1988 Skystorm X-Wing Chopper
Skystorm X-Wing courtesy of the Yo Joe Outlet. Please visit them on eBay.
The X-Wing changes from a jet to an attack copter (see the commercial below) by raising the radar dome and extending the rotor blades!
The X-Wing also features a hinged canopy and a removable engine cover.
Windmill box photos courtesy of Page and Greg Wagner. Check out their eBay store for tons of vintage Joes!
Guy Cassaday (Vehicle Designer) discusses finding the inspiration for the 1988 Skystorm. He discusses the challenges of building the working rotor retraction mechanism, and drawing vs. building when ideating. He walks through the process of building: using a wooden buck to form the shape, poking holes in this wood, using a vacuform machine to pull styrene (a plastic more formally known as polystyrene) down over the wood shapes, and finally cutting them out. This was the last model Guy would build at Hasbro. Going forward, the model shop would build everything using very tight control drawings from the designers.
Skystorm blueprint/instructions courtesy of Tim Dz.