In the world of 12” action figures, the name that’s resonates the most with chaps my age is of course Action Man.
But there is a guy who appeared on the scene around the same time as Action Man arrived on our shores – he’s Tommy Gunn.
Produced by Pedigree, these figures were in only in production for brief period from 1966 – 1968 and were launched as a direct competitor to Action Man.
A few figures came into British Toy Auctions lately, as part of a vast collection of vintage action figures which included Action Man, Gi Joe, Mego, Marx to name but a few.
I must admit I had not come across Tommy Gunn before, and I was impressed at the level of detail. I have read that it was rumoured that Pedigree had contacts at the time within the Ministry of Defence and where thereby able to add more realism to weapons and equipment from the drawings they obtained – whether this is true, does not deter from the fact that these figures are now highly collectable, and to come across so many in a collection is a rare sight indeed.
Here are a few of my favourites from the collection.
I’m a massive fan of catalogues. There a great reference source for collectors, and often under used or simply forgotten about. I love reading them as they evoke great childhood memories, flicking through picking which toy you wanted next! I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of the ‘Tommy Gunn Equipment Manual’
Some of the accessories seen in the Equipment Manual are also featured in the collection which is being auctioned on 7th November 2002 – check out the whole auction here!
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