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Air Raiders - Hawkwind

The Air Raiders line by Hasbro is one of those late-80s one-year-wonders that the Preserve really delights in. I had just about the full set growing up, most notably the stupendous Man-O-War, which I rediscovered in storage over a year ago, complete with the ultra-rare hovering ball accessory. Yes, I know it's still not fully cataloged on the Preserve, but I did notice that the one glorious picture I did snap of it has been borrowed by at least one action figure site elsewhere on line. Since the aim of the Preserve is to help people remember and delight in these great items, I hope they enjoy it! (Though maybe they should only watermark their own images.)

Today, however, I want to focus on one of the bad guys, one of the Tyrants of Wind, in particular Kronax and his Hawkwind subsonic attack jet!

Air Raiders - Hawkwind
"Hawkwind screams through the sky!"

Now, I'm no engineer (wait, I am) but I thought that when something could travel at Mach 3, it was considered supersonic? I think Kronax is selling his Hawkwind a little short! Well, no matter, I don't want to undermine my next point, which is that one of the delightful aspects of this line is the great writing effort put forth on the bio cards. A key to any action line is of course the bios, and someone at Hasbro did a great job on every vehicle, making you really care about the abilities and capacities of each one after careful perusal of the bio. Also fun are the quotes that each ship has, and that you have to assemble them in the G.I. Joe tradition! This had to be about the best $8.99 you could spend at Bradlees in 1987.

Overall, what I'm saying is that it really is a great line, and well worth remembering and checking out. From the checklist, I am reminded of the mythical Air Refinery - a classic example of a beautiful set pictured in the literature that never saw the light of Toys R Us (as far as I know). Scoring that prototype would truly be the jewel in an Air Raiders collection, and really up there in a collection overall! Click the image above for a ton of pictures, and the great bio of this super...sonic ship!
Posted by charlie on August 10th 2010, 07:40 AM
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