You are probably right about the FANG. It may pull styling from other Helos, but it is most likely its own original.Originally Posted by Viperman
The Lynx' resemblance to anything is inconsequential. It would be more helpful to figure out the counterpart for the Wolverine, since that is the base vehicle. We know that the cannon is from the AAI RDF-LT, because that's what the entire Mauler is from. We do not know where the turret comes from. As far as I can tell, there is not even a previous GI Joy toy that uses that turret.
As far as the HISS' name is concerned, it's not even supposed to be deployed to the battlefield. It's supposed to stay near bases and keep guard. Perhaps that was its original role in the Cobra armies, but then expanded as it proved more useful. Or perhaps Destro gave CC a bargain for buying more of them, and so he used them to fulfill other roles that were neglected, such as the role of MBT.
There seems to be a certain order of significance to this thread in finding suitable matches. The three most important are styling, then function (its role), and then performance. Styling first because it helps to make a visual match quickly. Considering all the GI Joe/Cobra vehicles have modifications to them, the function is somewhat altered, thus making this way of ID-ing the vehicle a bit unreliable. How the vehicle performs can help make distinctions, as well, but since many vehicles share similar performance specs, it should only be use as a supplement with the previous two methods. On the rare occasion a fourth factor can be considered, and that is the name of the toy. The name is the least reliable method, because whenever it is accurate, then the other criteria have already been met - usually. For example, the APC has a name that pretty much gives it away. However, the styling would have told us what it was even if it was named Bob. The amphibious personnel carrier function is still there, regardless of the name, Although it doesn't reveal anything special about its performance (not that there is anything special), the toy does roll on land, and it does float in water. In the case of the HISS, none of the other criteria have been successful in identifying matches. Now the name is somewhat conflicting with its function. A sentry vehicle stands guard or patrols an area, whereas the HISSes have often been used for offensive and invasive missions.
I'm glad that you brought up these possible finds. Even if they weren't a match, it gave me a chance to further explain things. I hope my explanations don't create more confusion.