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PostSubject: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:59 am

Been chatting to fellow members about these books lately and thought I would post some pics with some examples of the content of each one.

First up is N G Taylors Action Man:On Land, At Sea And In The Air. Very interesting book, highly detailed descriptions throughout.
Interestingly, Taylors preference is the PH figure which he uses to display every outfit including Tom Stone!









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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:04 am

Next up is Kevin Kings Action Man : The Real Story 1966-1996.

This was readily available for a good price up til a couple of years ago but now the price of this book has gone through the roof!





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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:08 am

It is a another great book with loads of info and details on what to look for when buying figures and outfits.





Note how these figures are titled "Novelty Figures"!!

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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:09 am

1st book Richard , Great book & very nice to have.
2nd one.........OUCH , You really know how to hurt a fella don't you lol.
That is a superb addition for anyone to have , you are one very lucky man. Thanks for sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:15 am

Thanks Ade, keeping my eyes open for you mate.
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:21 am

Alan Halls Action Man: The Ultimate Collectors Guide Volume One. Very nicely illustrated throughout and each figure, outfit and set is detailed but no narrative on the hobby. Another great book though and well worth having.







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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:24 am

Volume Two









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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:26 am

Volume Three









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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:32 am

Ian Harrisons Action Man: The Official Dossier. Very nice book that covers the history of Action Man and has a Foreword by Bob Brechin.









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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:48 am





I remember getting Captain Scarlet for xmas one year. The only Tommy Gunn figure I ever saw as a kid!
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:31 am

I consider myself lucky to have them too Richard. The Kevin King book is excellent. Sara bought it for me for my 40th birthday for £30.00. I really don't know why it isn't re-printed I'm sure there is a market for it.

Think there are a couple of other books but the mistakes in the outfits are huge??
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:53 am

Some very handy books you have. Thanks for sharing, I've only heard they exist, now I've seen them. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:09 pm

Excellent reference books Richard, I only have Alan Halls vol.3 but I am looking to get the others, now I need to get all those other books too !!! lol! Great upload my friend Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:42 pm

I picked up all three of Alan Halls books for £2 each at a Cheshunt show a few years back cheers just got the dossier off evilbay for £11 study
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:22 am

Very nice books!
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:47 am

Thanks for all the info on the books Richard, gives a great insight into each book. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:05 am

I agree great thread mate nice to see in the books Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:51 am

I would love to own these books..... Just so I could look at all the sets and wish I had them all...

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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Fri May 03, 2013 7:03 am

I have all these books and a few annuals, I have the N G Taylor one signed by him when I purchased it from his stll at a Action Man show several years ago. My only gripe with his book is all the pictures are of painted heads, Eagle Eyed are my favorite
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Fri May 03, 2013 7:19 am

good man !! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:56 am

I recently got the Francis Baird book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Doll for Boys 1966 - 1984'. Excuse my lack of knowledge compared to many on this forum, but to a newbie like me I must admit that I am not overly impressed by it. There are useful images, but it reads as though it was written by an author undertaking a commercial venture, rather than a knowledgable enthusiast.

I am sure there are people on this forum who could lay their hands a better selection of VAM to be photographed, and that have more indepth knowledge of the subject matter.


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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:18 am

I do not know much about vam books, but I do have a few Alan Hall Books which I find very useful, although I find it more of a visual guide than a wealth of knowledge. I have to admit that I have learned most about vam and Joe from the wealth of knowledge that can be found on forums. There are a lot of guys here, who I believe if ever we ventured down a book path could all contribute and put together a great guide for all. Maybe something for the future ??

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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:31 am

I don't know much about VAM books either, maybe i am a bit old fashioned in this digital age in that I do like books.

I have had the Ian Hall book for several years. I bought it from Costco (on a nostalgic whim) and put it away having never read it. I have dug it out and it is well read now!
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:35 am

Very good books
I have all the 3 at the top of page, I just got On land, at sea and in the air this week, "what a smashing book" the other 2 I've had some time but all great reference books "love em" study study lol! 
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PostSubject: Re: Reference Books   Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:13 am

great thread , I have the ian Harrison book , picked it up off a market stall for £2.00 a couple of years ago
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