Sweet Rides: Dreadnok Thunder Machine (Team Hellions)

Did you know that Cold Slither Podcast site contributor Claymation Werewolf is a member of the League of Extraordinary Bloggers? Check out this awesome post by his fellow leaguer Kevin Hellions about one of our favorite Cobra vehicles over at the Team Hellions blog!

Its another week for the League of Extraordinary Bloggers.  This loose knit collection of loose minded bloggers answers a weekly geeky question and then Oooh and Aaah over each other’s brilliant answers.  All of this is maintained by the creator of the League, Brian over at Cool and Collected.

This week’s question!

Besides the Batmobile, what is the sweetest ride cruising the streets of pop culture?

This is a rather tough question for me because, well, I don’t really care about cars.  Could be for many reasons.  I didn’t have any older car obsessed figure in my life while growing up.  I’m hustling this writing dream (by the way fellow League members, I’m more than willing to cross promote with any of you and do guest blogs) and working retail but neither of those things really leads to having enough money for rent, food, internet and a car.

So yeah, the Mystery Machine is cool and so is Ecto-1 and the list could go on  and on.  But they’re just there.  I don’t have that “Wow” feeling for cars.  So I sat down and thought, is there any moment from my childhood that was so cool, so bad ass and involved a car that I still remember it vividly to this day?

There is.

I could picture every scene from this.  Every twist, and turn, and it might be the best car chase I’ve ever seen just next to Death Proof.  (And by the way, if you do care about cars you have to see Death Proof.)  A battle of good vs. evil, a race, a fight, and a game of chicken that risks the lives of everyone.  I remember all of these details over 25 years later.  I am of course talking about the Dreadnoks tank – the Thunder Machine!

Aside from the ninjas, the Dreadnoks were the coolest things in GI Joe.  Bad ass but silly.  Donuts and grape soda.  Plus, you know, chainsaw shotguns.  As fun as they were in the cartoon, there was even more potential for craziness in the comics.  And it happened.  Both sides saw casualties, the stories got more and more complicated and yet page turning intriguing every issue.  Especially issue 51 where the Dreadnoks go toe to toe with the (coincidentally also a toy!) GI Joe’s new vehicle – the HAVOC driven by Cross Country.

Read the rest of this post: “The League XII: Sweet Rides.” over at Team Hellions.

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