The first three male figures were later
joined by the Action Girls, "Super Sandy" and "Super
Peggy". Hasbro had released a female figure, the G.I. Joe Nurse
in its G.I. Joe range but the Action Girls were only released in Europe.
Additionally, four exciting action sets were specially produced for the
Action Team Girls. With their gripping hands and fully poseable bodies
they were ready for adventure.
Hasbro's last noteworthy addition to
G.I. Joe was the "Eagle Eye" function in 1977 which allowed the
figure's eyes to be moved from side to side useing a lever at the back
of the head. It should be noted that this function was far more popular
in the UK where Action Man with the "googly eyes" is as much
loved as baked beans on toast. The new Action Team figures of 1977 took
full advantage of this new technology. "Bob Power" the
blonde, bearded adventurer and "Adler Auge" the tanned,
indigenous North American male both had moveable eyes. At the same time
"Shalaly" an indigenous North American female was released
to compliment Action Team's Wild West equipment and accessories. The Wild
West was a popular theme in Germany thanks to childhood heroes such as
Karl May and Winnetou.
followed as a bearded figure wearing a rubber eye-patch. He was equipped
with only the barest survival necessities; a pair of shorts and a knife.
This figure was designed to make an impression on the at that point untapped
pirate and high-seas market. Hard Rock and John Steel then returned as
"nice price" adventurers on bubble cards with shorts and various