These fabulous pictures come courtesy of reader and SWORD super fan Arto. His carded American Tarheel Task Force 3 is a first for the blog! We have seen it before but only ever loose. This one is carded and sealed safely under the bubble for posterity. The two shots below the top one are detailing on the card - the model number 5917 [the same for all three Tarheel Task Forces] and the Tarheel 'T' with kids logo. Interestingly beneath the logo it says 'Tarheel Industries INC. Made in Hong Kong'. I'd always assumed that Tarheel made these toys at their plastics plant in Tarboro, North Carolina, USA and not Hong Kong. Was it common for US toys to be made in HK?
On the left is Arto's beautifully carded yellow Tarheel Task Force 3. Both toy rockets have a 'racing trim' line along the nose [missing on my own loose TF2!] and the backing cards are finished with what is probably the most appealing feature for me, a fabulously day-glo bow-wave beneath each toy, which scream the Nineteen Seventies! The different colour blends are very bright and attractive. Tarheel really were masters at using brightly coloured plastic and packaging.
As we've never seen a packaged version of the third toy in this Tarheel range, the Task Force 1, I can only assume that it's also similarly carded with an equally colourful bow wave. So to bring this bloglet to a hopeful close and remind us what it looks like here are pictures of the Tarheel Task Force 1 in both red and the rarer blue forms from reader and super collector Astronit.
Anyone got a carded one?