The MOBAT is likely the worst tank in the entire G.I. Joe line. It’s too undersized to be realistic, it’s too big and bulky to be fun to play with, it’s barely able to fit a single figure and if you turn the thing on it’s really goddamn loud!!
I’m probably the only person who actually likes the MOBAT, I’m basing this on how little I’ve ever seen it used in dios or even on display in people’s collections. I can’t fault anyone for not liking it, I’m not even sure why I like it, but I do.
I’ve already mentioned that I spent a lot of time as a kid playing with the MOBAT in a manner in which I used it to run over Lando Calrissian and Adventure People figures, because as a kid I probably had too many psychopathic play themes. I was also the only person I knew who actually had one, so that probably made me like it more than I should’ve. Later on I used to use the MOBAT as the middle and slowest part of a G.I. Joe convoy, that would be attacked. The guys at the front would be left with the agonizing decision of going back to save Steeler, or letting him fend for himself. The tail of the convoy was always Barbecue and Tripwire in the Silver Mirage, and nobody ever thought of trying to save those guys. Not sure why that scenario sticks out to me, but I vividly remember always killing off those two.
Nowadays, I still like the MOBAT, because when it comes to dioramas it’s got far more uses than I initially gave it credit for. The tank is pretty much a solid brick of plastic, which isn’t good for being a fun toy, it’s a great background piece as it’s got such a stereotypical tank appearance, there’s no guessing as to what the hell it is, and unlike a VAMP or AWE Striker, it doesn’t have a lot of daylight showing through it, and that allows a lot of hiding of out of scale stuff going on in the background.
Construction wise, the 1982 MOBAT is definitely the best version I’ve come across, as there were some alterations to the mold. The 1998 version doesn’t have the control sticks in the turret, like the ’82, and even worse, the tow-hook was removed. However I’m unsure if that’s the case with the modern error versions, or the Cobra versions, but I’m sure anything after 2000 is likely missing them too.