Monday, October 7, 2013

Army Ants (Hasbro)

Army Ants

Take the premise of Mattel's M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, and smash them together with Hasbro's G.I. Joe, and you get Army Ants. Miniature ant squadrons headed for the battlefield in a blue vs. orange throw down!

Don't let the miniature multicarded figures fool you. These were by no means generic characters - They were by Hasbro after all, the owners of G.I. Joe. Each one had its own identity and rank, and featured a unique set of weapons and accessories.

General McAnther's Special Forces Team with Bone Crusher, General McAnther, Gimme 50, Heave-Ho, Jagged Tooth, Knockdown, Semper Fi and Tail Spin
General Patant's Special Strike Forces Team with Beau Geste, Blak Jak, Blighty, Blitz Kreig, General Patant, Rambant, Snorkle Head and Stalker

Despite having zero articulation from being one piece molded figures, each Army Ant had accessories which could be removed or interchanged with other characters. This made for a rather diverse way of play for such a simplistic line.

Aerial Assault Squad with Bullseye, Reeky and Windy
Assault Team with Grease Pit, Mega-Hurtz and Road Rash
Bazooka Team with Bug-Eye, Howler and Loadout
Sniper Team with Recoil, Repeater and Warpo

An excellent feature to the series was how each multipack featured different characters. This wasn't a line which forced people to buy the same figures over and over just to get a handful of new ones.

Artillery Team with Ozone, Pig Out and Sneaky
Bomber Squad with Crossfire, Razor Beak and Snarl
Flame Throwe Squad with Blow Torch, Rip Pin and Stabber
Mortar Team with Bunko, Incoming and Quick Hit

Join us next time when we take a look at Tickle Me Elmo!

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