Although the 1992 to 1995 years offered some interesting figures, they did not produce many memorable vehicles. Aside from the Star Brigade Armor Bot, there were few others, in my opinion. The overall quality of the vehicles was reduced. Plastic was cheaper, the proportions were chunkier and the colors were garish.
Despite this, the Shark 9000 is a decent vehicle for its time. It had a ton of play features including missile launchers and mines and could carry several Joes. It is nowhere near the level of excellence of say, the Whale, but for the time, it was not completely bad.
A few months ago, a fellow Joe fan contacted me about painting some vehicles for him. One of his ideas was to take the retaliation Fangboat and painting on the Shark 9000’s colors to make a modern version. I was intrigued and I took the commission (I’m also working on a few other things for him that I will reveal in good time). This is the result.
The Detonator was a late addition to this project. I wanted to do a Cobra vehicle, but there the 92-95 era does not have many to choose from. I struck on the idea of giving a spare Cobra Fury a Detonator color scheme. I was curious to see what it would like. Turns out, I like it. It’s a bit wacky, but I think it fits nicely with this project.