M.A.S.S. Device (2008)
If my nine year old self could have seen this toy, I think my head would have exploded. There were quite a few characters, locations, vehicles in the Sunbow toon that I had wished to see on toy shelves, but this one would probably have topped my list. The MASS Device mini-series still stands out in my mind as my “first impression” of the 80s GI Joe beyond the toys themselves, and having a piece of the show in toy form is a real joy.
I’m still amazed that this thing was released. Moreover, I’m amazed that I was able to complete mine. The final pack was an absolute bugger to find in my area, and I just happened to be lucky enough to find one at a Walmart in a less than savory part of town. I guess my search was a bit like the Joes’ and Cobras’ quest for the catalytic elements.
The final product, though obviously smaller in scale than its animated counterpart, is nevertheless impressive. Featuring details like the large focusing crystal, control panel, and three catalytic element containers, it’s probably the coolest tribute that the toy line has made toward the Sunbow cartoon.
As you can see, I have to track down the location of my catalytic elements. Hopefully I won’t have to brave any radioactive caves or fight giant tube worms to find them. Actually, I think they’re just packed away in a ziplock somewhere, along with my 25th Anniversary figures. I really should have dug them out for the photos. I’m such a lazy toy blogger sometimes.