Action Man was one of my favourite toys growing up. He was so much cooler than Barbie or Sindy as he had loads more accessories. I am old-ish and I played with this in the 70s when toys were very gender biased, not that they still aren’t, but you could get a canoe, a helicopter, scuba gear etc for Action Man. Barbie had…well, clothes or a kitchen or a campervan. Though to be fair, I would love a campervan now.
Anyway, I recently wanted to find a vintage Man with the original fuzzy hair to use as a model, apparently so does everyone else and the price has shot up. Getting one with the bendy fingers still attached was even harder. While looking, I saw this… an Action Man Camera!!!! AND it still worked!!!! ANNNNDDD it was very cheap 🙂
Mine!! Oh and there was a novelty camera competition coming up with one of the groups I was in, perfect. Triple perfect, Lomography has just released a 110 turquoise film. I pre-ordered some directly. All the stars aligned and my pack of film arrived just before I went on a photo walk in London with the group.
So what about the camera? It was originally released around 1999, it came with a 110 cartridge, sunglasses and a plastic gun. Mine had the cartridge, but not the gun or sunglasses. It did have the boots 🙂 The camera is hidden in Action Man’s torso and the fake camera can be used as a viewfinder. There are no settings on the camera, just a point-and-shoot. Oh, and it doesn’t need batteries.
Here is the original advert.
So, how were the results?
It was hard to frame the shot at times and he really couldn’t cope with a lack of light, but he really didn’t do so bad. He certainly drew a lot of attention and it was fun to use. I am going to keep him, even if I never put another film through him.
Well, that was different.