the Monster Blaster APC

The Mega Marines find themselves up against tough opponents all the time, as Cobra's genetics laboratories operate non-stop! As such, they need a heavy duty transport to get them to the fight - and away from it when necessary. That's why these GI Joes have a Monster Blaster.

This armored personnel carrier is the perfect transport for this hardened group of Joes to fight Cobra's Monstro-Vipers, Bio-Vipers and the Cyber-Vipers and Mega-Vipers that corral them! The Mega Marines' Monster Blaster APC has these characteristics:

C
Gd 10
S
Rm 30
B
Rm 30
P
Ex 20

Body Armor: the Monster Blaster is naturally quite resilient. It has a material strength of Remarkable (30) thanks to its armor plating and monster truck tires, and those inside its armored compartments (and not hanging on the outside) receive Excellent (20) Protection from attack.

Communications Array: the Monster Blaster is equipped with a gigahertz frequency, frequency wobbler clandestine operations radio system. This makes for Good (10) communications power (with a 20 mile range), that features Remarkable (30) ranked signal encryption.

Laser Cannons: the Monster Blaster is equipped with three laser cannons. There's an armored one over the driver's seat, and one on each of the rear corners. Each of these guns can be fired to inflict Good (10) Armor Piercing Energy damage per deadly blast.

Lock 'n Load Cannon: this massive missile launcher dominates the enemy - whether human or otherwise. It can fire powerful M-44 missiles, one per turn, and has a large amount of these on hand in the event of a Cobra monster wave. These missiles behave as follows:

C
Ex 20
S
Am 50
B
Ex 20
Damage
Incredible (40) Edged Attack (fragmentary)

Passenger Bays: on top of everything else, the Monster Blaster is primed to carry Joes around. It fits four on each side and six on the rear - and that's just outside! The innards have room for two on the rear corners, four under the cannon, and one in the passenger and driver seat.

2004 Variations

the Android Personnel Carrier

For a short time in the early '90s, the GI Joe team deployed a vehicle they called the Monster Blaster, a sort of heavily armed and armored personnel transport that a specialized team of Joes utilized against Cobra's various genetic horrors and their handlers.

When Cobra started dabbling in genetics again, they figured that the Joes were onto something, and decided they could use the Monster Blaster to help corral their newest wave of DNA-scrambled troops. They wouldn't call it the Monster Blaster, though. Or staff it with real people.

Thus, when Cobra stole the designs for the Monster Blaster, they called it the APC, or Android Personnel Carrier. Staffed by BATs, Cobra's ever-expendable humanoid stock soldiers, the APC Transport could easily lead a charge of Cobra's envenomed soldiers and victims.

Or, you know, keep them in line if they turned their rage against their re-creators. While recolored from its original green with yellow trim to black with red accessories, the APC is otherwise identical in function to its technological ancestor, the Monster Blaster.

Extra Goodies:

the Monster Blaster APC Universal Heroes Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Monster Blaster APC:

  1993  

Cobra directories featuring a version of the Monster Blaster APC:

  2004  

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