M.A.S.K. Gator

With Dusty Hayes Action Figure and the Backlash Mask Mask

About This Vintage Toy

The Gator is M.A.S.K. ground-to-sea assault vehicle piloted by Dusty Hayes and featured the Backlash mask. The vehicle converts from an orange offroad Jeep to a customed two-seater hydroplane assault boat. The Gator was released as a part of the original series one toy line in 1985. In M.A.S.K. attack mode, the hydroplane vehicle featured a powerful freeze canon and an ejectable depth charge. With the push of a release button, the hydroplane or salt boat featuring spring-loaded action lifted the front of the Jeeps body and shot the hydroplane forward into sea-based action.


The spring-loaded launch feature was very popular with young children as it brought interactive movable action into imaginary play. When converting the vehicle to attack mode, the custom roll bar featured an Adam blaster that moved into firing position. The powerful freeze Cannon was conveniently positioned forward of the driver-side steering wheel to provide accurate firing when the assault boat is in motion.

Due to the simplicity of this vehicle, the transformation from off-road Jeep to sea-ready M.A.S.K. attack mode was relatively quick and straightforward to transform. The M.A.S.K. Gator had featured a lower price point than other more extensive and expensive vehicles.

The Backlash Mask

The Larger Style Mask that Replaced the Original Smaller Version
The Original Smaller Style Mask with No Chest Plate

The Dusty Hayes action figure featured the Backlash Mask, which “pretended” to call sonic waves. Kenner’s sarcastic use of the word “pretends” on the packaging ensured the user that the mask itself had no actual powers and the user must pretend that the mask had specific abilities. The smaller mask version shown below was quickly replaced with a larger one that included a slightly extended chest plate. The justification for the change to the more oversized mask was due to a possible choking hazard with children. The original smaller mask version is far rarer to find on the collectors market and is slightly valued. The value of the accessories alone is often worth more than the figure itself, depending on the mint condition of the action figure.

Dusty Hayes Action Figure

The Dusty Hayes action figure offered 7 points of articulation with the hips, knees, shoulders, and neck. Due to the overall reduced size of the action figure and to save cost on manufacturing tooling, the M.A.S.K. toy line limited the facial detail on all of the action figures in every series compared to other action figure toy lines produced by Kenner and other competitors. It was thought that consistent mask removal would wear off any painted facial detail paint and that the mask would be on the action figure in most cases during play.

Included Accessories

Depth Charge Holder and Ejector
Depth Charge
Roll Bar Machine Gun

The M.A.S.K. Gator included a depth charge holder and injector, depth charge capsule, and roll bar machine gun. The value of the accessories alone is often worth more than the figure itself, Depending on the mint condition of the collectible.

Original Packaging

Packaging Front
Packaging Back

The original product packaging was a rectangular box with corrugated inserts to secure the vehicle inside. An illustrated action-based scene, logo, and action figure image appeared on the front of the box, while detailed transformation notations were featured on the back. NOTE: Collectors that have the original card back offer increased value to the collectible. (MWC = Mint with card) If the card back still has a bubble intact, that also increases the value. If the action figure is factory sealed on the original card (MOC= Mint on card), collectors can obtain the most value from that particular item.

Product Instructions

“We Really Do Care!” A bold customer service message Kenner printed on many of the product paperwork included with most Kenners products. Kenner provided detailed hand-drawn instructions on how to operate the vehicle’s features and where to apply the included stickers.

The 1985 M.A.S.K. Gator TV Commercial

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Collector’s Price Guide

ImageProduct NameAllianceTypeSeriesYearMLCMIB / MWCMISB / MOC
https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/MASK-Thunderhawk-THUMB.jpgThunder HawkM.A.S.K.Vehicle11985$140$220$350https://retrotoyquest.com/action-vehicle-thunderhawk-matt-trakker-kenner-1985-mask/
https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/MASK-Boulder-hill-THUMB.jpgBoulder HillM.A.S.K.Playset11985$350$435$550https://retrotoyquest.com/playset-boulder-hill-alex-sector-kenner-1985-mask/
https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/MASK-T-Bob-and-Scott-THUMB.jpgT-Bob and Scott TrakkerM.A.S.K.Figure Pack11985$45$65$125https://retrotoyquest.com/action-vehicle-mask-scott-and-t-bob-kenner-1985-mask/
https://x7s81d.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Missing-Item-THUMB.jpgThe Whole CollectionNASERIES 1 TOTAL11985$1,300$2,030$3,710
Coast PatrolM.A.S.K.Adventure Pack21986$150$300$650
Jungle ChallengeM.A.S.K.Adventure Pack21986$150$300$650
Rescue MissionM.A.S.K.Adventure Pack21986$150$300$650
Venom's RevengeV.E.N.O.M.Adventure Pack21986$150$300$650
Alex Sector and Buddie HawksM.A.S.K.Figure Pack21986$150$300$650
Bruce Sato and Brad TurnerM.A.S.K.Figure Pack21986$150$300$650
Matt Trakker and Hondo MacLeanM.A.S.K.Figure Pack21986$150$300$650
Matt Trakker and Miles MayhemM.A.S.K.Figure Pack21986$150$300$650
Matt Trakker and Miles MayhemM.A.S.K.Figure Pack21986$150$300$650
Sly Rax and Cliff DaggerM.A.S.K.Figure Pack21986$150$300$650

How To Use This Price Guide

MLC = “Mint Loose Condition” This is when the action figure or Vehicle is in excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories, but without the packaging and original included paperwork.

MIB = “Mint in box” This is when the collectible is in excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories and original included paperwork.

MWC = “Mint with Card Back” This is when an action figure os is excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories, however included the original card back fully intact. If the original blister bubble is intact, It can bring additional value depending on the condition of the blister bubble.

MISB = “Mint in Sealed Box” This is when the Collectible is in excellent condition,  and is factory sealed and was never opened or used.

MOC = “Mint on card” This Is when the action figure is in excellent condition and is factory sealed and it’s original blister bubble and was never opened or used.

COMPLETE = “Complete” This is when the collectible is 100% complete with all of its accessories. Additional paperwork included with the original package does increase the overall value but does not necessarily consider the item complete

DISCLAIMER: All values are estimated by Retro Toy Quest and subject to change and discrepancy, depending on the advanced nature of any collector.