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Action Man at the Movies

Action Man has appeared in several major motion pictures over the decades, often in a blink and you’ll miss it cameo. Here are just a few examples of Action Man appearing on the big and small screen over the years.

The Borrowers (1997)

An oversized Action Man figure is visible on a shelf in this movie adaptation of Mary Norton’s classic book The Borrowers. The Action Man in question is based on a talking Street Commander figure from the 1997 range.

ACTION MAN has just made his major motion picture debut in THE BORROWERS. It’s a superb action packed version of the 1950’s children’s classic which concerns 4″ tall folk who successfully foil an evil lawyer whilst living under the floor boards.

ACTION MAN puts in a towering performance, looming large over such stars as JOHN GOODMAN, JIM BROADBENT, CELIA IMRIE and MARK WILLIAMS. It’s no trade secret that director PETER HEWITT felt that, rather than shrinking his stars to fit the play-room scenes starring ACTION MAN, it might be more sensible to make the greatest hero of them all … even greater.

Enter a 16′ replica of ACTION MAN, dressed in combat gear, Britain’s biggest jacket and size 24 boots, complete with his trademark scar, reverse thumbnail and closely cropped flock hair.

Moonraker (1979)

Yes that’s right, Action Man is in a James Bond movie! In fact he fights alongside Bond against the evil Hugo Drax’s forces in space. In the climactic space battle towards the end of the movie the USA send several space shuttles full of Marines to attack Drax’s orbiting space station. The figures used in several of the wide shots of the battle are in fact Action Man figures in custom built spacesuits as this image from an auction of props and models from the Moonraker movie shows:

Strangely there was a James Bond action figure released to coincide with the movie, in a space suit, but the figure was made by the Mego company.

Do you know of any more films Action Man has appeared in? Let us know in the comments!

Famous Action Man Fans – Adam Savage

As a big fan of Tested.com and Adam Savage (formerly of Mythbusters) I was delighted to spot an Action Man figure in his “cave” during one of his One Day Build videos of a dinosaur lamp. Anyone who is familiar with Adam Savage will know he’s a huge spacesuit nerd so unsurprisingly the Action Man in his cave (I’m fairly certain) is the Moon Raker figure in his space suit. You can see Action Man just behind Adam in this still from the video:

Action Man Moon Raker figure and Adam Savage