More MB Joe vehicles! Don’t ask me why, but the AWE Striker was always a favorite vehicle of mine. It didn’t have much use in a battlefield setting, but for small recon teams and harsh terrain, it made a tad more sense. My grandfather had a street-legal dune buggy when I was a kid, and I loved riding around in that thing, so maybe that’s where my affection for it comes from. The driver that came with the original toy, Crankcase, was a zero. He never had any kind of role in the cartoon, and given that the vehicle only held two people (four if you hung two off the sides), he seemed like a waste of a valuable slot when you were loading that bad boy up for a mission. So I haven’t customized a Crankcase figure, but my Joe team hasn’t complained.
For a vehicle that isn’t all that large, this design took far more time to create than I thought it should have. Picking out the right tires and deciding the correct scale of everything was more time intensive than I would have preferred. But by far the worst was the roll cage. There just aren’t many parts from Mega (or Lego) that allow for a good looking tube-frame roll cage that goes off at all sorts of unusual angles. I had to get creative, modify some pieces, and break most rules of brick building to get that thing right. But in the end, I think it turned out pretty good. I thought about painting the black parts green, but ultimately, I decided to let it look sort of cobbled together. It is a dune buggy after all!
In the end, I was very pleased with the final results, and I’m glad I made a second one while I was at it. It slowed down the build doing everything in duplicate, but it kept me from have to disassemble the first one or re-engineering the second. Sometimes it pays to be slow.
‘Til all are one, collecting is half the battle. (The other half is making things that should exist but don’t.)