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Prototype training tower - ACTION MAN

ACTION MAN

  • Object:

    Prototype training tower

  • Place of origin:

    Coalville (This was a new prototype tower made from original Hasbri training tower and tooling. It has been adapted and resprayed with a new grey rather than orange colour scheme to be a protoype for a new product for the 1984 toy range that was rejected. One section of the original training tower has been remoced and 'boulders' added at the base., designed)

  • Date:

    1983-1984 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    moulded plastic

  • Museum number:

    B.553:1-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Geyper Man (Spanish version) and Palitoy’s Action Man versions of the original Hasbro training tower were made in orange plastic. The original tower had three vertically constructed sections whereas the 1984 prototype tower (in the Wolfpack range) reduced this to two and added different, non plastic, components.

Physical description

The prototype has been made from parts of the Training Tower; spray
painted a drab khaki over the orange parts and some pieces decorated with the WOLFPACK decals. The whole had been attached to the wooden blocks. It may be that the item had been made for display or photo graphic reasons only.
1-4. wooden blocks, roughly carved and painted the drab khaki
5-12. tower struts, moulded orange plastic and over painted, these are graded in size and slot together
13. platform collar, grey plastic
14. platform console, grey plastic
15. cable support arch, grey plastic
16. plastic bag containing the rest of the equipment needed to assemble and use the training tower. Much of it has been spray painted in the uniform drab khaki.
17. sample, moulded grey plastic stepped block with a hole in the top right corner; it is marked in gold lettering HI 2513/D and in moulded lettering JOHN HELLYAR & CO LTD. The block is contained in a plastic bag bearing a green approval label marked TRAINING TOWER / R R CARTRIDGE.

Place of Origin

Coalville (This was a new prototype tower made from original Hasbri training tower and tooling. It has been adapted and resprayed with a new grey rather than orange colour scheme to be a protoype for a new product for the 1984 toy range that was rejected. One section of the original training tower has been remoced and 'boulders' added at the base., designed)

Date

1983-1984 (made)

Materials and Techniques

moulded plastic

Marks and inscriptions

© 1973 HASBRO on platform base

Object history note

References: Made by the Palitoy Company, Coalville, Leicester England under licence from CPG Products Corp USA

`Big Value self assembly Training Tower with Rope Ladders, hoist tackle and breeches buoy'.

Descriptive line

Training Tower; England/Hong Kong; c. 1980

Production Note

Made by: Palitoy Co.
England/Hong Kong

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; War

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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