The Adventurer seems to have been spawned in the early 1970s and is heavily influenced by the Mego Action Jackson toy line.
The figures themselves appear to be a blow-molded 8″ figure of Tommy Gunn ( Gunn was a UK take on G.I. Joe and many would argue, a knock-off himself) but the strange thing is, many of his outfits sets are from Mego themselves.
Many of The Adventurer’s sets appear to be Mego products in a new package with the clothing actually having Mego tags (also see the Lincoln International Thrill Seekers for this). While other sets seem to be original creations that never factored in the Mego Action Jackson line.
Mego did not own their own factories when they launched Action Jackson, so it is quite possible that their contracted manufacturer merely sold products out two different doors. Which was fairly common for Hong Kong in the 1970s.
There are two distinct runs of Adventurer figures and outfits, above is the more military-themed version of the packaging which seems more commonly found. The figure’s outfit changes in different sets.
This is the back for the Military box which contained The Adventurer and an entire outfit, actually a nice set!
The Adventurer Loose.
This is the Jungle Themed box for the Adventurer which is a straight copy of the Mego Action Jackson packaging. It is harder to find outfits with this packaging design.
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