Olmec Toys was founded in 1985 by Yla Eason. As a minority, Eason set out to make the company focus on creating toys for other minorities. So, they focused on creating toys that featured POC characters. These toys included African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians. Thus, when they decided to create a line that followed the lead created by G.I. Joe, they celebrated African-Americans in the armed forces with the Bronze Bombers.
This 1988 toy line featured a small collection of 3 ¾” action figures that mimicked the standards set by Hasbro’s popular toy line. Its first and only series had a large selection of action figures to choose from. There was Agent Telepathy, Hi Tech, Mapman Jackson, Shaka Johnson, and Sure Fire. They also produced Arrow Hawk, Marc “Kaboom” Walters, Wayne “Golden” Alexander, A.J. Moon, The Baron P.S.B. Enemy, Charles “Chilly Pop” Battle P.S.B. Enemy, and Cool Breeze P.S.B. Enemy.
As the back of the cards described: “They are bold, they are men of the sun, they are brilliant warriors – The Bronze Bombers™!
Fearlessly, the mighty U.S. 369th Infantry led the nation’s greatest Black Army into battle. They fought in WWI and WWII and they never lost. There have been no warriors their equal today! Today we have the Bronze Bombers™! Today they defend the country against the P.S.B. enemy squad. These mighty skilled combatants stand for justice and they never lose!”
These action figures came with file cards, similar to Hasbro’s popular toy line. However, these featured simple black-and-white line art, so proper identification of some figures may become sketchy.
The original line also featured 2 vehicles: the Battle Copter and the Hovercraft. The Battle Copter had many features including a helicopter body, pilot protector guard, control bar, realistic 2-U tail jet, 1 pair laser gun, 4 missiles, and 2 movable rotary blades. It also came with a 3 3/4’” action figure and illustrated instructions that helped with assembly. Then, the Hovercraft had a hovercraft body, 4 detachable missiles, 2 pairs of laser cannons, a spinning propeller, and stickers. Like the Battle Copter, it came with a 3 ¾” action figure and illustrated instructions.
Even though Olmec Toys future looked bleak in 1995, they managed to give the Bronze Bombers a second chance in 1997. This time, they created a single 12-figure box set that appeared on the shelves in TRU stores. This set included all 8 of the figures that represented the Defenders of Justice team. Meanwhile, the other 4 were from the villainous Pyro’s Band of Thugs. It also included weapon accessories for the action figures to hold. Unlike the original toys, there was only a single large poster that had the file cards printed on the back of it.
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