Roboskull (1984/1985 Action Force)

Finally–the entry you’ve been waiting for after all these years. 1984 Storm Shadow? No–it’s the Roboskull! This is the most awesomely crazy enemy vehicle ever. Only the Cobra Rat is second to it, at least in my warped opinion of such things. How can you go wrong with a TIE Fighter inspired design with a skull stuck in the middle of it? This is sheer toyetic brilliance, and I don’t mean that in an ironic way. I love this toy. If I had known this existed back when I was a kiddo in 1984, my little brain would have exploded. And I totally would have had my Kenner Darth Vader and/or Boba Fett piloting it as often as a Red Shadow/Cobra figure.

In the Action Force mythos, the Roboskull is a formidable air/space fighter, with VTOL capability thanks to its variable position wing/engine sections. In the pages of Battle Action Force, the vehicle was a capable nemesis of Moondancer and his Space Force teammates. The vehicle remained active when the Red Shadows morphed into Cobra, with pilot Red Wolf changing his duds to match US figure Wild Weasel.

Menacing is an understatement when it comes to the look of this toy. The mixture of sci-fi and gruesome imagery meshes unexpectedly well, and I daresay the toy approaches the level of a true work of art.

If you want to check out more of the Roboskull and all the other interesting Red Shadows and Action Force toys, there’s still a few days left to get in on’s Palitoy Guide Kickstarter. Check it out here.

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4 Responses

  1. Once upon a time, nobody cared about this thing and they went for pretty cheap prices. Then, collectors discovered it and it’s been rising in price ever since. Supposedly, they aren’t all that uncommon, especially in the UK. But, finding a complete one can be a challenge.

  2. cyko9 says:

    There are so many pieces to lose on this thing, but it’s spectacular!

  3. James McFadden says:

    For those not following Larry Hama’s current Real American Hero run, the Red Shadows and the Roboskull appeared in at least one issue. I forget if it was more:

  4. Ben says:

    Great pics of an amazing looking toy. I already love Wild Weasel and knowing he flew this plastic masterpiece in addition to piloting the Cobra Rattler takes him through the roof of cool!!

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