Soldier Force AB-115 Shark location Toys R Us price $39.99
When Chap Mei comes back with a bang Chap Mei comes back with a Bang... It has been several months or even years since we have gotten any new product from Chap Mei in the United States. Well now you can rest easy because stores are getting flooded with new product. Toys R Us & tru.com that is. This is the first time I have ever reviewed a Soldier Force set and to be honest this is the first set I have ever owned. While I collected most other Chap Mei sets I have let Soldier Force high and dry due to collecting G.I. Joe, Power Team and The Corps!. Growing up I always wanted a C 130 or large transport aircraft to go with my GI Joe's. Sure everyone and there brother wanted to have the Flagg or Terrordrome but I always wanted something I could transport men and vehicles by air. The Marvel comics and cartoon used both Joe and Cobra aircraft but not one of them ever saw retail. Growing up I saw only had a green and brown C 130 that could transport little green army men and was too small for 3 3/4" figures. The Chap Mei AB-115 Shark has answered my prayers at last. This huge aircraft resembles a C 130 type craft however it is designed more to transport a small team of soldiers. Sure smaller vehicles can be stored inside the craft. But the interior is more like a base of operations. The AB-115 can seat up to 4 figures with plenty of room to move about in. There is ever 3 gun stations when 3 figures can stand to take out enemy threats with the elevating machine guns. Both left side hatch door and rear bay doors open and the whole wing section can be removed via a latch to observer what is going on inside the plane. The wing section features rotating propellers and 2 drop tanks. The front window is removable and can hold a pilot and co pilot rather loosely. Loosely I say because the figures basically sit on a bench and there is no way to secure them. Their is a light and sound feature when you press the 2 buttons on top of the plane they make typical sounds this type of plane would make plus some gun fire, explosions and someone talking on the radio. In addition the 2 side machine guns light up when each button is pressed. Included with the AB-115 is a table with a sticker decal of a aerial map and a communications set up that both can be placed inside the craft. Included are 3 figures a pilot, a green beret and a jungle warfare specialist type of guy. Each comes with their on weapon and their are 3 additional weapon trees. All 3 figures have articulation in the elbows, knees and wrists giving both The Corps! and G.I. Joe a run for their money figure wise. It actually would not break my heart to see Chap Mei put Hasbro out of business in the next few decades My only gripe would be that it came with no instruction sheet but putting it together is a breeze however putting on the decals may require some guestimation. This is an incredible vehicle and I know 3 3/4" collectors are going to be clamoring for one of these. For $39.99 it would not surprise me to see collectors picking up several of these for customizing. So go out and get yours today before they are all gone...
Soldier Force VII has landed in the Netherlands this week, with a small assortment of two medium sets. I picked up the Sand Wasp, a one person Chopper set, and I also saw the Tiger Fish which is a brand new sculpt ship!
Here's a shot of the set still in box:
The set comes with the Sand Wasp, a Soldier Force colours dirt bike, Pilot Cyclone, and assorted weaponry. All for the price point of 12,99, which is also what a single carded Clone Wars figure costs locally. Great job, Hasbro =(
The back of the box shows more product. While they don't show the new big C-130, It does show the new model tank, the Destroyer EFSF 73 as a large set. Also shown are the Bombuster jeep and the Swamp Pirana armoured vehicle (which looks awesome).
Thanks for the words, Ghouldrool. Also, sorry for the absence. Ton of work and now, finally back!
Yes, I had it in my hand. It was €29.99 in France. I was going low on funds... lol. Actually, there were 4 Medieval sets there, the castle (49.99), kronox(?) and 2 sets of knights with horses. That set with the two-headed beast included a small cyclops green figure. I´m thinking about coming back there in a couple of months because the Police line wasn´t out yet. Bue due soon enough (still in September).
Again, thank you for your kind words. And keep in mind what we talked about a while ago. It´s gonna happen pretty soon!