''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 Touchdown by HypnoHustler
Head: Playmakers Peyton Manning
Torso, Arms, and Upper Legs: 50th Bazooka
Lower Legs: Renegades Roadblock
Toymax M P.A.C.T. Crimson Eye by bucky
I'd assumed he was a bad guy, and a member of Shatter Force. However, it turns out he's a good guy from England.
Low Light head
30th Viper Body
American Defense Sky Fighter by Oreobuilder
Sky Fighter was one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered AD-6, he was the paratrooper or pilot on the team. The parts recipe for him was straight forward. The Retaliation Data Viper body is perfect to make customs of pilots, so I used it as is. To create the breathing unit, I turned to PTE’s Navy SEAL re-breather. I removed the hoses and made a hole on the front to plug in the mask. All in all, it was a simple custom, but I’m quite happy with the result.
Head: Retaliation Kwinn
Torso, arms, legs: Retaliation Data Viper
Helmet, mask: 50th Blowtorch
Breathing Unit: PTE (modified)