Series: Four (1985)
Alpine was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.
Alpine came with a tan mountain pack, a black GR8-88 grappling launch line, a black Barretta SMG-12 submachine gun, a black climbing axe, and two black grappling hooks connected by black string.
Birthplace: Minidoka, Idaho
Primary Specialty: Mountain Trooper
Secondary Specialty: Finance Clerk
From the middle of the flat dusty Snake River Plain where Alpine was born he could see the mountains on the horizon in almost every direction like a physical barrier between him and the world he wanted. He took up mountain climbing during college and continued as a recreational climber during his brief tenure as an accountant for a large publishing firm. The G.I. Joe team gave Alpine the most hazardous of all conditions: With COBRA shooting at him!
Graduated Ranger School, Fort Benning. Qualified Expert: M-16, M-14, M-60, M1911A1
"Every time Alpine scales a sheer cliff face piton by piton, overcoming granite and gravity with muscle and persistance, he is symbolically climbing out of the quagmire of his past. That's why we send him up first on vertical assaults. He doesn't take to being knocked down too easily."
No variations of Alpine (v1) are known to exist.
Alpine's body is completely original - all new body parts. None of his parts were ever used in other figures.
Starting with this series (Series Four, 1985), the head joint on G.I.Joe figures was changed into a head "ball." This ball allowed the head to look up and down, in addition to left and right.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Alpine (v1).
Original Retail: $2.29
Hasbro Product: 6443
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85014
Desimone Guide: #72
Tomart's Guide: #GI5371
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 46 (1st Ed.), Pg. 76 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a