QUICK KICK (v1)
Series: Four (1985)
Quick Kick was first released as part of the fourth series (1985). He was also available in 1986 and was discontinued in 1987.
In 1991, a remolded Quick Kick was available as a mail-in offer from Hasbro Direct (see Variations below for more information). This newly molded Quick Kick was available via Hasbro Direct from 1991 through 1994.
Quick Kick came with a silver sword, silver nunchuks, and a gray backpack.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Intelligence
Subject's Japanese father and Korean mother owned a grocery store in Watts. Not accepted by either the Japanese or Koreans because of his mixed ancestry and too short to play basketball, Quick Kick turned to martial arts. All martial arts. He is a ranking black belt in Tae Kwan Do, Go Ju Ryu, Southern Praying Mantis Kung-Fu, Tai Chi Sword, Zen Sword, and Wing-Chun. He was working as a stunt man in Hollywood when he was recruited for the G.I. Joe team.
Qualified Expert: All NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms.
"Here's the situation. You want to gain access to a fortified villa. Twelve foot tall continuous wall topped with razor-spiral and only one gate through it. Two inch steel plate on the gate, two sand-bagged guard houses with direct telephone link to the main house four guards with submachine guns, two Dobermans and a silent alarm hooked to a deadman's switch that one of the guards is leaning on at all times. How to do it? Have Quick Kick hit it, that's how!"
In 1991 when Quick Kick was available via mail-order, the figures were manufactured in Brazil instead of China. As a result, these Quick Kick figures had some subtle differences between the original 1985 release.
The original Quick Kick (below left) and the 1989 Brazil Quick Kick (below right).
Firstly, the colors were much brighter than the original. The skin tone was more "peach" in color than "tan". The plastic was of noticably lower quality also. Lastly, the accessories that this Quick Kick came with were much flimsier. The original Quick Kick's sword could not be bent without fear of breaking it or creasing it - the 1991 Quick Kick's sword bent very easily.
Other than the colors and the plastic quality, the date stamp and everything else about the two figures are identical.
Quick Kick'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.
In India in 1993, Quick Kick was released in slightly different colors with a differently colored waistpiece.
Versions of Quick Kick (v1)
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Quick Kick (v1).
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Lee's Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: #65
Tomart's Guide: #GI5355
The Ultimate Guide: n/a
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