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G.I.Joe Vehicle Variation Archive

Note: Many mail-in vehicles had glossy blueprints instead of the plain paper blueprints included with store-bought vehicles.

1982

JUMP - short peg
long peg

M.O.B.A.T. - solid rubber treads, no dimple in machine gun to hold it on (earlier)
perforated treads (with drive bogey teeth showing through the tread), modified gun and copula (to keep the .50 cal on), and altered battery cover to make it more secure.

VAMP - no shovel
with shovel

1983

A.P.C. - tan camoflage top (retail), flat tabs
tan camoflage top (retail), reinforced tabs
green top (Hasbro Direct mail-in version) that was also used to make the convention CUDA., reinforced tabs

Dragonfly - nose gun that pivots and swivels as shown on the box (earlier)
nose gun that only swivels (later)

PAC/RAT -- Flame Thrower - light green, light red
dark gree, dark red (Hasbro Direct mail-in version) that was also available at retail in Argentina

PAC/RAT -- Machine Gun - light green, light red
dark gree, dark red (Hasbro Direct mail-in version) that was also available at retail in Argentina

PAC/RAT -- Missile Launcher - light green, light red
dark gree, dark red (Hasbro Direct mail-in version) that was also available at retail in Argentina

Skystriker - Nose gun with grid behind the gun (like on a real F14 Tomcat except the gun is on the top half of the fuselage instead of the bottom)
without the grid.

H.I.S.S. - clear "788" stickers (early retail)
red "788" stickers (later retail)
white "788" stickers (Hasbro Direct mail in)

Viper Glider - black camo
blue camo

 

1984

Killer W.H.A.L.E. - solid landing ramp door, white wheels, early dash board
Notched landing ramp door, black wheels
Notched landing ramp door with revised clips, black wheels, added fan shroud supports
Slightly darker green (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

Machine Gun Defense Unit - gray parts (retail)
black parts (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

M.A.N.T.A. - sail printed side toward figure (with manta cut-out on lower half as in instructions)
sail printed on side opposite figure (with manta cut-out on lower half as in instructions)

Missile Defense Unit - lighter gray parts
darker charcoal gray with bullet holes.

Mortar Defense Unit - lighter green parts (retail)
darker green parts (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

Slugger - dark green camouflage
no camouflage (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

Stinger Night Attack Jeep - with gray roof and doors (retail)
all black body (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

VAMP Mark II - darker brown, water cans Made in China, and several VAMP details (retail vehicle)
lighter brown plastic, gas cans, and Made in Brazil (Hasbro Direct mail-in vehicle)

 

1985

Ammo Dump - lighter green parts (retail)
darker green parts (mail-in)

Cobra Bunker - light gray base (retail)
dark gray base (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

Ferret - dark blue body (retail)
light blue body (mail-in)

Forward Observer - lighter green parts (retail)
darker green parts (mail-in)

Flight Pod - mine with rounded spikes
mine with pointed spikes

Moray Hydrofoil - top section attaches to bow with exposed snaps by the missile launcher
top section attaches to bow with a post that fits into a slot

Rifle Range - dark brown base and dark blue parts (retail)
light brown base and blue-purple parts (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

USS Flagg - Dark deck, small holes in microphone
Light deck, various added tabs, large holes in microphone

 

1986

Night Raven - without landing gear notch, small aircraft without landing pegs, without cockpit seat notch
with landing gear notch and with small craft's landing pegs, with cockpit seat notch

Firebat – maroon (retail)
red (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

Terror Drome - light red pieces
dark red pieces

Triple-T - with black guns and missiles (retail) or red guns and missiles (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

Dreadnok Ground Assault - motorcycle cannon is light green
motorcycle cannon is dark green

 

1987

Cobra W.O.L.F. – white missile hatch and ski-pedos (retail)
black missile hatch and ski-pedos (Hasbro Direct mail-in)

Crossfire - Alpha 27, red switch
Alpha 27, black switch
Delta 49, red switch
Delta 49, black switch
(this was entirely intentional, allowing the two vehicles to be used together with different radio frequencies)

Defiant Space Shuttle Complex – connecting arm on shuttle hatch
hinged shuttle hatch

 

1988

Skystorm X-Wing Chopper - white
off-white

Destro's Despoiler - bronze parts
gold parts

Phantom X-19 - actuator
no actuator

 

1990

General - yellow sticker #12
red sticker #12

Hammerhead – light and dark bodies gray

 

1991

Air Commandos Glider (with Cloudburst) - single-gun silver turret
double-gun silver turret

Air Commandos Glider (with Night Vulture) - single-gun green turret
double-gun green turret

Air Commandos Glider (with Sky Creeper) - single-gun green turret
double-gun green turret

Air Commandos Glider (with Skymate) - single-gun silver turret
double-gun silver turret

Battle Wagon - swivel bar slightly flared, spring battery connectors (part ID: M-6275)
swivel bar not flared, bent metal battery connectors (part ID: M-6249)

Septic Tank - white plunger
black plunger

 

1992

Barracuda -black top/blue middle/ black bottom
blue top/black middle/blue bottom

 

1993

Monster Blaster APC – light green top and dark green bottom
dark green top and light green bottom

 

1994

Scorpion - tan top and black bottom
black top and tan bottom

Cobra Power Fighter - with a white streak
with silvery-blue streaks

 

2000

Man-O-War - either Black top/Silver middle/Black bottom or Silver top/Black middle/Silver bottom

 

2002

Cobra Hiss IV - with a solid front sticker or gradient filled front sticker

 

2003

Battle Blitz - with electronics (carded)
without electronics (boxed)

Cobra Ringneck - with electronics
without electronics (VvV Packaging)

Cobra Venom Cycle - with electronics, painted front end, gray missile launcher (earlier carded),
with electronics, unpainted front end , blue missile launcher (later carded)
without electronics, painted front end, blue missile launcher, (boxed)

Desert Coyote - with electronics (carded)
without electronics (boxed)

Hoverstrike - 27 MHz
49 MHz (this was entirely intentional, allowing the two vehicles to be used together with different radio frequencies)

Missile Storm Copter - with electronics (carded)
without electronics (boxed)

MUV - 27 MHz
49 MHz (this was entirely intentional, allowing the two vehicles to be used together with different radio frequencies)

Sky Sweeper Jet - with electronics
without electronis (VvV Packaging)

Split Fire - with electronics
without electronis (VvV Packaging)

 

2004 - 2008
No known variations

 

2009

Dragonhawk - black trim on stabilizers and engine covers
no black trim on stabilizers and engine covers

 

2010

H.I.S.S. Tank v5 - brown/burgundy body, gray tracks and weapons, red missile
solid black

 

2011

V.A.M.P. Mk II - light green body
dark green body

 




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