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Action Man Space Capsule

Spacecraft
ca. 1968 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Action Man was a doll for boys first launched in the United States as GI Joe. The English version was made by the Palitoy Company from 1966. Action Man started off as a military man - army, navy and air force and had many different outfits to change into. In the 1970s he had a range of vehicles and accessories including a tank, helicopter, jeep, motor cycle and this space capsule. He also had a range of non-military outfits and featured as a sportsman, adventurer and Space Ranger.
In 1984 the Palitoy Company went under but in 1993 Action Man was back on the market, this time made by Hasbro. He is now an all round action figure.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 4 parts.

  • Spacecraft
  • Doll
  • Box
  • Accessory
Materials and Techniques
Moulded plastic and card
Brief Description
Action Man astronaut figure and capsule, made in England by Palitoy in about 1968
Physical Description
A cylinder grey space capsule which has an acrylic window to view the astronaut through. The capsule is bigger at one end and forms a smaller point on top. The astronaut is wearing a silver suit with a white helmet.
Dimensions
  • Capsule length: 34.5cm
  • Capsule height: 23.7cm
  • Capsule width: 23cm
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Robert Burley
Object history
It was originally a Christmas present to the donor in approximately 1968. The donor grew up in Essex and was born in 1957.
Summary
Action Man was a doll for boys first launched in the United States as GI Joe. The English version was made by the Palitoy Company from 1966. Action Man started off as a military man - army, navy and air force and had many different outfits to change into. In the 1970s he had a range of vehicles and accessories including a tank, helicopter, jeep, motor cycle and this space capsule. He also had a range of non-military outfits and featured as a sportsman, adventurer and Space Ranger.

In 1984 the Palitoy Company went under but in 1993 Action Man was back on the market, this time made by Hasbro. He is now an all round action figure.
Collection
Accession Number
B.194:1 to 3-2009

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record createdNovember 12, 2009
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