Sunday, 4 March 2018

Project No Joe Day 14: 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 Zooks by bucky

I remember seeing Zooks as a kid on the shelves at KB Toys or K Mart. I couldn't find much on him, other than he was part of the American Defense line, probably some others from Remco as well. He was a very easy figure to put together. I deviated slightly from the standard uniform, but not the colors.

Dusty 30th with Tripwire helmet
Dusty 30th Torso, arms and Lower legs
Pit Trooper Thighs
MTF Harness

***FLASHBACK to 2017*** American Defense Fake Out by Hypno Hustler

American Defense Bush Fighter by Oreobuilder

"Jungle warfare soldier… the deeper and the darker… the better!''
Bush Fighter was one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered AD-7, he was the jungle soldier, American Defense’s version of Recondo. The original figure had rippled thigh pads (like many other American Defense figures). I dropped this detail on my custom since they were covered up by camouflage paint.

Head: Retaliation Kwinn
Hat: PoC Recondo
Torso: 25th Shipwreck
Legs: 50th Lady Jaye
Upper arms: RoC Monkey Wrench
Lower arms: 25th Flint
Hands: Star Wars
Harness: PoC Duke

American Defense TACAL by Oreobuilder

The TACAL – Tactical Assault Craft Amphibious Lander – was one of a only a handful of vehicles produced for the American Defense line. It was released in 1986 with the first line of figures. For my custom, I had a spare True Heroes Wave Runner Jet Ski. I have previously used this small vehicle to make a custom Cobra craft and later a Joe watercraft. It is a fun little vehicle and offers up something that the Joe line does not have. The base vehicle is very similar to the American Defense TACAL, so I did not modify it. I simply painted it in the right colors.

All: True Heroes Wave Runner Jet Ski

1 comment:

  1. I had the Tacal for years. Just sold all the parts from it last year in a lot of random figures. Zooks and Bush Fighter look great. Zooks definitely looks like he'd blend right in with Cobra or as a teammate of Scrap Iron due to the color scheme. I like how the spy wears a shirt that clearly identifies him as a spy. Seems legit.