Reviving the M.A.S.K. line that Kenner introduced in 1985, Ramen Toy reveals the first vehicle and figure, the Red Gullwing, in their Makina line! In an attempt to pay homage to one of the best, short lived, cartoon and toy lines of the 80’s, we can’t wait to get more details on this classic vehicle and figure set but we will share what we do know from the digital render reveal!
November 25, 2022 UPDATE: Painted Exterior and Interior Painted Prototype Images
New images have emerged from Ramen Toys Facebook Group of the Red Gullwing and figure from their upcoming Makina line!
The Matt Trakker figure looks amazing and is a huge upgrade to the original vintage figure design.
November 23, 2022 UPDATE: Prototype Images
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Ramen Toy posted two prototype images of their Red Gullwing and figure from their Makina line!
8/15/2022 UPDATE: Red Gullwing Early Bird Preorder is LIVE!
Ramen Toy officially put the Red Gullwing up for preorder for an early bird special of $117 (plus shipping) so get in while the gettin’ is good! This was one of our favorite toy lines as a kid so amazing to see and support this! Early bird pricing ends August 31, 2022, and after that the price will be $170.
July 31, 2022: Red Gullwing Reveal
Ramen Toy revealed their digital render of what they are calling the Red Gullwing from their new Makina line, which pays homage to the M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) vehicle and figure modeled after the Thunderhawk and Matt Trakker figure! Makina (translated ‘Machine’ in a few different languages is the first in what we hope is a revival of the line that Kenner (now Hasbro) touched our lives with in 1985. As stated in the image, the vehicle will be in original scale, which is great because these were smaller form factor toys that take up less shelf space to display. No further details are available at this time but this is exciting news for fans of the series who have been clamoring for Hasbro to reissue the M.A.S.K. line. The Red Gullwing features the same design as the original Thunderhawk plus an “Action Figure & Power Helmet,” which we all know is code for Matt Trakker with his iconic Spectrum mask! Looking at the digital render, the mask is modeled after the first production run, often referred to as “short” mask or helmet, which is great as adult collectors like us are not in the business of swallowing toys. It transformers into a gull-winged jet fighter (hence the name) and we are so happy to see this digital render come to fruition as Ramen Toy has been teases the MAKINA line for quite some time.
Introduced in Wave 1, the Thunderhawk is a Chevy Camero, more specifally, the IROC-Z that, with the press of a button, tuned into a fighter jet that featured retractable wing cannons and 2 bombs that stowed underneath the car’s chassis.
One of the great things about the MASK box art as a whole is the bright colors. The red and yellow really stand out, which caught our eyes as kids. The front of the box featured an illustation of the vehicle in jet mode with a smaller product shot of the actual toy in vehicle mode. On the back of the box, it featured a blown up version of the toy in jet mode with the same image (just a little larger) of Matt Trakker and his spectrum mask!
Chevy Camero IROC-Z Mode
One of the cars we used to see back in 80’s was the Chevy Camaro IROC-Z, which the Thunderhawk was modeled after. It was a nice bright red with actual rubber tires! The purple stickers, which you had to apply yourself, were a cool contrast to the overall color of the vehicle that featured yellow lightning bolts.
Jet Fighter Mode
With a press of a button on the top of the car, the IROC-Z would change from a Chevy Camaro to a jet fighter and we can still hear that click of the gull-wing doors opening! Slide out the chrome cannons on the side you can you got yourself a makeshift wing, adding to the effect of the vehicle in jet mode!
When looking at the rear of the vehicle, the bumper also raised up to reveal the jet engies and a MASK license plate!
Matt Trakker Figure
Introduced in the first iteration and rollout of Series 1, the Matt Trakker figure featured two versions of the Spectrum mask. Most The “short” mask most closely resembles the cartoon appearance and, for all purposes, is sought after by collectors due to it’s hard to find nature and short production run. Believed to be a choking hazard by many, Kenner made the mask longer, which actually introduces more of a choking hazard in our opinion, because you are more like not to choke on the short mask due to it’s size. We are not endorsing swallowing these masks but just trying to make a point. He featured blonde (yellow) hair with a gray and red flight suit with brown straps. The Spectrum mask, in the cartoon, creates a high frequency radio interference, which was useful in the fight against VENOM!
Matt Trakker is the founder and leader of M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand). After helping his brother Andy Trakker, and now arch enemy, Miles Mayhem, develop the MASK technology, Matt is in constant pursuit of Mayhem after he killed his brother and stole half of the tech and formed the criminal orginazition V.E.N.O.M.. To honor his brother’s death, Trakker created M.A.S.K. to fight crime and counter the threats from Mayhem’s evil organization.