The initial Battle Force 2000 design featured a base that all of the detachable vehicle components would attach to, making a more robust Future Fortress. Unfortunately "that went out the window" due to Marketing not finding a path to profitability. They couldn't figure out how to package and sell the main base component.
In Guy's view, "it was all about cost and making money." He even went on to lament: "Sorry all, I did my best." Guy went on to create a layout of all the detachable vehicle components to make the now
infamous "L" shaped Future Fortress.
Guy Cassaday discusses the initial concept for the Battle Force 2000, and how that evolved (or devolved) due to cost reductions. He also describes the six vehicles and their dual functionality.
The Vector jet was created by another designer and Guy was tasked with refining it. Below are images of the styrene model for the Vector jet. Many details on this model were changed to create the final product, including the jets, engine intake, and length of the fuselage. Guy recalled revising this design to make the fuselage blend more seamlessly with the rotating rear turret. Click the images below to enlarge them.
The 1987 Battle Force 2000 vehicles were not featured in the 1987 Toy Fair catalog. The photos below are from the 1988 Toy Fair catalog. Roll over the images below to find out more, or click the images to enlarge them.