Twin Battle Gun (Whirlwind)
I am a sucker for the towed artillery that peppered the early years of the Real American Hero line. These weapons bring a variety to the battlefield beyond tanks and fast-attack wheeled attack vehicles. It’s a shame the trend didn’t continue into the later 80s and 90s. I suppose Hasbro figured cannons just weren’t as interesting as variations on tanks and Jeeps.
The Whirlwind doesn’t show up much in the Sunbow series, and that’s a shame. It was a nice follow-up to manned gun emplacements like the FLAK and HAL. I think its rotating and elevating feature along with the two wickedly spinning cannons would have made for great animated action. Put a 1984 Roadblock in the operator’s seat and you’d have a winner.
I wonder how many vehicle packages have the operator/driver facing away from camera? Maybe someone can check it out and report back. I’m curious to know–were the guys in the Road Toad and Coastal Defender too embarrassed to show their faces?