Series: Two (1983)
Gung-Ho was released carded as part of the second series (1983).
He was also sold in 1984 and 1985 and was discontinued domestically in 1986.
Gung-Ho came with a teal jungle pack and a black XM-76 grenade launcher.
Grade: E-7 (Sergeant)
Birthplace: Fer-de-Lance, La.
Primary Specialty: Recondo
Secondary Specialty: Jungle Warfare Training Instructor
Born into a large back-swamp Cajun clan. Gung-Ho moved to New Orleans and won a reputation as a bare-knuckle brawler and knife-fighter to be reckoned with. Joined the Marines at 18 and graduated top of class from boot camp at Parris Island. Attended: Airborne School, Recondo School, and Marine Ordnance School. Qualified Expert: All NATO infantry small arms and most Warsaw Pact infantry weapons, XM-76 Grenade Launcher.
ZAP says "All marines are crazy but Gung-Ho is the hairiest, scariest, craziest jarhead that ever scratched, kicked and bit his way out of that hole-in-the-swamp they call Parris Island!"
No variations of Gung-Ho (v1) are known to exist.
Gung-Ho's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Gung-Ho's waistpiece was re-colored and re-used in some versions of Steel Brigade. Gung-Ho's lower legs (boots) were re-colored and re-used to create Duke - and were thus subsequently used to create Tiger Force Duke (v2) (1988), Duke (v7) (1997), Alley Viper (v4) (1997), Alley Viper (v5) (2002), and Alley Viper (v6) (2002).
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 the United Kingdom and Europe, Gung-Ho was released on Action Force cards. Additionally, Gung-Ho was given a red vest, packaged with the Headquarters playset, and released as Gaucho.
Takara released Gung-Ho in Japan in 1986.
In India in 1988, Gung-Ho was released in slightly different colors. He could also be found with an inverted tattoo and, in a much rarer variant, an all-green uniform. Finally, a very rare version has been found with the body of Gung-Ho in a light green uniform and the head of Flash as Striker. Striker was a promotional Complan Commando figure produced for Complan Chocolate Health Drink.
In Egypt, Nilco distributed a Funskool-produced Gung-Ho.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Gung-Ho (v1).
Original Retail: $2.25
Hasbro Product: 6414
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83019
Desimone Guide: #32
Tomart's Guide: #GI5129
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 23 (1st Ed.), Pg. 33 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a