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Thread: Were there any glaring ommisions from the military 64 line?

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    Were there any glaring ommisions from the military 64 line?

    Off the top of my head I think it would have been interesting to have a jet mechanic. Coveralls, fatigue hat, construction helmet, goggles, tools, a welding torch fabricated from already existing air tanks. The Navy Seals were commissioned in 62 by JFK so they would have been something recent for the line. Commanders or Generals from the 4 branches would have been nice, too.
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    A Bomber crew. Sure we got all kinds later on with the newer stuff from the Classic Collection but I think I'd prefer them if they had them back then.

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    A ton for sure when you consider how light the SOTW category was. I really like what they did but there's a ton more they could have offered in continuing that line. I think by the time they caught their breath with production and keeping up with demand the anti war movement was on so they switched gears pretty quickly.

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    I agree about the SOTW to a certain extent, though I like what they offered. The Navy was under-represented and it would have been nice to see, for example, items reworked into a Seabee set. The mechanic and bomber are good ideas, too.

    Love the idea of a Navy Seal, as well as dress uniforms for all the branches. It always surprised me that they did the cadets but not the other dress uniforms or Navy whites. But as drquest said, it probably was a matter of timing/marketing.

    Have unproduced sets been revealed for military or AT Joe?
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    The Seabees would have been a good one, could have reused some of the army construction gear for it. I always assumed the SOTW line didn't get much interest at the time and it died after the first line. I thought it was odd that they did the Marine Dress and the Air Force suit but not the other two branches. I don't see the Navy as underrepped either, they got some of the coolest gear in the frogman, Breeches Buoy, Deep Sea Diver and Deep Freeze sets.
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    Yes regarding the Seabees, I used that in a custom with some Action Man tools, too. A peacoat would have been nice. I don't have an exact count, but I think there are less Air Force and Navy sets than Army/Marines. The Astronaut and frogman stuff saw repetition, true.

    I love the sets you mentioned, I have nice repros. I wish the Landing Signal Officer had been redone, we just missed it for the 40th.
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    There was an Airman mechanic in the works in 1960s. There are drawings in Hasbro handbook where they were making product changes as sales fluctuated. I think this is where the welding mask idea came from used in AT Demolition set. I have pics from Hasbro manual and custom that a fan made of welding set ect. Finding them though is the challenge. I have one Gig of pics loosely filed. I wish I had known more about dyslexia ect before saving pics. Knowing has really helped me file things in a better way.

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    Thank you for sharing that, I love behind-the-scenes info on toy production and prototypes.
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    A Navy corpsman just occurred to me, though I'm not sure how Hasbro might have varied such a set compared to the nice medic set they issued. The Classic Collection did a pharmacist's mate figure with a lot of detailed accessories.
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    would love to see the airman mechanic, I've been messing with designing that set for a bit. Some light blue knockoff coveralls, white t shirt, tool belt from the fire rescue set with different tools, acetylene torch, mask from the AT era, and a fatigue cap is what I have come up with so far.
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