Eco Striker (1992)
The second iteration of the now overused AWE Striker was the lone vehicle of the Eco Warrior Joes. It would have been nice to see a more enclosed vehicle, like the APC or the Warthog, but the Joes don’t care about getting sprayed with toxic goo on the battlefield. Ultimately, this version of the venerable Striker mold functions well as a combination fast attack/party buggy.
I’m know I’m not alone in wishing that the AWE Striker mold would go away. It’s been released how many times since debuting in the 80’s? Maybe Hasbro can ship it off to South America. The mold could end up lost in a condor’s nest in the Andes mountains along with the ’86 Viper’s legs and I wouldn’t care.
The Eco Striker, though part of a largely unloved Joe subgroup, at least presents the vehicle in a refreshing color. Blue and yellow are so much more interesting than varying shades of black, green and tan. The water squirting cannon is a necessity, considering the sub-line prominently featured color change paint. The cannon itself, which is surprisingly not hugely oversized,was even thoughtfully decorated with color change paint, just in case you’d forgotten the gimmick. It’s fortunate that the cannon was the only bit of the vehicle to get the deco, as the pink slime splashes would have detracted from the electric blue of the Striker’s body.
The only element I don’t really care for is the fact that the stickers are paper. Paper stickers were an unwelcome change in the 90’s. Most of them were blocky, uninspired and at times too cutesy, but I like most of the Eco Striker’s designs. I particularly dig the team logo proudly displayed on the hood. I suppose that’s in case they forget which one is theirs among all the AWEs in the Joe motor pool. Though a lot of the earlier plastic stickers didn’t fare well over the years in terms of wear and tear, these cheaper successors present even more frustration for collectors. Be careful cleaning off a 90’s vehicle like this one, because just a bit of water will do irreparable damage. You wouldn’t want your Eco Striker to lose its “Don’t Litter” bumper sticker.