Dreadnok Ground Assault Cycle (1986)
I miss the days of the big retailer catalogs. Each year around back to school time brought the beloved Christmas catalog or Wish Book in the case of Sears. Before the days of instant coverage and inside intel from the internet, the catalogs were the way that a kid like me found out about all the latest toys. I think I wore out the pages of the action figure sections by the time the holidays were over.
The catalogs often sold exclusive items that were not available through in stores. The Dreadnok Ground Assault Cycle was one of these. It was part of a series of two boxed sets of repainted vehicles available only at Sears in 1986. The set also included a recolored Stinger jeep. Both vehicles in the set shared a Dreadnok color scheme of greens and purple. The bright green parts were made of a color changing plastic, which much like the original Zartan, changes when exposed to sunlight.
The RAM cycle on which this vehicle is based doesn’t really fit with the Dreadnok aesthetic established with vehicles like the Swamp Fire and Thunder Machine, which shared a mishmashed style similar to the vehicles in the Mad Max films. This cycle looks too clean and stock, without the junkyard flourishes for which the Dreadnoks are known. Then again, maybe the ‘Noks liberated one of the Joes’ cycles and have yet to make any special modifications other than a paint job. It’s disappointing that the only two-wheeled bike the Dreadnoks had was a repurposed Joe vehicle. I always wanted to see the ‘Noks riding proper choppers, as seen in the comics.