1988 VAMP Mark II (mail order)
The original VAMP Mark II was sold in stores from 1984-1985 and included Clutch v2 (AKA Tan Clutch). The same VAMP Mark II was reportedly re-released via mail order in 1988 (see the "Operation Deep Six" and "Operation Blackout" offers) and did not include Clutch v2.
Years later Hasbro produced a light tan VAMP Mark II that was based on the 1989 Tiger Sting. This version features a VAMP Mark I body and a modified VAMP Mark II missile launcher (adding tabs underneath). The Tiger Sting and the light tan version of the Vamp Mark II were manufactured in Brazil and dated 1988.
Some collectors believe that the light tan VAMP Mark II was produced solely by Hasbro Canada, Inc. for the Canadian market, and hit the US market in 1993 at the annual convention after Hasbro Canada, Inc. shuttered their operations. One reputable collector has reported seeing a sealed light tan Vamp Mark II with US stickers and blueprints. We have not confirmed. Have a sealed US specimen? Let us know!
There are many differences between the original VAMP Mark II and the light tan VAMP Mark II, most notably the color. See the image gallery below for a detailed comparison of these vehicles. Roll over the images below to find out more, or click to enlarge them.
A closer view of the two new tabs that have been added to the bottom of the missile rack. The presence of these tabs allow the rack to be vertically oriented such that the sculpted detail can be seen while still allowing the rack to be positioned upward at an angle. Note: these tabs also appear on the 1989 Tiger Sting.
A comparison of the underside of each vehicle. Note the tabs on the side of the retail version, the serial number information near the front of the retail version, the smaller center indentation with a rounded top, the flat-ended cylinder compared to the rounded end on the mail order version, and the difference both in the text and the orientation of the copyright information.
Roll over the images below to find out more, or click the images to enlarge them. Photos courtesy of Chad Hucal.
VAMP Mark II (mail order) blueprint/instructions courtesy of Tim Dz.
Note: the VAMP Mark II blueprints above were produced by Hasbro Canada, Inc. in Québec and feature the Canadian flag and markings. These blueprints came with the light tan version of the VAMP Mark II. Have the same instructions but showing US markings? Let us know!