13 May 2006

Action Man

Nostalgia jag prompted by this

Atomic Man had an atomic heart and his own hand-propelled copter. A cock-eye to Steve Austin with hair from Austin, Texas circa 1981.

The Intruder was small and mean, like an enemy race in the 50s. Mesomorphia defined. He represented the other. Looked a bit, well, Arab which was probably an easier target then than now. Maybe a touch of East German peasant/shot-lifter, supercharged in a test-tube and sent to hurl rocks at well meaning Imperialist dogs.

Never had the black guy or bullet man so I couldn't tell you their qualities. Probably nice guys.

The Capture Copter was all about awesome Intruder capturing power: allowed Action Man to keep the other at arms length, away from implied bio warfare. AIDS on the horizon, waiting to send the other underground. Keep that filthy beast away etc. Ironically, I sold mine to a boy with a gammy eye at a Buckler's Mead Car Boot sale.

The Intruder box implied more menance than you could get outta the little guy. 6/10.

11 comments:

Molly Bloom said...

Oooh Steve Austin. Now, he's someone's hair I'm interested in. My husband always laughs at my obsession with him.

Yes, their hair is like his.

That intruder...he's a bit crazy. The box always implies lots of menace doesn't it. Always leading to disappointments. A bit like when I received a present, which was a box and inside it was just two batteries and a note saying, 'Toy not included' circa 1973.

That's the joy of toys from the 70s.

kek-w said...

Yeah, the publicity shot for The Intruder implies that he might be an Albanian, or some vaguely foreign Cold-War Commie infiltrator type.

But on the actual box he looks like one of the Fillipino extras from 'Cannibal Holocaust'.

Got me thinking about an Intruder Theme, tho.

I'm def. gonna have to eBay a Bullet Man.

Molly Bloom said...

Yes, get one and then post a picture of him onto your blog. So we can admire him.

Perhaps you cast a scene for 'Cannibal Holocaust' and splatter them with blood. Smashing! Or some kind of Sam the 'Pek'Peckinpah atrocity fight.

How come you are up as early as me? Must be the small children element in my life. The small child now pretending to be a 'buzzy bee'. Sigh. Where's that intruder when you need him?

Molly Bloom said...

That was supposed to say, 'Perhaps you could cast a scene..' oops. Too early. (I'm a twirly)

doppelganger said...

There's a sex toy called an intruder - the juxtaposition is just too frightening really isn't it?

(Anyhow, thanks for this lovely little run of posts - I was struggling to fill the gap 'til I can slag off the new Cybermen...)

Loki said...

the sex toy and the action figure are one in the same... Palitoy just rebranded it when the bottom of the Action Man market fell off...

From the disclaimer: the beard is for 'gland stimulation', inner or outer and not to be used for the purposes of intimidation

kek-w said...

Well, you've just succeeded in intimidating me

A bearded gland stimulator. God, I love this job.

And, hey...get to the back o'the queue: slagging off the new cybermen is my gig.

doppelganger said...

To be truthful, it was actually referred to as the 'double intruder'...(eek)

and I staked my claim on those Cyberdudes way back....

Molly Bloom said...

Goodness, the girl goes away for a moment and the place descends into smut. Well, really.

Actually does the 'double intruder' come with fluffy hair? Or painted?

kek-w said...

Both.

Loki said...

when you're coming from Action Man nostalgia i reckon smut qualifies as an ascension...

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