TANK COMMANDER (straight-armed)
Series: One (1982)
Steeler was one of the first figures released in the first series (1982). He came packaged exclusively with the Motorized Battle Tank (MOBAT). Like all of the original sixteen figures, Steeler was released with "straight arms."
Steeler came with a light green helmet, a black binocular headset, and a black Uzi submachine gun.
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Primary Specialty: Armor
Secondary Specialty: Artillery, Transportation
Steeler comes from a blue collar middle-class background. He put himself through college on an ROTC scholarship and work as a heavy equipment operator. Familiar and proficient with all NATO and Warsaw Pact AFV's. Graduated Armor School, top of class. Special Training: Cadre-XAFV Project; Artillery School; AFV Desert Exercise; Covert Ops School. Qualified Expert: M-16; M-1911A1; MAX-10; Uzi.
"Young, reckless, often clashes with authority (superior officers), but he's one tough soldier!"
Steeler was available either with thick thumbs or thin thumbs.
When Steeler 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.
Steeler's gold scratches away extremely easily, especially the stripes on his arms. If you see a Steeler without the stripes, the gold has most likely worn off.
Most of the 1982 series figures re-used molds from each other, repainted slightly to make them seem more original.
The head of Steeler was re-used with Flash, Hawk, and Short-fuze. Steeler's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Steeler's legs were shared with Breaker, Clutch, Grunt, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Short-fuze, Stalker, and Zap (and in 1983, Tan Grunt v2 and in 1984 Tan Clutch v2).
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).
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Steeler (v1).
Original Retail: $14.99
Hasbro Product: 6000
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-82053
Desimone Guide: #15
Tomart's Guide: #GI5057b
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 11 (1st Ed.), Pg. 15 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a