Airfix, most famously known for its model kits and miniature soldiers, also delved into the world of action figures a bit.
Why cover the Eagles line here at JAD? Because of its similarities to both the original 1960s Joe line’s military subjects, and its even closer similarity to the Palitoy Action Force line of the early 1980s.
The series offered rescue-themed generic characters as well as military types. Stylistically unique, the figures weren’t as poseable as some, in fact they were a bit more stiff than Kenner’s Star Wars figures. Below the waist were wire legs covered in rubber pants. Seriously.
I wonder whether this series had any influence on Palitoy’s decision to shrink its Action Man line to create Action Force. After all, we see similar themes within the two toy ranges. More likely however is the influence of Kenner’s Star Wars. It seems every product of the day was getting in on some kind of sci-fi action.
Eagles introduced Captain Eagle, Sergeant Secret and Dr. War. The two heroes look like they would be at home in a mod 1960s Italian space opera, and the villain gives off a distinct Microman vibe. Maybe it’s the vac-metal and firing missiles.