I wanted to continue somehow the previous article, since I finished it with a catalogue image, in which this item is also displayed. The catalogue was printed by Schildkröt to promote the Action Team line in Germany. This set was sold in many different countries and many different versions. Each version is therefore “exclusive” of that land, that's why I'm just talking about the one made by Schilkröt.
The german version bag is obviously printed in German, with the Action Team logo and the words: “Action Team Ausrüstung” (Action Team Equipment). It is no ordinary soldier equipment, but U.N. Blue Helmet (Peace Troops’) equipment, because in Germany it is always important to reduce the military component of anything, specially if it’s a toy.
That’s why the helmet, which in other countries is a dark green one has been replaced by the blue in the picture with the UN sticker. Note that the catalogue image does not display the actual item, but some other panoply. This is because that picture was taken for American or British catalogue and Schildkröt probably changed the set after the catalogue was made.
The rest of the contents are very similar from land to land, and includes:
- Bag with strap
- A pair of black boots
- UN blue helmet
- Radiotelecommmunications set
- Lunchbox (2 parts) with knife, fork and spoon
- Lebel revolver
- 6 Grenades
- Stirling submachine gun with strap and cartridge
In this picture of the actual set sold in toy stores can be seen that at least one version of this panoply included exactly those accessories. I think I got this image from some Ebay ad.
Especially curious is the radio set:
FACTS and FIGURES:
- Name: UN Friedenstruppe special-Ausrüstung (ref. 6342 73)
- Toy Line: Action Team
- Year: 1970
- Company: Schildkröt (Germany)
- Size: approx. 12 cm (bag)