Saturday, April 17, 2010

Group Action Joe Israeli Paratrooper

Group Action Joe or Action Joe for short was the French license for G.I. Joe, action figures for boys. The line was developed in 1976 and lasted till 1981. The French versions updated new features and lots of outfits were created. Some of them like the French Republican Guard are very sought after nowadays.

One of the unique figures was this Group Action Joe Israeli Paratrooper

The 1/6 scale Group Action Joe Israeli Paratrooper outfit set came with paratrooper's helmet, green jacket and trousers, scarf, webbing with ammo pouches, canteen and holder, first aid pouch, Uzi sub-machine gun, grenades, radio and black ankle boots.

Before there was Enterbay's movable eyes system ("Ball-Eye System" or BES) or Hot Toys P.E.R.S. (Parallel Eyeball Rolling System), there was the "Eagle Eyes" introduced in 1976 for Action Man 12-inch figures. Let's not forget the first innovation for Action Man was a form of flocking giving the effect of a short "fuzzy" hairstyle in 1970.

Perhaps the earliest 1/6 scale Uzi sub-machine gun ever produced. The first Uzi (Hebrew: עוזי‎, officially cased as UZI) submachine gun was designed by Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940s. The prototype was finished in 1950; first introduced to IDF special forces in 1954, the weapon was placed into general issue two years later. The Uzi has found use as a personal defense weapon by rear-echelon troops, officers, artillery troops and tankers, as well as a frontline weapon by elite light infantry assault forces.

Group Action Joe 1:6 scale 12-inch Israeli Paratrooper gripping his radio and communicating with it (this 1/6 scale radio walkie-talkie was similar to the ones issued for G.I. Joe and Action Man UK)

Note the gripping hands which were introduced by Palitoy, the U.K. licensee for G.I. Joe (the figures were named Action Man) in 1973; the hard moulded hands of the original were replaced by rubber "Kung Fu grip" hands with the ability to grip and hold onto the weapons and accessories.

See my earlier post on the Armoury 1:6 scale 12-inch Modern Israeli IDF Paratrooper HERE


Tony K said...

Superb condition rare outfit. Great to see it here.

alex teo said...

Glad u like it :)