Series: Four (1985)
Eels was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.
Eels came with a black air hose, two black flippers, a black air tank backpack, a black jet pack that attached to the backpack, and a black JLS double harpoon with stunner.
Grade: E-4 (or equivalent)
Birthplace: Various Countries
Primary Specialty: Underwater Demolitions
Secondary Specialty: Marine Engineering
Eels are the underwater demolitions specialists of the COBRA legions. They man and operate the COBRA marine outposts disguised as off-shore drilling rigs and augment the crews of larger COBRA naval vessels.
Eels undergo a rigorous two-part training program in the warm shark and pirate infested waters of the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean and in the frigid dark depths of the North Atlantic. Their training regimen includes marine structural engineering, explosive ordnance, underwater fighting techniques and marine geology.
Some versions of Eels have a "Made In China" stamp on the waist piece, while others do not.
Eels' body is completely original - all new body parts.
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 Eels (v1).
Original Retail: $2.29
Product Number: 6448
Lee's Guide: GIJ-85018
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 51 (1st Ed.), Pg. 85 (2nd Ed.)
Desimone Guide: #82
Tomart's Guide: #GI5383
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a