Toys of the Eighties, Action Jacks
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These were small pre - G.I Joe-type action figures. They varied in style, e.g. divers. Each figure came in a small white box with a picture of the figure and it's accessories. Only swivel shoulders and hips. Each colour (orange, yellow, blue etc) denoted the type of figure. Masks, snorkels, flippers or shoes would fit the figure. Around 2-3 inches high.

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Ghost - August 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I had loads of action jacks when i was a kid. my friend gave me a MAC mountain with all the vehicles so i had a whale of a time, but like all my other toys (Stretch Armstrong and Captain Zargon to name a couple) they were sold or binned as i got older. boohoo
fodsta - October 07, 2009 - Report this comment
man, these little guys bring back some great memories. i had loads, and i mean loads of the buggers. i looked for the boxes they were kept in a few years back and discovered my "so called mother" had binned the lot because of an arguement we had!
maff - October 21, 2010 - Report this comment
do you remember if you pulled there heads out they fell to pieces.oh what fun.
Kev Gardom - November 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Started a google search and got to this thread in no time. I think these are what I played with, can anyone remember pulling their heads out so they come to pieces and swapping leg , arm and body colours to mix em up
Mark B - December 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Great toys. Mashups with heads, arms, bits of lego replacements to make "Android" variants etc, mutants walking around on 4 hand/arm combos, pull heads off for destructo robots etc etc. I liked the fact that the themes were a bit more sci fi - space vehicles, more modern designs at the time etc and imaginative "equipment". Reasonably priced to accumulate enough "critical mass" of bits and pieces unlike the lonely action men I had. Not cool to have two beardy soldiers and a couple of guns and a helicopter that fell apart.... Action Jacks were small enough to make great paratroopers to be chucked in the air with a 'placcy bag' parachute and bits of cotton. I recall one summer in the north of the UK - maybe '78 or so when it was nice and hot where thermals actually kept those things aloft for 20 minutes in one go floating about near the top of lamp posts on or street. Amazing. Action Man was laborious and too doll like. Dress them ? Why would an 9 year old want that ? Action Jacks were instant fun.
johnny boy - March 24, 2011 - Report this comment
no way kev the memories are flooding back,smashed easy under a brick or bicycle wheel.
Maz - July 07, 2011 - Report this comment
Ha yeah, I wandered into a second hand store the other day and found the Emergency Doctor for 50 cents and the box was still unopened! What a score!
darren - January 13, 2012 - Report this comment
hi ive found a few action jack figures in the loft are there any collectors for these items thanks darren
Lee - January 30, 2012 - Report this comment
When growing up in mcr as a child the corner shop would sell these along with the bigger boxes such as medical Centre and construction set. I recently bought a load off eBay the cowboy and Indian collection, which included Indians, a grey coat blue coat plus various other cowboys! Excellent as I had the same as a child and used to make cardboard forts, great memories. I think all together there was army(included gun, backpack, phone and walkie talkie) snow patrol(skis, removable helmet, spikes, gun, torch. Diver(flipers, oxygen tank, mask, torch) can anyone remember more, I think there was a space ship too ?
John - March 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Am I correct but was there a para-trooper version of action jack complete with strings and plastic parachute, I seem to remember bundling all the chute together and straightening the strings before launching him off the highest slide in the park, this all came back to me when my son just asked for the sellotape, he proceeded to sellotape a lego man to a tesco bag and launch him down the stairs,
Jason - March 13, 2012 - Report this comment
I had some of these. When I was about 9 I made a working gallows out of Lego and hanged them on it. I also used to have take pictures of them decapitating each other with shovels and being eaten by dinosaurs. Great fun!
Jason2 - June 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Just found a load of these in the loft, including my favourite hybrid figure. Yellow and white body, yellow and blue legs and arms! The others will go on ebay sometime soon. Even found a ski for one of them. BTW, nice to see another Jason was a childhood sadist!! I did similar things with all my figures. Ironically, now I'm a softy liberal deeply opposed to the death penalty despite my childhood play as a junior Pierrepoint!! Great site and thread too.
glen - June 18, 2012 - Report this comment
yup .. i remember i would do odd jobs at school so i can buy the figures here in the philippines at cod.. i was able to buy 2 ... lost them but i love them
karl - July 08, 2012 - Report this comment
I Remember the late 70's well.I would of been 7 or 8yrs old. I would go shopping with my mum every week and every week I'd get an action jack! Such a cool toy i couldn't see my children ever playing with a toy like that nowadays.Its all electronic these days and far more expensive. But yes they certainly hold a lot of memories for me.
Michael - March 05, 2013 - Report this comment
I've just bought some Action Jacks off e-bay. What can I say, they're just as I remember them. I'm now 41 and still love them. These sealed boxes will be stored with my original 1972 feb edition hulk comic. So many happy memories of these
Peter - May 31, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to save my pocket money for ages to buy these, just to torment myself because ever time you went to put the front part of the body on either an arm or a leg would fall off. You needed the dexterity and patience of a brain surgeon to put these tiny men together.
steve - September 04, 2013 - Report this comment
remember buying these from a promanade corner gift store in skegness, uk whilst on hols when i was around 10. was me and a kid i met on hols we had a great collection after two weeks break, lost some on beach though. remember taking them apart and making different suits for them (white top with blue legs) remember had helicopter and canoe with one set.wish i had them now in their boxes.
rich - January 27, 2014 - Report this comment
these were actually knock offs of matchboxes m.a.c. men figures - basically identical except not as well made and had a slightly different neckline- compare the two and action jacks are clearly direct re casts of the second versions of mac men- anyone else remember the late incredibly dodgy wester versions including a hilarious davey crockett type- a hysterical mexican and the very silly wind up vehicles.
Olympianbabe - March 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Are you interested in buying coin operated horses or spring rocking horses??? They are sold on Ebay. Most spring horses are made by Blazon, Wonder, Flexible Flyer, and Radio Flyer. Feel free to buy as many as you like. Good luck!!! :) Ebay account required.
Kim Hwee - July 23, 2015 - Report this comment
hi ! I'm from Singapore. Loved them! They were cheap! I also remembered a more expensive version of them.. better quality, and we weren't able to dismantle them. Anyone knows what they're called?
Jason clarke - December 13, 2016 - Report this comment
Was the packaging different in other parts of the world,as here in the U.K. They came in a box

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