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Kenner M.A.S.K. Condor with Brad Turner Action Figure Kenner, 1985
Day #1,248: August 17, 2015
Kenner M.A.S.K. Condor with Brad Turner Action Figure M.A.S.K. Condor with Brad Turner Action Figure
M.A.S.K. Motocycle/Helicopter with Action Figure

M.A.S.K. Action Figure with Vehicle
Item No.:
No. 37340
Manufacturer: Kenner
Includes: Brad Turner figure, Hocus Pocus mask, green vehicle
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99
Availability: ca. 1985
Other: Hocus Pocus, minimal focus

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Kenner M.A.S.K. Condor with Brad Turner Action FigureAs a kid, when I first saw this line, I wanted the Condor with Brad Turner Action Figure. Oh man, it looked fun. The logic of it - why would you ever use the motorcycle if it could fly? - never once popped in my head. The 2 3/4-inch figure was similar in stature to many vehicle-and-figure sets of the late 1980s. You may not know this, but the 3 3/4-inch lines like Star Wars and G.I. Joe were developed around the vehicles - the figures were accessories which ended up taking over. Lines like M.A.S.K. and Dino-Riders refined the concept with smaller figures and gift set play that was really fun, because you got a complete toy in a box. It was simple, and it was cheap, and it worked.

The vehicle itself is pretty simple - the "bike" has a seat that's more like a Vespa or other scooter, thanks to the design's moving parts. There's a kickstand to keep the bike upright, which also becomes part of the landing skids. The wheels have some silver chrome paint on them, and the green bike has black detailing as well as a smattering of stickers. They all held on well given the toy's age - it's 30 years old! Kenner did a nice job here, and it was battered around in my toy boxes and moved a few times too. The wheels spin nicely, and everything holds together well.

During the transformation process, the 5-inch bike has its blades pop up - lowering the landing skids - and the back tire folds out to become the chopper's tail. Pop out the blades, and you're done - that's all there is to it. These weren't complicated toys, but they were really fun and for the price they were quite nice. In the area with the bike's supposed headlights, a small gun pops up courtesy of a spring-loaded mechanism tied to the undercarriage. The one.shtmlect of the transformation I still find off-putting is the chair. It rotates along with the blades, so if you change modes while the figure is in place, it moves under his butt. Weird.

Kenner M.A.S.K. Condor with Brad Turner Action Figure

Brad Turner is a distinctive pilot. With a mask named Hocus Pocus, the sunglasses of his unmasked head are carried over to the helmeted look. The facial sculpt is soft, and the black hair could just as easily be Robin from the Batman comics. His yellow suit has black and purple markings, with painted gloves and boots. The hands weren't designed to hold accessories, but he does have knees - a feature popular on this scale of action figure. The removable helmet has nowhere to be stored on the vehicle, so if he doesn't wear it you might lose it. Kenner did a bang-up job painting the front and back - there are black details on both sides, and the figure even has some unique sculpted bits on the back of his jacket. Sure, he's a little doughy and his head is small - but that was common with Kenner (and Hasbro) until the 1990s. Nobody quite mastered the whole removable helmet thing.

Kenner M.A.S.K. Condor with Brad Turner Action Figure

This is a fun toy. It is not an awesome collectible. I think something like this would probably still do well with kids if offered today, because you get action figure/vehicle play along with "transformation" play for a pretty decent price. Hasbro has made mention of wanting to revive this property more than once and that could be an exciting prospect, but the chances of a new line in this size - or 3 3/4-inch scale - seems increasingly prohibitively expensive. Maybe we'll see something simpler, or for Playskool or Kre-O, or something new. We'll see.

--Adam Pawlus

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