Series: Three (1984)
Blowtorch was first released carded as part of the third series (1984). He was available in 1985 and was discontinued domestically in 1986.
Blowtorch came with a yellow helmet, a yellow oxygen mask, a yellow M-7 manpack, and a light green flamethrower.
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida
Primary Specialty: Infantry Special Weapons
Secondary Specialty: Small-Arms Armorer
Blowtorch is thoroughly familiar with all military incendiary devices and flame projection equipment. To Blowtorch, the use of fire in warfare is a science that predates the bow and arrow. Qualified expert: M-7 Flamethrower; M-16; M-1911A1 Auto Pistol.
"Blowtorch can't sleep unless he's near a smoke detector. Cigarette smoke drives him bananas! He always sits near the exit in movie theaters and refuses to live anywhere where he can't safely jump out the windows. This is not irrational to him. These are actions based on intimate knowledge."
There are three versions of the Blowtorch action figure. One version has dark eyes and eyebrows and a short neck, one version of Blowtorch has light eyes and eyebrows that match the color of his hair and a short neck, and one version of Blowtorch has light eyes and eyebrows and a longer neck.
There are different versions of Blowtorch's flamethrower. One is made of hard, rigid plastic. The other version is made of softer plastic and is slightly larger. It is unclear which - if any - version is more difficult to find.
Blowtorch's flamethrower was also molded in bright green or dull green plastic. The dull green plastic tends to leak a red fluid after several years. This fluid can be wiped off easily, however.
There are also two versions of Blowtorch's helmet. One version has holes in the helmet - the other does not. The version with holes is slightly more difficult to find than the other. The helmet with holes is pictured below.
Blowtorch was made up of entirely original parts. Note that the end of the airmask fits into the hole in Blowtorch's torso.
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, Blowtorch was sold carded in the mid-80s on Action Force cards.
In Brazil, Blowtorch was sold in 1986 as Lança Chamas, Codename: Tocha.
In Argentina, Blowtorch's mold (except for the waistpiece) was recolored in red and yellow as Antorcha, in blue and silver to create T.N.T., and in green, brown, and silver to create Back-Stop.
Auriken released Blowtorch in Mexico, also named Antorcha. Some of these figures have been found with completely red lower legs.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Blowtorch (v1).
Original Retail: $2.25
Hasbro Product: 6421
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-84007
Desimone Guide: #41
Tomart's Guide: #GI5253
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 35 (1st Ed.), Pg. 52 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a