For other uses of Eagle Force see: Eagle Force (disambiguation)
Eagle Force was an 2 3⁄4-inch-high (70 mm) die-cast action figure toy line marketed by Mego Corporation in the 1980s in the United States, the line was similar to the G.I. Joe action figures by Hasbro. They were designed by Paul Kirchner.
The Eagle Force figures measure 23⁄4 inches. In the United States there were a total of eighteen figures in the series. Five of whom (Redwing, Wild Bill, Nemesis, Sergeant Brown and Baron Von Chill) were released a year after the other thirteen and are more difficult to find than the other thirteen. Additionally vehicles and playsets were produced including a mountain base, a jet, two jeeps, and two tanks. There were also four "Adventure Packs" which were: Communications, Ocean Patrol, Tactical, and Bivouac.
In the United States there were also comic books, cap guns and other Eagle Force items available . Outside the United States the Eagle Force lineup included numerous variations in packaging, figure painting and plus additional vehicles. Slight variations in packaging also occurred in the United States were common while the line was in production by the Mego company and later, other companies began producing figures from the same molds. producing more variations when Mego stopped production of the series.
According to the Mego Intro Eagle Force was created as a counter-terrorist task force by the United States Government to combat the Roving International Organization of Tyranny or RIOT. RIOT was a terrorist organization driven by world domination. RIOT was led by General Mamba assisted by Savitar the Ninja and Beta Man, an arsonist.
Eagle Force was put together from the best that the United States Military had to offer. Eagle Force was commanded by Captain Eagle who wore an eye patch. He led a group of special forces experts who had codenames like Big Bro, Harley, the Turk, The Cat, Stryker, Redwing, Kayo, Wild Bill, and Goldie Hawk
Eagle Force was released through Target stores in May 1981 where they instantly sold out. However, Mego closed down in 1982. Apparently, an unnamed company used the Eagle Force molds to create a line of figures called simply "Action Figure". The packaging was totally different from Eagle Force packaging and most of the figures in this line were painted the same as the Eagle Force line. However, others were painted very differently as it seems that only a tan skin color was used for the heads, therefore the Sergeant Brown figure is a caucasian and Redwing has a tan head with brown arms.
After 1982 Eagle Force action figures were released by Ideal whose released them in packages with "Strike Force" printed where "Eagle Force" was printed on the Mego releases.
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