Today I have yet another toy that I won from Eric over at Toyriffic.
Specialist Trakker is actually Matt Trakker from the M.A.S.K. toyline, reworked for the G.I. Joe universe. If you don't know what M.A.S.K. is, then go to The M.A.S.K. Page, and lose yourself for a couple of days. Basically, M.A.S.K. was a toy line that featured vehicles that were filled to the brim with weapons, and would transform with the push of a button. They all came with figures that wore hi-tech masks that had special abilities. The biggest selling point for me were that all the vehicles looked normal until you activated their action features.The vehicles were also in scale with each other, as well as the figures they came with. It was an amazing toy line, and I wish I'd owned more of them.
This has to be one of the most serious action figures I've ever seen. Most figures have a neutral expression on their face, but Trakker here looks like someone just insulted his mother for the last time. That's the sort of face that could be the last thing you see if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time. I've actually read complaints on some message boards, that the sculpt and likeness on this figure are off. In my mind, that's coming from people that just like to nitpick. The fact that this figure was even made should be enough to make any critic shut their pie hole.
Specialist (Matt) Trakker also comes with a helicopter backpack that originally belonged to Annihilator from the original G.I. Joe toy line. The only difference is that Hasbro customized it with the same color scheme from Condor, a M.A.S.K. vehicle that changed from a motorcycle...to a helicopter. See what they did there?
Altogether, this is one of the coolest figures I own. It's just a shame that Hasbro never saw the need to produce more figures from M.A.S.K .