GRAND SLAM (v1.5)
LASER ARTILLERY SOLDIER
Series: 1.5 (1983)
This swivel-arm version was available with the Heavy Artillery Laser (HAL) as part of the second series (1983). This version of Grand Slam was discontinued domestically in 1984.
At some point - possibly in 1984 - Grand Slam was also available through Hasbro Direct.
Grand Slam came with a dark green helmet and a clear visor.
Birthplace: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Primary Specialty: Artillery
Secondary Specialty: Electronics Engineer
Grand Slam received initial training in conventional artillery and served with a 155mm battery. Graduated: Special Weapons School (Top of Class). Specialized Education: Artillery School; Advanced Tech School, Qualified Expert: M-16; M-1911A1; "HAL" Heavy Artillery Laser.
"He's soft-spoken and calm - just a bit shy. Intelligent. Loves to read escapist fantasy (science fiction and comic books)."
When Grand Slam 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 Grand Slam's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the HAL does not.
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 Grand Slam was re-used with Grunt, Zap, and Tan Grunt (v2). Grand Slam's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Grand Slam's arms, torso, and legs were shared with Flash.
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 1983, the entire mold of Grand Slam v1.5 was re-used for Grand Slam (v2).
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Grand Slam (v1.5).
Original Retail: $7.99
Hasbro Product: 6052
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83051
Desimone Guide: #13
Tomart's Guide: #GI5196b (swivel arm)
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 19 (1st Ed.), Pg. 27 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a