Ghost HAWK (2009)
The original Sky Hawk is by no means a bad toy, in fact it was my go-to small size Joe vehicle after I got it back in the 80s. I think I was mostly enamored of it by its presence in the opening battle of the Revenge of Cobra mini-series. Next to the Star Wars Snowspeeder, it was one of my favorite childhood toy vehicles. In comparison to modern toys however, some of the 80s vehicles can seem a bit fragile. My Sky Hawk had a tendency to lose its wings.
Some of the 25th Anniversary vehicles improved upon their predecessors. As much as I love the originals, the 25th remakes gave me new versions of old favorites that added detail. In the case of the Sky Hawk/Ghost HAWK, little annoyances like the frequently popped-off stabilizers were addressed. I can also give these vehicles to my son without fear of age-old brittle plastic, or expensive replacement costs. I suppose I shouldn’t say that too much longer, as the prices on the 25th vehicles seems to be creeping up as the years go by. Nevertheless, my son really took to this vehicle quickly when he saw it on my shelf. I guess there’s just something compelling about it, even now.
The details continue to the engines, the canopy (finally with some glass!) beefier skids, and even the interior. Speaking of which, since the remakes stuck closely to the originals in terms of scale, fitting the taller modern figures inside can be problematic. Oh well, what’s a modern Joe collector’s life without a little something to nitpick? I honestly don’t have many of the newer figures in the vehicles anyway. I’d much rather stick a vintage Flint or Duke in the cockpit and re-enact the epic Sunbow battle for the Laser Core. Oh yeah.
So what’s with the acronym? I know older GI Joe vehicles took time to spell out the acronym names, like the WHALE or the SNAKE armor, but I can’t find anything on the packaging that tells us what the heck H.A.W.K. stands for. In an effort to right that wrong, I’ve come up with a list of names, with some hopefully being as appropriately obtuse as some of the wackier classic 80s vehicle acronyms. Let’s go:
Hard Attack: Winged Killer
High Altitude Wandering Kinetoship
Heuristic Analog Wanton Kannon
Hindered: Atomic Warrior Kite
Highly Attuned Whoopie Kushion
I kinda like them all. What say you all? Want to make up your own? Let’s hear ’em in the comments!