Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Takara Combat Joe - SWAT

Takara released this outfit in 1984 as part of their Combat Joe line, followed later by the CHP. The initial release of Combat Joe in March of 1984 consisted of three figures: World War II-era American and German soldiers, and a modern American soldier. I think Takara released this due to the popularity of the SWAT TV series of the 70s. The show starred Steve Forrest as the unit's leader, Lt. 'Hondo' Harrelson, and Rod Perry as Hondo's second-in-command "Deke." The show also featured an early starring role by Robert Urich as Jim Street, one of the young team members.

This SWAT outfit by Takara was very basic: consisting his web gear, a knit cap as well as a SWAT cap, gas mask, and an M16 assault rifle. That was probably because the SWAT of the 70s were also less equipped then.

His shoulder patch says "San Francisco Police" and not LAPD.

There's also LA County Sheriff SWAT "Chuck Morris", LAPD SWAT officer Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), FBI HRT, BBI Cleveland SWAT, Hot Toys LAPD SWAT v2.0 with Colin Farrell head sculpt, Dragon's Colin Farrell SWAT figure, BBI LAPD SWAT "Sergeant Mendez", Dragon NYPD ESU "Bill" and "Winona".

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