Mobile Missile System (MMS)
The Mobile Missile System is one of the most real-world of the early GI Joe battlefield weapons. Where the HAL and JUMP were fantastical pieces of future technology, the MMS more closely resembles any number of mobile systems in use during the latter 20th century.
As a toy, the MMS is more playset than vehicle, and provides a smaller environment for figures to interact than wheeled vehicles. Like the other early weaponry and vehicles, the set is highly detailed. Since I’m a sucker for special features, the foldable support and stabilizer legs are a real bonus. The control box and its stand are my favorite elements, as both can be stowed away during transport. Attention to these kinds of features are what kept me interested in the line during its heyday.
The MMS included Hawk as its operator, the Joe team’s early field leader. His placement alongside a missile system makes a certain amount of sense, but I still would like to see his original figure on a single card. Hawk just didn’t get enough toy love until ’86.