HM Armed Forces toys and HMAF Action Figures are a new range of toys and collectible figures licensed by the MOD and released by Character Options.
Each toy has been designed and sculpted by Designworks with close consultation and approval from senior commanders in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
HMAF figures include three action figures representing each of the three services – Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Complementing these are a range of vehicles such as the British Army Tactical Battle Tank the RAF Vector Thrust Fast Jet and the Royal Navy Hovercraft.
In addition there are a range of role play items including night vision goggles and camouflage netting.
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Junior Heroes toys have been developed by Character Options in conjunction with the Royal Navy and the RAF.
Whereas the existing HMAF figures and toys are much-loved by a slightly older audience, Junior Heroes will definitely appeal to pre-school children.
There are four Junior Hero vehicles to collect; Larry the Landing Craft, Sammy the Submarine, Harry the Helicopter and Freddy the Fast Jet. The HMAF Junior Heroes toys have a rounded and animated appearance, are push-along and feature sound effects and voice commands.
Hear Freddy the Fast Jet say “Gear up … We’re taking off!”
“Bow doors up please!” says Larry the Landing Craft.
“Dive, dive, dive!” exclaims Sammy the Submarine.
RAF Junior Hero Harry the Helicopter gives his rank, “I’m Harry the Helicopter!”
HM Armed Forces Junior Heroes are available from 2010.
Arctic Mission includes detailed snow-equipped figures and vehicles and is the new HMAF range for 2010.
Other vehicles in the Arctic Mission range include the Tactical Battle Tank and Quad Bike. Though the Remote Controlled Military Skidoo is without doubt the must-have toy from the range.
The skidoo is purpose-built for Arctic Missions, often used in the field for special reconnaissance or by officers to move quickly between sections.
The HMAF RC Skidoo is liveried in white and black on the undercarriage with some yellow detailing on the suspension springs and fairing. The finely detailed HM Armed Forces Military Skidoo features real working headlights and is perfectly scaled for the HMAF figures to ride on.
The Arctic Infantry Commando Ski Patrol Set is an HMAF Army Figure in the Arctic Mission range.
HM Armed Forces figure the Army Arctic Commando is dressed in arctic whites with camouflage patrol vest and all white backpack. He also has a balaclava and removable helmet with snow goggles.
For getting around the Arctic Commando comes complete with skis and ski poles as well as snow shoes. For protection Ski Patrol Commando comes with an arctic camouflage 5.56mm assault rifle.
Also included in the Arctic Mission range is the RAF Forward Air Controller Arctic Equipment Set. With this accessory pack you get a set of arctic whites with white helmet, replacement white hands and boots to transform other HMAF figures into Arctic Mission ready combatants.
Arctic Mission is a brand new HMAF arctic-themed range of figures and vehicles launched in 2010.
HMAF Arctic Mission includes the all-new RC Military Skidoo as well as the Tactical Battle Tank and Quad Bike repainted in arctic camouflage.
Also available in 2010 are two new figures; the Arctic Infantry Commando Ski Patrol Set and the Arctic Pulk figure Set with Royal Marines Commando. The Forward Air Controller Arctic Equipment Set is an Arctic Mission HMAF figure accessory pack
The VTOL Fast Jet is the first aircraft to be released in the HMAF toys Royal Air Force range.
With its vertical take off and landing capability the Fast Jet can be deployed to both on shore bases and on board the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers.
Deployment of the RAF Fast Jet can be achieved quickly and at short notice to any part of the world.
The HMAF Fast Jet features an opening cockpit canopy with a detailed instrument panel. Inside is space for the 10 inch scale Fast Jet Pilot figure. The jet’s twin spring-loaded missiles are launched from a button mounted on the wing.
With its retractable main landing gear, 53.5cm wing span and robust hand grip the HMAF Fast Jet is certainly a pleasure to fly.
The first two two brand new HMAF figures for 2010 have been released to add to the HM Armed Forces Action Figure range.
First up is the new HM Armed Forces RAF Regiment Gunner.
The Regiment Gunner, similar to the already available HMAF Army Infantryman and Mortarman Action Figure, wears the removable desert combats complete with combined body armour and patrol vest.
One very welcome difference however is the fact that on this figure the helmet, which is based on the actual Mark 6a combat helmet, is removable rather than the earlier HMAF figures with their moulded helmets.
The other big difference is in the weaponry. The Regiment Gunner comes complete with a replica loaded General Purpose Machine Gun accessory with folding tripod. Just the sort of kit the real Regimental Gunners, or ‘Rock Apes’ as they are colloqially known, require on the kinds of missions they are highly trained for such as securing and holding the terrain around operational airbases.
The HMAF Paratrooper Figure sees its first release in 2010 as part of the HM Armed Forces Army series.
Following on from the successful 2009 release of the RAF Falcon Parachutist, The Army Paratrooper Figure is a similarly robust figure; strong enough to survive active service during the most arduous ‘throw and deploy’ parachute manoeuvres imaginable.
This part posable HMAF Paratrooper Figure includes a fully operational parashoot with green canopy and fully moulded jungle combats and helmet.
Perhaps the most eagerly awaited of all the HMAF toys are Character Options Night Vision Goggles.
The HMAF range includes a number of such ‘Tri-Force’ toys as used jointly by the Army, Royal Navy and RAF.
HMAF Night Vision Goggles use technology developed for the military. The hi-tech goggles feature an infrared image intensifier which allows the wearer to see up to a distance of 15 metres in pitch black darkness.
The Night Vision Goggles incorporate a display screen, viewed through the right eye-piece, which can be switched from green to black and white. The left eye-piece has a flip-up cover to change back to normal vision.
The HMAF goggles can be operated in two modes. In Maximum Surveillance Mode the equipment emits infra-red light for optimum nightime surveillance. Rotating the viewing knob switches the goggles to Close Proximity Stealth Mode which functions on partial power and makes maximum use of available light.
The goggles have adjustable straps on the top and sides, soft rubber eye mouldings and can even be worn over glasses.