Action Force Palitoy Collectors’ Guide (Bloodforthebaron.com)
I’ve long sung the praises of Blood for the Baron, the premiere online resource for all things Action Force. For a collector with a historical bent, it’s a gargantuan resource of information regarding the small-scale GI Joe’s UK cousins. Now there’s an equally exhaustive reference book for the toys and ephemera.
The Palitoy Collectors’ Guide was a Kickstarter project that piqued my interest as soon as I saw it. I’m a sucker for guide books, particularly when they’re full of pretty pictures. To say that the guide is jam-packed with images is an understatement. Figures and vehicles are pictured from multiple angles, and the images are accompanied by packaging copy as well as art.
The book is organized according to the release schedule of the series, from the early Action Man inspired military figures to the increasingly diverse offerings that branched the group into the sea and space, and put them up against the Red Shadows’ more fanciful troops like Muton, Skeletron and Kraken.
Good design always adds an extra element to guide books, and the vintage Action Force styled layouts, Palitoy package colors, comic references and a military file folder theme add interest to what could have just been a staid layout of toy photos.
Kickstarter extras included mini-posters featuring all Action Force figures, comic covers and a classic Ironblood reproduction, as well as a mini-comic and replica of a vintage pack-in codebook. Fun stuff.
On a final note, BFTB is really a one-man band. That fact and the singular vision here makes the final product even more impressive. Oh, and Baron Ironblood also reports that the guide was put together to Lords of Black on repeat at full volume.