If you collect army men, some vehicles are nice to have. The Combat Patrol Army Vehicles and Artillery Vehicle Set costs you a bit over $4 a piece, which means it's not too expensive. It's not cheap either. The tanks had articulated turrets, while the Jeep fleet has rolling wheels. The designs are nice and clever, but with the windshield flipped down and little room for figures they serve as a reminder of how old toys were. Sometimes a rolling jeep was enough to keep kids entertained.
The glossy HDPE Jeeps have black wheels on a metal axle, meaning these are sturdy little buggers. Each measures a hair over 5-inches long (plus the trailer hitch) and has nice rolling wheels. The construction is sturdy and solid, and this seems like it could stand a beating or two outside, in the sandbox, or buried in dirt. The shiny finish doesn't seem like it would survive scratch-free, though, so be careful if you want a minty fresh one. Don't hand it to your kids for that reason - because as a fun toy car goes, they'd probably dig it.
The artillery plugs right into the hitch, locking in nicely and rolling around on the floor without a problem. The little plastic that plugs in to the bumper of the Jeep also acts as a kickstand for the weapon, so you can have it posed by your army men. It's worth noting that the men can't actually drive the Jeep due to design limitations, but they look pretty good standing near it. There's very little sculpted detail on either vehicle, but you do get the famous Jeep grille and some nicely detailed tires.
It's not cheap, but it's good. Lower-quality versions of these can be had for significantly cheaper, but there's the rub - do you want a remake of a classic Tim Mee piece, or do you want the flimsy thing at the dollar store? Either answer is valid, depending on the consumer. I like these, but not as much as the figures they release. I won't say "run out and buy a set!" like I would for the Atomic Family or Galaxy Laser Team (seriously, buy both) but if you've got those and you've got a few bucks over, this is a great example of the kind of toy nobody really makes anymore.
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