Z Force Radio Operator (1983)
I just can’t get enough of these Action Force figures. Even though they don’t feature the extensive articulation we’re used to over on this side of the pond, the designs, sculpts and accessories are top drawer.
The Z Force radio operator incorporates several unique features. First off, under the removable cap sits a head sculpt that resembles the vintage 60s GI Joe/Action Man. I’ve always been reminded of the fuzzy headed Adventure Team figures with Hasbro’s 82-83 Breaker and Clutch figures, and to see Palitoy adapted the even earlier head sculpt around the same time is just amazing. They truly did shrink the old figures down to a smaller scale.
Even the figure’s kit gets attention to detail that echoes the larger scale, with a flexible backpack set that incorporates working straps rather than a back hole and post combo. The headset is attached to the backpack, and not only fits the head well, but also stores in a convenient little clip at the side. I love these practical little storage functions on action figures, especially when they actually work as intended.
The early Palitoy range may not play perfectly well with the o-ring style of the time, but these guys have a unique charm and appeal all their own.