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BREAKER (v1.5)

   

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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1983-BREAKER-1.5

Series: 1.5 (1983)

This swivel-arm version was released carded as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm Breaker was available in stores in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.

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Accessories

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.

Filecard Information

File Name: Kibbey, Alvin R.
SN: RA757793518
Grade: E-4
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-1911A1; 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."

Variations

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 with the buckle resculpted into the shape of Hasbro's logo at the time. 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 filecard with the Breaker available from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the filecard that came with Breaker did not. Breakers included with the Sears or JCPenney's exclusive gift packs also had the red backing.

Featured In

Breaker was featured in several of the various media of GI Joe through the years, including Trading Cards, Comic Books, Cartoons and Commercials.

Body Construction

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, Stalker, and 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, Zap, Tan Grunt, and Tan Clutch in 1984.

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).

International Releases

In the United Kingdom and Europe, Breaker was released on Action Force cards.

Takara released Breaker in Japan in 1986.

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.

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Reference Information

The below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Breaker (v1.5).

Original Retail: $2.25
Product Number: 6403
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83003
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 19 (1st Ed.), Pg. 26 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #5
Tomart's Guide: #GI5109 (swivel arm)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a

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