Jim Marshall, keeper of the invaluable Blood for the Baron site dedicated to all things Action Force, has launched a Kickstarter project for the second printing of his guide book to the popular toys.
The Action Force fansite bloodforthebaron.com has been runnning for over 17 years, dedicated to bringing word of these exclusive UK toys to their long-lost cousins in the GI Joe community.
Created purely for the love of the brand, Jim Marshall’s guide is the first of its kind, weighing in at 300 pages and covering every aspect of this amazing toy range by Palitoy.
The second edition has been overhauled to provide an improved print quality, and new images and information added to this exhaustive guide.
The book covers every aspect of Action Force toys, from the original ‘Action Man in miniature’ to the ever-popular Red Shadows and their Action Force counterparts; Z Force, Q Force, Space Force and the SAS.
Also included are the German Anti-Terror Team variants and the exclusive UK GI Joe and Cobra releases.
With over 2000 new photographs, the guide also features full information on the plethora of cardbacks, comics, fanclub packs and promotional merchandise.
This Palitoy Collectors’ Guide sounds like a must-have for both Action Force and GI Joe fans alike, and given it has almost reached its £6000 target within the first days of the Kickstarter launch, we don’t think we’re alone in that assessment!
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.