Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hocus Pocus

[Original Packaging: can't beat it]
Written by GL

As you're listening to the awesome M.A.S.K. opening theme song, flash yourself back to the good old days when toys were just about the coolest, most well-thought out gadgets of the era. And M.A.S.K. was a perfect example of that.

And so was the Condor.

Let it be known that the Condor was a purely fictional bike; there has been no model bike like it made; unlike some of the other vehicles used in the series that were modeled after real automobiles, jeeps and bikes.

The main man behind the Condor was Brad Turner, a rock musician, hill-climber and part-time pilot. One could usually see Brad responding to M.A.S.K. alerts whilst in the middle of rockin' with his band. Brad's main weapon is Hocus Pocus - his skill being the ability to create holograms.

Condor came out in the US in 1985, then in Europe in 1987 as part of the first wave of M.A.S.K. toys. Needless for me to highlight, the Condor is a green motorbike, which came packed with Brad Turner. Condor is an awesome vehicle, a motorcycle that switches into a helicopter. Now why didn't anyone come up with that?

[Instructions: keep out of hands of minors]

The Condor's main transformation feature is true even all the way into the cartoon series, and that's what I loved about the M.A.S.K. toys. What you bought was what you got. Have a look at the instructions and check out the sheer mechanics of the whole things, and be in awe and the development minds that had to pull their brains together to make this toy line. It was too cool.