So... This is it. The last edition for the Nostalgia series. I saved the best for last. Haha... Don't forget to check out my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh Nostalgia posts. Dive inside the sea of nostalgia! Haha... Anyway, for the last entry, we are going with "war machine" theme!
It's Mission Bravo by Matchbox! Yeargh! Generally, Matchbox is well-known for their die-cast car models, and they're among one of Mattel's Hot Wheels top competitors. But there's one time when Matchbox release several military and exploration theme toy line up. Among them are Mega Rig and Mission Bravo, I forgot the name for the other lines.
Mission Bravo toys are military-themed. But what differs it from other military toys is that they have the ability to transform into a battle station! So, less talk, more pictures!
Alright, sorry for the rant. Hahaha... It is just that I used to love these toys so much, I still love them though. Also, they're among the most expensive toys I have. Back in the day, anything above RM50 is very expensive to me. Each of these toys cost about RM60-70 that time. Now I can only find them online for hundreds of ringgit. So guys, take these lessons; Don't ever, EVER let other people laid their hands on things you love, they don't love it like you do.
|Next, the Sand Tiger! Sand Tiger is a tank with camouflage on its body, with colour scheme that suit the scenery of a desert. The missing parts are a soldier figure, a missile, two antennas and an ATV unit. The turret can rotate though.|
|Next, the Sky Scorcher! It is a VTOL aircraft, a rescue aircraft I supposed. It is missing a pilot/soldier figure, two missiles, two propeller blades, a small gun on the seat and a clip for holding the soldier figure in battle station mode.|
|This is the battle station mode. Luckily I still have the small vehicle unit. It looks more like an instant headquarters or military base rather than a battle station to me.|
|The cockpit and rear shutter door can be opened. The rear door is where the small jeep is stored.|
|This is the "monster" mode! I don't want to call this battle station mode, because this guy have all these weapons while flying! Well, it is more like a floating battle station. Its enemy will be f*cked. For sure.|
|If it still have both of its wings, and of course, the missiles, it will have four missiles on each sides. Notice the clips inside it? That's where you can clip extra soldiers, so you have more firepower! Muahahaha|
|Not to forget, the twin gatling guns! This mofo got flo fo sho!|
|This is the battle station mode. Among all of them, to me, this is the most accurate definition of a battle station. |
So many big weapons!
|There's a radar dish, and a platform where soldiers can stand and shoot. |
But the soldiers can no longer climb on it though, the ladder is missing.
|The port where the missing large cannon attached to.|
|A cockpit where a soldier sit in to man the big missile launcher, and a seat for a soldier to sit and man the big turret. This thing really is a war machine. It is built to kill! Well... Not really. Since it is a toy, it is built to be played. Haha|
|Hey, you know what, these guys looks great together!|
Maybe I'll use both of them in one diorama one day. Haha
Conclusion? They are the greatest toys, EVER!! Haha... Well, greatest in my collection at least. It is sad that Matchbox no longer produce them, or any other toy line with similar theme. When I have money, I really want to buy it again though. I've found some of them online, but of course, double or triple the original price. So, that's all for the nostalgia posts series! I hope this hobby will never stop, as there are so many wonderful people I met in this hobby. If you do have nostalgic toys of your own, do share them, or make a post about them in your blog and invite me to read them! Hehe... Alright, remember this; "You don't stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing". Be geek, be proud, palming your face!!
Hope Emgo will never read this blog. Hahahaha