It's been another summer of SWORD at Moonbase. I've continued to plug the gaps in my collection and one major step forward for me was a boxed Tarheel Probe Force 3 to complete the trio. Apart from Probe Force 1, which appear to be the least scarce of all the Tarheels, acquiring other Tarheel SWORD has been a very slow process indeed [far harder than Century 21] and the PF3 has been no different. Having discovered it and it's stablemate Probe Force 2 for myself, in the mid-1990's, I have been looking for them ever since. After a wait of more or less 16 years Ebay US came up trumps this June. I was and am thrilled as it completes my collection of the three boxed US Probe Forces. That just leaves the Space Glider and the Moon Ranger now and on current form I should have them both around 2027!
As regards Tarheel's Probe Force 3 the box speaks for itself and features the same fab swirly galaxy box art. A couple of things to point out: 1. the Tarheel logo on the box is the standard T with the small red globe biult in [does it also exist with the T with kids logo as happens with the Space Glider and Moon Prospector?] and 2. there is no maker's mark at all on the toy itself apart from the phrase 'Made in Hong Kong'. I would be pleased to hear about any variations.
If you own a Tarheel Probe Force 3 or indeed any Tarheel SWORD I would be interested to hear how difficult [or not as the case maybe] it was to track them down.