When I was a nipper I adored the ceremonial military uniforms Palitoy issued for Action Man.
These included the Grenadier Guard with the big furry busby but more especially the Royal Life Guard.
One of the attractions of this uniform was the beautiful plastic sword and scabbard which came with it.
I was sort of obsessed with swords as a kid and Palitoy's sabre was a no-brainer.
Much later when I started going to toy fairs I was intrigued to see a carded accessory set allover the place, which contained the very same sword and the breastplate I love so much as a little Life Guard.
Looking into it I discovered it to be a 40th Anniversary issue by Modellers Loft. In fact its still available as a new item on their website!
I am still unsure if it's a re-issue of a Palitoy carded set or whether Modellers Loft have issued something new. Do you know readers?
This is the vacuum-packed carded set:
Seeing it I remember savouring the word cuirass as a kid. What a fabulously exotic word! It describes the front and back plates together. The front is commonly known as the breastplate. Another older word for this is the plackart.
The other figures I had which enjoyed a good cuirass were those wonderful plastic knights released by Marx.
Life size toy armour can still be found on the shelves of toy stores and museum shops. How terrific to dress up as a knight!
Did you like toy swords and cuirasses readers?