Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Project No Joe Day 10: American Defense

''American Defense... the very name strikes terror into the hearts of the enemies of freedom! American Defense... the elite secret troop of specialized fighters in Defense of Freedom! American Defense... headed by the Super Eight Attack Squad... America's best Defense!'' - Taken from back of 1986 packaging.

American Defense was a line of 3 ¾’’ military toys sold exclusively at Kmart in the eighties. The line started with Galoob’s A-Team molds and Remco grew it from there. It was later produced by different companies and ended up in dollar stores and discount outlets. Similar to GI Joe, it included a wide variety of colorful characters. However, without a cartoon, comic or any marketing to back it up, the line rode GI Joe’s coattails for a while and then disappeared.


***FLASHBACK to 2015*** American Defense Slugger by HypnoHustler








American Defense The Fish by HypnoHustler 





The Fish is the S.I.T. team's frogman, presumably Swamp Man's arch-nemesis. An Aqua-Nut for freedom according to his filecard, I wasn't sold on him until I started piecing him together. You wouldn't think black, 2 shades of blue, and neon green would play well together, but I quite liked it when all was said and done. I appreciate that the design is flexible enough to work in either land or water as well. All the removable gear on this figure is inspired by the original figure, so that versatility has always been there.

Head: Star Wars Jodo Kast
Torso and Arms: RoC Breaker
Legs: RoC Hawk



Prof Slanders (Kaido from Bikin) by bucky





Made back in 1990 by the manufacturer "Bikin" from Belgium, "Mission Kaido" is a G.I. Joe-like themed action figure toyline. This toyline was short lived and sold only in a few European countries, most if not all came with a sonic weapons sound making backpack of some sort. I'm not 100% certain, but I think the line, or some of it, was sold in the states under a different name. While researching the figure, I came across another (named Zorgev, but different color scheme) that I know I received as an Xmas present in 93-94.

Parts:
Poc Spirit head
MTF body



American Defense Mac Tough by Oreobuilder




''Raw guts, gumption and common sense make him one of America’s best!''
Mac Tough was the second of the original 8 American Defense team members, numbered AD-2. Remco repainted Mac Tough a few times to make different characters. Among them was Commando Hank, which Bucky had previously made a custom of. When I built my custom, I wanted to use different parts to give Mac Tough his own look and identity, so I started with a large body Roadblock as a base. That instantly set him apart.

Parts
Head, helmet: DG Duke
Torso, arms: retaliation Roadblock
Legs: 30th BBTS Red Dog
Holster: 25th Steeler
Weapon: Resolute Cobra Trooper

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Project No Joe Day 9: American Defense

''American Defense... the very name strikes terror into the hearts of the enemies of freedom! American Defense... the elite secret troop of specialized fighters in Defense of Freedom! American Defense... headed by the Super Eight Attack Squad... America's best Defense!'' - Taken from back of 1986 packaging.

American Defense was a line of 3 ¾’’ military toys sold exclusively at Kmart in the eighties. The line started with Galoob’s A-Team molds and Remco grew it from there. It was later produced by different companies and ended up in dollar stores and discount outlets. Similar to GI Joe, it included a wide variety of colorful characters. However, without a cartoon, comic or any marketing to back it up, the line rode GI Joe’s coattails for a while and then disappeared.


American Defense Colonel Striker by bucky





Another Remco figure from the sub line "Desert Patrol", Colonel Striker is an odd visual. When you look at the art on the back of the packages, he appears to have some rolled up sleeves, where as the actual figure has some out of place straight black arms coming from under his button up shirt. Not sure what the deal was with that, but it makes for an interesting visual. I translated the look as best I could, and am pleased with the results I got.

Parts:
Duke head with Sculpted hair
Kwinn torso
Snake Eyes forearms
Lt. Falcon bbts legs



American Defense Wolfman by HypnoHustler





Wolfman is precisely that. Part of the S.I.T. subline the original figure had a head with two faces, one of which was usually hidden under his helmet. This allowed him to "transform" into a werewolf, much like Man-E-Faces from He-Man. I have a soft spot for a good gimmick, and I've been doing a lot of work lately with interchangeable parts, so Wolfman jumped out to me as a chance to explore that further. His filecard is pure cheesy goodness, even stating that he "makes the SIT team's fight for freedom RUFF RUFF RUFF." How they managed to avoid a SIT pun I have no idea.

Heads: Man of Steel Zod and Wolverine Orgins Sabretooth, modded
Torso and upper arms: 25th Viper
Lower arms: RoC Hawk and Clone Wars Chewbacca
Legs: 25th Dusty



Ninja Strike Force Samurai Hero by Oreobuilder




Remco produced many different lines using the same molds during the '80s and '90s. One of the more obscure was Ninja Strike Force. The whole line consisted of only 6 figures. Samurai Hero was interesting to make as a custom as it was another way of using the Budo head. I changed the build a little from the original. The biggest change was the boots. I went with ninja style wrapping instead of jackboots. I felt it worked better for this figure. Also, I added the arms bands and hand wrapping as well. I figure this can be Samurai Hero's training look rather than his battle outfit.

Head: Retaliation Budo
Torso, upper arms: PoC Zartan
Lower arms: 30th Gnaw
Hands: Resolute Storm Shadow
Legs: DG Storm Shadow

Monday, 26 February 2018

Project No Joe Day 8: American Defense

''American Defense... the very name strikes terror into the hearts of the enemies of freedom! American Defense... the elite secret troop of specialized fighters in Defense of Freedom! American Defense... headed by the Super Eight Attack Squad... America's best Defense!'' - Taken from back of 1986 packaging.

American Defense was a line of 3 ¾’’ military toys sold exclusively at Kmart in the eighties. The line started with Galoob’s A-Team molds and Remco grew it from there. It was later produced by different companies and ended up in dollar stores and discount outlets. Similar to GI Joe, it included a wide variety of colorful characters. However, without a cartoon, comic or any marketing to back it up, the line rode GI Joe’s coattails for a while and then disappeared.


***FLASHBACK to 2017***American Defense Underground by HypnoHustler







US Forces Protector by Oreobuilder




Part of Remco’s US Forces line, Protector was a straight repaint of Defender, one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered US-3, he is the US Forces equivalent of Grunt, my favorite GI Joe character. Since I already made both versions of Defender, I figured, why not make the ''third''’. The way I see it, this is the same character wearing his urban camouflage uniform. For parts, I replicated my previous recipe. For colors, I toned down the blue a bit, but kept the yellow to add some pop.

Head: DG Duke
Torso, arms: Retaliation Kwinn
Legs: Poc Steel Brigade
Harness: Marauder
Helmet: 50th Dusty



American Defense Black Belt by Oreobuilder






"Silent weapons & night combat expert trained in stealth by a Ninja master''
Black Belt was one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered AD-4, he was one of two martial arts experts on the team (Karate King was the other). When I started putting this custom together, I was surprised at how well this figure could be updated with existing parts. The Renegades Storm Shadow head is an almost perfect match for the original figure’s hooded look and the rest of the parts fell in place almost immediately after that.

Head: 50th Storm Shadow
Torso, upper arms: RoC Snake Eyes
Legs: RoC Cobra Commander
Feet: 25th Storm Shadow
Lower arms: 25th Flint
Hands: retaliation Storm Shadow
Belt: PoC Snake Eyes with 25th Storm Shadow added bits



American Defense Ramrod by Oreobuilder





"Behind the lines infiltration specialist, enemies in awe of his incredible strength!''
Ramrod was one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered AD-5, he was the bare-chested Rambo type. Ramrod seems to have had several variants back in the day. Some had all green pants, others had camouflage, and others had green pants with painted light green thigh pads. I decided to go with the camouflage pattern as it made the figure more interesting in my opinion.

Head, torso, upper arms: 30th Spirit
Lower arms: 25th Flint
Hands: RoC Pit Commando
Legs: RoC Duke