Series: Two (1983)
Tripwire was released carded as part of the second series (1983).
He was also sold in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985. Also at some point in the mid 1980s, Tripwire was included in special three-packs available mail-order from J.C.Penney's with Torpedo and Snow Job.
Tripwire came with a light green mine detector backpack, a black minesweeper, and three light green land mines.
Grade: E-4 (Specialist)
Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota
Primary Specialty: Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Secondary Specialty: Demolitions
Tripwire dropped out of high school at a naval base in Yokosuka, Japan (Father is career navy). Spent two years in a Zen monastery pondering the meaning of life. Expelled for breaking too many dishes and spilling every conceivable liquid. Joined the army at 19 and received spiritual awakening on the grenade range. Proficient with all NATO and Warsaw Pact explosives, detonators, ignition initiators and blasting machines. Qualified Expert: M-1911A auto pistol.
Tripwire freaks people out. He's always clumsy, jittery and dropping things except when he's working with high explosives. Explosives are the only things that calm him down.
Some rank insignias of Tripwire have thicker paint applications. It is unknown which version is rarer.
There are two versions of Tripwire's filecard. The one that came from the J.C.Penny's mail-order set has a glossy red backing, while the one that came carded does not.
Tripwire's body is completely original - all new body parts.
The entire mold was re-used to create Listen N Fun Tripwire (v2) (1985), Tiger Force Tripwire (v3) (1988), and Tripwire (v4) (2001).
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).
Tripwire was released on Action Force cards in the United Kingdom and Europe. Additionally, Tripwire was colored black and gray, packaged with the S.A.S. F.A.N.G. copter, and released as Blades. This version of the figure was also available as a convention exclusive in 1992.
Takara released Tripwire in Japan in 1986.
In 1992, Tripwire was released in China.
In 2003, Funskool released Tripwire in orange and purple 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 Tripwire (v1).
Original Retail: $2.25
Hasbro Product: 6410
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83017
Desimone Guide: #30
Tomart's Guide: #GI5127
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 24 (1st Ed.), Pg. 35 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a