Released in 1976 Tom Stone was a black commando action figure. He was equipped with a green cloth beret, camouflage jacket and trousers, black boots and a Heckler and Koch sub-machine gun. The doll had black flocked hair, gripping hands and his body was marked “1975 Hasbro Ind Inc Pawtucket R.I.02861 Pat Pending Made IN Hong Kong.” Tom Stone’s catalogue number was 324070.
G.I. Joe (a.k.a. Joe Colton) was created in 1964 by Hasbro and was the original “action figure” as the term “doll” deemed was perceived to be unattractive to boys. G.I. Joe was an instant hit and shortly afterwards Palitoy licensed the rights to G.I. Joe from Hasbro and created Action Man for the European market.
G.I. Joe appears in many of the late 1970’s Action Man books helping Action Man fight the Nazis or Japanese in World War II.
The Intruder was introduced to the Action Man universe in 1976 and was billed as “Action Man’s Greatest Enemy.” The Intruder was another figure licensed from Hasbro’s G.I. Joe line and featured a “bear hug” mechanism that worked by pressing a button on the back of the doll. The doll is marked “Hasbro 1976.”
1980’s rigid hard vinyl bodied figure. Comes with Laser sword, boots, vest, armour and visor. Printed electronic “circuits” on Captain Zargon’s legs and chest. The visor was available in red, green or clear plastic.
ROM The Space Knight was originally released in the USA by Parker Bros. but Palitoy thought he would make a great addition to the Action Man range and released him under license as ROM The Robot. ROM The Space Knight even had his own Marvel Comics series.