They were supposed to be realistic toy versions of our brave soldiers, complete with authentic replica uniforms and scale model weapons and equipment.Really..?
But it turns out they are, apparently, a little less representative than had been hoped.
How so? Because all their accessories are available (and work)? You can buy their vehicles immediately, without waiting 6 months for them?
A range of action figures launched by the Ministry of Defence has come under fire for being too white and too male.*sigh*
The complainers seem to be an unholy alliance of mothers with 'moral authority' and a Conservative MP, no doubt the usual suspects are involved too:
Des Feely, whose 26-year-old daughter Sarah Bryant was killed in Afghanistan last year, said the absence of female action figures appeared 'overtly macho', and claimed women's contribution to the forces was being overlooked.They're toy soldiers, for the love of God! If you really object, why not strip your daughter's Barbie. I'm sure the Action Man uniform fits. There - job done!
Conservative MP and former infantry commander Patrick Mercer added: 'It is extraordinary they have chosen to exclude women, whose contributions are vital to the modern British army.'