The GI Joe Big Trapper vehicle is a kind of a bittersweet item for me. I really wanted it for my birthday that year but ultimately chose the Capture Copter, either way, I kind of won. The only downer was, these were the last GI Joe vehicles ever made.
Many collectors view the Big Trapper as the “Poor cousin” of the Mobile Support Unit produced a couple of years earlier and well, I get that, it’s a quality vehicle full of science fiction flair.
Nobody is wrong here but for me, the big trapper just captures that “Ark 2” vibe and well, I was five years old when it came out.
Above is the British version, usually Palitoy made things cooler but i prefer the Hasbro big yellow.
This is mine, I got it in a flea market outside of Buffalo NY right after college. Even though it was bigger than my apartment at the time, I couldn’t resist it’s $20 price tag. I still have the cage somewhere too. Every time I look at it I think of the day that I bought it and it still brings me joy.