COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (straight-armed)
Series: One (1982)
Breaker was one of the original figures released carded in the first series (1982). Like all of the original sixteen figures, Breaker was released with "straight arms."
Breaker came with a green helmet, a black communications headset that snapped onto the helmet, and a green TV-Radio backpack into which the end of the headset attached.
Birthplace: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Breaker is familiar with all NATO and Warsaw Pact communication gear as well as most world export devices. Specialized Education: Signal School; Covert Electronics; Project Gamma. Qualified Expert: M-16; M-1011A1; MAC-10 (Ingram). (CLASSIFIED: Speaks Seven Languages).
"He's efficient and self-assured and has an uncanny ability to turn adverse situations to his favor."
Breaker was available either with thick thumbs or thin thumbs.
When Breaker was re-released in 1983, two major changes were made to his construction. The straight-arms were replaced with arms that could swivel at the bicep, and his bulky waist-piece was replaced by a slimmer one. Also, the date stamp on the figure was changed from "1982" to "82-83." While the changes are substantial enough for some to consider this a new version, it is still technically just a variation. Because of this, we have chosen to list this figure as version 1.5, rather than version 2.
The backpacks of Breaker and Breaker (v1.5) feature different backpack pegs - the backpacks of straight-arm figures will fit loosely in the backs of swivel-arm figures.
There are two versions of Breaker's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the carded Breaker does not. Breakers included with the Sears or JCPenney's exclusive gift packs also had the red backing.
Most of the 1982 series figures and their swivel-arm counterparts re-used molds from each other, repainted slightly to make them seem more original.
Breaker's head and arms were re-used for Clutch and Rock N Roll. Breaker's torso was shared with Grunt, Hawk, Snake Eyes, and Stalker (and in 1983, Tan Grunt). Breaker's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Breaker's legs were shared with Clutch, Grunt, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Shortfuze, Stalker, Steeler, and Zap (and in 1983 Tan Grunt, and Tan Clutch in 1984).
When the new version of Breaker was released in 1983, two major changes were made to his construction. The straight-arms were replaced with arms that could swivel at the bicep, and his bulky waist-piece was replaced by a slimmer one. Also, the date stamp on the figure was changed from "1982" to "82-83."
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
In Argentina, straight-arm Breaker was recolored in gray and available as Topson.
A version of Breaker nearly identical to the U.S. version was released in Argentina as Roger and in Brazil as Falcon.
In Mexico in 1986, straight-arm Breaker was released as part of series one by the Auriken toy company, in a box instead of on a card.
Versions of Breaker
In 2008 Breaker was renamed "Cpl. Breaker." So while there are several names, they are all based on the character "Breaker." Note that while some Breakers have a file name of Alvin Kibbey and some have a file name of Abel Shaz, all seemed to be based on the same character.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Breaker (v1).
Original Retail: $2.49
Hasbro Product: 6403 (Retail), 38101 (Sears 3-Pack)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-82005
Desimone Guide: #5
Tomart's Guide: #GI5009
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 9 (1st Ed.), Pg. 10 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a