I wonder why Hasbro/ Palitoy et al decided to give AM blue Y-fronts rather than leave him in his birthday suit?
I think the blue pants were introduced when the figure design and articulation system changed over to the 'New Dynamic Body', somewhere around 1978-onwards. The new physique range included boxed uniformed figures, and a boxed 'Basic Figure', which was sold without a uniform. The new physique was illustrated on the Basic Figure's colourful box, so perhaps the inclusion of pants may have been a necessary aesthetic for marketing, Woodsy? I'd be interested to know :)
Well, I'd imagine that it was because it suggested he had 'man-bits' under his shorts, whereas it was all-too obvious in the original design that he'd had a terrible industrial accident 'downstairs'.
I can see the marketing now Kid: Eagle Eyes, Gripping Hands, Real Hair and Man Bits! ha haI sometimes see those Gripping digits described as Kung Fu hands. I love that. If you can grip you can do Kung Fu!