Series: Four (1985)
Bazooka was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.
In 1989, Bazooka was available for a short time via mail-order from Hasbro Direct.
SEE VARIATIONS BELOW.
The first release of Bazooka came with a black bazooka/missile launcher, a green backpack, and a green helmet.
Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota
Primary Specialty: Armor Defeating Weapons Systems
Secondary Specialty: Tank Driver
Bazooka was driving an Abrams tank in the "Third Horde" (Third Armored Div.) when he came to the realization that an illiterate farmer armed with a $200 disposable rocket launcher could knock out a million dollar tank with less than two weeks training. He put in for a transfer immediately.
Training: Advanced Infantry School. Fort Benning: Armor School, Fort Knox. Qualified expert: Dragon Anti-Tank Missle, Milan System, LAW rocket, Recoilless rifle, LAW System and all Warsaw Pact RPG systems. Subject is also EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) qualified up to the tac-op category.
Subject is a decisive fast-thinker with all the instincts of a natural survivor.
In late 1985, Hasbro changed the missile launcher packaged with Bazooka to the one pictured below. All versions of Bazooka released from then on in the United States, internationally, and via mail-order from Hasbro Direct came with this new missile launcher.
Bazooka's body is completely original - all new body parts.
Bazooka's entire body and mold were re-used for the 1988 "Tiger Force" Bazooka.
Bazooka's waist and legs were later recolored and re-used to create Rumbler (1987).
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.
In France, Bazooka was released on a G.I. Joe: Heros Sans Frontieres card.
Versions of Bazooka
In 2004, Bazooka was renamed "Sgt. Bazooka." So while there are several names, they are all based on the character "Bazooka."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Bazooka (v1).
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Desimone Guide: #77
Tomart's Guide: #GI5365
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