Attack Cannon (FLAK)
The Joe team’s original surface to air cannon, the FLAK is a smaller, stationary weapon that saw action for several years during the relaunch era. As a toy, it may not be exciting from a modern standpoint in that it doesn’t fire a missile, make a noise or light up. However from a 1982 perspective, the weapon is highly detailed, interestingly designed, and fits a figure as an operator. The FLAK embodies what was really magical about the first few years of vehicles and weapons; a bit of real-world technology projected slightly into future.
The cannon functions well in its toy capacity, and what’s not to love about a battlefield accessory that seats a figure? The only downside in comparison to the other cannons like the HAL and Whirlwind is the lack of wheels for towing. However you can always drop it on the battlefield via the Dragonfly’s winch.
The FLAK was part of the mail-in program all the way up to 1990, and as a result was pretty easy to find bagged during my online years of the early 2000s. If you wanted a pristine loose example, this was the way to go. Of course, you’ll miss out on the incredible box art featuring Rock ‘n Roll. I bet RnR loved climbing into this bad boy and firing some heavy ordnance at Cobra.
The FLAK was a mainstay artillery piece for the Sunbow Joes in their first mini-series, and figured prominently during Major Bludd’s airbase attack at the outset of the first episode. Years later, the piece would still be a viable release in both the 25th Anniversary series, as well as a Collectors Club Exclusive.