Action Sailor (1994)
1994 was such a bittersweet year for a Joe collector, well, at least for this Joe collector. Having jumped back into collecting just three years earlier, not only was I starting to gain some ground on picking up the figures I had missed, but I was excited at the prospect of new figures on the horizon.
Those prospects fizzled out when I learned through the toy magazines of the day that the Real American Hero line would be going away after the 30th Anniversary of the brand had just ended. I was doubly disappointed since I had truly enjoyed the adaptation of the 60’s Joes into the smaller scale.
Action Sailor is a repaint of the single pack release, and was available in a multi-pack that also included a repainted Action Pilot and astronaut with Mercury space capsule. The orange wet suit was based on a variant from the other figures in the anniversary collection, which generally focused on the original four figures released in 1964.
The figure follows the standard diver design of figures like Torpedo and Wet Suit, yet thankfully doesn’t reuse any of the previous diver figures’ body parts. Wet Suit’s hand held light does make an appearance however. The figure successfully translates the old look into the smaller scale, getting even the little details, such as the zipper, belt and leg knife, correct.
While the collectors club has given us some AT sets recently, hopefully Hasbro themselves can find a way to incoporate more 12 inch designs into the small scale when the brand’s 50th anniversary rolls around in a couple of years.