GI Joe Indepth (Part 2)

Today is a look at a classic from 1985.  How do I know that?  It is stamped right into the bottom.  But other than that, you would have no clue that this is a vehicle that has be reissued over the past 26 years.

I am talking about the A.W.E. Striker.

This is one of the smaller boxed vehicles that you can get.  It is a really nice size for someone who wants to have a few vehicles in their collection, but don’t have the room.

This version is a black and tan… no, not a Guinness and a Bass.   I am talking colors.   We have seen everything from the olive drab to a cocktail mix of colors for both teams.  This one we get a little mud splatter on the fender and some muddy tires.  I do think it would have been nice if the mud on the wheels matched the mud on the vehicle’s body.

Along with the A.W.E. Striker, driven by Night Fox, we get a plethora of great extras.  A machine gun with bullets and a backpack for holding the rounds.   Two hand guns and a shotgun.  A hat and a helmet.

There is a bit of a problem with Night Fox, since he has a holster on, his vest sits really high on his body.  That is not the best look for him, but really hard to fix since the holster does not have a break in order for it to be removed.

The parts are amazingly crisp and sharp for being so old.   Not to mention that there are a lot of the molds from that far back that have been lost.  I guess since the debut in 1985, it saw light again in 1992 as the Eco Striker, 1995 as the All-Terrain Cruiser for the Stargate movie, and then came back in a variety of colors as the A.W.E. Striker again in ’01, ’03, and ’08.

It is one of those great vehicles that made the smooth transition from the classic GI Joe line to the more refined and less riveted version we have today.

How about that independent suspension?   Pretty slick.

As with all of the versions of the AWE Striker, the engine cover is removable.   I am really leaning toward painting my engine to give it a little extra something.   I do wonder why we have a black and tan vehicle, but a green engine cover.   I guess to point out that it is in fact removable and you should by the toy.

And finally, in his helmet with night vision, Night Fox is ready to take on the threat of Cobra.  Now he just needs a co-pilot to take charge of the roof mounted cannon.

Next Up:   A cancelled vehicle snatched up by Ross, and you might want to be on the lookout for one.

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