Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Action Man Crocodile Mission: Now that's a 1/6 Croc

There are 1/6 Crocs clogs (see previous post), and then there is this 1/6 Crocodile (well, almost a croc) released by Hasbro under their Action Man line.

Action Man started as an action figure boys' toy launched in Britain in 1966 by Palitoy as a licensed copy of Hasbro's American "moveable fighting man": G.I. Joe. Action Man was originally produced and sold in the United Kingdom and Australia by Palitoy Ltd from 1966 until 1984.

Military styled Action Man made a brief resurgence in the early 1990s but between 1996 and 2006 Hasbro used the name without any military theme as a modern adventurer complete with arch-enemies Dr X and Professor Gangrene. There were different figures with several different outfits to whole packs of figure plus outfit and equipment for a given "mission".

This was the Action Man Crocodile Mission set which you could bring to the pool or water if you wanted to for more realistic action adventure.

Product Description for the 2001 released 1/6 scale 12-inch "Action Man Crocodile Mission" figure: Action Man has taken to the water in this cunning disguise. By concealing himself under the body of this fearsome crocodile, clad in his breathing mask and wetsuit, he is able to travel unnoticed, deep into enemy territory.

The crocodile disguise has a convenient missile launcher hidden in the powerful jaws, operated by pressing a button on its head, and the fully articulated Action Man is detachable, giving many more opportunities for creative play.

Details of the crocodile body which is "mechanical" since it is a disguise. In the film "Octopussy (1993)", Roger Moore as James Bond infiltrated Octopussy's island in a miniature motorboat disguised as a crocodile. Well, he actually infiltrated more than the island LOL. So now we know where the Hasbro designers got this idea from.

The false crocodile is equipped with twin turbine engines so that Action Man won't have to rely on paddle power.

A rear view of the 1/6 crocodile disguise

Close-ups of the jet turbine engine

Wondering what the belly of the crocodile looks like?

Voilà - Action Man hidden under the croc, clad in his breathing mask and wetsuit

Now here's another 1/6 crocodile head. It's a fake Gavial head (or "Gharial", one of the longest of all living crocodilians) which Naked Snake used to avoid detection in water.

You can view more pictures of this Medicom Metal Gear Solid 3 MGS3 1/6 scale 12-inch "Naked Snake" video game figure in "Snake Camouflage" BDU (Battle Dress Uniform - an oxymoron if you will) HERE


Kin said...

Hi Alex,

It reminds me James Bond movie ,Roger moore use similiar concept & the National geographic program features close encounter also utilize the same application.



alex teo said...

Hi Kin U R rite :) In the film "Octopussy (1993)", Roger Moore as James Bond infiltrated Octopussy's island in a miniature motorboat disguised as a crocodile. CHEERS

deSMOnd said...

The crocodile from Action Man is very nice..