BAZOOKA SOLDIER (straight-armed)
Series: One (1982)
Zap was one of the original figures released carded in the first series (1982). Like all of the original sixteen figures, Zap was released with "straight arms."
Zap came with a light green helmet, a light green ammo pack, and a light green bazooka.
See Variations below.
Birthplace: New York City
Primary Specialty: Engineer
Secondary Specialty: Infantry Artillery
Zap is the team specialist in armor-piercing and anti-tank weapons but also functions as demolitions man. Specialized Education: Engineer School; Ordinance School; Advanced Infantry Training. Qualified Expert: M-14; M-16; M-1911A1; M-79 (Grenade Launcher); M-72 (LAW Rocket); XM-71A (TOW Missile); XM-47 (Dragon Missile).
"Zap is the fun loving type...he's cool under fire. The stuff he works on could blow up at anytime."
Zap was available either with thick thumbs or thin thumbs.
When Zap 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.
There are three versions of Zap's bazooka. The earliest bazooka had two handles, but this broke too many thumbs off of the straight-arm figures. It was quickly replaced with a bazooka that had a single, thin handle. This bazooka is the most common to find. By the time of Zap (v1.5)'s release, the bazooka featured a single, thick handle and was cast in a slightly warmer shade of green.
The backpacks of Zap and Zap (v1.5) feature different backpack pegs - the backpacks of straight-arm figures will fit loosely in the backs of swivel-arm figures.
Lastly, there are two versions of Zap's filecard. The filecard with the Zap available from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the filecard that came with Zap did not. Zaps 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.
The head of Zap was re-used for Grand Slam and Grunt (and in 1983 Grand Slam (v2) and Tan Grunt). Zap's arms were shared with Grunt, Hawk, Short-fuze, Snake Eyes, and Stalker (and in 1983, Tan Grunt v2). Zap's torso was shared with Short-fuze. Zap's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Zap's legs were shared with Breaker, Clutch, Grunt, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Short-fuze, Stalker, and Steeler (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).
In Brazil, Estrela repainted Zap tan and released him as Falcon Piloto.
Estrela also released Zap in green as Dragon.
In Argentina, Zap was recolored in brown.
In Mexico, straight-arm Zap was released as part of series 1 (1986) by the Auriken toy company, in a box instead of on a card.
Versions of Zap
In 1997, Zap was renamed "Sgt. Zap." So while there are several names, they are all based on the character "Zap."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Zap (v1).
Original Retail: $2.49
Hasbro Product: 6405 (Retail), 38101 (Sears 3-Pack)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-82002A (two-handled bazooka), GIJ-82002B
Desimone Guide: #7
Tomart's Guide: #GI5013
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 12 (1st Ed.), Pg. 16 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a