Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Project No Joe Day 3: Bronze Bombers

''Fearlessly, the mighty U.S. 369th Infantry led the nation's greatest Black Army into battle. They fought in WWI and WWII and they never lost. There have been no warriors their equal until today! Today, we have the Bronze Bombers™! Today they defend the country against P.S.B. enemy squad. These highly skilled combatants stand for justice and they never lose!" – From 1988 card back

The Bronze Bombers was a short-lived toy line produced by Olmec. Two "waves" were produced. The first one, released in 1988, consisted of a dozen different figures and 2 small vehicles. The figures had similar molds to Galoob's A-Team figures from the early '80s and were of lesser quality. In 1997, Olmec acquired several GI Joe molds from Hasbro and produced a 12 figure boxset consisting of recolored vehicle drivers like Motor-Viper, Skidmark, Darklon and Strato-Viper. A year later, Olmec filled for bankrupcy and Bronze Bombers line disappeared.

Bronze Bombers Crazeblaze by DanoftheDead

Of all the Bronze Bombers badguys I did, this one I'm the happiest with. He required some real design and part finding, and I think he's one of the more accurate updated Darklon (or Darklon-based) figures I've seen around. I had never noticed that Crazeblaze's shoulders are swapped from Darklon's until I started pulling this together. Purple and tan-gold aren't the easiest colors to work with, so I happy the results were so smooth here. I had major frustrations with the rest of the team, and was happy to have one come out even better than I expected.

Club Darklon Headcast, Darklon Gun
Iron Grenadier - Chest Armor, Gauntlet
James McCullen XXIV - Shoulder Armror
Cobra Commander v43 - Arms
Neo-Viper v9 - Torso
Firefly v22 - Legs

Bronze Bombers Sure Fire by Oreobuilder

The original Sure Fire figure shared the same parts as Shakka Johnson. Since I have a custom of that character, I repeated the recipe here, used a different head and painted him the proper colors. Like my other ''1988'' Bronze Bombers customs, I used mostly 25th parts to convey the retro feel of the figure.

Head: ROC Repeater
Torso, upper arms: 25th Duke
Lower arms, legs: 25th Hawk

Bronze Bombers Kaboom (Marc Walters) by Oreobuilder

For Kaboom, I started by building him in parts that were already mostly blue. His build is straight forward and I used mostly 25th parts to convey the retro feel of the figure. To go with his name, I made him an explosives expert and gave him appropriate accessories.

Head: ROC Ripcord
Torso: 25th Viper:
Arms: DG Cobra Commander
Upper legs: 25th Hawk
Lower legs: ROC Pit Commando

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