Sunday, June 13, 2010

Elite Operations Air Force Helicopter

Another entry about the "failed" elite operations branch of Toys R Us "exclusive" toys. Elite Operations Air Force Freedom Helicopter and Soldier - Toys R Us Exclusive This one about a repaint of the first Chap Mei true "ace". Their version of the Boeing Vertol "CH-47 Chinook".


Still available with "True Heroes" colors, this set is an absolute must for any 1:18 (toy/model) enthusiast and especially, RAH G.I.Joe fans. The first version I ever got to hold was from "Wild Quest" line and yellow in color: Wild Quest Rescue Patrol : Transport Helicopter


Not only the toy is an almost direct tracing of the original, even the base is there. That huge gray (the originals being black) smooth base makes a beautiful display.


Included items.


Accessories view.


Figure: "Lieutenant Cooper (Tank Commander)". For more details on this figure, refer to Soldier Force Deluxe Combat Vehicle Playset - Tank


Jeep. A repaint from the original first Chap Mei series. Police, Soldier, Dino, Wild etc. Back in the day, this thing was part of Chap Mei´s bread and butter.


A decent (and for years sought after) Joe army addition. Easy to customize or use in this fairly great "Delta" paint scheme.


Doors. The whole thing seems to be used to design the fan´s favorite "Osprey" (refer to "Soldier Force Osprey" for comparison). The cargo bay is pretty much the same size and molding but this one has the advantage of that rescue/jump sliding side door.


Cargo bay. Fits Hasbro´s G.I.Joe Vamp, easy. Armadillo and middle size (thin) vehicles.


Hooks. The rescue hook has a wind-up motor. When pulled, goes back up (with an irritating noise). The belly hook works exactly as shown in "Soldier Force Osprey" with all the exact same accessories.


Interesting details. Side cannon, handle (it´s a particularly heavy toy), wheels (again, same as Osprey´s) and the front engine detail. Note that the 2 Light&Sound buttons are not there. This one is not a SFX toy. Those buttons were removed and replaced by small panels.


Angle shots and cockpit access.


Scale shots with a RAH G.I.Joe figure. This baby´s big. And very useful for either Joe or Cobra purposes.


Scale shot with retracted rotor blades. I´ve said it before, I´ll say it again... a MUST.

Status: Available through Amazon.com

2 comments:

  1. Luís "ToneGuns" Galileu TonelliJune 14, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    You said it all, a MUST! The colors of the chopper are great for night operations or for over the sea operations. I don't have one, maybe at the future. But I wish I could find that jeep, my oktober guard could make a good use of that piece of plastic.

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  2. im buying one from a guy on a forum and U just needed to see some more pics of it. im happy as can be with what I see here :)

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