All Terrain Trapper Box Flat (Unproduced)




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Kenner came extremely close to releasing both the Tower of Darkness and All Terrain trapper. Production quality packaging, like the one shown in this entry, serve as a testament to that statement. This All Terrain Trapper packaging is actually a box flat, although it no longer exists in its unfolded state. The previous owner used the packaging inserts from the engineering pilot to bring the box into its intended shape. Although I'd probably prefer the flat had remained as originally found, it certainly does display much better in its current state! To my knowledge the All Terrain Trapper residing in my collection is the sole existing example complete with its complete production quality packaging. At least one other example of the toy itself exists, however that example exhibits decals and is cast entirely in production colored plastic.

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The front packaging face houses extremely nice artwork of Batman and Superman using the All Terrain Trapper to capture the evil Darkseid! It also advertises the vehicle's features. Text in the lower right corner conveys the toy requires two "C" size batteries for operation.

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The rear packaging face shows a total of four images and provides additional information regarding the toy's action features.

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This thing sure does capture a lot of bad guys! The top packaging face shows Superman and Aquaman with Kalibak as a prisoner inside the green sphere.

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The packaging's bottom face uses the same imagery from the top, but includes the UPC code and proof of purchase.

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Okay, for those of you keeping track, our heroes have thus far captured Darkseid, Parademon, Kalibak, and Steppenwolf as shown on the previously discussed packaging faces. The side flap shows Aquaman with Steppenwolf once again playing the part of a prisoner. Mantis and Desaad seem to be the only ones left roaming free!

Given Kenner's propensity towards recycling past product for future lines, it's somewhat surprising the All Terrain Trapper was never reconsidered for inclusion in a different line. A vast number of recycled toys surfaced in the Batman: Dark Knight Collection. Surely a futuristic looking vehicle like the All Terrain Trapper could have aided Batman in his quest to capture Gotham City's villainous fiends. Toys from lines such as Robocop and Silverhawks were reconceptualized to reduce tooling costs and speed product development. In a way, all of this makes the handful of surviving examples all the more special and unique.

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