Was this the greatest gift ever? At the time it certainly seemed like it! Yup, in the summer of 1984 IPC and Palitoy paired-off to give away (surely surplus*) ACTION FORCE figures with copies of EAGLE, BATTLE ACTION FORCE (inevitably) and TIGER.
With the figures selling for between £1 and £1.50 each (I think), it certainly seemed a no-brainer to stock-up on multiple copies of the three weeklies, at 22p a time, to get as many different figures as possible. Indeed, this was the only time I ever bought a copy of TIGER prior to its merger with the EAGLE. I'm certain I didn't read any of it.
The figures were bagged (not carded) with each issue. I seem to recall Palitoy's marketing mandarins also chucked in a glossy toy-flogging poster, or something similar, although I don't recall exactly what now.
I distinctly recall thinking it was a shame that Palitoy couldn't do a similar deal with Marvel UK to shift some Star Wars figures but - sadly - it was not to be.
* I recall a depressing abundance of Black Major figures. Was that a regional thing or did they have an awful lot of 'em to shift?