An interesting concept, which is present in many important action figure lines that include figures and vehicles, is the “small vehicles”. These are normally quite simple and, I would say, cheaper to produce than the figures themselves. They are normally priced as a single figure, and mostly sold in blister cards like the figures.
Who knows if G.I.Joe took this concept from Masters of the Universe (see for example #188)… the action packs are small, can be carried as a backpack, and have a wind-up motor that can be triggered on/off by a switch.
There were two series made of this, the first one consisted of 8 machines, 4 for G.I.Joe and 4 for Cobra and/or Dreadnocks. The second series, next year, counted only 4 small vehicles. Today I want to show a few of the first series, and I will complete it sometime, when I can take good pictures of the other machines I have.
The motorized action packs were:
- Anti-Aircraft Gun
- Radar Station
- Rope Walker
- Earth Borer
- Mountain Climber
- Pom-Pom Gun
- Rope Crosser
All of them were packaged in a blister card with a generic card, and included were a sheet of instructions in the “blueprint” style and a sheet of stickers. There were no filecard or whatever at the
back, only small pictures of all the available items.
Radar Station (G.I. Joe)
Guest Starring: Mainframe
Helicopter (G.I. Joe)
Guest Starring: Astro Viper v2 (yes, I know it is a GIJoe vehicle, but I took the pictures with the wrong figure)
Mountain Climber (Cobra)
Guest Starring: Firefly v2
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: MOTORIZED ACTION PACKS HELICOPTER, RADAR STATION and MOUNTAIN CLIMBER.
- Alternate Names: Aparatos de Acción (Spanish), Engins d’Action (French)
- Toy Line: G.I.Joe (wave 6)
- Year: 1987
- Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
- Size of the figures: 3 ½¨ or 8 cms.