Jeep CJ Military Command Vehicle (1982)
Yeah, now here’s a blast from the past. I had one of these cool vehicles back in the day. It was quite an exciting toy, since the actual GI Joe line at that point only had the MOBAT, which although it was very cool as a motorized tank, wasn’t quite the same. This thing was remote controlled! How cool is that? The Jeep wasn’t quite the VAMP, but I loved it nonetheless. Speaking of the VAMP, that rear gun looks suspiciously familiar.
I got a lot of mileage out of this Jeep. The Joes sat (or stood) safely secured in their harnesses, though they were removable for extra adventurous play. The remote control was impressive for the time, considering all the other remote control cars I had only drove forward or turned in reverse. Yeah, I know, I only had the cheapo RC cars.
Sadly, my Jeep CJ is no longer extant, save for the rear gun, which somehow managed to survive several childhood moves, as well as the great Toy Purge of my teenage years. I think it just somehow ended up in a junk box, and popped up years later when I was unpacking my old Atari 2600 cartridges.
The catalog image remains as a reminder of some fun times. I wouldn’t mind finding one of these again, just to have it for a display. The image is that awesome iconic 80s catalog style, complete with foliage and mistakes in the figures’ usage. Who in their right mind would man their vehicle with two of the same character? I’d shout NERD RAGE, but there was no such thing in 1982.