- ghost recon wrote:
- The paper/cloth version was made alot earlier than 75 VAM80, as it was 1st used on the Tommy Gunn Para. The idea then transferred over to the 1st issue early fuzzy HH from there. Then came the intro of the small plastic beret badge (early 70's) for the later issued Fuzzy.
The later badges ie Tom Stone etc were introduced as the Para badge 76-78 making it the late issue one.
I think it was used as a variant to the larger plastic issue once Tom Stone made by Pawtucket introduced it. Hoping Joeman/Joe90 will know more on Tom here than I.
I'm talking about the Uk Palitoy range not other companies, sorry for the confusion.
The 72,73, and 74 manuals all show the cloth beret with a metal badge it's not until the 1975 manual that the paper/cloth version shows up on a Palitoy Action Man para.
The rubber beret is shown in the 1976 manual, this is the thin plastic badge version.
The Tom Stone version is a Kit Locker variant (1977-1980) Probably the later years (79/80) as a way of using up the Tom Stone badges once the Tom Stone figure was no longer produced.
The late issue beret with the thick plastic badge is from 1981-1983 covering the Book, Window, and Last issue carded release This is also a slightly darker red.