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GRAND SLAM (v2)

   

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YoJoe ID: 118-HAF-1983-GRANDSLA-02

Series: Two (1983)

Grand Slam (version 2), also known as "Silver Pads Grand Slam," was part of the second series (1983), packaged exclusively with the JUMP Jet Pack.

Prior to this point, the JUMP Jet Pack was sold without a figure. Grand Slam was discontinued in 1984.

At some point, Grand Slam (v2) may have been available mail-order through Hasbro Direct.

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Accessories

Grand Slam came with a dark gray helmet and a clear visor.

NOTE: An argument could be made that the JUMP Jet Pack, the jet pack laser rifle, and the black cord that attached the two are also accessories for Grand Slam (v2). However, since these pieces were available with the JUMP Jet Pack before and after Grand Slam (v2) was available, most collectors do not consider these three parts to be needed to "complete" Grand Slam (v2).

Filecard Information

File Name: Barney, James J.
SN: RA379541044
Grade: E-5
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. "JUMP" JET PACK.

"He's soft-spoken and calm-just a bit shy. Intelligent. Loves to read escapist fantasy (science fiction and comic books)."

Variations

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 JUMP Jet-Pack does not.

Featured In

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

Body Construction

Grand Slam (v2) was made from the exact same mold as the swivel arm version of Grand Slam (v1.5) (1983).

The head of Grand Slam was re-used with Grunt and Zap (and in 1983 Grunt (v1.5), Zap (v1.5), and 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 (v1.5).

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 Information

The below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Grand Slam (v2).

Original Retail: $4.20
Hasbro Product: 6065
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83057
Desimone Guide: #17
Tomart's Guide: #GI5177b
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 22 (1st Ed.), Pg. 31 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a

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