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10 comments posted
Stack Attack. Oh hell yeah.

Stack Attack. Oh hell yeah. I really dont like how the pilot doesn't look like Jayce - I know this is due to the toy line being developed before the cartoon, but still..

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JoshB's picture
Posted by JoshB on 19 December, 2009 - 15:37
Gold Rims?

Were gold rims popular in the mid 80's?

Anyway, I never cared for the good guys in this line. The bad guys were always so much more interesting.

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Posted by baltmatrix on 19 December, 2009 - 18:12
Although tempted many times,

Although tempted many times, I never picked up the toys as a kid.

The theme song, however, was pure 80's cartoon rock heaven. LOL. One of the greats.

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Posted by japester on 19 December, 2009 - 18:24
Stack-ack-ack-ack-ack and Attack-ack-ack-ack-ack!!!

Hehe, gotta love the commercial.

Another awesome review! As a wee-lad, I had one Lightning League and one Monster Mind: Drill Sergeant and Saw Boss, because those were my favorites of each side back then. Nowadays, I'm more on the fence about whether I like Drill Sergeant or Armed Force more. I've really come to liking the streamlined, almost jetfighter-like body, as well as the gold wheels and accessories of Armed Force. It just has this sleek, "nicer and fancier than toys today" look about it... :-P

A couple of other small but notably cool things about these is how the chasses can be flipped to achieve a lifted, more off road stance and a lower cruising stance. That was always another thing that made the vehicles more interesting and added to the imagination and play value. It was also fun to swap the chasses with others, like giving Saw Boss the four wheel option, or Armed Force the 3 wheel one. With the various parts you could come up with some awesome vehicle combinations.

Also, with the individual specialized weapons, they usually had a cool mechanism in how they worked, like how you can pull the little lever on the back to make Armed Force's claw open and close. It's gimmicky and simple, but it's a neat extra touch. :-)

Thanks again man. Keep 'em coming!

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Posted by REX-203 on 20 December, 2009 - 00:41
The gold paint on this guy

The gold paint on this guy is great. It really makes the toy pop. Although I'd have to agree that the bad guy designs are just so much better. Especially that brain slime driver.

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Posted by Dkun on 20 December, 2009 - 14:59
Y'know, slime is a highly

Y'know, slime is a highly under-used feature in today's toys. 80's toys had plenty of slime, damnit...why not now!? And it really would have kicked major ass if the monster minds' brain pilots sat in a vat of slime in the cockpits!


Sanjeev's picture
Posted by Sanjeev on 23 December, 2009 - 16:00

YOU'RE right, slime in the cockpit would be great!

Is it just my imagination but did Armed Force come with three sets of wheels?

This is the one I had as kid and I loved it, to bad I didn't get more pieces but there was so much going on in 1985!

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Showapop's picture
Posted by Showapop on 24 December, 2009 - 11:48
Series 2...

I only recently obtained the Mattel Toyfair catalog that would have had the second year of these, and was shocked to find that they had actually planned to include Jayce and his crew with the vehicles in the second year. There were four new vehicles, a pack of mini-figures, motorized chassis for the vehicles, and a new set called Thunderstruction. Interesting stuff.

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Posted by DoctorKent on 21 December, 2009 - 16:40
ooh. I wouldn't mind seeing

ooh. I wouldn't mind seeing scans.

The Enthusiast's picture
Posted by The Enthusiast on 21 December, 2009 - 22:58
Yes, scans please!

I love seeing the old "almost was" stuff in the old magazines. Especially for a line like this.

"Hey, uh...let's volt in."

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Posted by Gigamach on 30 December, 2009 - 16:53