Created in 1966 as an officially licensed knock-off of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, Action Man figures were put out by Palitoy Ltd in the United Kingdom and Australia. Innovations developed for the product line such as flocked hair and gripping hands were later added to their American counterpart. Although the line took a sabbatical from 1984 to 1993, they continue production today. Throughout its 50+ year history Action Man has included standard soldiers, sailors, desert fighters, adventurers and even spacemen.