ADVENTURE MAN / DYNAMAN / ACTION TEAM and other 12″ Action Figures

France. Jouets et Jeux catalogue page. 1978.

France. Jouets et Jeux catalogue page. 1978. Scan courtesy of Raymond Strain.


 

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. PIf Gadget. 1978.


Action Team

1977 German ad showing various figures.

Germany. 1977.


Commander Power

Hasbro’s 8.5 inch Super Joe line as rebranded by the Palitoy company. Thanks to Stan Fernando for the information.

sw-weekly-1978-palitoy

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


Superhelten (superhero) advert from Denmark

Information on this Danish advert is welcome.

Anders 40 1979 Superhelten post new

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.


Fairland Toy

Thanks to Raymond Strain for the following information and catalogue scans.

The two French catalogue pages below feature figures with moulds from Fairland Toy stamped into their backs (the figures in the jeeps, helicopter and the white dress suit). These were also sold as Johnny Strong / Bruce Action.

The remaining figures (bottom six and parachute figure) look like Zapf’s Action Star Hardy bodies but with different heads and with arm and leg parts made of cheaper plastic. These moulds came with no factory markings on their backs.

France. La Redoute mail order page. 1979 / 80.

France. La Redoute mail order page. 1979 / 80.


France. La Redoute mail order page. 1978 / 79.

France. Catalogue page from La Redoute. 1979 / 1980.

 


3 thoughts on “ADVENTURE MAN / DYNAMAN / ACTION TEAM and other 12″ Action Figures

  1. Raymond Strain

    Hey, looks nice! For the record, all the figures in the Adventure Man ad were known as Adventure Man/Dyna Man and Adventure Girl/Dyna Girl depending on where they were sold. All of these were exactly the same once they were out of their packages. They have “A Barter Toy” stamped into their back along with an image of a clown/jester head and hat.

    As for the figures shown in the La Redoute catalog: The figures in the jeeps, helicopter and the white dress suit are completely different molds and have FAIRLANDTOY stamped into their backs. These particular versions were also sold as Johnny Strong/Bruce Action. The remaining figures, bottom six and parachute figure, is yet another completely different figure that looks just like Zapf’s Action Star Hardy bodies but arm and leg parts are made of cheaper plastic, and of course with different heads.

    I don’t know how much of this information you want, just use what you feel is interesting for your posts!

    Raymond

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    1. The Vintage Toy Advertiser Post author

      Hi Raymond, thank you! That’s excellent information and helps explain a few things. I saw on eBay references to Adventure Man being marketed in South America as well as Spain (from the last link in my post). The more I discover about vintage 12 inch action figures the more there is to learn lol. I will take some of your info and incorporate it into my text soon. Thanks again!

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  2. Raymond Strain

    Oh, I forgot to mention that the bodies that look like Zapf Action Star Hardy ones don’t have any markings. Raymond

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