Bone Splitter (1995)
Wow, that’s a pretty horrific sounding name for a kids’ toy, eh? Then again, this was GI Joe Extreme. No namby pamby names like HISS or VAMP here–it’s the 90s, man!!! We’ve got extreme nomenclature!!!
The Bone Splitter comes to us with a couple of fun play features. Ultra SLAM firepower is the most obvious, with its big foam missile. The kid-powered missile launches when you pull up the cannon and slam it down. It actually works really well. The ARAH line introduced this same thing with the Detonator. There’s also a fender piece that simulates battle damage by popping off. Surprisingly this works as advertised as well, and doesn’t detract from the vehicle’s look. Topping off the armaments are dual chainsaws in the front. Extreme action features!!!
Apparently this vehicle had two body colors available. There’s an example on yojoe.com with a green hull rather than the sand color pictured here and on the package. Extreme variations!!!
Kidding aside, the Extreme vehicles are for the most part quite rough and ready. They stand up to some serious play, and that’s always a good thing, especially when you’re collecting loose pieces to display. There’s definitely a Kenner chunkiness here, as well as a lack of paint detail. At first glance the Bone Splitter could be mistaken for something released as a movie tie-in by the Kennet for any number of mid-90s toy lines. You know, like Congo, later Jurassic Park series, et al.
If you’re thinking about adapting it to the o-ring Joes, good luck. The scale and design are such that the smaller Joes would be swimming around in the cockpit.