AMPHIBIOUS PERSONNEL CARRIER/COASTAL UNIT DEFENSE AMPHIBIOUS TRANSPORT
The APC [Amphibious Personnel Carrier] was first released boxed in U.S. toy stores in 1983. The toy was also sold in 1984 and was discontinued in 1985.
From 1987 to 1994, the APC was sold via mail-order by Hasbro Direct. Early mail-order releases of the APC were identical in design to the retail release. However, around 1992 the top was changed from a camouflaged brown and tan to a flat green and the wheels from black to dark gray.
In 1994 the mail-order APC was availabile as the convention exclusive 'CUDA [Coastal Unit Defense Amphibious Transport]. The only differences between the APC and 'CUDA are the box packaging and the inclusion of leftover stock of Cutter (v3) (1993) as the driver.
Driver/Pilot: CUTTER (v3)
Cutter (v3) was released as part of the twelfth series (1993) boxed with the Shark 9000. He was discontinued domestically in 1994.
Cutter (v3) and the Shark 9000 were intended to be part of the 1993 assortment of D.E.F. (Drug Elimination Force) subset. However, Hasbro decided not to release any D.E.F. toys in 1993 and instead repackaged them as Battle Corps toys.
Easily Broken/Lost Pieces
The two long seat belts are the most commonly lost pieces. Also, make sure that the steering wheel isn't missing.
While most of it was identical to the original APC, the mail-order version had a dark-green top instead of the tan camouflage top. Additionally, the wheels were a dark gray instead of black.
The mail-order APC was repackaged and bundled with Cutter (v3) (1993) in 1994 to make the convention exclusive 'CUDA.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to APC.
Original Retail: $9.50 w/ 3 Flag Points
Hasbro Product: n/a
Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: n/a
Tomart's Guide: n/a
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 25 (retail release, 1st Ed.), Pg. 38 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a
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