True Heroes AB-115 Shark (2011)
Today is a very special day; three years ago today I married the most lovely and wonderful woman in the world. So what’s that got to do with a Joe blog? And aren’t you stretching the concept of your blog a bit with this one? That’s not a Joe product! Chill out, I’ll get to that.
Anyway, my wonderful wife asked me what I would like for our anniversary. I considered several things–new watch, nice shirt, maybe a favorite movie on blu-ray. Wait–I got it–giant flippin’ Joe scale plane! Yes! So thank you, honey. It’s a great gift for a geek husband. Who knew that third anniversary in Joe geek is big-ass aircraft? But it’s not even Joe. Look, when you come across something as awesome as this monstrosity, you gotta cover it, Joe or no. By the way–have you read my About page, smarty pants? Sheesh.
First off–It’s flippin’ huge. I can’t say flippin’ enough. I mean check the size of the box. See the little dude in the left hand corner–that’s a Joe figure. But the plane’s not to scale! Guess what, Chester–none of the Joe stuff is either. Now get out of my blog, you naysaying ninny! Who let that guy in here–dang! Anyhow, some neat accessories are also thrown in, including a removable table and communications panel as well as removable seats and guns in the cargo area. And hey, only four “No Step” stickers! Relief for all the recent Skystriker buyers!
There are lights and sounds, but they’re not too annoying. A carrying handle is also attached to the top, but it’s easily removable. To get to the cargo area, you remove the wings from the top. There’s plenty of room in the cargo area for several figures, and you can even shoot some pretty decent dio pics in it. If the accessories and seats are removed, the cargo area can also fit a vintage VAMP, though it has to be loaded through the top–it won’t fit in through the cargo door. Thanks to Don from the Flag Points podcast for pointing that out! Smaller Joe vehicles, like the Armadillo, RAM and Silver Mirage however will fit through the cargo door. The fact that you can fit a VAMP inside, even if it’s through the top is just incredibly cool. If I only had four words to review it, I’d say winner winner chicken dinner!
One final observation on this monster, one made by Don from the Flag Points podcast–the price point was $39.99. This thing is easily comparable in size to the yearly big ticket Star Wars vehicles. The market for Joe is not what it once was, and the big H would be taking a chance on a big vehicle or playset, so the question is, if a nondescript line like True Heroes can do it, why won’t Hasbro? Like Don said on the latest episode of Flag Points, this thing is proof that big playsets/vehicles can still happen, and at a decent price point.