Forgotten Figures has posted a new review, this time focusing on a vehicle from the Battle Corps era of G.I.Joe, the 1993 G.I.Joe Mudbuster!
From Forgotten Figures: In the beginning, vehicles were the reason for the G.I. Joe line to exist. These amazingly detailed mazes of plastic were incredibly profitable for Hasbro and provided the funding to keep the line moving. It’s likely that it cost Hasbro less or only marginally more to make something like the VAMP than it did to make a figure since the figures required so much construction prior to being ready for sale. Joe vehicles remained combinations of model kits and toys for many years. But, as the years progressed, corners began to be cut. This was mostly due to changing tastes among kids. Large, complicated vehicles and playsets became less important and action gimmicks became more important. So, Joe vehicles changed with the times. It’s most noticeable after 1990. By the line’s final two years, vehicle releases were both less frequent and less impressive than those that had preceded them. Which isn’t to say that they don’t have some fun, redeeming releases that are worthy of any collection. The Shark 9000, Blockbuster and Cobra Detonator are all large vehicles that belong in any collection. But, I find one of their smaller contemporaries: the Mudbuster, to be a hidden gem among the line’s final years.
I couldn’t agree with that last sentence more; For me, The Mudbuster was always a fun vehicle, just like the Cobra Ice Snake. Their smaller size made for great “hand kibble”. If you haven’t added this piece to your collection yet, I’d highly recommend doing so! Not sold yet? Then make sure to check out the full 1993 G.I.Joe Mudbuster review for more!