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    Part of Remco’s US Forces line, Protector was a straight repaint of Defender, one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered US-3, he is the US Forces equivalent of Grunt, my favorite GI Joe character. Since I already made both versions of Defender, I figured, why not make the ''third''’. The way I see it, this is the same character wearing his urban camouflage uniform. For parts, I replicated my previous recipe. For colors, I toned down the blue a bit, but kept the yellow to add some pop.

    Check out the full gallery of Day 8 here: PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest 3 Day 8 - American Defense from Remco

    ***FLASHBACK to 2017***American Defense Underground by HypnoHustler

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    US Forces Protector by Oreobuilder

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    Part of Remco’s US Forces line, Protector was a straight repaint of Defender, one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered US-3, he is the US Forces equivalent of Grunt, my favorite GI Joe character. Since I already made both versions of Defender, I figured, why not make the ''third''’. The way I see it, this is the same character wearing his urban camouflage uniform. For parts, I replicated my previous recipe. For colors, I toned down the blue a bit, but kept the yellow to add some pop.

    Head: DG Duke
    Torso, arms: Retaliation Kwinn
    Legs: Poc Steel Brigade
    Harness: Marauder
    Helmet: 50th Dusty

    American Defense Black Belt by Oreobuilder

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    "Silent weapons & night combat expert trained in stealth by a Ninja master''

    Black Belt was one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered AD-4, he was one of two martial arts experts on the team (Karate King was the other). When I started putting this custom together, I was surprised at how well this figure could be updated with existing parts. The Renegades Storm Shadow head is an almost perfect match for the original figure’s hooded look and the rest of the parts fell in place almost immediately after that.

    Head: 50th Storm Shadow
    Torso, upper arms: RoC Snake Eyes
    Legs: RoC Cobra Commander
    Feet: 25th Storm Shadow
    Lower arms: 25th Flint
    Hands: retaliation Storm Shadow
    Belt: PoC Snake Eyes with 25th Storm Shadow added bits

    American Defense Ramrod by Oreobuider

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    "Behind the lines infiltration specialist, enemies in awe of his incredible strength!''

    Ramrod was one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered AD-5, he was the bare-chested Rambo type. Ramrod seems to have had several variants back in the day. Some had all green pants, others had camouflage, and others had green pants with painted light green thigh pads. I decided to go with the camouflage pattern as it made the figure more interesting in my opinion.

    Head, torso, upper arms: 30th Spirit
    Lower arms: 25th Flint
    Hands: RoC Pit Commando
    Legs: RoC Duke

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    Day 9: American Defense from Remco


    ''American Defense... the very name strikes terror into the hearts of the enemies of freedom! American Defense... the elite secret troop of specialized fighters in Defense of Freedom! American Defense... headed by the Super Eight Attack Squad... America's best Defense!'' - Taken from back of 1986 packaging.


    American Defense was a line of 3 ¾’’ military toys sold exclusively at Kmart in the eighties. The line started with Galoob’s A-Team molds and Remco grew it from there. It was later produced by different companies and ended up in dollar stores and discount outlets. Similar to GI Joe, it included a wide variety of colorful characters. However, without a cartoon, comic or any marketing to back it up, the line rode GI Joe’s coattails for a while and then disappeared.

    Check out the full gallery of Day 8 here: PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest 3 Day 8 - American Defense from Remco


    American Defense Colonel Striker by bucky

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    Another Remco figure from the sub line "Deseert Patrol", Colonel Striker is an odd visual. When you look at the art on the back of the packages, he appears to have some rolled up sleeves, where as the actual figure has some out of place straight black arms coming from under his button up shirt. Not sure what the deal was with that, but it makes for an interesting visual. I translated the look as best I could, and am pleased with the results I got.

    Parts:
    Duke head with Sculpted hair
    Kwinn torso
    Snake Eyes forearms
    Lt. Falcon bbts legs

    American Defense Wolfman by HypnoHustler

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    Wolfman is precisely that. Part of the S.I.T. subline the original figure had a head with two faces, one of which was usually hidden under his helmet. This allowed him to "transform" into a werewolf, much like Man-E-Faces from He-Man. I have a soft spot for a good gimmick, and I've been doing a lot of work lately with interchangeable parts, so Wolfman jumped out to me as a chance to explore that further. His filecard is pure cheesy goodness, even stating that he "makes the SIT team's fight for freedom RUFF RUFF RUFF." How they managed to avoid a SIT pun I have no idea.

    Heads: Man of Steel Zod and Wolverine Orgins Sabretooth, modded
    Torso and upper arms: 25th Viper
    Lower arms: RoC Hawk and Clone Wars Chewbacca
    Legs: 25th Dusty

    Ninja Strike Force Samurai Hero by Oreobuilder

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    Remco produced many different lines using the same molds during the '80s and '90s. One of the more obscure was Ninja Strike Force. The whole line consisted of only 6 figures. Samurai Hero was interesting to make as a custom as it was another way of using the Budo head. I changed the build a little from the original. The biggest change was the boots. I went with ninja style wrapping instead of jackboots. I felt it worked better for this figure. Also, I added the arms bands and hand wrapping as well. I figure this can be Samurai Hero's training look rather than his battle outfit.

    Head: Retaliation Budo
    Torso, upper arms: PoC Zartan
    Lower arms: 30th Gnaw
    Hands: Resolute Storm Shadow
    Legs: DG Storm Shadow

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    Day 10: American Defense from Remco

    ”American Defense… the very name strikes terror into the hearts of the enemies of freedom! American Defense… the elite secret troop of specialized fighters in Defense of Freedom! American Defense… headed by the Super Eight Attack Squad… America’s best Defense!” – Taken from back of 1986 packaging.

    American Defense was a line of 3 ¾’’ military toys sold exclusively at Kmart in the eighties. The line started with Galoob’s A-Team molds and Remco grew it from there. It was later produced by different companies and ended up in dollar stores and discount outlets. Similar to GI Joe, it included a wide variety of colorful characters. However, without a cartoon, comic or any marketing to back it up, the line rode GI Joe’s coattails for a while and then disappeared.


    Check out the full gallery of Day 10 here: PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest 3 Day 10 - American Defense from Remco

    ***FLASHBACK to 2015*** American Defense Slugger by HypnoHustler

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    American Defense The Fish by HypnoHustler

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    The Fish is the S.I.T. team's frogman, presumably Swamp Man's arch-nemesis. An Aqua-Nut for freedom according to his filecard, I wasn't sold on him until I started piecing him together. You wouldn't think black, 2 shades of blue, and neon green would play well together, but I quite liked it when all was said and done. I appreciate that the design is flexible enough to work in either land or water as well. All the removable gear on this figure is inspired by the original figure, so that versatility has always been there.

    Head: Star Wars Jodo Kast
    Torso and Arms: RoC Breaker
    Legs: RoC Hawk

    Prof Slanders (Kaido from Bikin) by bucky

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    Made back in 1990 by the manufacturer "Bikin" from Belgium, "Mission Kaido" is a G.I. Joe-like themed action figure toyline. This toyline was short lived and sold only in a few European countries, most if not all came with a sonic weapons sound making backpack of some sort. I'm not 100% certain, but I think the line, or some of it, was sold in the states under a different name. While researching the figure, I came across another (named Zorgev, but different color scheme) that I know I received as an Xmas present in 93-94.

    Parts:
    Poc Spirit head
    MTF body

    American Defense Mac Tough by Oreobuilder

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    ''Raw guts, gumption and common sense make him one of America’s best!''
    Mac Tough was the second of the original 8 American Defense team members, numbered AD-2. Remco repainted Mac Tough a few times to make different characters. Among them was Commando Hank, which Bucky had previously made a custom of. When I built my custom, I wanted to use different parts to give Mac Tough his own look and identity, so I started with a large body Roadblock as a base. That instantly set him apart.

    Parts
    Head, helmet: DG Duke
    Torso, arms: retaliation Roadblock
    Legs: 30th BBTS Red Dog
    Holster: 25th Steeler
    Weapon: Resolute Cobra Trooper

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    Day 11: Bronze Bombers from Olmec

    ''Fearlessly, the mighty U.S. 369th Infantry led the nation's greatest Black Army into battle. They fought in WWI and WWII and they never lost. There have been no warriors their equal until today! Today, we have the Bronze Bombers™! Today they defend the country against P.S.B. enemy squad. These highly skilled combatants stand for justice and they never lose!" – From 1988 card back


    The Bronze Bombers was a short-lived toy line produced by Olmec. Two "waves" were produced. The first one, released in 1988, consisted of a dozen different figures and 2 small vehicles. The figures had similar molds to Galoob's A-Team figures from the early '80s and were of lesser quality. In 1997, Olmec acquired several GI Joe molds from Hasbro and produced a 12 figure boxset consisting of recolored vehicle drivers like Motor-Viper, Skidmark, Darklon and Strato-Viper. A year later, Olmec filled for bankrupcy and Bronze Bombers line disappeared.

    Check out the full gallery of Day 10 here: PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest 3 Day 11 - Bronze Bombers from Almec

    Bronze Bombers Backdraft by DanoftheDead

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    A pretty simple custom, I went with a sprayed red base coat but got my brands mixed up and the base coat was thicker and tackier than what I usually use. Tried to cover it up with some Krylon, which mostly worked, but would have been happier if I just did it right the first time. Did some minor adjustments to the placement of his colors but managed to convince myself to stick with the original Christmas color scheme, though I was tempted to leave off that bright green.

    Parts:
    Air-Viper v5 - Figure
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens FlameTrooper - Backpack and Flamethrower

    Bronze Bombers Krunch by Oreobuilder

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    Krunch was one of the Bronze Bombers that I looked at making for PHX Customs’ Retro Toy Chest in 2017. I settled on different figures for the project, but kept all the other Bronze Bombers in mind for future customs. Since I had all the parts I needed in my fodder bins, I assembled him anyway and put him aside until I had some spare time to get him painted.

    Head: Star Wars
    Torso, arms: 30th Stalker
    Vest: RoC Pit Commando
    Legs: RoC Snake Eyes

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    Suppressor X was a one-day custom. I tried to build him with only black parts so I only had the tan details and the bronze highlights (that are a common feature on all my Bronze Bombers) left to do.

    Head: Marauder MTF
    Torso, upper arms, lower legs: RoC Neo Viper
    Lower arms: RoC Snake Eyes
    Upper legs: RoC Ripcord

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    Day 12: American Defense from Remco


    ”American Defense… the very name strikes terror into the hearts of the enemies of freedom! American Defense… the elite secret troop of specialized fighters in Defense of Freedom! American Defense… headed by the Super Eight Attack Squad… America’s best Defense!” – Taken from back of 1986 packaging.


    American Defense was a line of 3 ¾’’ military toys sold exclusively at Kmart in the eighties. The line started with Galoob’s A-Team molds and Remco grew it from there. It was later produced by different companies and ended up in dollar stores and discount outlets. Similar to GI Joe, it included a wide variety of colorful characters. However, without a cartoon, comic or any marketing to back it up, the line rode GI Joe’s coattails for a while and then disappeared.

    Check out the full gallery of Day 10 here: PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest 3 Day 12 - American Defense from Remco

    American Defense Touchdown by HypnoHustler

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    Kids like sports and kids like army men. Hasbro knew that, Remco presumably realized it once they saw Hasbro do it. Either way, it’s how we got that gridiron grenadier, Touchdown. I like his simple look, and he was an excellent use of some larger fodder.

    Head: Playmakers Peyton Manning
    Torso, Arms, and Upper Legs: 50th Bazooka
    Lower Legs: Renegades Roadblock

    Toymax M P.A.C.T. Crimson Eye by bucky

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    I had stumbled across the picture of this guy, saved it, figured out his name and made him. While doing the write ups, I dug a bit deeper and found out this blurb: “This 8 man team was assembled to maintain world peace, and more importantly, stop the catastrophic activities of the world’s most menacing criminals – Shatter Force. Since each member is a top crime fighting specialist and technical expert, the world can rest easy when Global Force arrives on the scene of any would-be disaster!”
    I’d assumed he was a bad guy, and a member of Shatter Force. However, it turns out he’s a good guy from England.

    Parts:
    Low Light head
    30th Viper Body
    MTF harness

    American Defense Sky Fighter by Oreobuilder

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    “Drops from above with the fury of streak of lightning and rolling thunder!”
    Sky Fighter was one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered AD-6, he was the paratrooper or pilot on the team. The parts recipe for him was straight forward. The Retaliation Data Viper body is perfect to make customs of pilots, so I used it as is. To create the breathing unit, I turned to PTE’s Navy SEAL re-breather. I removed the hoses and made a hole on the front to plug in the mask. All in all, it was a simple custom, but I’m quite happy with the result.

    Head: Retaliation Kwinn
    Torso, arms, legs: Retaliation Data Viper
    Helmet, mask: 50th Blowtorch
    Breathing Unit: PTE (modified)

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    Day 13: Bronze Bombers from Olmec

    ”Fearlessly, the mighty U.S. 369th Infantry led the nation’s greatest Black Army into battle. They fought in WWI and WWII and they never lost. There have been no warriors their equal until today! Today, we have the Bronze Bombers™! Today they defend the country against P.S.B. enemy squad. These highly skilled combatants stand for justice and they never lose!” – From 1988 card back

    The Bronze Bombers was a short-lived toy line produced by Olmec. Two “waves” were produced. The first one, released in 1988, consisted of a dozen different figures and 2 small vehicles. The figures had similar molds to Galoob’s A-Team figures from the early ’80s and were of lesser quality. In 1997, Olmec acquired several GI Joe molds from Hasbro and produced a 12 figure boxset consisting of recolored vehicle drivers like Motor-Viper, Skidmark, Darklon and Strato-Viper. A year later, Olmec filled for bankruptcy and Bronze Bombers line disappeared.

    Check out the full gallery of Day 13 here: PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest 3 Day 13 - Bronze Bombers from Olmec

    Bronze Bombers Scorch by DanoftheDead

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    I originally planned on making Scorch into and army builder, intending to make a set of these, but painting that bright green over dark colors convinced me otherwise... and ultimately I'm happy I stuck to the original designs/concepts/characters as best as I could. Nothing too fancy here, other than having to be patient with all the layers it took to get the green on.

    Parts:
    Nitro-Viper v2
    Dr. Link Talbot - Grenade Launcher

    Bronze Bombers No Flak by Oreobuilder

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    No Flak was one of the Bronze Bombers that I looked at making for PHX Customs’ Retro Toy Chest in 2017. I settled on different figures for the project, but kept all the other Bronze Bombers in mind for future customs. Since I had all the parts I needed in my fodder bins, I assembled him anyway and put him aside until I had some spare time to get him painted. I went back and forth on the head and ended up using one with a buzzcut to make it as close to the original figure as possible.

    Head: Renegades Red Dog
    Torso, arms: 30th Stalker
    Vest: RoC Pit Commando
    Legs: RoC Snake Eyes

    Bronze Bombers Justice by Oreobuilder

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    For this project, I looked at all the figures in the 12-pack as candidates for customs. I made Roughshot a while ago, now I’m adding Justice. Eventually, I want to make all twelve figures from the pack. I added some bronze accents that were not on the original figure. These accents are included in all my current and future Bronze Bombers customs as a way of tying them all together.

    Head: HACKS
    Torso: ROC Neo Viper
    Right upper arm, left lower arm: ROC Storm Shadow
    Left upper arm: 25th Zartan
    Right lower arm: 25th Torpedo
    Right Hand: 25th Flint
    Left hand: 25th Barbecue
    Upper legs: 25th HISS Driver
    Lower legs: 25th Crimson Guard

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    Day 14: American Defense from Remco

    ''American Defense... the very name strikes terror into the hearts of the enemies of freedom! American Defense... the elite secret troop of specialized fighters in Defense of Freedom! American Defense... headed by the Super Eight Attack Squad... America's best Defense!'' - Taken from back of 1986 packaging.

    American Defense was a line of 3 ¾’’ military toys sold exclusively at Kmart in the eighties. The line started with Galoob’s A-Team molds and Remco grew it from there. It was later produced by different companies and ended up in dollar stores and discount outlets. Similar to GI Joe, it included a wide variety of colorful characters. However, without a cartoon, comic or any marketing to back it up, the line rode GI Joe’s coattails for a while and then disappeared.

    Check out the full gallery of Day 14 here: PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest 3 Day 13 - American Defense from Remco

    American Defense Zooks by bucky

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    I remember seeing Zooks as a kid on the shelves at KB Toys or K Mart. I couldn't find much on him, other than he was part of the American Defense line, probably some others from Remco as well. He was a very easy figure to put together. I deviated slightly from the standard uniform, but not the colors.

    Parts:
    Dusty 30th with Tripwire helmet
    Dusty 30th Torso, arms and Lower legs
    Pit Trooper Thighs
    MTF Harness

    ***FLASHBACK to 2017*** American Defense Fake Out by Hypno Hustler

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    American Defense Bush Fighter by Oreobuilder

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    "Jungle warfare soldier… the deeper and the darker… the better!''
    Bush Fighter was one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered AD-7, he was the jungle soldier, American Defense’s version of Recondo. The original figure had rippled thigh pads (like many other American Defense figures). I dropped this detail on my custom since they were covered up by camouflage paint.

    Head: Retaliation Kwinn
    Hat: PoC Recondo
    Torso: 25th Shipwreck
    Legs: 50th Lady Jaye
    Upper arms: RoC Monkey Wrench
    Lower arms: 25th Flint
    Hands: Star Wars
    Harness: PoC Duke

    American Defense TACAL by Oreobuilder

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    The TACAL – Tactical Assault Craft Amphibious Lander – was one of a only a handful of vehicles produced for the American Defense line. It was released in 1986 with the first line of figures. For my custom, I had a spare True Heroes Wave Runner Jet Ski. I have previously used this small vehicle to make a custom Cobra craft and later a Joe watercraft. It is a fun little vehicle and offers up something that the Joe line does not have. The base vehicle is very similar to the American Defense TACAL, so I did not modify it. I simply painted it in the right colors.

    All: True Heroes Wave Runner Jet Ski

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