. F
irst we had the 'real' hair, ( which looked like velco), then the dreadful 'talking' action man, ( what real soldier ever went into battle with a giant string trailing out of his back, I ask you?). Now I se action men that bear absolutely no resemblance to reality whatsoever. Uniforms are tacky and cheap, authenticity is lacking totally. So, I ask myself, 'Is it me?' - did I just have the era of the 'best' action man, or, horror of horrors, am I just getting old. I suspect, dear readers, it is the latter, but I shall still never forget that christmas morning so long ago . . . .
My children are 3 and 4 and have many of the Action Man range and they love them. I think it is great how they have been going for so many years and the kids still love them, not like all the other phases (teletubbies, pokemon etc.) Action Man varys in so many ways there are so many to choose from, this can be a pain sometimes when a new one comes out and they spot it, but I personally think for what they are they are not to expensive. They last them so many years and my husband has great fun with them to reminissing about his child hood haha. I just love watching the children play in their own little imaginary world with them, they give them hours of fun and are something that I don't think they are going to grow out of to quickly. I must admit when I bought my son Gangrene I found him great (a bit grusome maybe) but he is a great stress buster as when you squeeze his belly it is like squidgy rubber and changes to a bright green (supposed to be gangrene - yuk) when you squeeze it. The most recent one I bought is the skateboard extreme and my son loves it. They have many of the Action Men, but there are so many to choose from I think it will be a long time before they have them all. I think this is a wonderful traditional toy, many may not agree as they carry guns etc. But in my opinion they have been going for years and did no harm to my husband. I have definatley been asked to put these on my sons lists so it is obvious that they love them.....
I had loads of these are a kid. They were great. Of course I grew out of them about the same time that my friend got an air rifle, so they didn’t survive my teenage years. Shame. Mine were pretty much all military based, but it’s good to see that there is at least a slight trend away from that. They have changed a lot since I hade them. They now come in a whole range of get-ups. Many of them are great still, but some don’t have bending elbows and others have much of their equipment fixed on. Not a great improvement in my eyes. But they are still huge amounts of fun and my son loves them. I think that for kids with an active imagination they are great. Pretty cool for dads like me too. So, go buy some!