As mentioned earlier in the week the spectacular underwater battle in THUNDERBALL spawned a whole generation of frogmen and skin and scuba divers. Graced with fantastic one-man subs, sleek rubber suits and must-have harpoons, this action sequence, at just under 6 minutes, provided the toy industry with enough rubber suits for the whole of the Sixties.
Probably the most sought after THUNDERBALL treasure is the Tri-ang Underwater Battle board game. It's not one we had in our house but it looks fantastic. Anybody got one?
About 20 years ago during one of my earliest forays into car boot sales, I was lucky enough to net a mysterious frogman torso. Long gone now, it turned out to be the head end of the cool Lone Star Working Model Frogman seen above in its excellent box. Double O Elastic Band!
I suspect though that the single-most popular image of a frogman during the Sixties in the UK was Palitoy's Action Man frogman pictured above. It really is a fabulous rendering and I've even seen it tattooed on someone's arm! Anyone else remember the box art?
Why not dive into some old TV commercials for Action Man courtesy of You Tube, together with a very humorous fan-made diver tale.
As always you can't keep a good bandwagon down and lots of cheaper divers and frogman surfaced to add extra fizz to our bath times. Above is the ARY Deep Sea Diver, which I have half of somewhere in the attic and below is the WF DEEP SEA ACTION DIVER, which I had as a young spelunker and fortunately still have one. Don't you just love all those pipes, hoses and air tanks!
Anyone else have any deep sea divers?