Buzz Boar (1987)
The Buzz Boar brings to my mind an alternate universe in which Journey to the Center of the Earth was adapted to film by Toho Studios in the 1960′s. With its saw blade in place of a nose drill, it looks like the kind of thing one might have seen burrowing into the earth in an Eiji Tsuburaya orchestrated symphony of miniature destruction. Speaking of Toho, when is Cobra or MARS going to adapt a Maser tank for its arsenal? I know I would buy a few at the small GI Joe scale.
While it looks like one of the most ridiculous Cobra vehicles in history,the Buzz Boar really isn’t meant to be a front line fighting contraption in the first place. The box declares that it, “…digs underground to cache top secret implements of destruction.” Keeping this in mind could go a long way toward assuaging the nerd rage that has built up over this vehicle. On second thought, that box description doesn’t really make much sense. Whatever its purpose, the thing is not without offensive capabilities, sporting dual fifty cals as well as two missiles.
Although the ’87 battle armor Cobra Commander is famously depicted at the helm of the equally bat-poop crazy Ballistic Battle Ball, I often put him behind the wheel of this…wheel. I like to think that the Buzz Boar suits him as a more sporty ride to match his battle suit. After all, it is equipped with a gull-wing door, like any respectable high-end auto-sportif.
I really do like the hatch, with its Cobra emblem and louvers. My parents had a Datsun 280 Z with those on its hatchback window back in the 80′s. I don’t think ours was meant to serve as armor plating.