Without some in hand pics I'm just going to assume they were never made.
Oh, they were made allright! I have some beauties myself! I just haven't gotten round to really fleshing out this section with pictures yet. But you're definitely right, Soldier Force has contained some of the best 3 3/4 inch scale ships and airplanes available, the likes of which Hasbro could learn a thing or two from!
This is a rare one I don't have... the Soldier Force V Black Widow. Unfortunately I couldn't tell you what model it's based on but damn, that's one impressive plane!!
- Correction: This is of course based on the Nothrop P-61 Black Widow, a WWII era plane.
Boxed catalogue shot:
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Yep, that's one of the ones I was talking about. You know, for as little as what these toys retail for, you think they'd produce enough of them to go around. It makes no sense to spend the thousands of dollars on tooling for these bigger products and then make them impossible to find.
Here is another seldom seen Soldier Force jet that was surely made, I've seen it in stores myself! This is the Silver Falcon, which is - correct me if I'm wrong - based on the Harrier series of jets. Again, Hasbro has no equivalent!
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Post by Ghouldrool on Jan 25, 2011 14:01:19 GMT -5
I came across this sweet Soldier Force set. I hope to receive it soon! One thing in particular stood out for me:
There in the lower right corner is an awesome futuristic hoverboard, fully armed with sidewinder missles and a jet engine. It has straps to hold a figure (any figure!!)'s feet and seriously, how COOL is that thing. I don't believe I've ever come across a hoverboard like this.
What did immediately strike me is that although this is Soldier Force (and yeah, Soldier Force colours), I would fully expect this hoverboard to be available for Ninja: Hero of the Dark with matching colours. Most likely, it originated in the Ninja line and was repainted for Soldier Force.
You can definitely expect a loose and up close review when I receive it. That thing won't stay in the package for long! ;D
I came across some shots of these vintage Soldier Force I sets. Really old stuff nowadays! Of course I have most of it, but it's fantastic to see Soldier Force I in its original box and original configuration! Enjoy these pics!
This is a carded figure, with a real working parachute. I believe that Chap Mei 'borrowed' the sculpt for that backpack from Hasbro's JOE line.
Here is a big set that contains early and often seen Soldier Force vehicles, like the motorbike, basic jeep, one-man helicopter and a small canoo. Also that grey brick wall with the large gun.
It's obvious why Soldier Force I sold like hotcakes back in the day, these sets cost only a fraction of what a large Hasbro set would have cost.
And lastly, more added value - this set even included the first tank!
Here's a catalogue shot for Soldier Force VI for 2010 - it's a repaint of the new waterlander plane Yellow Jacket which was available (you guessed it) in yellow for Dino Valley III, and in red for Jungle Adventure. Here it is in camo colours, as is usually the trend for Chap Mei - most vehicles that debut in other lines become part of the supporting line up in green camo for Soldier Force sets. In my opinion, this is a good thing - there's definitely nothing wrong with 'Camo Jacket'.
I just got this True Heroes AB-115 Shark (C130) made by CM. I collect vintage or scale R/C cars and trucks and always interested in toys vehicles, tanks or planes that are scale looking but this AB-115 caught my attention immediately due the size and decided to get, it's giantnourmous and scale looking for a toy. I love it so much and I got 2 more for backups. This how I got interested in the ChapMei brand. Pictures won't do justice. but here it is anyways ;D