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CLUTCH (v1.5)

   

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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1983-CLUTCH-1.5

Series: 1.5 (1983)

This swivel-arm version was available with the G.I.Joe Attack Vehicle (VAMP) as part of the second series (1983). This version of Clutch was discontinued domestically in 1984.

At some point - possibly in 1984 - Clutch was also available through Hasbro Direct.

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Accessories

Clutch came with a dark green helmet.

Packaging Information

Filecard Information

File Name: Steinberg, Lance J.
SN: RA757340802
Grade: E-4
Birthplace: Asbury Park, NJ
Primary Specialty: Transportation
Secondary Specialty: Infantry

Clutch was a mechanic at Manny's Mean Machines and was heavily involved in racing street machines prior to enlistment. Graduated: Advanced Infantry Training; Covert Ops School; Executive Bodyguard School; Ranger School. Qualified expert: M-14; M-16; M-1911A1; M-3A1; M-79; M-60

"He greases his hair with motor oil, rarely shaves, and chews on the same toothpick for months. Clutch still calls women "chicks."

Variations

When Clutch 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.

There are two versions of Clutch's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the VAMP does not.

Featured In

Clutch 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.

Clutch's head and arms were re-used for Breaker and Rock N Roll. Clutch's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Clutch's legs were shared with Breaker, Grunt, Hawk, Rock N Roll, Short-fuze, Stalker, Steeler, Zap, and Tan Grunt (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 1984, the entire mold of Clutch was re-used for the second version of Tan Clutch (v2).

International Variants

In India, Funskool released Clutch in light green. A rare variation gave him the head of Flash.

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 Clutch (v1.5).

Original Retail: $7.99
Hasbro Product: 6050
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83052
Desimone Guide: #14
Tomart's Guide: #GI5198b (swivel arm)
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 19 (1st Ed.), Pg. 26 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a

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