GI Joe 1987 DEFIANT SPACE SHUTTLE COMPLEX – 100% COMPLETE – A++++

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This is the Holy Grail of GI Joe vehicles…. the GI Joe Defiant Space Commute Complex!!!   


This is the 4th and FINAL Defiant that We can be selliing no eBay.  We have sold 3 others in the last 90 days to very happy buyers — and will be happy to provide references upon request.   Having owned dozens of these over the years, we are intimatelly familar with the Defiant and the issues and problems that plaque them.  We are happy to answer any questions that you might have. We also have hundreds of extra parts and pieces – please see our other listings or inquire if there is a part you are looking for.


This particular Defiant complex has been pieced together from more then 20 others and is as good as they get!!  YOU WILL BE HARD-PRESSED TO FIND ONE NICER!!….vehicles have little if any yellowing and are free of most of the common breaks and problems that plaque the Defiants.   If you buy another that is “90% complete”, you could end up spending hundreds of dollars buying parts and replacing the common broken pieces!!   WHAT YOU SEE IN THE PICTURES IS WHAT YOU GET – NO BOX, NO FIGURES, NO INSTRUCTIONS/PAPERWORK, NO UMBILICAL CORD….just one of the vital best Defiants you’re going to ever see!!

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN IT’S ENTIRETY, AND PLEASE INQUIRE WITH ANY QUESTIONS PRIOR TO BUYING.  WE ARE HAPPY TO SEND MORE PICTURES, AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME INSPECT THE ITEM IN PERSON.

GANTRY (Crawler) – The gantry crawler blue door gun mount slots are free of any breakage to the clips (most you see are broken).  There blue doors are fully intact – there is one very small hairline crack along the back edge on one of the vital doors (see close-up pictures)…no big deal – the piece is fully intact.  The wheels sets are all free of any broken pegs, and have been removed to give protection to them.  Even the almost all the time missing up/down crank cover is included!!!  As is the case with almost every crawler, the crank spring mount clips on the bottom are broken — (this is true of 90%+ of all produced because of a bad design)…the tabs are also on the bottom-side and don’t seem to be visible.  The cranking mechanism is a bit bumpy – it does crank up and down but needs a bit of assistance.  The only other minor issue is that all 4 orange guns have one broken mount tab…there is enough of the 2nd tab in place to get the two that hang upside down to stick in place with no problem.  Overall, the Gantry is very solid!
BOOSTER – The only issue with the booster is that the airlock door piece has the tabs that hold it in place broken off. This is also a very common problem (out of 20+, we have never had one that was unbroken!!)  Otherwise, the booster is 100% complete and free of any issues.
DEFIANT (SHUTTLE) – 100% Complete – no issues.
Almost all the Defiants you see out there for sale are missing elevators, guardrails, laser cannons, thruster nozzles, chairs, ladders, transporter
doors, hatches, panels, missiles, machine guns, wings, etc – but ALL THE PIECES ARE HERE AND THEY ARE FREE OF THE BROKEN TABS, ETC THAT EXIST WITH ALMOST EVERY SHUTTLE COMPLEX YOU WILL FIND.  To the best of our knowledge, the only issues are the broken spring tabs, hairline crack on one door, and the broken tabs on the 4 guns on the crawler – the booster airlock door pegs on the booster as noted above – otherwise, all the parts and pieces on the vehicles are free of any issues to the best of our knowledge.

As this was pieced together from multiple vehicles, and kids never put the right decals on or in the right places, some decals may be missing.  The decals also have some wrinkling and rub from age.  Replacement decal sheets are readily available on eBay – this would be really sweet if re-decaled!

****THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “PERFECT” DEFIANT COMPLEX.  Poor design/engineering, the general complex nature of these vehicles, the vast number of parts, and the aging of the plastic, etc. create problems.  We have done our best to piece together the best imaginable Defiant complex here from the very best of parts – and we are happy to answer as many questions as necessary and provide additional pictures of any parts of the complex, etc.  We can NOT offer any partial refunds for any parts or pieces that come loose or become damaged in transit.

FREE LOCAL PICK UP – or We can ship to any US address at stated shipping rate – or We can POSSIBLY deliver for a fee (PLEASE INQUIRE BEFORE BUYING and agree to the terms if you need it delivered).

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HERE IS SOME MORE INFO ON THE DEFIANT COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA:

The Defiant is a fictional space Commute complex vehicle and
station from the G.I. Joe series, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, line of toys,
comics and cartoons.

Released in 1987, it is also one of the vital largest playsets in
the toyline series. The Defiant is composed of three vehicles.

One is the Crawler unit, which transports the Commute to a
designated location. The Crawler unit is operated by the G.I. Joe member
Hardtop, and features dual surface-clearing laser cannons and 7.62mm machine
guns. The Crawler also contains a crank to place the booster/Commute into
launch position.

Second is the booster unit, which opens to reveal four computer
consoles, a transporter airlock with sliding door, and crew quarters with
sleeping compartments. The booster Commute carries the Defiant space Commute on
launch.

The final part of the Defiant is the space Commute itself,
which has a three-station cockpit/operations center, retractable landing gear,
and hatch covers that open to reveal a claw with laser gun and an umbilical cord
for outer space missions. The Defiant Commute is commanded by astronaut
Payload.

It is a common misconception that the Defiant Commute’s
design is based on the X-33 proposed Commute design for NASA.[1] In fact, the
Defiant was introduced in the comics nearly a decade before the X-33 Venture
Star started development; the Defiant’s appearance is based on several lifting
body designs from the late 1960s.

Retailing at US $129.99, the cost of the playset – the most
expensive toy in Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero lineup – led to Hasbro
re-releasing the Commute two years later as a stand-alone vehicle called the Crusader,
which used the same mold as the Defiant Commute. The toy also came with a
re-painted version of the “Payload” action figure. Using a metal tab
that came with the Defiant Commute, the Crusader could be modified to fit on
top of the booster that was included in the original Commute complex playset.

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