MAJOR BLUDD (v1)
Series: Two (1983)
Major Bludd was first available as a special unadvertised mail-in offer in early 1983.
Major Bludd was released carded as part of the second series (1983). He was sold in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.
In 1986 and 1987, Hasbro Direct offered Major Bludd as part of the "Original Adventure Team" mail-in set. He came packaged in a plastic bag and came with nine other figures in a carrying case. In 1989, Major Bludd was available by himself through Hasbro Direct.
Major Bludd came with a black missile backpack and a black rocket launcher.
Grade: O-4 (Major)
Birthplace: Sidney, Australia
Primary Specialty: Terrorist
Secondary Specialty: Weapons and Tactics
Bludd received initial military training in the Australian Special Air Service. Later joined the French Foreign Legion. Worked as military advisor in a number of countries and is currently wanted for crimes in Rhodesia and Libya. Proficient with every form of infantry weapon in current use. Bludd has a tactical mind like a steel trap. Qualified Expert: All NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms.
"Major Bludd writes poetry...badly: When you're feeling low and woozy/Slap a fresh clip in your Uzi!/Assume the proper firing stance/And make the suckers jump and dance! (from The Attica Gazette).
No variations of Major Bludd are known to exist.
There is a variation of Major Bludd's filecard. Early cards of his had one version of his poem, later file cards had a second version of his poetry.
Early versions have: When you're feeling low and woozy/Slap a fresh clip in your Uzi/Assume the proper firing stance/And make the suckers jump and dance!
Later versions have: A mercenary's job is a heartless one/I'm a soldier for hire, like a pawn-shop gun/My ruthless tactics keep you on your toes/'Cause I fight 'em all, whether friends or foes!
Neither card seems to be more difficult to find than the other.
There is also a glossy red-backed version of the filecard that came with figures from Hasbro Direct.
Major Bludd's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Major Bludd's upper legs (thighs) were repainted and used to create Duke. Those same thighs were eventually repainted and re-used to create the 1988 Tiger Force Duke (v2), the 1997 Duke (v7), and the 1997 Alley Viper (v4).
Note that the figure's right arm is one solid piece and does not bend. It is some sort of bionic/cybernetic arm that was never explained and it was "fixed" on the subsequent 1991 and 1994 releases of Major Bludd.
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).
Palitoy released Major Bludd in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Takara released Major Bludd in Japan in 1986.
In India, a blue and yellow Major Bludd was released carded. A more traditionally colored variant Major Bludd with brown hair was also released in India.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Major Bludd (v1).
Original Retail: $1.75 plus 5 Flag Points (mail-in), $2.25 (retail)
Product Number: 6426
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83020
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 13, 24 (mail-in and retail, 1st Ed.), Pg. 37 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #37
Tomart's Guide: #GI5065 (mail-in), #GI5137 (retail)
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a