Could the Sentry and Missile System, otherwise known as the SMS, be a surprise unlock for the GI Joe Classified Series HasLab HISS Tank?
With the GI Joe Classified Series HasLAb HISS Tank FULLY funded with nearly 20K backers, it got us thinking about whether Hasbro will surprise fans with a special unlock! This is total speculation on our part but we thought it would be fun to see the SMS as an unlock as a THANK YOU to the nearly 20K fans that made the first 6″ scale vehicle a reality for Hasbro for generating nearly $6MM! To catch up on the latest HasLab HISS Tank news, check out our full coverage here:
That Hitch Looks Really Lonely
During the HasLab HISS Tank reveal, Lenny made a point about letting fans know that the HISS Tank comes with a tow hitch. All of the unlocks thus far have been add ons to the main HISS tank plus several figures, which leaves an empty tow hitch. What would be the perfect candidate for to take a ride on the back of the HISS Tank?
Cobra Sentry and Missile System (SMS)
We feel that the Cobra Sentry and Missile System (SMS) would be the PERFECT candidate for that tow hitch! It is a small form factor missile deployment weapon that would be the perfect add on for a HasLab campaign as a ‘thank you’ for ALL of the backers that have made the HISS Tank a success! It has two wheels and a piece to connect it to the HISS Tank’s tow hitch so they are a match made in heaven!
History of the SMS
Back in 1985, Hasbro created the S.M.S.(Sentry and Missile System), which is a is a two-component weapon system, consisting of a HISS Tank and the surface to air missile system. Like Hasbro is doing with their HasLab creations, Sears wanted Hasbro to create store exclusives to help draw customers to their stores or places orders through their catalogs. Similar to that of the C.A.T. tank, Hasbro created the Sentry and Missile System (S.M.S.) for Cobra! This set included a red Cobra H.I.S.S. tank that would tow a redecorated M.M.S. in black with red missiles. But where did this originally come from? Surely Hasbro wasn’t doing repaints early on in the line! Well, they were so let’s see where this originated from and the several repaints that followed through the years.
GI Joe MMS (1982)
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to see the origins of the Cobra S.M..S. The M.M.S., which was a GI Joe weapon system, was released in 1982 as part of the vehicle lineup of the A Real American Hero series. It included a Hawk action figure.
Corbra M.S.V. (1983)
According to YoJoe.com, The Cobra Combat Set M.S.V. was released in 1983 as a Sears exclusive. It was only released in Canada and only available through Sears.
Heetseek Missile System (2009)
Powerful and portable, the heetseek missile system is a force to be reckoned with. These heat-seeking smart weapons use sophisticated onboard computers to elude both aircraft and ground based countermeasures, making them a formidable threat to the G.I. Joe team!
Will Hasbro Surprise Fans?
The likelihood of this happening is probably none but it is fun to speculate on future add ons to the GI Joe Classified Series HISS Tank! If they don’t do this now, it could be a possibility later down the line as a standard release or part of another small vehicle HasLab project in the future.
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