Blow Pipe Action Man
The combination of features and look of Blow Pipe Action Man makes for quite the toyetic twelve inch package. He manages to transcend his mere plastic origins and takes on a mystical quality that few toys have achieved. Okay, maybe I’m engaging in too much hyperbole, but it sure looks like a fun action packed figure. The closest I can think of in features is the forgotten 70s classic Pulsar, which featured a visible pulmonary and blood circulation system built into his chest. Kids could press a button on his back to activate his “vital systems.” Groovy. Fast-forward 20 years, and Hasbro has children blowing into a tube on the back of an action figure, making tiny darts fly across the room. Dare I say it? Extreme!
Action Man was quite the world traveler in the 90s, both conceptually and as a product. Originally GI Joe’s cousin from across the pond in the 60s, he was imported into the US for a few years in the 90s. At a time when GI Joe was making a return to toy shelves, Action Man returned as more of an adventurer. He was a martial artist, astronaut and a diver, to name but a few. As the years wore on, things took a turn for the truly unusual.
Witness Blow Pipe Action Man. Clad only in bright Action Man Orange stripey shorts, he dares his nemesis, Dr. X, to challenge him in the realm of fabulous fashion battles. He’s even streaked his hair to coordinate. AM was certainly ahead of his time in the annals of male hair coloring history. Maybe it was all just a ploy to infuriate the bald baddie.
The blow pipe feature is quite an interesting concept. Someday, I’ll get up the gumption to open the package and try it out. When I do, I’ll have to remember follow the packaging’s recommendation to rinse after use. Now that’s an instruction you don’t see very often on…uh…non-adult toys.