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 Frances Baird's book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Toy for Boys 1966-1984'

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PostSubject: Frances Baird's book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Toy for Boys 1966-1984'   Thu May 24, 2018 8:57 pm

As many of you know, this is probably the worst book on the hobby ever written. It's a total disaster, with errors on practically every page, both in the text and in the photos.

I've been having a "discussion" on Facebook with some guy who thinks this book is the bees knees and doesn't understand why people "diss" it. His rationale (Ahem!) being that it was the only book of its kind around in the time and therefore that makes it "good".

So I took some scans from the Frances Baird book and annotated them with details of the glaring mistakes she made. Believe me this is just a sample. I could have scanned all day with the sheer number of howlers both in the text and photos.

So, for anyone who is unfamiliar with this legendary tome, I thought I'd share the fruits of my labour here.

Eyes down, look in! Smile



Note that with these three figures, in addition to the descriptive errors, all of the webbing is on back to front! Smile





















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PostSubject: Re: Frances Baird's book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Toy for Boys 1966-1984'   Thu May 24, 2018 9:13 pm

Incredible how this even got published Jim!!

Quite entertaining though lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Frances Baird's book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Toy for Boys 1966-1984'   Thu May 24, 2018 9:56 pm

Wow
that is some research -Top marks - I have a copy of the book !I must take a closer look Shocked Shocked

So what is the BEST AM book out there guys ?
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PostSubject: Re: Frances Baird's book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Toy for Boys 1966-1984'   Fri May 25, 2018 2:42 am

As guides to collecting, I find the three Alan Hall volumes and the Kevin King book invaluable.  

The three Alan Hall books are mainly pictorial with the only real text being the occasional footnote and contents list for each set.   These books show the uniforms and equipment in and out of their packaging as well as displayed on figures.  I did think these were still in print, but apparently they are now out of print. Modeller's Loft (Alan Hall's shop) have some left and are selling all three volumes in a bundle for £95.

If you want any Action Man books, at £95 for all three, they are still worth picking up as these are probably the definitive guides. Modeller's Loft are also saying that stocks are low.



The King book shows the gear displayed on figures, but has much more text, with hints and tips on what to look out for when buying. It also has  a section on the '90s Action Man revival as well as a section on Tommy Gunn and Cherilea vehicles.  

Out of print and currently fetching between £30-£50. There is one up for auction on eBay (as job lot with the dreaded Frances Baird book!) with a £8.99 opening bid and no bidders as yet.



If you want a much more detailed read and a cracking history of Action Man, then this Ian Harrison book comes highly recommended. Plenty of full colour illustrations as well.  The book is out of print but there are plenty on eBay and Amazon between £12-£25. It's original price was £20, so the asking prices for it aren't bad.



Finally if you want a simply superb picture book, showing Action Man photographed in "real life" situations and settings, this almost 300 page book by NG Taylor is absolutely superb.   There are a few errors, but nothing major (nowhere near the horrors of the Frances Baird book!) and completely negligible, as it is first and foremost a fun, lavishly illustrated picture book and not a definitive collectors' guide.  

The book has one quirk;  although it covers every period of Action Man's 1966-1984 run, all of the uniforms are photographed on painted  head figures, the author's personal favourite type of figure. Out of print and going for anything between £30-£150! Well worth hunting for at a bargain price.



Finally, this is the one to AVOID!





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PostSubject: Re: Frances Baird's book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Toy for Boys 1966-1984'   Fri May 25, 2018 3:10 am

I'm sure Rob Wisdom will do a cracking job on his book too.

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PostSubject: Re: Frances Baird's book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Toy for Boys 1966-1984'   Fri May 25, 2018 8:34 am

ActionYankee wrote:
I'm sure Rob Wisdom will do a cracking job on his book too.

I agree AY - Rob's book will be really cool and a great addition to the Library.

So I have all the recommended and the one to avoid - so I agree with all your comments TP. I'm a 'player' vs a "collector" but I just love looking at the set I recall as kid and seeing them looking all "Minty".

Perhaps there is a place for a book of "action shots" curated from all the great posts here and over on the UAMHQ ! - now that would be a fun project.

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PostSubject: Re: Frances Baird's book 'Action Man - The Gold Medal Toy for Boys 1966-1984'   Fri May 25, 2018 5:30 pm


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