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Playing Mantis was responsible for reproducing the very popular Captain Action line from the 1960's as well as making a new line of figures called Action Jackson loosely based on the original Mego toys.

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12 inch - Captain Action Series Figures [Boxed]
Captain
Action
Dr. Evil Flash
Gordon
Ming Green
Hornet
Kato

Lone Ranger Tonto Capt'n Action
(retro box)
Dr. Evil
(retro box)
Kid Action

Playing Mantis used Ideal's molds of the 60's Captain Action series to recreate these figures in a new window style box. Pressure from fans convinced Playing Mantis for a couple of things. First, they changed the flesh tone of the Captain himself to be more like the original and less pasty in color. Second, they recreated Captain Action and Dr. Evil in very cool retro style boxes as they were originally packaged. Some of these figures were only available at KB Toys.



Captain Action Sets [Boxed]
Lone Ranger
(blue outfit)
Kabai Singh
Outfit
The Phantom
Outfit

Playing Mantis made three boxed sets of uniforms. The fourth was Speed Racer and never made it to production. The boxed Lone Ranger set was in the Ranger's original red shirt. They packaged his more well-known blue uniform in a separate boxed set.



8 inch - Action Jackson Figures
World
War II
Ranger
Aquatic
Mission
Specialist
Covert
Operations
Specialist

These 3 action figures were loosely based on Mego's Action Jackson of the 1970s. The figures are about 8.5" tall actually and come with a lot of accessories. There is one variation available. The WWII Soldier came both bearded and unbearded. These figures also came on blister cards and in windows boxes.



Evel Knievel
Stunt Cycle Set
(box)
Stunt Cycle Set
(contents)

Every kid's hero in the 1970's! Evel Knievel was the "King of the Stuntmen". He was so cool that Playing Mantis actually remade the stunt cycle set a few years back, originally made by Ideal in the 70's.




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